WEEKEND GETAWAY IN THE VALLEY OF PINETA AND ORDESA ET THE MONTE PERDIDO
We make a long weekend break to discover the Valley of Pineta and visit the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido.
We wanted to take a dip in the Pinera valley and walk to the famous Cola de Caballo waterfall.
How to get there
We go to Sieste. We stayed in the Hotel Abadia de Sieste. A small charming hotel, very quiet and with amazing views.
Here you have the link:
Activities we did:
-We took a dip in the river Cinca and in the river pool of Boltaña (river Ara).
-Bicycle ride along the riverside of the river Ara.
-Visit to the old town of Ainsa.
Route to the waterfall Cola de Caballo in the Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido.
The National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido was created in 1918 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The altitude and harsh climatology and respect for the environment of its inhabitants favoured the conservation of this ecosystem.
It is a well-known route of 18km of the Aragonese Pyrenees that we wanted very much to do in family.
We enjoy a landscape of contrasts with many waterfalls, streams, lush pine woods, beechewoods and meadows, as well as rocky and desert mountains.
Km:18 (round trip)
The park is protected and in summer you can not get in the car.
From the town of Torla there is a bus service that takes you to the park.
Here you have the link with the information of the schedules and prices.
In Torla there is a large area to park the cars.
The itinerary begins in the Prairie of Ordesa, located at 1,320m, at the end of the car park.
We will follow this trail, it is very well indicated and we will enter in the leafy forests of fir trees, parallel to the river Arazas.
From this point to the waterfall of Arripas there are 3.5km.
Waterfall of Arripas:
About 500m ahead, the road takes us to the viewpoint of the waterfalls Del Estrecho and La Cueva.
One more kilometer and we get at the beechwood of Ordesa.
We will follow two kilometers more by these spectacular paths until arriving at Las Gradas de Soaso, a peculiar waterfalls with form of steps due to the erosion of the ice of the old glaciers.
We stopped for a long time to rest and contemplate them. I loved it.
500m more and we arrive at the great esplanade of the Circus of Soaso, where you can perfectly appreciate the semicircular depression with abrupt walls also caused by glacial erosion.
From here we can begin to see the spectacular waterfall of Cola de Caballo, backed by the mountains Monte Perdido and Añisclo.
We will go along the marked path so as not damage the environment.
And finally the waterfall Cola de Caballo.
It really remember a ponytail. It is very tall and big.
The return can be made by the same path where we have gone or by other routes. We went back the same way we went, which was the most easy.
We swim in the river Cinca, in the Valley of Pineta and in the pool of Boltaña (river Ara)
We swim in the river Cinca
From Labuerda village to Hospital de Tella, on the A-138, the road has several entrances to the Cinca river to swim.
We stop at one of them. We left the car parked on one of these detours and down to the river.
-Before swim, we checked that the place had some ” pool ” and the waters were calm. If at that point the river was not calm enough , follow the road to the next point.
-We wore neoprene jerseys, because even though it was a very hot day, the water was very, very cold.
-We also took river footwear.
The sourrce of the river Cinca Pineta Valley, in the Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido.
It flows into the Segre river shortly before the Segre flows into the Ebro River.
We stayed quite sometime, enjoying the crystal blue waters and warmth on the river bank before swim again.
We had competitions to build swimming pools and to see who could stand the most in the water. And how not to see who threw stones further away.
Natural pool in Boltaña (Río Ara)
Pool of crystalline waters of the river Ara in the town of Boltaña.
The source of river Ara is in the valley of Bujaruelo, flows into the Cinca river and is one of the few rivers that has not been modified its course.
The area is conditioned for bathing and the waters are calm. Some adventurous were jumping from the bridge!
Cycling route from Margudgued to Ainsa
We have gone along the Ara river, between Margudgued and Ainsa.
Distance -12km (round trip)
The route is not circular.
This riverside is transformed into a green way to be able to conserve and to contemplate the biodiversity of the river Ara.
Visit to the old town of Ainsa
A medieval village with a privileged situation in the Aragonese Pyrenees and with an important historical complex formed by two parallel streets, the church of Santa Maria, the main square and the castle fortress at the entrance of this villa.
We walked through the cobbled streets, visited the church and the bell tower and walked on the walls.
We spent a weekend full of activities!