An Insider’s Journey From Pamplona to Barcelona

Overview

The peaks of the Spanish Pyrenees soar above a realm of ancient oak and fir forests, stone bridges, and villages linked by shepherds’ paths. Our hiking journey traces an arc across the best trails in northern Spain, exploring verdant valleys where the ancient Aragonese dialect is still spoken, heading up to craggy alpine heights where mountain goats scramble, and rambling along the back lanes of stone-built Pyrenean towns. Along the way, we enjoy fantastic local cuisine (both on and off the trail!) and meet the welcoming Basque, Aragonese, and Catalan people who make northern Spain so intriguing.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Pamplona / Ordesa National Park

From Pamplona, we head into the Aragonese Pyrenees for a hike to Siresa, a mountain village of cobbled streets and splendid old stone houses. In Ordesa National Park, one of the most spectacular mountain settings in all Europe, we savor 360-degree mountain splendor on our hike up to the Cola de Caballo, a waterfall just below the sheer face of Monte Perdido (11,000').

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Days 4-6
Aiguestortes

We find a serene landscape of jagged granite peaks, meandering streams, and crystalline tarns in Catalonia’s Aiguestortes National Park. One of our hikes leads us up a riverside trail amid granite rock formations to stunning Sant Maurici, where craggy peaks are mirrored in blue-green waters, and we enjoy a delicious lunch in a high mountain refuge.

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Days 7-9
Andorra / Barcelona

In Andorra, the tiny principality nestled in the peaks between France and Spain, our ridge trail brings us to medieval Bescaran, graced by a Romanesque bell tower. After a pastoral hike in Catalonia’s green hills amid the sound of sheep and cattle bells, we head to beautiful Barcelona to explore its Old Quarter and Gaudi’s fanciful architecture. Depart on Day 9.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike in breathtaking Ordesa National Park, with its sheer limestone canyons and network of dramatic fajas (trails)
Discover hidden stone-built villages and high trails all across the Spanish Pyrenees
Stay in charming and historic mountain inns
Savor northern Spain’s wonderful gastronomy, from jamón serrano to grilled Pyrenees lamb
Enjoy Barcelona’s exceptional artistic and architectural heritage

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $4995  
Arrive: Pamplona, Spain
Depart: Barcelona, Spain
Lodging: 8 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

7 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, 3-7 hours a day, altitudes between 4,500-8,000 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.