The call of the wild at 3,000 metres
To the north of Huesca, in the Aragonese Pyrenees, aficionados of high mountains will enjoy a unique national park in Spain: Ordesa and Monte Perdido. Consisting of four valleys (Añisclo, Escueta, Ordesa and Picuaín) and one peak, Monte Perdido, it unfolds like a scene from a film, where different ecosystems flourish together. A natural paradise where you can explore meadows, enormous forests, incredible gorges, glaciers, experience perpetual snow, and admire the unique karstic landscape, formed over thousands of years.
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
In the province of Huesca (Aragon) in northern inland Spain.
What you need to know
What you will find
With altitudes ranging between 700 to more than 3,000 metres, the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park is the perfect example of the beauty of nature in the Pyrenees. This fascinating landscape is dominated by the water that flows down from the snowy summits to its impressive valleys, bringing life to the abundant flora and fauna. A vast panorama opens up before you, where you can go from lush greens to the dazzling white of the snow on the summits in just a short distance. An ecosystem that gives life to more than 1,300 species of plants. From the huge pines and beech trees to the alpine pastures scattered with tiny flowers blanketing each corner of the park. Plants like the gentian, the Pyrenean houseleek and the snowdrop all thrive here at the different levels of this unique habitat. You may also catch a glimpse of large mammals such as the chamois, deer, or even the brown bear, which live alongside amphibians such as the Pyrenean newt. And of course the many native birds deserve a special mention. The best example is the bearded vulture, whose magnificent wingspan will amaze you from the skies. Make sure you take your binoculars so you don't miss any little detail of all that Ordesa and Monte Perdido has to offer.
Routes around the Park
There are three visitor centres around the park, and five information points, which are ideal for deciding where to start your adventures. There are 22 routes of varying difficulty covering 380 kilometres, spread between the four valleys. All are well-marked to help you find your way around the park. Remember that you're in high mountain territory, so always wear hiking boots and appropriate clothing for cold and rain, as the weather can be very changeable. Map of Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
Don't leave without...
Any time of the year is perfect for exploring Ordesa and Monte Perdido. However, spring and summer offer a captivating landscape full of lush vegetation and water. Take advantage of the sunnier seasons to discover the waterfalls that abound here, such as the Garganta de Escuaín or the Cascadas del Río Cinca where the river runs into the Pineta valley.If you fancy something more active, you can explore one of the largest glaciers in the Pyrenees. Hike the challenging Balcón de Pineta route to discover the magnificent Monte Perdido glacier at an altitude of 2,590 metres. The crowning glory of your visit is discovering the work that nature has done over many centuries from above the clouds.To relax after such an adventure, pamper yourself in one of the villages waiting for you below. The hotels and rural cottages you'll find in Bielsa, Broto, Fanlo, Puértolas, Tella-Sin and Torla-Ordesa offer various options for resting and enjoying the sensational views of the region and, of course, marvellous food. The typical local shepherds' fare such as migas, setas and game dishes are perfect for feasting on before leaving Aragon.