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.
The trip was a perfect combination of natural and man-made wonders—of environment, history, culture, and dining experiences. The hikes were amazing and varied, and took us to places and sites that I'll remember always.
— Johanna S., Sunnyvale, CA
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').
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.
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.