Spanish Pyrenees guided walking vacation

“A week of guided walking in an untouched corner of the Pyrenees, led by an expert local guide and based out of a friendly family-run guesthouse.”

Highlights

Albella | Ordesa National Park | Sierra de Guara National Park | Daily guided walks | Panoramic mountain views | Opportunities to spot wildlife including bearded vultures.

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Spanish Pyrenees guided walking vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

We try to reduce food miles by sourcing locally produced food or grow it ourselves on our organic vegetable patches. As one guest recently said "you are zero metres not just kilometers!!"
To reduce CO2 emissions we do not include red meat in our meal plans and have at least one vegetarian dish during the week.

Our hot water and underfloor heating is all from our geothermal system, and we have insulated the farmhouse using NASA technology. We are pioneers in our valley.
Low energy bulbs and a wholehearted recycling philosophy, from plastics to compost and food waste are all the norm here. We have even recently switched to beeswax wraps for the daily sandwiches we make for our guest excursions - no more clingfilm!!
We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patches and garden, and for the washing machine.

Environment

We are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by selling our aprons. In 2018 we donated over €400 euros. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success. Our walks are led by experts in the area (or accompanied by information packs when self-guided) and ensure that fragile environments are not degraded in any way when walking.

There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.

At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.

We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted. The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.

Community

We support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer English lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.

We involve our neighbours with our vacations, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).

We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.

We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises. We will be running a path clearing vacation in the future which we hope will also ultimately benefit the community as a whole.

10 Reviews of Spanish Pyrenees guided walking vacation

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Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our last activity day of the vacation was likely the most memorable & exciting part as our wonderful guide took us on a bit of a detour that ended up on a less used trail, so we were climbing rocks, navigating overgrown vegetation, and basically putting all our hiking skills to use. Back on the trail, we were on sections of trail where we had to use chains! But all worth it as we saw spectacular waterfalls, lots of beautiful cows, a glacier & other wonderful scenery in Ordesa National Park.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


While this is described as a walking vacation, any North Americans looking to book this should know that walking is a term used by Europeans to describe what we call hiking. If you are an experienced North American hiker than this vacation will suit you. The levels of difficulty described are quite accurate. And Simon & Lucy can tailor any day of the trip to suit you, but it is worthwhile to do all of the scheduled “walks” as the scenery is spectacular. As we have done other walking vacations in Europe including the TMB & Scottish Highlands, Simon & Lucy’s
guided Spanish Pyrenees walking trip suited us as we based out of their beautiful home & didn’t have to live out of a suitcase in a different inn every night.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Simon is very supportive of the endangered vultures in the area & we very much enjoyed our bird watching day with Simon. Lucy is very knowledgeable on the geology of the area as is Alberto, our guide. Environmental impact was reduced with reusable sandwich wraps made from beeswax. Simon & Lucy’s garden was at its peak so fresh fruits & vegetables were used in all the delicious dinners.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Simon, Lucy & their daughter Sophie were amazing hosts and made us feel welcome & comfortable immediately. This trip definitely exceeded all our expectations (the perfect weather certainly helped). Would definitely consider another of their trip offerings.

Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The hiking was stunningly beautiful. The home cooked food afterwards was one of the best I ever had.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Wear sturdy, good hiking boots.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Exceptional. I cannot say enough good things. We will be coming back.

Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by

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4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An incredible week in an unspoilt region of Spain. Lucy and Simon were the perfect hosts: genuine, generous, and with amazing attention to detail. Keeping group sizes small results in a personal touch which is nowadays all too rare. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and spacious, and the food was plentiful and delicious, with a focus on fresh local ingredients where available. The walks had an amazing ratio of effort to reward, and our guides were extremely knowledgeable, with infectious enthusiasm. On the day we were rained off, Simon and Lucy went out of their way to make our day just as interesting with an emphasis on local culture. Simon and Lucy are clearly passionate about sharing what they have with their guests, and it shows in everything they do.

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The stunning scenic beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees and the wildlife found there.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Get some hiking training in your legs before you go so you can really enjoy the walks and the scenery they provide.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly benefited local people as our walking guide was local and we used a local restaurant. Environmental impact was kept to a minimum by ensuring
we carried out any litter etc we took with us and picked up some left by others.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. The accommodation and hosting were of the highest standard, the planned walks and wildlife viewing were well thought out and were carried out
perfectly. Everyone made great efforts to make sure we enjoyed the vacation.

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking in the beautiful mountains of Aragon with excellent guides and seeing lammageier vultures.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you are in good walking condition to get the best out of your vacation - this is mountain walking - and bring your binoculars.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The vacation provided work for local guides and supported the education of people in appreciating and caring for our environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I had a wonderful week, with good company in comfortable accommodation with delicious meals.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every bit of it was amazing. The mountains, our hosts Lucy and Simon, the food.... I could go on.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Train a little before going. Some of the treks are moderate grade so would be more enjoyable if you're ready.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10 out of 10

Reviewed on 29 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Scenery, our hosts, the food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take the advice sent in advance by Lucy and Simon.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All 3 without doubt.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Just great.

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This has to be the best walking vacation I've ever had. The walking was incredible. The landscapes were all different and all stunningly beautiful. I will never forget walking in Ordesa, Añisclo and the Sierra de Guara. Our guides were knowledgeable about geology, flora, fauna, history and folklore and were fantastic company. Lucy and Simon were tireless as hosts, making sure everything was completely perfect. The food was amazing, the farmhouse charming and the weather (end of April, beginning of May) was ideal for walking in the mountains.


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just go!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. We walked with local guides. Although we didn't eat out often (why would we when the food in the farmhouse was so good!), all meals were cooked using local ingredients.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Can't fault it. I really hope to return to Casa Allué.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every day was a different adventure ! At each bend in the track I marvelled at the scenery, it was breath taking. So many magical moments - walking in golden light through a beech forest, dipping my toes in turquoise water in a mountain river and gasping at the sight of the bearded vultures soaring high above. So many wonderful memories of a truly fantastic walking vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Simon and Lucy looked after us so well and ensured we were extremely well catered for. I was so glad that I bought my binoculars - a must ! We were provided with all the information prior to arrival to ensure we were well equipped. Even walking poles were provided by our lovely Guide so no need to burden yourself with them. The one tip I would give to anyone considering this vacation is to say - just book it - you won't be disappointed !

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Lucy & Simon are passionate about the environment and we made use when we were out and about to stop en route to dispose of the recycling. We replenished food stocks from the local shop. On one walk we visited a derelict village where the occupants are trying to raise money to rebuild their homes. The group made contribution to this worthy cause. We supported some local eateries on the walks and I purchased excellent quality locally made souvenirs when we visited some villages. The local people definitely benefit from the support of the family and vacation makers visiting this area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was everything and more I could have hoped for and would recommend this vacation to anyone. From beginning to end I was extremely well catered for. Simon and Lucy are wonderful hosts and made everyone in the Group feel at home in their beautiful house Casa Allué. I have fabulous memories of the best walking vacation I have ever had and hope to return !

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Super well organised, a beautiful spot and everything at the farmhouse was perfect. Best of all the amazing area and fabulous guides

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the couple who run the vacation are totally committed to the community and use local guides, local produce and are passionate about this beautiful area

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

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