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What to do in the Natural Park of the Sierra and Canyons of Guara

A center of active tourism, natural pools of turquoise waters, rock art and culture, the Natural Park of the Sierra and Canyons of Guara is the largest protected natural area of Aragon. A world reference for canyoning, it is considered one of the most attractive destinations in Europe for the practice of this sport.

Between the steppes of the Ebro and the Pyrenees, the largest protected natural area of Aragon, the Natural Park of the Sierra and Canyons of Guara, opens its way. Crossed by the turquoise waters that run through this natural landscape, the mountain range has spectacular waterfalls, siphons and caves that flow through its famous canyons. Narrow and deep ravines that have become a worldwide attraction for canyoning, qualified as the most attractive in Europe.

There are more than 80,000 hectares covering 15 municipalities in Huesca where water plays the leading role. Although the magic of the river is not its only attraction, there are other factors that influence and have made this Natural Park one of the most valuable jewels of Aragon. The Sierra de Guara has its own network of trails, a variety of adventure sports to practice, pools and other natural pools of turquoise color and a mixture of culture, art and history in the surrounding villages such as Alquézar.

In addition, it is one of the Protected Natural Areas of Aragon certified with the Q for Quality Tourism. From Go Aragón, we tell you the best things to see and do here.

Pools and natural pools in turquoise waters

As we have already mentioned above, the Sierra and Canyons of Guara is synonymous with riverbeds and water everywhere. Paradise of natural pools and pools, you can not miss the Salto de Bierge. Dam of the Alcanadre river whose popularity is due to the great jump of 10 meters high, currently prohibited for visitors. Now it is a clear example of a regulated bathing area without overcrowding.

The Bierge waterfall has been regulated to prevent visitors from jumping from the top of the dam and to control the capacity (saltodebierge).

Among its multiple natural pools that you will go along the trails of the park, the Tamara Fountain stands out. Emerald green transparent waters characterize this large natural pool -also called badina-. A mixture of the water flowing down from the Fornazos Strait and the Tamara spring make it a unique place to take a dip.

Fuente Tamara natural pool (Photo: excursionesporhuesca.es)

Adventure in its purest form: canyoning, climbing and trekking.

Not in vain the Natural Park of the Sierra and the canyons of Guara is considered one of the best places in Europe for the practice of canyoning. It is a great attraction for most tourists, as the different levels of the cliffs allow both beginners and experienced canyoners to enjoy this sport. However, climbing in the most unexpected places in the area is reserved for the most daring and experienced. The possibilities for active tourism in the park are wide and varied. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact some of the companies that work there.

Climbing in the Delfín de Rodellar (Photo: turismodearagon.com).

One of the characteristics of this mountain range is that it has a complete network of trails. Two of its classic routes are the one that reaches the Tozal de Guara (2,077 m) or the path of the hermitage of San Martín de la Val d’ Onsera. In total, 12 signposted routes identified with the S that allow you to learn more about the heritage of the area.

Art and culture in the mountainous mountain range 

Another essential attraction in the Natural Park of the Sierra and Canyons of Guara is the Cultural Park of the Vero River. More than 60 shelters with Paleolithic, Levantine and schematic cave paintings have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The headwaters of the Vero River bequeath an exceptional artistic and natural heritage.

Do not miss visiting Alquézar and its route along the walkways of the last section of the Vero river canyon. Declared a Historic-Artistic Site, this Medieval Village stands out for the Collegiate Church of Santa María de Alquézar. Prepared in ancient times for the defense of the attacks of the Christian kingdoms of Barbastro and Sobrarbe, this Muslim fortress surrounds the village in a beautiful picture worthy of admiration.

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