The Monasterio de Piedra Natural Park is the most visited private park in Europe. After entering the park (13.50 Euros) we enter a world of nature in the middle of a dry region in the south of Aragón.
During the route, perfectly guided with the map we received, which is about 2 hours and a half long, we will see the great number of different waterfalls in the park. You have all types of them: strong, steep, calm, with trees, with little water…and even one with a cave, the most popular one, Cola de Caballo.
I recommend that you wear waterproof boots or sandals because there is always a lot of water and some parts can be flooded. Also, even in August it gets cold, so bring a jacket.
The only thing that bothered me in this beautiful place was the engravings on stone and trees that some uncivilized people that cannot appreciate nature leave there. Also, I didn’t like the screaming of some groups of people who think that they are at the fair. But other than these annoying groups, the visit to the park was wonderful.
The Monasterio de Piedra lake is always so quiet and peaceful that it looks like a mirror, reflecting the whole sky and the surrounding scenery around the lake. A haven of peace, which will lead the way, crossing several wooden bridges and the nearby farm, the first to be built in Spain.
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
This is a truly spectacular walking route. We climbed the ruta de los cazadores, about 2 hours going uphill which was rather difficult, we kept on and eventually arrived at the horses tail, an impressive waterfall. The way back was easier, and we made multiple stops. Magnificent landscape.
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.
This is the first ever farm in Spain (opened in the year 1867). It is situated in the Natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra. It is a beautiful place where you can enjoy the fauna of the area and the country. One is left spellbound watching the Iberian Trout, the Iberian crab and other species kept and recovered in this stunning natural environment. Besides its culture and history, among other things, in the park you can learn new things, especially if like me, you know little about this beautiful little place;-) river species. Fascinating place.
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.
The legend says that the devil made mischief in these parts. La Peña, or Mirador, del Diablo is a spectacular setting in the Monasterio de Piedra park that offers breathtaking views of the "Horse Tail" waterfall or the dreamy "Mirror Lake". The legends and fantasies further enrich the fame and beauty of this mystical and otherworldly place. Supposedly the monks of the monastery, one day, "released" the most unfortunate and destitute woman who was "strangely possessed," and wanted to seek revenge and burn the convent. The monks had no choice but to pray. Meanwhile, the Devil decided to conduct his own affairs and sought to throw an impressive stone on top of the monastery. But when the bells started ringing, the Devil suddenly fell off because he got scared. The stone fell to the spot where it now stands as the rock of the devil. These legends amaze me.
This waterfall has a tunnel in side it; the experience to see it for the first time gives a cold sensation and you feel very small, something strange but charming. The place has no easy access for people with difficulty mobility or small children.
The "Capricious" waterfall is inside the natural park of the Stone Monastery in the town of Nuévalos (Zaragoza). The park has numerous waterfalls, the tallest of which are this one and the "Cola de Caballo". It's a good place to get lost in nature.
Inside the Monasterio de Piedra, you can enjoy an entertaining spectacle of birds of prey (check timetable upon entry). You can also visit the birds after the shows. I advise you to bring snacks or to eat before going in, because once you enter the park, you can not leave and re-enter.