Ancient Paths: Hiking in Spanish Pyrenees

Ancient Paths: Hiking in Spanish Pyrenees2024-04-11T09:21:44+00:00

The Best Hikes

Where mountains tell centuries of history

Our local guides will take you through the most impressive national and natural parks so that you can get to know the soul of our legendary valleys and people with an authentic and genuine character, so that you can enjoy our culture, gastronomy, traditions and the best hotels in the heart of the mountains. Every day offers a new experience, each one is unique.



  • We cross the Pyrenees with the help of your guides at all times, discovering the most hikes in the Aragonese-Catalan mountains and its National Parks.

  • Birdwatching and interpretive hikes to learn and enrich your experience.

  • Discover about the Millennial history of secluded villages in the Pyrenees, its people and the culture.

  • Enjoy the rich and varied Spanish cuisine and precious wines.

Casa Muria Benasque Valley

Day 1. Pick-up in Barcelona and shuttle to Acebo de Casa Muria hotel

Pick-up at Barcelona airport or City centre. Shuttle to Acebo de Casa Muria, our first select hotel in the mountains.
A Welcome Reception in the terrace of this charming hotel and informative meeting about the programme. Check material.

  • Dinner: Casa Muria Hotel

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Valley of Benasque, Posets Maladeta Natural Park

Day 2. Valley of Benasque, Posets Maladeta Natural Park

Forau de Aigualluts. After a delicious breakfast in the Acebo de Casa Muria we will head for the Forau de Aigualluts, one of the most spectacular places in Spain. During the walk we will visit the famous mountain refuge called “La Renclusa”, this is where climbers sleepover before tackling Mount Aneto (3404 metres), the highest in the Pyrenees with a small glacier that refuses to disappear.
Distance: 12.78Km, positive slope: 608 meters, maximum altitude 2,187 meters, minimum altitude 1,815m, route type:Circular.

  • Breakfast: Casa Muria Hotel.
  • Lunch: Refugio La Renclusa
  • Dinner:  Casa Muria Hotel.

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Sierra de Guara Natural Park

Day 3 Alquezar. Sierra de Guara Natural Park

After a delicious breakfast in Acebo de Casa Muria we set off for a village called Alquezar, possibly the prettiest village in Spain. Our route today is along the Vero river canyon, it has famous and spectacular footbridges and bridges. This spectacular landscape has been sculpted into the rock through the action of water, get ready for the explosion of colours as sunlight lights up your path.
We end this route at the beautiful Collegiate Church of Alquezar, a true treat to your eyes.
Distance: 12.50Km, positive/negative slope: 608 meters, maximum altitude 750 meters, minimum altitude 600m, route type:Circular.

  • Breakfast: Casa Muria Hotel.
  • Packed / Picnic lunch
  • Dinner:  Casa Muria Hotel.

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Aigüestortes and San Maurici National Park

Day 4 Aiguastortes and San Maurici National Park

After a good breakfast we will head to Aiguastortes and San Maurici National Park, a large protected area in Catalonia. We will cross its lakes and forests until we reach the large mountain born lake San Maurici. In the afternoon we will visit the San Clemente de Tahull Chapel, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Romanesque art in its purest form.
Distance: 12.07Km, positive slope: 580 meters, maximum altitude 2,187 meters, minimum altitude 1,505m, route type: Lineal.

  • Breakfast: Casa Muria Hotel.
  • Lunch: Ca la Pepa Restaurant
  • Dinner. Diamo Restaurant.

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Ordesa and Mont Perdido National Park

Day 5 Ordesa and Mont Perdido National Park

After breakfast and checking-out (we change hotel today) we head towards Ordesa and Mont Perdido National Park. Majestic mountains, endless forests and beautiful valleys await us to make today a special day, one to remember! We enter a known path used by hunters to reach the Pelay Belt, one of the best and most demanding excursions in the Pyrenees. In the afternoon, we go to our new accommodation in Barosse Hotel Gustavo and Josse will be waiting for us with their arms wide open to welcome us to this exclusive rural hotel, a little jewel in the Aragonese Pyrenees.
Distance: 22,5Km, positive slope: 900 meters, maximum altitude 1970 meters, minimum altitude 1,350m, route type:Circular.

  • Breakfast: Casa Muria Hotel
  • Packed / Picnic lunch
  • Dinner. Barosse Hotel

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Mallos de Riglos Natural Monument

Day 6 Mallos de Riglos Natural Monument

After breakfast we set course for Los Mallos de Riglos, an unmatched place for its rock formations. We end the week with this beautiful gentle excursion through high rock towers, home to many raptors.
Distance: 6,50Km, positive slope: 450 meters, maximum altitude 1020 meters, minimum altitude 629m, route type:Circular..
In the afternoon, we will visit San Juan de la Peña Monastery, a Romanesque jewel from the Pyrenees.

  • Breakfast: Barosse Hotel
  • Lunch: Restaurant – Refugio de Riglos. Perfect viewpoint of the Mallos.
  • Dinner: Barosse Hotel

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Hiking in the Valles Occidentales Natural Park of the Spanish Pyrenees

Day 7 La Jacetania. Valles Occidentales Natural Park

After a delicious breakfast in Barosse Hotel we set course for our goal today. The ascent of Monks Peak. A beautiful and variable excursion to one of the most amazing viewpoints in the Pyrenees.
Visit Canfranc Train Station / Citadel of Jaca. In the afternoon, we will visit one of Spain’s best conserved fortresses: The Citadel of Jaca, catalogued as part of Spain historical heritage. Return to Barosse Hotel at 18:00h approximately to recharge your batteries.
Distance: 7,60Km, positive slope: 640 meters, maximum altitude 2240 meters, minimum altitude 1,600m, route type:Circular

  • Breakfast: Barosse Hotel
  • Packed / Picnic lunch
  • Dinner: La cadiera Jaca Restaurant

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Barosse Hotel Garden

Day 8 Return shuttle to Barcelona

Breakfast and pick-up.
Return shuttle to Barcelona. 13:30h is the approximate time of arrival.

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If you are travelling alone or with your partner and do not mind taking a trip in a small group of 6/7 people, we still have some dates available in spring and autumn for which we can guarantee you a trip. Please see below. On the other hand, if you prefer a private experience for yourself or with your partner, family or friends, take a look at our  Tailormade Experiences.

Ancient Paths

2,526001 PAX
  • Discover the Pyrenees in 8 days
General Conditions


  • From May 22 to May 29, 2024.

  • From October 16 to October 23, 2024.

Included in the Price:
  • Local guides with expert leadership will accompany you for the entirety of your journey;

  • Accommodation will be in the “El Acebo de Casa Muria” and “Hotel Barosse” hotels, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Meals will be in restaurants, in hotels, or in picnic form, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Shuttle transfers from the Barcelona airport and city centre on Days 1-8, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Sight-seeing and adventure activities, as noted in the itinerary;

  • Ground transfers during the programme;

  • Mandatory accident and rescue insurance policy to cover it during the program, and;

  • Admission costs to monuments, castles and churches during the trip, as noted in the itinerary.

Not Included in the Price:
  • Local and international flights;

  • Extra airport shuttles (differing from those on Days 1-8);

  • Airport taxes (varies depending on location);

  • Excess baggage charges;

  • Cost of medical vaccinations;

  • Optional tipping to local staff, or our leaders or guides;

  • Personal items (tips, laundry, etc.);

  • All drinks are not included

  • Trip cancellation insurance. We recommend that you protect your trip with a cancellation insurance.


A deposit to 500€  is required to secure your reservation.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure.


Cancellations up to 30 days prior to travel are free of charge.
25% fee for cancellations between 30 and 15 days in advance.
50% fee for cancellations made less than 15 days in advance..

This fee remains in an escrow account and is available to you for a new travel booking up to twelve months after the cancelled booking. If this period has elapsed without a booking being made, the customer is NOT entitled to a refund.

We recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance to protect your trip.

Casa Muria Benasque Valley

El Acebo de Casa Muria

Welcome to our house set in the Aragonese Pyrenees! This charming rural house is set in a place of true peace and tranquillity. You will fall in love with its magical landscape as you enjoy its quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

El Acebo de Muria (which literally translates to “a quiet man’s property”) is a beautiful 18th century house situated in the picturesque village of Renanué at an altitude of 1,230 metres. From here, there are magnificent views of the entire Benasque Valley.

Barosse Hotel La Jacetania

Barosse Hotel

“Beauty, Exclusivity, and Comfort for Unique, Special Guests”

Just a stone’s throw away from Jaca is a different hotel concept in the Aragonese Pyrenees. It is a space designed for adult patrons and delicate, small details emerge in corners of marked personality.

This programme includes the following meals during the week:

  • A filling breakfast is served in each hotel every morning and consists of a variety of options including Iberian ham, dry meats,
    homemade sausages and cheeses, various homemade breads, toasts,
    and pastries with butters and jams, fresh seasonal fruits and juices, and farm-fresh eggs.
  • We will enjoy to lunch:  La Renclusa Hut,  Riglos restaurant,  Ca la Pepa Restaurant. Packed picnic lunches are prepared by the hotels.
  • Dinners will be served in your hotels, except for a couple of days we will enjoy La Cadiera Jaca and Diamo Restaurant.

DRINKS are not included.

The Leaders

With over 20 years experience, we are all experts in mountaineering, canyoning and climbing, in coordinating and arranging activities to meet the needs of diverse groups in the natural environment. Our passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors and fun in what we do is infectious. We speak several languages are well experienced in organising groups for foreign groups. Our local knowledge of the culture, traditions and people of the valleys all add to make your experience unforgettable.

David Ruiz de Gopegui: Local guides in the Pyrenees

David Ruiz de Gopegui

Born in Zaragoza in 1984, the mountains beckoned David from afar and he could not resist their call. He is a qualified teacher specialising in environmental studies, a leisure time instructor, and also a trained mountain guide instructor (UIMLA International). He combines his love of photography with his work in the open air doing mountain related activities.

David is deeply passionate about the Pyrenees where he has worked for the last 14 years coordinating environmental and sporting activities. Since 2013 , he has led various international expeditions to such places as the Himalayas in Nepal, to the Alps in France and Italy, and he is seeking to embark on a new adventure in the future to Patagonia.

Alberto Andrés: Pyrenees Travels

Alberto Andrés Andrés

Alberto is a mountain and canyon guide who has been living in the Pyrenees for 20 years. He has more than 15 years of experience as a guide and is in charge of the management and development of trips and activities.

His love for the mountains is intoxicating and he is a great traveller. He has crossed many of the world’s mountain ranges in search of new challenges, all the while exploring even more mountains and their surrounding wilderness and culture.


Personal First Aid Supplies2017-12-03T04:23:34+00:00
  • Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher and lipbalm with sunscreen.

  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Tylenol for muscle pain or headaches.

  • Blister kit. Look for durable gel-type dressings that you can applied directly to blisters, for example:

    •  Advanced curative healing bandages or Gel bandages which last several days.
    •  “Liquid bandages”, such as New-Skin, are useful because they are quick drying and form a tough protective layer over a blist
  • All prescribed medicines must be clearly labelled.

  • Spare contact lenses or glasses.

  • Airplane ticket (or electronic ticket)

  • Passport

  • Other photographic ID, for example driving license

  • Cash

  • Soft material suitcase with a small lock (must be unlocked for air transport)

  • Small rucksack big enough for a jacket or material for rain gear, bottle of water, camara and others items you may wish to take on the hikes

Clothes – Hiking & Trekking2019-06-13T09:40:18+00:00


Take comfortable clothes for hiking.  Shorts maybe fine for most days but it is recommendable to take light-weight trousers aswell for cooler weather and to protection against tall grass. The best way to be comfortable is to wear various layers.  It’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes for the evening, casual is best though, nothing fancy like coats or ties.
The activities are planned during the best period of weather conditions, however being a mountainous climate it can variable and it is best to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.
Be prepared.

This list of clothes is just a guide.

  • Good quality rain gear, for example Gore-Tex raincoat/wind stopper with hood.

  • Thick woollen jacket or woollen jumper or light Goose down Jacket or fleece and waterproof or similar.

  • Long sleeve top.  Quick drying fabrics like nylon are recommendable.

  • Long-sleeve and short-sleeve tops.

  • Hiking trousers.  Lightweight cotton or synthetic hiking trousers are the most practical choice. Jeans are not recommended because they are too hot in the sun and take a long time to dry if they get wet.

  • Hiking shorts. Made from quick drying material are recommended.

  • Swimsuit to wear under the neoprene suit.

  • A cap/hat with a wide brim preferably waterproof to protect against the sun and rain.

  • Medium weight hiking boots with Vibram rubber outer sole with good ankle support.

  • Boots or trainers that can get wet in the water activities.

  • Casual shoes for sightseeing.

  • Good walking socks. Some people like thick Thorlo socks with padded toes/ heels, or use an outer sock and synthetic inner sock.

  • Light woollen gloves and hat for cool weather.

  • Synthetic long underwear.

  • Underwear / nightwear. Synthetics fabrics dry faster.

  • Smart casual clothes to eat out in the restaurants.


  • 1-2 bottles of reusable water- 1 l. capacity.

  • Good quality sun glasses

  • Folding sticks or trekking poles

Optional equipment2018-02-26T19:54:21+00:00
  • Tension convertor and plug adaptor to use appliances in hotels

  • Camara, extra batteries.

  • Bandanas (many uses)

  • Light binoculars

  • Reading/Writing material

  • Travel clock

  • Small umbrella

  • Soap to hand wash clothes.
    Laundry service available in the hotels.
Maps Pyrenees


  • Duration: 8 days

  • Arrive : Barcelona Airport (El Prat), Centre of Barcelona Av. Diagonal

  • Departure: Barcelona Airport (El Prat), Centre of Barcelona Av. Diagonal

  • Accommodation: 7 nights hotel

  • Meals: All meals included: Spanish gastronomy.

  • Activity: Hiking, cultural and gastronomic visits included.

  • Trip Level:

    This experience is perfect for people who are used to hiking in the mountains and nature. The hikes last been 4/7 hours, sometimes on a rugged uneven ground, therefore you should be in good shape.  There will be between 500 and 900 meters elevation difference.  Our expert guides have designed this exhilarating programme, also including cultural visits to villages, castles, chapels, museums, vineyards and excellent restaurants to make a unique and relaxing experience.

Detailed information about this experience can be found in the following dossier in PDF format. Download here.

Remember if you have any queries or questions please contact us by email or call us:

+34 974 55 38 72
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