The Sierra de Guara is one of the most surprising areas of the province of Huesca. It is an area that is neither the Pyrenees nor a valley on the way to the Ebro. It is a mountain range with its own personality in the foothills of the great mountain range where endless attractive places await us, from beautiful villages to landscapes for adventure. Let’s go through them below!
Sierra de Guara, a protected area
In the extension of the Sierra de Guara there are different protected areas and for different reasons. For example, there is a large area of landscape that is the Sierra de Guara Natural Park and Canyons. There are also areas that belong to the River Vero Cultural Park.
And, in addition to all this, there are monuments and towns listed as assets of cultural interest. We are going to start our visit to the area through one of these towns.
The town of Alquézar is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Aragón. It is a nucleus dominated in its highest part by the collegiate church and the walls of the old Arab fortress that still gives it its name today.
At its feet you will see a labyrinth of streets adapted to the hillside with countless houses and mansions that have managed to keep the appearance of the past. A delightful place!
The bridge of Olvena
The eastern end of the Sierra de Guara is defined by the river Cincawhich comes from Pyrenean lands, neither more nor less than from the Ordesa National Park.
Well, at the height of the territory of the mountains is the town of Olvena and there is a historic bridge: the bridge of the Sierra. Legend has it that it was built in a single night by the devil.
At the other end of the Sierra de Guara, in the west, is another of the most emblematic elements of this landscape: the impressive Roldán waterfall. It is made up of two great rocks that can be climbed relatively easily. to contemplate a spectacular panorama, with the city of Huesca at our feet.
Rodellar, place to climb in the Sierra de Guara
It may not be well known by the general public, but it is a benchmark for climbing lovers. And it is that in the vicinity of the remote village of Rodellar, in the heart of the Sierra de Guara, is one of the sets of natural walls suitable for all levels of climbers.
The Mascún Ravine
Climbing is not the only adventure sport that is practiced in the Sierra de Guara. In fact, the most popular is canyoning. In this landscape of rocky outcrops carved by aggressive watercourses there are numerous ravines ideal for this sport and also for different levels.
For the most expert in canyoning, the Mascún ravine is ideal. But there are other simpler ones, such as the Vero, the Peonera or the Formiga river.
The Coats of Lecina
Through these ravines it is easy to find groups of hikers hiking and canyoning, but thousands of years ago prehistoric man walked here. Numerous shelters with Levantine-style cave paintings have been found, declared World Heritage. So do not think that cave art is the Altamira cave and little else.
El Tozal de Guara, the summit of the Sierra de Guara
Now we propose a good portion of hiking, almost mountaineering, to ascend to the highest point of the Sierra de Guara, El Tozal, which rises to 2077 meters high. It is an excursion through which you go through a series of spectacular viewpoints and, in addition, it allows discovering the incredible difference in vegetation between the north and south slopes.
And after so much touring the Sierra de Guara we take you to a place where you can rest and refresh yourself. The Salto de Bierge is a natural pool that is very popular in summer.
It is a great point and end to this intense itinerary through the province of Huesca, where there has been everything: heritage, history, legends, hiking, climbing, ravines and even cave paintings thousands of years old.