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Weekend Getaway - Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge

Weekend Getaway to the rivers of the Huesca province visiting Alquézar village & river Vero, Biege canyon& Adhuesca village for an overnight stay

Updated: Apr 15, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 250

About Weekend Getaway to Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge

A spectacular weekend in the province of Huesca to enjoy River hiking in Alquézar and Bierge. An overnight stay in the medieval village of Adahuesca. I recommend this weekend trip for late spring or summer to enjoy the warm river water.

The best time of year to do this trip is May, June, July and August when the water is warm enough to swim.

Day 1 - Alquézar

Alquézar is a small village (poulation 300) with a big history and features in the top 10 of many rankings of Spain's most beutiful villages, achieving a UN tourism ranking for one of the best tourism villages of 2022.

Alquézar is situated on a limestone outcrop to the west of river Vero canyon in the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park and is based around a castle and church of Santa Maria, consecrated in 1099.

The village is Arabic in origin being reconquered by Spanish Christian forces during the expulsion of the Arabs from mainland Europe in the 10th Century. Today the village relies on tourism being a popular spot for hiking, canyoning, rock climbing and abseiling.

Between the villages of Lecina and Alquézar, the River Vero carves its way through calcareous rock forming impressive canyons and ravines dotted with hollows and caves. These are the result of water seeping through fractures in the ground and slowly dissolving the limestone.

Below you will find my recommended 13km circular hiking route through Alquézar village along the river Vero canyon walkways to the village of Asque. The route has several places to stop and swim.

Day 2 - Bierge

Bierge is a small village in Aragon near to the Catalan border whose electricity is provided by the daming of the Alcandre river producing a small lake behind the dam as well as a great river for hiking. The Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park is polular for canyoning activities (Barranco del Formiga and the Barranco de La Peonera) but this route does not require any specialist protective equipment or a mountain guide. The route is known as Salto de Bierge.


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Getting to Weekend Getaway to Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge

Access to Alquézar is via car only. You can park in the Parking zone on the edge of the village (coordinates 42.169458, 0.020960).

Take the A2 leaving Barcelona in the direction of Lleida and continue past Lleida till junction 458 onto the A22 towards Huesca. At the Barbastro exit, junction 51 join the A240 then take the exit onto the A-1232 towards Adahuesca. Near to Adahuesca there is a turn off onto the HU-352 to Alquézar.

Alquézar is a three hour drive from Barcelona.

Adhuesca is a village about 20 minutes drive from Alquézar. Take the A-1233 to Radiquero then a further 3km to Adhuesca village.

From Adhuesca, follow the A-1230 to the village of Alberuela de la Liena and then on to Bierge taking the A-1227 for the last 2Km to Salto de Bierge.

Where to Eat Weekend Getaway to Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge

Alquézar

Adahuesca

Salto de Bierge

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What to take with you for Weekend Getaway to Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge

I wear the running shorts and wet shoes to complete the river sections of the Alquézar & Bierge routes. I walk the mountain section along the top of the canyons in hiking shoes. Valuables such as phone, car keys, wallet and dry clothes go in my dry bag inside my rucksack.

Wikiloc Trail for Weekend Getaway to Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge

a0335 - Salto de Bierge river hike

10Km circular amphibious hike along the natural pools of Alcanadre River to the Bierge dam. A refreshing hike for the Summer in Aragon near to Catalan border

Distance: 9.52 km

Difficulty: Medium

Return Travel Fare: €25.00

Transport Network: Car

a0336 - Alquézar River Vero and Pasarelas metal Walkways

Discover spectacular Alquézar village & complete a 13km circular hiking route via River Vero walkways in Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park

Distance: 12.44 km

Difficulty: Medium

Return Travel Fare: €25.00

Transport Network: Car

a0337 - Adhuesca early morning exploring

Small charming historic medieval village ideal for an overnight stay in Huesca when visiting Alquézar & Salto de Bierge. Great food & accommodation

Distance: 3.33 km

Difficulty: Medium

Return Travel Fare: €25.00

Transport Network: Car

Where to stay overnight for Weekend Getaway to Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge

I recommend an overnight stay in the village of Adhuesca a 10 minute drive from Alquézar. Overnight accommodation can be booked in Alquézar but the village has high tourism and finding a hotel or hostal can sometimes be difficult in high season.

When I did this weekend trip, I stayed in Apartamentos Vino Tinto which was a great four person apartment with Restaurante Tomate Rosa where I had dinner. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the apartment building and has a great outdoor garden dining area.

How much does Weekend Getaway to Aragon Rivers I - Alquézar & Bierge Day Trip Cost?

The below prices summary are estimates based on 4 people sharing a car and an appartment/hostel overnight.

Description Adult Adult Discounts Child Child Discounts
A tank a fuel for a car € 15.00 € 15.00
Pasarelas del Vero (pass and helmet rental) € 5.00 € 5.00
Overnight accomodation € 25.00 € 25.00
Evening dinner € 25.00 € 25.00
Breakfast € 10.00 € 10.00
Tapas € 15.00 € 15.00
€ 95.00 Adult Total € 95.00 Child Total

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