The Zaragoza Provincial Council is promoting thirteen hiking routes throughout the province to enjoy nature as a family.
The routes are suitable for all ages and are especially aimed at families with children and groups of friends who will be able to discover unknown and surprising places, a great variety of landscapes and other cultural and heritage attractions along the way.
The 13 routes
Hiking Route 1:
‘Hoz Seca and Hoz del río Mesa’. Jaraba and Calmarza have a privileged natural environment for hiking. This route serves as an example of the possibilities offered by this area. The section that runs through the Hoz Seca is punctuated by several information stands that help to learn about the traditional way of life of other times and the natural heritage. You can also visit the ‘Roca Benedí’ cave paintings, declared a World Heritage Site.
‘The Hidden Face of Moncayo: Ravines in Purujosa’. This route allows you to discover the landscapes of the southern slope, dominated by the limestone craters that rise up between the ravines that have been modelled by the action of water. This circular route links the Cuartún ravine with the La Virgen ravine through the Barrevinoso pass.
Hiking Route 3:
‘The Aguasvivas river in Belchite and the Almonacid dam’. Linear route that starts in the old town of Belchite and through the PR-Z 80 heads towards Almonacid de la Cuba, finally culminating at the Roman dam, a work of more than 2,000 years old. The route follows the course of the Aguasvivas river, one of the rivers that flows through the Campo de Belchite region.
‘Las Hoces del Piedra from Aldehuela de Liestos’. Aldehuela de Liestos is a small town in the Campo de Daroca region, with quiet streets and surprising landscapes, some of which are little known, such as the Hoces del río Piedra, a spectacular setting characterised by abrupt limestone walls eroded by water and wind over millions of years.
‘Route through the Bal de Luesia and ascent to Puy Fonguera’. This circular route runs through the Bal mountain, an environment of great ecological and geological value. It is part of the area declared protected landscape of the Sierra de Santo Domingo. The route allows you to enjoy a varied vegetation made up of a mosaic of natural woodland formations, pine forests, scrubland and pastureland, including beech groves in shady areas and gall oaks, which in this area form continuous forests. Both formations have an undergrowth full of holly and boxwood.
‘Ascent to the Cabezo de la Mata. Añón de Moncayo’. This linear route allows you to discover a part far from the typical ascent to Moncayo, on whose shady slopes you can find one of the best oak groves in Aragón, an autochthonous and relict forest mass from more humid times.
‘Alto de la Nevera in the Sierra de Algairén’. Circular route, with some slope and a simple route through the surroundings of the Sierra de Algairén, offering spectacular panoramic views, especially at the viewpoint of Falaguera. This massif of the Sistema Ibérico is characterised by a mountain range of medium altitude that extends from the Paniza pass to Morata de Jalón.
‘Jabacín, las Torcas and the meander of the Jalón’. Morata de Jalón is located in the south of the region of Valdejalón, crossed by the river Jalón which allows the development of a fertile valley of great beauty, with a limestone landscape as a backdrop and which forms an ideal environment for hiking and climbing.
‘Castellet de Faió in Nonaspe’. The hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Dos Aguas, strategically located at the confluence of the Algars-Matarraña rivers, marks the beginning of this demanding route that penetrates through areas of pine forest and crosses deep ravines such as Vall Major. Several viewpoints offer spectacular river panoramas, such as the Dos Aguas viewpoint at the confluence of these two rivers, or the Ebro viewpoint.
‘The Walls and the Snail of the Canal and the Jalón in Grisén’. A pleasant circular excursion for the whole family that allows you to discover this area of the Ribera Alta region, linking two places of great interest, a pleasant riverside wood on the Jalón and the place known as the Caracol, at the confluence of the Jalón with the Canal Imperial de Aragón, one of the most important engineering works in Europe built at the end of the 18th century and which allowed the waters of the river Ebro to reach Zaragoza, making irrigation possible in the area.
‘Los Miradores de Monegrillo’. This route takes you to a corner of the Monearos in Zaragoza that shows a wide range of landscapes and natural wealth in the foothills of the Sierra de Alcubierre, known in these parts as Monegrillo or Lanaja, depending on how you look at it.
‘Montes Blancos de Alfajarín’. On the outskirts of Zaragoza, between the Monegros and the fertile fertile plain of the Ebro, there is a semi-naked horizon of hills and chalky hills that open out into the valley in the form of valleys and ravines, the Montes Blancos de Alfajarín. This short circular walk invites you to follow the paths and tracks that trace this quasi-desert landscape, where, in order to survive, its fauna and flora must adapt to the harsh restrictions imposed by its gypsiferous nature.
‘El Aguallueve de Anento’. This route is located in Anento, one of the villages with the most personality in the region and considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. It is located at the foot of the steep ridge of the Campo de Romanos and the Aguallueve is undoubtedly one of its greatest natural attractions. To extend the route a little further, we suggest that you first climb up to the castle from where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.