King Fernando El Católico is by far the most significant son of the Cinco Villas region in all of history. Born in Sos del Rey Católico, his reign alongside Isabel marked a turning point in the evolution of many aspects of our country.

 

At Rutas Prepirineo we wanted to pay homage to this illustrious character, by dedicating the best of our hiking routes to him, starting in Uncastillo and ending in Sos del Rey Católico:“The King Fernando Route”

 

This is a beautiful route through spectacular hidden pockets of the Pre-Pyrenees. With a distance of 87 km and acumulative elevation gain of 3,600 m, the route is designed for experienced hikers who should be able to comfortably complete it within 4 days without too many problems.

 

On the way, you will encounter stunning villages such as LuesiaBiel, LongásLobera de Onsella and Petilla de Aragón. You will also summit the “roof” of Cinco Villas, the Santo Domingo peak, with an altitude of 1,512 m.

 

As with all our routes, it can be adapted to participants’ physical abilities and as well as reserving lodgings, we also provide services for transporting luggage, insurance, guides etc.

 

If you enjoy walking and discovering charming new areas that are off the usual tourist trail, then the Pre-Pyrenees foothills are for you and the King will be an experience you will never forget.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

The King Fernando Route

11 Feb 2015 Hiking, Hiking Routes, Prepirineo

King Fernando El Católico is by far the most significant son of the Cinco Villas region in all of history. Born in Sos del Rey Católico, his reign alongside Isabel marked a turning point in the evolution of many aspects of our country.

 

At Rutas Prepirineo we wanted to pay homage to this illustrious character, by dedicating the best of our hiking routes to him, starting in Uncastillo and ending in Sos del Rey Católico:“The King Fernando Route”

 

This is a beautiful route through spectacular hidden pockets of the Pre-Pyrenees. With a distance of 87 km and acumulative elevation gain of 3,600 m, the route is designed for experienced hikers who should be able to comfortably complete it within 4 days without too many problems.

 

On the way, you will encounter stunning villages such as LuesiaBiel, LongásLobera de Onsella and Petilla de Aragón. You will also summit the “roof” of Cinco Villas, the Santo Domingo peak, with an altitude of 1,512 m.

 

As with all our routes, it can be adapted to participants’ physical abilities and as well as reserving lodgings, we also provide services for transporting luggage, insurance, guides etc.

 

If you enjoy walking and discovering charming new areas that are off the usual tourist trail, then the Pre-Pyrenees foothills are for you and the King will be an experience you will never forget.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

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People have always been attracted to desert areas. Although Spain is not a particularly rainy country (except for on the Cantabrian coast), there are 4 areas where the aridity reaches higher levels:

1.- Monegros

This area seems to have been lifted straight out of the Eastern steppes. The landscape is singularly unique within Europe.

Within its immense expanse of more than 276,000 hectares, there are steppes, wooded areas, ravines, hills and salt-water and freshwater lakes.

It is home to countless species of flora and fauna and there is particularly rich and varied bird life.

2.- Jandía

At the far south of the already dry island of Fuerteventura, this nature reserve has a mountain range with peaks up to 800 m high, between the Jandía peninsula and the isthmus that connects it to the rest of the island.

It is one of the most unusual and valuable areas on the Canaries, with an imposing, almost untouched countryside.

Its arid nature and particular location have turned it into a refuge for various endangered species that are now protected.

3.- Tabernas

In the Almeria province, this area is famous throughout the world for having been used for decades as the backdrop for many Westerns.

It is a 28,000 hectare nature reserve which offers several varied geological points of interest, such as gullies, watercourses and ravines.

Due to its extreme weather, it is the only area officially classed as desert within Europe.

There are hiking routes across the most spectacular sections.

4.- Bardenas Reales

Like Monegros, this area is in the Ebro Valley. One of this Nature Reserve’s peculiarities is that its 42,000 hectares do not belong to any municipality.

Its sandstone layers are interwoven with soft clay and gypsum to create an impossible landscape that changes at dizzying speed.

As well as being the home to bandits, it has also hosted films, adverts and video clips. The magic of Bardenas magic touches everyone.

 

We are planning 2 excursions to these desert badlands for very soon. Everything is arranged by Posada La Pastora in honour of their 15th Anniversary:

Bardenas Reales on MTB

Bardenas Reales on foot

Are you in?

Domestic exoticism: The 4 driest areas in Spain

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales, BTT Routes, Hiking, Hiking Routes

People have always been attracted to desert areas. Although Spain is not a particularly rainy country (except for on the Cantabrian coast), there are 4 areas where the aridity reaches higher levels:

1.- Monegros

This area seems to have been lifted straight out of the Eastern steppes. The landscape is singularly unique within Europe.

Within its immense expanse of more than 276,000 hectares, there are steppes, wooded areas, ravines, hills and salt-water and freshwater lakes.

It is home to countless species of flora and fauna and there is particularly rich and varied bird life.

2.- Jandía

At the far south of the already dry island of Fuerteventura, this nature reserve has a mountain range with peaks up to 800 m high, between the Jandía peninsula and the isthmus that connects it to the rest of the island.

It is one of the most unusual and valuable areas on the Canaries, with an imposing, almost untouched countryside.

Its arid nature and particular location have turned it into a refuge for various endangered species that are now protected.

3.- Tabernas

In the Almeria province, this area is famous throughout the world for having been used for decades as the backdrop for many Westerns.

It is a 28,000 hectare nature reserve which offers several varied geological points of interest, such as gullies, watercourses and ravines.

Due to its extreme weather, it is the only area officially classed as desert within Europe.

There are hiking routes across the most spectacular sections.

4.- Bardenas Reales

Like Monegros, this area is in the Ebro Valley. One of this Nature Reserve’s peculiarities is that its 42,000 hectares do not belong to any municipality.

Its sandstone layers are interwoven with soft clay and gypsum to create an impossible landscape that changes at dizzying speed.

As well as being the home to bandits, it has also hosted films, adverts and video clips. The magic of Bardenas magic touches everyone.

 

We are planning 2 excursions to these desert badlands for very soon. Everything is arranged by Posada La Pastora in honour of their 15th Anniversary:

Bardenas Reales on MTB

Bardenas Reales on foot

Are you in?

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This coming 14 June, in partnership with Posada La Pastora, we have organised a walking route between Luesia and Biel, one of the prettiest of the Cinco Villas.

It will be an easy day’s walk (for people who are used to walking in the countryside), where we can quietly enjoy the Pre-Pyrenees in the best season of the year.

The walk will be guided by Miguel, from Posada La Pastora, who is a biologist, native of Uncastillo and hugely knowledgeable about the area. We will also be taking a GPS with the path to follow, to get into the habit of using this technology that is ever more present on our trips.

The walk will be 13.5 km and has a total of 500 metres elevation gain. Bearing in mind that the pace will be slow, the total duration will be about 4 hours.

It is a beautiful and very varied walk. Pines, beech and Holm oak groves, peaks and gullies, scrub land… it is all here on this route, which will also provide us with some magnificent views across the Sierra de Santo Domingo.

Some of the landmarks we will pass are Fuent’Isicar, the Refugio de l’Artica, the Bal beech woods, the Ripas Altas ravine and the Arba de Biel river.

As a reward for all our effort, a magnificent meal will be waiting for us at the restaurant, one of the best gastronomic spots in Cinco Villas.

After tucking into our meal, we will have a look around the castle, the church and Biel’s Jewish quarter.

We are planning on travelling back by car from Biel to Luesia, where we will have left the cars in the morning.

 

Luesia Biel hiking route

11 Feb 2015 Hiking, Prepirineo

This coming 14 June, in partnership with Posada La Pastora, we have organised a walking route between Luesia and Biel, one of the prettiest of the Cinco Villas.

It will be an easy day’s walk (for people who are used to walking in the countryside), where we can quietly enjoy the Pre-Pyrenees in the best season of the year.

The walk will be guided by Miguel, from Posada La Pastora, who is a biologist, native of Uncastillo and hugely knowledgeable about the area. We will also be taking a GPS with the path to follow, to get into the habit of using this technology that is ever more present on our trips.

The walk will be 13.5 km and has a total of 500 metres elevation gain. Bearing in mind that the pace will be slow, the total duration will be about 4 hours.

It is a beautiful and very varied walk. Pines, beech and Holm oak groves, peaks and gullies, scrub land… it is all here on this route, which will also provide us with some magnificent views across the Sierra de Santo Domingo.

Some of the landmarks we will pass are Fuent’Isicar, the Refugio de l’Artica, the Bal beech woods, the Ripas Altas ravine and the Arba de Biel river.

As a reward for all our effort, a magnificent meal will be waiting for us at the restaurant, one of the best gastronomic spots in Cinco Villas.

After tucking into our meal, we will have a look around the castle, the church and Biel’s Jewish quarter.

We are planning on travelling back by car from Biel to Luesia, where we will have left the cars in the morning.

 

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The first time anyone enters Bardenas Reales the sensation is one of incredulity. We felt it ourselves and our clients also feel it on their “Bardenas baptisms”.

Impossible rock forms, desolate landscapes, pure aridity… The Bardenas Reales area is one of the most unique in Spain. It is not for nothing that it is chosen for numerous publicity shots, music clips and film scenes.

Although tourism is only permitted on certain paths, hiking (together with MTB) is one of the best ways to lose yourself and discover Bardenas’ best-kept secrets. The experience of solitude and absolute silence is unforgettable.

What’s more, between September and March, the restrictions that are in place throughout the rest of the year on certain areas are lifted.

The spectacular scenery, the fact that you can even bring the children for walks, plus the sheer uniqueness of the place all mean that hiking in Bardenas Reales will not disappoint.

Plus, at Rutas Prepirineo we offer hiking and MTB routes that are adapted to everyone’s level. The best destination with the best information: the perfect combination!
 

Hiking in Bardenas Reales

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales, Hiking

The first time anyone enters Bardenas Reales the sensation is one of incredulity. We felt it ourselves and our clients also feel it on their “Bardenas baptisms”.

Impossible rock forms, desolate landscapes, pure aridity… The Bardenas Reales area is one of the most unique in Spain. It is not for nothing that it is chosen for numerous publicity shots, music clips and film scenes.

Although tourism is only permitted on certain paths, hiking (together with MTB) is one of the best ways to lose yourself and discover Bardenas’ best-kept secrets. The experience of solitude and absolute silence is unforgettable.

What’s more, between September and March, the restrictions that are in place throughout the rest of the year on certain areas are lifted.

The spectacular scenery, the fact that you can even bring the children for walks, plus the sheer uniqueness of the place all mean that hiking in Bardenas Reales will not disappoint.

Plus, at Rutas Prepirineo we offer hiking and MTB routes that are adapted to everyone’s level. The best destination with the best information: the perfect combination!
 

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Winter is the perfect time to come hiking in both the Pre-Pyrenees and in Bardenas Reales. Here are our 10 tips for getting the most out of your hiking trips in the countryside:

1.- Plan your trip: Get the most information possible about the best itinerary, dates, maps, weather forecast… If you can also get the track, even better.

2.- Calculate the distances: The length and difficulty of the trip should be chosen according to the abilities of the weakest in your group. This is vital when there are children on the outing.

3.- Footwear: Comfortable, with a rigid sole and boots rather than shoes, for ankle support. In hiking, as in many other sporting activities, it is better not to wear new boots. Make sure you have “worn them in” on shorter walks.

4.- ClothingSuitable for the season. As well as comfortable and light, it must be breathable and you should have some sort of waterproof layer. It is always advisable to cover your legs.

5.- Poles: 2 are better than 1. Telescopic poles are ideal, since you can lengthen them a little during descents and even fold them away during sections when you don’t need them.

6.- Rucksack: Comfortable and with sufficient capacity. Make sure it is well-fitting so that the weight rests on your hips and not on your shoulders when you hike our routes.

7.- Protection: Sun protection, a visor, sunglasses, gloves and lip protection will all be vital on our hiking routes.

8.- Ascents: Take shorter steps, placing the whole of the foot on the ground and following an easy-to-maintain rhythm. If the gradient is very steep, zig-zag across the terrain to make it easier.

9.- Descents: When hiking, lengthen your poles and support yourself to alleviate some of the stress on your knees. If the gradient is very steep, again try to zig-zag and place your feet perpendicular to the slope.

10.- Final piece of advice. When hiking, always try to:

– Eat before you are hungry

– Drink before you are thirsty

– Wrap up warm before you feel cold

– Rest before you feel exhausted

 

Remember that in hiking, more than anywhere else, it is not the end goal that matters but the journey. Enjoy it! 

 

Hiking: 10 tips for routes on foot

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales, Hiking, Prepirineo

Winter is the perfect time to come hiking in both the Pre-Pyrenees and in Bardenas Reales. Here are our 10 tips for getting the most out of your hiking trips in the countryside:

1.- Plan your trip: Get the most information possible about the best itinerary, dates, maps, weather forecast… If you can also get the track, even better.

2.- Calculate the distances: The length and difficulty of the trip should be chosen according to the abilities of the weakest in your group. This is vital when there are children on the outing.

3.- Footwear: Comfortable, with a rigid sole and boots rather than shoes, for ankle support. In hiking, as in many other sporting activities, it is better not to wear new boots. Make sure you have “worn them in” on shorter walks.

4.- ClothingSuitable for the season. As well as comfortable and light, it must be breathable and you should have some sort of waterproof layer. It is always advisable to cover your legs.

5.- Poles: 2 are better than 1. Telescopic poles are ideal, since you can lengthen them a little during descents and even fold them away during sections when you don’t need them.

6.- Rucksack: Comfortable and with sufficient capacity. Make sure it is well-fitting so that the weight rests on your hips and not on your shoulders when you hike our routes.

7.- Protection: Sun protection, a visor, sunglasses, gloves and lip protection will all be vital on our hiking routes.

8.- Ascents: Take shorter steps, placing the whole of the foot on the ground and following an easy-to-maintain rhythm. If the gradient is very steep, zig-zag across the terrain to make it easier.

9.- Descents: When hiking, lengthen your poles and support yourself to alleviate some of the stress on your knees. If the gradient is very steep, again try to zig-zag and place your feet perpendicular to the slope.

10.- Final piece of advice. When hiking, always try to:

– Eat before you are hungry

– Drink before you are thirsty

– Wrap up warm before you feel cold

– Rest before you feel exhausted

 

Remember that in hiking, more than anywhere else, it is not the end goal that matters but the journey. Enjoy it! 

 

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