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In this post, you will find an ultimate list of top hiking trails in the Pyrenees, based on my numerous trips to this stunning European mountain range.

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Visiting the Pyrenees of Spain

My trips to the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees of Spain is one of my all-time favorite destinations on the Iberian Peninsula and an ultimate source of my adventurous travel experiences. You can check all related stories on the blog under the Pyrenees hashtag.

To get a quick glimpse of my ongoing trips to the Pyrenees head to these Highlights on IG.

Back in 2022, an epic road trip across the Spanish Pyrenees of Aragon was our first family trip to the region, and even though it was already not my first time in the Pyrenees (that one was in 2006), the tradition of visiting the region once a year has been one of my favorite things in Spain ever since.

Unexpectedly, even visiting the Pyrenees with small kids turned out as a huge success. So, the next year we returned to the Aragon region to discover more local hidden gems. Then my weekend in the Pyrenees of Catalonia (on that trip I brought my parents with me and they ended up in awe too) – somehow the whole experience has turned into one of the highlights of 2023 Travels in Spain.

As you might have already figured out by now, testing new hiking trails in the Pyrenees is on my 2024 Spain Bucket List. So let me sum up my past trails, and then share those that are still on my personal bucket list!

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Bosque de Carlac

What you need to know

The Spanish Pyrenees extend for more than 400 km across the Spain-France border and include 3 Spanish regions: AragonCatalonia, and Navarre. So far I have only tried the hikes in the first two. During my numerous Northern Spain road trips and a recent Navarra Trip, I was mostly focused on Spanish architectural landmarks. However, I plan to visit the Pyrenees of Navarre soon since I just can not get enough of the Pyrenees.

You can read more about my hiking essentials in this post.

Books about the Pyrenees

If you are looking for more visual inspiration or historical/practical data on the Pyrenees region, there are a few books you might find handy – Shorter Treks in the PyreneesExplore Pyrenees Like A Local or Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees (focused on the French Pyrenees).

Planning to read something about the Pyrenees on the road? – Check Footprints on the mountainsBoundariesThe Savage FrontierCruel Crossing, and If you only walk long enough.

If you know Spanish, check: Pirineos. Mas allá de las montañasLos PirineosLeyendas de brujas en el Pirineo fantásticoPirineos: 50 joyas del arte románicoPirineos : montaña sublime, and 101 Lugares de los Pirineos sorprendentes.

Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees

Since all of the articles on the Spanish Pyrenees are quite popular on my blog, I thought of sharing more details on my hiking experiences and plans.

First, I’ ‘ll go through all the hiking trails in the Pyrenees I have already tested, and afterward, will share with you more potential ideas from my current bucket list. For your convenience, I´ll leave you links with details from Wikiloc too. I am not affiliated with Wikiloc, nor do I use the app, but my husband does. So, I thought it might be handy for some of you as well.

1. Cañon de Añisclo

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Top Hiking Trails in The PyreneesCañon de Añisclo
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Top Hiking Trails in The PyreneesCañon de Añisclo

Ruta por el Cañon de Añisclo is an easy 45-minute walk (2km), but the natural setting around is so unique that it made it to my list of favorite hikes in Spain. This trail belongs to one of the most impressive Spanish national parks – Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido.

Ruta por el Cañon de Añisclo starts at San Urbez parking, but to get there you take a stunning local road HU-631 through the canyon of Añisclo. This beautiful drive felt like a separate experience itself.

Also, keep in mind that you have a few options to turn this trail into a longer hike by following other itineraries along the canyon of Añisclo.

You can check the details of this trail via Wikiloc.

2. Astun

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Astun

Ruta de Los 7 Lagos de Astun (also called 7 Ibones de Astun) was one of my first hiking trails in the Pyrenees. It turned out into a highlight of our first family road trip to the Spanish Pyrenees. Aside from the jaw-dropping mountain peaks and crystal-clear lakes, this route makes you cross the Spain-France border a few times in one single day.

The trail starts at the Astun Ski Station, where you take the lift towards Ibon de Truchas, the first lake.

Keep in mind that you will be hiking at an altitude of 2100 m, which means less oxygen. So, while the trail is only 13,55 km – long, this hike will not be a match for everyone. I´d say it has a Medium-level difficulty. Nevertheless, it is still one of my favorite hiking trails in The Pyrenees.

You can check the details of this trail via Wikiloc.

3. Pasarelas del Vero

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Pasarelas del Vero

The trail of Pasarelas del Vero (also called Pasarelas de Alquesar) was one of the highlights of my second Aragon road trip. This hike takes one to the stunning gorge via metal walkways and involves some heights. The entrance fee is 4 euros per person, but the route is perfectly marked.

This hiking trail is located in Alquezar, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Spain (within the Spanish natural park Parque Natural de la Sierra y los Cañones de Guara).

If you are not afraid of heights, this place could be a great match for the whole family (my kids, 4 and 6 years old, loved it). The whole itinerary was 3,37 km (it took us 2 hours to complete the route). You can check the views on IG Reels and TikTok.

You can check the details of this trail via Wikiloc.

4. Mallos de Riglos

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Mallos de Riglos

Another one of my favorite Spanish hikes is El camino del cielo por Mallos de Riglos. It´s a 5,4 km-long circular route in the small town of Riglos in the Huesca Province. This natural setting is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Aragon and one of the top otherworldly landscapes in Spain.

Despite everyone calling it an easy hike, this one was a bit challenging for our youngest daughter (due to the elevation). Nevertheless, I felt like the view was 100% worth the effort. We read somewhere in the Spanish media a suggestion to do the hiking trail clockwise (despite the local sign highlighting the reverse option). By doing it clockwise, you have a short and intense way up, but after reaching the peak, the rest (the largest part of the trail) is simply descending and enjoying the views.

You can check the details of this trail via Wikiloc.

5. Aiguestortes National Park

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Aiguestortes National Park
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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Aiguestortes National Park

Exploring the Pyrenees of Catalonia always involves a visit to the regional gem – Aiguestortes National Park, one of the most protected natural settings in Spain.

The most popular trail of Aiguestortes is Ruta del Planell de Aiguestortes y Estany Llong. To reach it, you need to take an official transfer from the village of Boi ( 11 euros both ways per person). Local authorities limit access to private vehicles, so the only alternative to their transfer is to walk an extra 12 km-long trail from Parking de la Molina (this route is called Ruta de la Nutria).

You can check the details of this trail via Wikiloc.

6. Bosque de Carlac

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Bosque de Carlac
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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Bosque de Carlac

The trail Ruta del Bosque de Carlac starts in the tiny village of Bausen near the French border. This itinerary has made it to my list of Secret Spanish hikes, even though we met a few people on the go. Nevertheless, when the trail begins in a remote half-abandoned village and leads one to one of the Spanish magical forests – it´s a one-of-a-kind experience that feels both mysterious and secret.

For some reason, I read on the Spanish websites that it was an easy walk. Again, in my opinion, it was not – even though, personally, I enjoyed it. Essentially, Bosque de Carlac is an intermediate-level 6.5-km-long hiking trail with an elevation level of +275. While it is a circular trail, we have done it clockwise (unlike all of the other travelers we met on the road).

You can check the details of this trail via Wikiloc.

7. Cola de Caballo

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Located inside Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, Cola de Caballo is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Pyrenees. We started walking it during our first Pyrenees road trip, but since it was quite packed with travelers, we switched it to Ruta Circo Cotatuero, a lesser-known alternative. So, Cola de Caballo is still in the plans for me.

Also, this trail is quite long – 17,5 km (even though you have lots of alternatives around).

You can check the details of this trail via Wikiloc.

8. Artiga de Lin y Ojos del Diablo

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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Artiga de Lin y Ojos del Diablo
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Top Hiking Trails in The Pyrenees – Artiga de Lin y Ojos del Diablo

Artiga de Lin y Ojos del Diablo was one of my most spontaneous hiking trails in the Pyrenees. During our weekend in the Catalan Pyrenees, we initially headed to Uelhs deth Joeu waterfall (also called Ojos del Diablo), but liked the area and decided to walk around.

I read on the Spanish sites that in summer the area is usually closed for private vehicles and they set a tourist train (please, double-check this, in case you plan to visit during the peak season). But since our trip took place in October, we parked right near the waterfall and after crossing it, decided to walk up towards Refugi (e.g. mountain refuge).

You can check the details of this trails via Wikiloc.

More Hiking Trails in The Spanish Pyrenees

What´s in my plans for the future trips to the Pyrenees?

Bucket-list Trails in The French Pyrenees

So far, I only have two trails marked for my French Pyrenees Bucket list, but I´ll keep updating this post with new hiking goals.

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