The Monasterio de Piedra Park is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in. I had seen some pictures on the internet, but it is one of those places that you have to see for yourself. I was really surprised.
It is huge, and every corner has something interesting, the waterfalls and lakes, with such a big volume of water, even in the summertime, are amazing. You go by foot, and it takes you a few hours to complete it, but you find toilets along the way.
The waterfalls at the beginning of the park, the famous Cola de Caballo waterfall, the cave, the lake with the cliff, the Egyptian vulture flying by…so many fantastic different atmospheres in a few kilometers, it is amazing.
You have to see a falconry show, which they organize daily in the morning and afternoon before going inside the park. You see many kinds of great birds and they give interesting explanations.
The place is quite chilly, even in the summertime, because of the exuberance of the vegetation. The worst part is that sometimes it gets crowded with people.
I decided to go back since I had great memories of the place.
We decided to stay in a rural guesthouse in Escalona called Casa Patricio, in the valley of Puértolas. I was a good choice with a good price. This way we were able to go to the canyon of Añisclo, an less frequented area in the Oraras Park and that you do mainly by car.
I have never seen so much green together at the same time. Of course we also did the path of Cola de Caballo, from Torla, one of the prettiest paths and a great reward after 3 hours of walking. I really recommend it.
The area of the Benasque Valley has an incredible beauty, and from there you can take a lot of trips.
For those who aren’t very fit, like me, I recommend the botanic excursion, it’s short and very easy, and the surroundings are fairy tale.
See from a afar, from the little tarmac track which leads from the A-132, Riglos is one the best postcard views of the Aragon Pyrenees. The small village appears suddenly, limed and silent, with hardly any element which spoils this mountain village, at the foot of the gigantic rocks which make the village seem small.
Totally vertical mythical walls which appear to release fire when the sun hits them, Riglos is the historic capital of mountaineering in Spain. On its walls of cemented gravel, product of the erosion of the glacial moraines which came down the Pyrenees, entire generations of climbers have been trained and hardened, like the famous Rabadá and Navarro, who died on the north wall of the Eiger (Swiss Alps) in 1963, to whom there is a monument dedicated at the entrance of the village.
The rivalry between Catalan and Aragonese climbers was also epic to get to the top of the famous rocky needle of Puro, the last summit in the Mallos to be conquered. Finally, it was the Aragonese, who in 1957, equipped with hemp shoes and rudimentary ropes, achieved it.
In its vertical walls, one of the biggest colonies of griffon vultures in all of Spain, nests. You don’t have to be a climber to enjoy this superb scenery: a circular track goes round all of the base of the Mallos, and permits you to get to know what this unique territory is like, in which there are also a lot of the other formations typical of the county, gorges or canyons excavated from the limestone walls . The peacefulness of Riglos, a small hamlet of 66 inhabitants, contrasts with the continual coming and going of climbers of all types and ages, dressed in colourful clothes, ropes, pitons and clasps. Facing los Mallos, still in the province of Zaragoza, is Murillo de Gállego, the water sports capital of Alto Aragón, where you can practice rafting and other white water sports in the Gállego River.
This cave is situated in the park of the monastery of Piedra. It was discovered when they were trying to make a well. The interesting thing about this cave is that as well as stalactites and stalagmites, the drops of water fall on its entry, acquiring thousands of colours, depending on how the sunlight filters in. You must see it, it is a fantastic and beautiful part of nature. Cottages Nuévalos http://www.Toprural.Com/aragon/zaragoza/casas-rurales-nuevalos_rm-es-50192.htm
The Pyrenees are one of the mountain jewels that we have in Spain and from the Natural Park of Posets Maladeta you can see why.
A lot of summits wanting to be climbed, a lot of routes in medium and high mountains (among them the ascent to Aneto), but there’s something for everybody, you can even enjoy it by car as well. Give yourself a lot of time because you will stop all the time to take photos.
The summit of Pico Tempestades 3,290 m above sea level
In the Posets Maladeta Natural Park there are many climbs we can make to the giants of the Central Pyrenees and they are more than just a simple trip or excursion. They are all an experience which you will remember forever.
We went to visit the Natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra, and arrived at the Bath of Diana, a part of the river, after a small waterfall, which forms a lagoon where we wanted to do as Diana did and take a dip in such clean waters. Under the cover of trees, the only thing left to do is to enjoy the views and tranquility.
Like the title of the book by the famous Brazilian author, "By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept", in our case, rather than sitting and mourning, we were guided by the layout of this beautiful water course that runs from the province of Zaragoza and has shaped canyons, waterfalls, caves, and a long list geographical accidents which culminate in the Natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra. They say their water has the power to petrify any tree and sculpt beautiful and incredible figures, hence its name. On our walk around the monastery that bears its name, we played the amazing crystal waters many times. We froze, but if he left an indelible mark on us that keeps us coming back to visit as soon as we can.