Aragón

Short description

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+++ Romans, Goths, Franks and Moors in front of snow-capped peaks +++ a phony and evil monk disinherits the Templars +++ colorful limestone as a witness of an eventful past +++ Roland‘s Olifant becomes silent at 2,800 meters +++ one half of the Catholic Kings +++  guardians of the grail in the shadow of the mountains +++ Francisco de Goya on the way to great fame +++ defensive walls against Moorish culture +++ lomo embuchado y boliches de Embún +++ Land of castles in the service of the Reconquista ++ + deep ravines and wild streams rich in fish +++ four valleys and a lost mountain under the protection of the UNESCO +++ Romanesque arches surrounded by silence +++ rare bearded vultures nesting in brittle cliffs +++ tolerant conquerors and sacred warriors +++ a stone quarry in the heart of Barcelona +++ God is in no hurry. (Antoni Gaudí y Cornet) +++ Catalan pride and cosmopolitan avant-garde between mountains and sea +++

Our trip through Aragón and the southern Pyrenees in 7 days, up to 14 persons. One double overnight stay.


Hotels *****
Gastronomy ****
Culture ****
Nature ***** !


Travel dates 2019
EAR1 (Barcelona – Pamplona): Saturday, 25-may-2019 to Saturday, 1-jun-2019
EAR2 (Pamplona – Barcelona): Saturday, 1-jun-2019 to Saturday, 8-jun-2019
EAR3 (Barcelona – Pamplona): Saturday, 7-sep-2019 to Saturday, 14-sep-2019
EAR4 (Pamplona – Barcelona): Saturday, 14-sep-2019 to Saturday, 21-sep-2019

Traveling price
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: 1890 €
Single-room surcharge: 410 €
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as travelling there and back.

Flight
Target airport Bilbao respectively Barcelona (open jaw flight) from/to Munich (as available): 390 €
Surcharge for other German airports: 90 €
Flights from airports in other countries on request.

Participation conditions
The arrangement contains the above services. Our terms and conditions apply.

Program P-B

A unique combination of cultural life in the cities of Pamplona and Barcelona and the harsh beauty of the southern Pyrenees. Picturesque places, where tranquillity seems to be able to be reached by hands and silence is a constant companion. Monasteries, built centuries ago, which exude an incredible tranquillity. In front of the magnificent backdrop of the Pyrenees, the kings of Aragón ruled for centuries, but also poets and writers found inspiration there. A landscape that has fallen into oblivion today, as if created for a journey full of authenticity and originality with an eBike.

Trip to Pamplona on Saturday.

Flight
Reserve it yourself or let pedelon do the booking. Outgoing flight to Bilbao and return flight from Barcelona directly from/to Frankfurt or Munich or with a transfer from almost every German city. We pick you up at Bilbao airport with our bus to get to Pamplona within 1,5 hours.

Train
From Germany, Austria and Switzerland, you need up to 20 hours to get to Pamplona, with at least three changes of trains.
Further information can be found at www.bahn.de.

Car
There is a continuous highway connection to Pamplona respectively to Bilbao. You can leave your car at Bilbao Airport (approx. € 80/week) during your bike tour. Back to Bilbao you can get by fast train  and bus (change in Saragossa) and takes about 6 hours.

After the booking confirmation, the “pedelon travel information” is sent, which provides useful information regarding your travel to Pamplona and other tips for the journey.


In the narrow streets of Pamplona.

The tastefully decorated „Palacio Guendelain“ in an 18th century castle serve as a noble hostel for the start of our journey in Pamplona, the capital of the historic kingdom of Navarre. Hemingway‘s favorite cafe and impressive example of the Belle Époque, the legendary „Café Iruña“, is in the immediate vicinity. Its opening in 1888 served as the official commissioning of the electricity network in Pamplona at the same time.
Dinner at the restaurant “Casa Manolo”, known for its excellent Navarre specialties.


Sos del Rey Católico.

1st day, Sunday: Pamplona – Sos del Rey Católico, 59 km
After an extended breakfast and a short transfer to the outskirts of the city, the takeover and adjustment of the eBikes take place. The gentle green hills of the Zona Media of the Pre-Pyrenes are perfect for getting to know and appreciate our bikes with the built-in „back wind“. Particularly spectacular is the stage through the „Foz de Lumbier“, a narrow gorge that the river Irati dug and which was declared a nature reserve. Its spectacular construction and centuries-old isolation have helped preserve a special vegetation, which decorates the rugged rocks and provides nesting for the large birds of prey. Here, you will find the remains of a bridge built with the help of the devil according to the legend, and two tunnels through which the Iratí train once travelled, and which was the first electric railway in Spain.
Last stop in the area of the historical kingdom and the present province of Navarre is the „Castillo Javier“, whose origins date back to the 10th century. As a birthplace of Saint Francis de Xavier, co-founder of the Jesuit Order and missionary in East Asia, the castle is also a pilgrimage site today.
After a comfortable downhill ride, you are already on the former state area of the kings of Aragón. From a distance you can see the silhouette of today‘s destination Sos del Rey Católico on a foothill of the Sierra de la Peña. Its strategic location makes it a natural fortress, and at the same time one of the most important Aragonese fortifications in the 10th and 11th centuries. The historic center of the town of Sos, the birthplace of Ferdinand II, king of Aragón and later known as Ferdinand the Catholic, has been put under monumental protection a long time ago. In the northern part, you see the castle built by Ramiro II in the 12th century. The uneven ground plan is surpassed by the donjon, from which one can see the outliers of the Pyrenees.
The Parador serves as a pedelon hotel. It is extremely tastefully integrated into the medieval complex. For dinner, Alfonso invites you to his locally acclaimed restaurant “La Cocina del Principal”.


“Mallos de Riglos”.

2nd day, Monday: Sos del Rey Católico – Murillo de Gállego, 72 km
Today‘s stage leads through the grain-growing area of the „Five Cities“, situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Santo Domingo. Rivers, pine trees and meadows are some of the natural beauty of this area. The historic center of the town Uncastillo is home to a unique architectural ensemble in Aragón: the castle fortress, dating back to the 11th century and the Homage Tower which was restored in the 14th century as well as the gothic palace of Peter IV of the same century (a unique example of Gothic palace architecture in Aragón).
Through a varied landscape, the cycle route leads to the town of Murillo, located on the banks of the River Gállego. From the rooms of the small „royal“ Posada de Liena, a very tastefully restored medieval town house, you have an impressive view of the „Mallos de Riglos“, the bizarre rock formations that the river has cut out of the rock in the course of thousands of years. Dinner at the hotel, where the patron Jose spoils the guests with fine cuisine typical for the region.


Passing the “Sierra y Cañones de Guara”.

3rd day, Tuesday: Murillo – Boltaña, 65 km
At the „Embalse de la Peña“ reservoir, today‘s stage begins, full of spectacular nature and one could say tailor-made for our eBikes. Through a landscape marked by picturesque stone formations the route leads down into the Aragón valley towards Jaca. The cyclists are transferred to the „Sierra y Cañones de Guara“ natural park, which is known by ravine climbing enthusiasts for its more than seventy canyons. It is also the largest protected natural area of Aragón. The park is at the same time one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Europe: its rugged cliffs offer numerous birds of prey such as the stone eagle, the peregrine falcon and the bearded vulture refuge. The climate varies between Atlantic and Mediterranean due to the location between the Pyrenees and the Ebro Valley. This also determines the differences in vegetation between the drier south with many holm-oak forests and the north, where there are lush species such as beeches. A pass leads to 1,200 m – with the eBikes, already the climb is a great pleasure and we are additionally rewarded by a great downhill ride with magnificent views.
Our final destination for today is the luxury hotel Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña with its excellent cuisine, and which is located in the fully restored buildings of the former monastery from the 17th century. (Two overnight stays)
The dinner is in the best restaurant of Boltaña, the “Casa Coronel”, in the middle of the historical center.


Ordesa National Park.

4th day, Wednesday: Along Ordesa National Park, 45 km
Today, our journey leads us through the “Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido”, which has been a part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1997, and which is both a scenic and geographic highlight of the trip. The limestone mountains around Monte Perdido are characterized by deep ravines and rugged rock formations. Bald cliffs are framed by the green of the forests and meadows, mountain streams with clear water jostle between stone chunks and over rapids and then form calm pools. Fir and beech forests alternate with desert-like landscapes and glaciers in the highlands. The fauna and flora of this mountainous region are unique, and perhaps the most striking characteristic for the visitors are the birds of prey, such as the bearded vulture. In the center of the natural park is the 3348 m high massif of Monte Perdido. At 2800 m altitude, the Brecha de Rolando forms a natural transition to France. With the freshly charged eBikes, it is a great pleasure in front of this impressive backdrop to face the climbs without great effort and to always be rewarded by unexpected views.
Second night at Hotel Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña. For dinner, Alfonso and Maria expect their guests again in the “Casa Coronel”.


Alquézar.

5th day, Thursday: Boltaña – Alquézar, 56 km
Through the Sierra de Guara, the morning bike route leads us towards the southern provincial capital Huesca. Although, almost idle to point out the beauty of this area, it is a scenic ending of the past stages through the Aragonese Pyrenees. Deep canyons dug into the limestone, terraced olive groves and dense macchia are the permanent companions, while the foothills of the mountains become increasingly flatter and the climate feels drier and warmer kilometer for kilometer. But before the cycle route leads into the plain, there is an architectural treasure waiting for the visitors: the fortified town of Alquézar dominates a rocky outcrop at the end of a ravine of the River Vero, from which the views stretch far into the landscape. Alquézar is not only a name for climbing enthusiasts and fans of canyoning, but also for the cultural traveler. Apart from the caste, the church of Santa María la Mayor, with its organ and the cloister of Romanesque capitals, is also impressive. The sacred structure, which is markedly defensive in nature, stands on the highest elevation of the town, on the site of the former Moorish fortress, whose rooms had already been occupied by Christian hermit monks in the 11th century.
Today, your hostel will be the little charming Hotel Maribel in Alquézar, and the excellent restaurant “Casa Pardina” invites you to dine in the nearby area.


Skyline of the Catalonian Metropolis

6th day, Friday: Alquézar – Barcelona, 32 km (+18 km)
Due to the agricultural intensively used hilly landscape of the winegrowing area “Somontano”, the morning cycle tour leads us westwards via the town of Bierge with its Romanesque Ermita de San Fructuoso, built in the 13th century. In the late morning, the eBike tour of Aragón ends in Peraltilla, where a charter bus is already waiting to take the cyclists to Lleida in less than an hour. The capital of the province of the same name is already in the Autonomous Region of Catalonia, so it is a good idea to get a first impression of the cuisine of this region, which is well known all over Spain, at lunch in a tavern near the train station.
After six days of rather leisurely pace on the bike, the high-speed train needs only a good hour for the 170 km long ride to Barcelona. The route section north of Tarragona runs to a great extent along the coast and offers a clear view of the open Mediterranean Sea.
A worthy setting for the completion of a journey by eBike with great impressions is the „NH Collection Barcelona Pódium“ with a roof terrace (swimming pool!),  which offers a magnificent view over the roofs of this bustling metropolis. Finally, the dinner in an excellent restaurant close by will do its part to complete the journey in a wonderful way.


The “Casa Milà” built by Antoni Gaudí.

7th day, Saturday: Barcelona
Depending on which flight has been booked, Barcelona offers more than enough interesting things to make the morning or the whole day (for late home flights) worthwhile.
In order to get a better idea of Barcelona, there is still a special culinary delicacy: with the bike and accompanied by a local guide, we ride through the Barri Gòtic to the highlights of the architectural work of Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Família Cathedral, Casa Milà and other places of interest.
The airport of Barcelona is easily reached by public transport (metro or city bus and shuttle bus) in about three-quarters of an hour or in about 30 minutes by taxi (about 30 €).

Programm B-P

A unique combination of cultural life in the cities of Pamplona and Barcelona and the harsh beauty of the southern Pyrenees. Picturesque places, where tranquillity seems to be able to be reached by hands and silence is a constant companion. Monasteries, built centuries ago, which exude an incredible tranquillity. In front of the magnificent backdrop of the Pyrenees, the kings of Aragón ruled for centuries, but also poets and writers found inspiration there. A landscape that has fallen into oblivion today, as if created for a journey full of authenticity and originality with an eBike.

Trip to Barcelona on Saturday.

Flight
Reserve it yourself or let pedelon do the booking. Outgoing flight to Barcelona and return flight from Bilbao directly from/to Frankfurt or Munich or with a transfer from almost every German city. At the end of this travel we take you to Bilbao airport with our bus within 1,5 hours.

Train
From Germany, Austria and Switzerland, you need at least 10 hours to get to Barcelona, with at least one change of trains.
Further information can be found at www.bahn.de.

Car
There is a continuous highway connection to Barcelona. Parking space in the Catalan metropolis is generally very limited and so quite expensive. If you need a car for an additional stay after your trip, in Spain the combination of flight and car hire remains a better choice because of the favorable conditions. The most favorable and safe long-term parking space in Barcelona is the car parks of the company parkingviajeros, where you can place your car for 7 € / day. Pre-registration via the website is recommended. The return journey from Pamplona to Barcelona by express train takes almost four hours.

After the booking confirmation, the “pedelon travel information” is sent, which provides useful information regarding your travel to Barcelona and other tips for the journey.


Skyline of the Catalonian Metropolis.

In the center of Barcelona, check-in for our guests at the „NH Collection Barcelona Pódium“ starts from 3 pm. This beautiful hotel has a roof terrace with small pool and bar, the rooms are comfortable and spacious.
For dinner meeting in the hotel hall at 20 o‘clock. From there, it is only a few minutes to a Catalan specialty restaurant, which has been run with a lot of passion by the same family for many generations.


The “Casa Milà” built by Antoni Gaudí.

1st day, Sunday: Barcelona – Alquézar, 32 km (+18 km)
After breakfast, our travel begins with a guided visit by bike through the still sleepy Barcelona. A local art expert will take you across the Barri Gòtic and show you the architectural highlights of Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Família Cathedral, Casa Milà and other sights.
This unforgettable city tour ends at noon with a visit to a tapas bar before the high-speed train brings cyclists from the Catalan metropolis to Lleida in just over an hour. Afterwards, take the escort bus to Peraltilla for the start of the afternoon stage to Alquézar. Due to the agricultural intensively used hilly landscape of the wine-growing area “Somontano” the cycling route runs eastwards, ideal to get acquainted with the pedelon eBikes. At the daily destination, which must captivate every visitor with its location and the medieval ensemble, guests are expected in the small and charming Hotel Alodia. For diner we meet at an always well-frequented restaurant in the vicinity, well-known for its typical cuisine.


Alquézar.

2nd day, Monday: Alquézar – Boltaña, 56 km
After breakfast, the most beautiful and interesting sights are visited on a tour of the still quiet Alquézar. The fortified town of Alquézar dominates a rocky outcrop at the end of a ravine of the River Vero, from which the views stretch far into the landscape. Alquézar is not only a name for climbing enthusiasts and fans of canyoning, but also for the cultural traveler. Apart from the caste, the church of Santa María la Mayor, with its organ and the cloister of Romanesque capitals, is also impressive. The sacred structure, which is markedly defensive in nature, stands on the highest elevation of the town, on the site of the former Moorish fortress, whose rooms had already been occupied by Christian hermit monks in the 11th century.
The first kilometers by eBike in the morning lead in light but steady uphill past deep canyons, dug into the limestone, terraced olive groves and thick „Macchia“, on the „Sierra de Guara“.
Our final destination for today is the luxury hotel Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña with its excellent cuisine, and which is located in the fully restored buildings of the former monastery from the 17th century. (Two overnight stays)


Ordesa National Park.

3rd day, Tuesday: Along Ordesa National Park, 45 km
Today, our journey leads us through the “Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido”, which has been a part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1997, and which is both a scenic and geographic highlight of the trip. The limestone mountains around Monte Perdido are characterized by deep ravines and rugged rock formations. Bald cliffs are framed by the green of the forests and meadows, mountain streams with clear water jostle between stone chunks and over rapids and then form calm pools. Fir and beech forests alternate with desert-like landscapes and glaciers in the highlands. The fauna and flora of this mountainous region are unique, and perhaps the most striking characteristic for the visitors are the birds of prey, such as the bearded vulture. In the center of the natural park is the 3348 m high massif of Monte Perdido.
At 2800 m altitude, the Brecha de Rolando forms a natural transition to France. With the freshly charged eBikes, it is a great pleasure in front of this impressive backdrop to face the climbs without great effort and to always be rewarded by unexpected views.
Second night at Hotel Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña. For dinner, we go to Boltaña’s best restaurant, located in the historic center of the town.


„Mallos de Riglos“.

4th day, Wednesday: Boltaña – Murillo, 65 km
After breakfast, the first 10 km, which lead steeply to a pass, are bridged by means of a short transfer. After taking over the eBikes follows a wonderful, over 30 km always gently sloping cycle track through a completely deserted and traffic-free natural landscape. After reaching the main road, the pedelon bus brings cyclists up to the convent „San Juan de la Peña“. The monastery, which we will reach in the late morning, is situated on a hill, in a landscape marked by picturesque stone formations. The history of the monastery begins with the Moorish invasion in the year 720, when a handful of hermits hid on the run from the Muslims. From this early Christian period, a small Mozarabic church has been preserved, one of the most important sanctuaries in Spain. After exploring the Bendictine monastery, the bike path leads comfortably downhill through a landscape characterized by picturesque stone formations to the reservoir „Embalse de la Peña“, today‘s end of a day‘s stage.
In the heart of the town of Murillo, located on the banks of the Río Gállego, the „Real Posada de Liena“ awaits our guests. From the rooms of the small „royal“ hotel, a very tastefully restored medieval town house, you have an impressive view of the „Mallos de Riglos“, the bizarre rock formations that the river has cut out of the rock in the course of thousands of years.
Dinner at the hotel, where the patron Jose spoils the guests with fine cuisine typical for the region.


Sos del Rey Católico.

5th day, Thursday: Murillo de Gállego – Sos del Rey Católico, 75 km
After breakfast and a short transfer, today‘s hilly stage leads over traffic-free byways and through almost deserted villages to Uncastillo. The historic center of the town Uncastillo is home to a unique architectural ensemble in Aragón: the castle fortress, dating back to the 11th century and the Homage Tower which was restored in the 14th century as well as the gothic palace of Peter IV of the same century (a unique example of Gothic palace architecture in Aragón).
From a distance you can see the silhouette of today‘s destination Sos del Rey Católico on a foothill of the Sierra de la Peña. Its strategic location makes it a natural fortress, and at the same time one of the most important Aragonese fortifications in the 10th and 11th centuries.
The Parador serves as a pedelon hotel. It is extremely tastefully integrated into the medieval complex. For dinner, you will visit a restaurant which is highly praised.


Die Foz de Lumbier.
Passing the “Foz de Lumbier”.

6th day, Friday: Sos del Rey Católico – Pamplona, 59 km
In the morning we go for a visit of the old town. The historic center of Sos, the birthplace of Ferdinand II, king of Aragón and later known as Ferdinand the Catholic, has been put under monumental protection a long time ago. In the northern part, you see the castle built by Ramiro II in the 12th century. The uneven ground plan is surpassed by the donjon, from which one can see the outliers of the Pyrenees.
The gentle green hills of the Zona Media of the Pre-Pyrenes are perfect for enjoying the first kilometers of our final leg. First stop in the area of the historical kingdom and the present province of Navarre is the „Castillo Javier“, whose origins date back to the 10th century. As a birthplace of Saint Francis de Xavier, co-founder of the Jesuit Order and missionary in East Asia, the castle is also a pilgrimage site today.
After a detail visit and a gentle downhill we reach the „Foz de Lumbier“, a narrow gorge that the river Irati dug and which was declared a nature reserve. Its spectacular construction and centuries-old isolation have helped preserve a special vegetation, which decorates the rugged rocks and provides nesting for the large birds of prey. Here, you will find the remains of a bridge built with the help of the devil according to the legend, and two tunnels through which the Iratí train once travelled, and which was the first electric railway in Spain.
The remaining kilometers to Pamplona lead over meandering streets to the outskirts of the capital of Navarre.
The tastefully decorated „Palacio Guendelain“ in an 18th century castle serve as a noble hostel for the end of our journey in Pamplona, the capital of the historic kingdom of Navarre. Dinner at a restaurant known for its excellent Navarre specialties.


Narrow streets of Pamplona.

7th day, Saturday: Pamplona
After breakfast, a local guide will show us the most interesting sights of the awakening city. After this visit, the pedelon bus brings our guests to Bilbao airport, which is reached around 2pm. From here you have connections to almost all major German cities with change in Munich or Frankfurt.
If you want to extend the stay in Northern Spain and rent a car in Pamplona, this would be a perfect alternative. More detailed facts in the pedelon travel information.

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Inspiration


Huesca en imágenes
Spectacular drone shots from Huesca and surroundings, i.a. the “Mallos de Riglos”.


 

Ordesa y Monte Perdido.
For the centenary of the “Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido”, the National Park Administration 2016 published this trailer with great shots of this really impressive landscape.