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Hiking in Benasque, Spanish Pyrenees

Benasque Valley: the perfect place to go hiking in Spain

Benasque Valley is home to a great number of 3,000-metre peaks. Hiking is a great way to get to know this wonderful region.

The glorious natural setting, its traditions, gastronomy and being the gateway to Posets-Maladeta Natural Park combine to make Benasque Valley one of the primary tourist destinations in the spanish Pyrenees.

Benasque has the perfect temperatures to take on different outdoor activities all year round. Hiking through Benasque enables you to rediscover various locales across the different seasons.

A wide range of trails and paths of differing lengths and difficulty levels wind their way through Benasque Valley. How about visiting some of the charming villages of the Aragonese Pyrenees along the way?

Benasque is a gorgeous mountain town that is perfect for hiking, leading as it does into the beautiful Posets-Maladeta Natural Park where you can find some of the glaciers of the Spanish Pyrenees before feasting your eyes on the Aneto, whose peak is the highest in the range.

Hiking in Benasque, Spanish Pyrenees

Hiking routes through Benasque Valley – Spanish Pyrenees

In Benasque Valley you can find the finest hiking routes in all the Spanish Pyrenees. You can find 3,000-metre peaks split among the Maladetas, Posets and Perdiguero massifs.

For the summits with the most routes, trails and paths head to the peaks of Agujas de Perramó (2,550 m) and enjoy the most spectacular views. For the mountaineers among you, head out along the routes through Tucas de Ixeia, Turmo, Batisielles, Jean Arlaud peak, the Paúl needle, Bardamina peak, Perdiguero peal and Gías peak.

Botanical Trail – the Gorges of Alba

Distance

2.5 km
Approx. time
1 hr
Difficulty level
Easy

Itinerary: Plan de Turpi car park – Gorges of Alba viewpoint – Plan de Turpi car park.

After crossing the bridge over the Ésera river, head into a spruce and black pine forest, continue through a forest of beech and up to a viewpoint with the finest views of the waterfalls in the whole region. An easy route to make the most of being outdoors in the countryside!

Geological Trail – Llanos de Hospital de Benasque – Forau d'Aigualluts

Distance

5 km
Approx. time
 1 hr 45 mins
Difficulty level
Easy

Itinerary: La Pleta de la Sarra car park – La Besurta – Forau d'Aigualluts – Return to the car park.

During your trek you will come across great granite blocks deposited by the glacier, get to see Plan d'Están (a beautiful prairie in the remains of an ancient lake) and enjoy the views from the Forau d'Aigualluts viewpoint.

Espigantosa Waterfall – Ángel Orús Refuge

Distance

3.5 km
Approx. time
1 hr 45 mins
Difficulty level
Easy

Itinerary: Espigantosa waterfall car park – Ángel Orús Refuge – Return to the car park

This walk features a notable slope and begins with the unmissable visit to Espigantosa falls. It gives you the chance to check out the viewpoint at Eriste and cross Tramarrius, the Roman bridge, before heading to the Ángel Orús Refuge. Make the most of this short, yet charming route.

The Three Ravines route (from Benasque)

Distance

4.67 km
Approx. time
1 hr 30 mins
Difficulty level
Easy

Itinerary: Benasque – The Three Ravines path – Benasque.

This route takes you along the slopes of Tuca de Mon, giving you the chance to check out the fantastic views of the ravines: Els Molineses, Sobarriba and Tuca del Mon. A perfect hiking route through Benasque to stroll, disconnect and enjoy the fresh air.

Circular route: Benasque – Anciles – Cerler – Benasque

Distance

10.1 km
Approx. time
3 hr 35 mins
Difficulty level
Medium

Itinerary: Benasque – Anciles – Cerler – Benasque

This path links Benasque and Cerler. Note how the trail blends into the woodland to provide this route with its own unique charm. The downslope offers a wonderful panoramic view of Benasque, the Sierra de Chia and the Tucas de Ixeia.

Route from Sahún to the lakes (Ibones) of Barbarisa

Distance

19.5 km
Approx. time
8 hrs 10 mins
Difficulty level
Medium

Itinerary: Sahún village car park – Fuen de Ratiels – Cabaña Barbarisa – Ibón de Barbarisa – Return to Sahún

This lovely walk begins in the village of Sahún. We head uphill along a stone path to reach the 'Ibones', little mountain lakes born out of the glaciers. This route has many sections of flat grassland, allowing us to regroup and take it easy. You will be entranced by the peaceful countryside as you stroll along this route.

Route: Batisielles, Perramó and Escarpinosa lakes (Ibones)

Distance

21 km
Approx. time
8 hrs
Difficulty level
Difficult

Itinerary: Valle de Estós car park – Cabaña Santa Ana – Ibonet de Batisielles – Ibón Grande de Batisielles – Ibón de Perramó – Ibones de Escarpinosa – Return to the car park

A beautiful tour around the lakes of Posets-Maladeta Natural Park and through delightful woodland along the way. Discover crystal-clear lake waters and glorious green grasslands. Fantastic landscapes in a spectacular setting.

Perdiguero route

Distance

32.29 km
Approx. time
2 days 7 hrs
Difficulty level
Very difficult

Itinerary: Lliterola Bridge car park – Ibón de Lliterola – Hito de Perdiguero – Portillón Refuge – Estós Refuge – Ibón de Batisielles – Return to car park

Amid the Posets massif, enjoy the incredible views of Estós Valley as you follow this route. Take in the delightful lakes that have formed among the mountains. You will also have the chance to visit the Portillón refuge, one of the highest up in the Pyrenees, lying between the glacier and the impressive lake. This is a route intended for expert hikers who are looking to enjoy their time among the Spanish Pyrenees.

Routes & outings around Benasque with children

Routes & outings around Benasque with children

Botanical Trail

A short circular route that slopes down just 130 metres and is perfect for walks with kids. The different plant species that can be found along the route are all suitably signposted. A lovely outing for learning about the environment.

A fun activity for kids and parents alike; a beautiful landscape, the soothing susurrus of the river; the spectacular Alba falls; and a wooden bridge or two: the perfect setting for a family outing. An easy and pleasant route through Benasque Valley: the perfect outing for and with children.

Day trip to Forau d'Aigualluts

With the Aneto glacier as a backdrop, a trip to Forau d'Aigualluts is the outstanding route in the region, especially in spring and autumn. The perfect place to behold a spectacular waterfall.

The landscape will wow children and adults alike. Enjoy a family picnic on the banks of a delightful stream. A wonderful way to enjoy the Pyrenees with your family.

 

Hiking routes around Benasque that can be done with children. A difficulty level of "easy" so you can enjoy a lovely outing in the Aragonese Pyrenees with your family.

SOMMOS Hoteles: the finest hotels for hiking your way around Benasque

The perfect accommodation if you love sport and the mountains

Hotels located in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees with gorgeous views of Benasque Valley. SOMMOS Hoteles are the ideal choice to make the most of the countryside and take a break from the daily grind with their cosy family-friendly atmosphere. The hotels lie among the mountains of Huesca, where you can make the most of your time with your family, partner, friends or even your pet.

SOMMOS Hoteles provide perfect accommodation for people who love hiking the mountains. They cover all your downtime needs when you get back from a long day out walking the area, meaning you can recharge your batteries in the best possible way.

We can advise you on activities and trips around the Spanish Pyrenees and Benasque. We will put you in touch with experienced guides from most reputed tourism companies in the area, so you can enjoy the best guided routes and trips in the Huesca Pyrenees.

SOMMOS Hotel Aneto**** is the only 4 stars hotel in Benasque. This elegant, friendly hotel has spectacular views of the most impressive mountain peaks in the area. All our rooms come with the ultimate in comfort and mountain views. The heated pool looks out onto the Sierrra de Chia. There are two fabulous restaurants: the "Tres Mil 404" Restaurant, featuring menus and dishes created using local products, and the Sotobosque Restaurant, whose warm cosy atmosphere provides the perfect setting to enjoy the finest of the gastronomy with a delightful bottle of something from the SOMMOS wine list.

SOMMOS Hotel Benasque Spa is beautifully located and has the finest of facilities. Fancy staying in the only hotel in Benasque with a spa, situated in the quiet part of town amid extensive gardens with perfect countryside views? This charming hotel is perfect for couples and families seeking quality accommodation. The rooms are spacious and well outfitted.

Enjoy the SOMMOS Wellness & Spa, with its circuit of water from the Pyrenees, heated pool and jacuzzi. Additionally, the therapists there offer an exclusive massage and treatment service. In the same place, you can find a gym, recreational area and squash court.

The high-quality food on offer at SOMMOS Hotel Benasque Spa will sweep you off your feet. Its café La Terraza has gorgeous vies of the Spanish Pyrenees. It is the perfect place to inhale clean, fresh air, slip into a good book or enjoy a nice drink. SOMMOS Restaurant offers seasonal menus and a variety of traditional cuisine made from local products, accompanied, naturally enough, by wines from our very own Bodega SOMMOS.

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