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Best Canyoning in Spain - Where and When - The best spots and canyons

THE BEST CANYONS IN THE PYRENEES

Everyone knows that the best place in Spain to practice canyoning is the province of Huesca. The best place to stay is in Ainsa village in the Pyrenees in the area of ​​Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido in the Sobrarbe region.

Why to do canyoning in the Sierra de Guara can be disappointing?

  • The droughts of the last few years mean that there are only 4 canyons with water, this is the reason for the overcrowding. The Sierra de Guara is always crowded and you have to wait long at the beginning of the canyon, respecting the time frame between group and group. The amount of people that get together in the same canyon makes it normal to wait between one and two hours at the entrance of the canyons before beginning the descent. The best option is to get up early to avoid the crowd.

  • In summer most of the canyons are dry and you can only choose between four canyons that have water, this is the reason why they are massified: Formiga, Oscuros de Balces, Peonera and Vero (some are left with very little water).

  • The water level is so low that during the tour you will have to avoid many jumps and slides because there is not enough depth at the bottom of the river. That is why it is advisable to visit the Sierra de Guara in May and June and not later in summer.

  • In the Sierra de Guara in summer it is very hot and although canyoning is an aquatic and refreshing activity, do not forget that to get to the canyons and to return you have to do it walking, and you will have to do it under a burning sun.

  • There is no canyon near any parking. You will have to walk at least one hour up the mountain to reach the beginning of the descent. Keep this in mind if you go with children or with people who are not used to walking in the mountains.

 

Why  to do canyoning in the Pyrenees in the Ordesa National Park?

  • Ainsa in the Ordesa National park it is considered the No. 1 destination for European canyoning and one of the 5 best places in the world for canyoning.

  • There are not as many people as in the Sierra de Guara and there are a lot of canyons to choose and you can also do canyoning in spring and autumn. You don't have to wait nothing to start a descent in the start of the canyon.

  • There are many different canyons to choose from, with abseiling and without abseiling, with large slides, very long abseils or easy abseils, from beginners levels to more difficult canyons . And all rivers have a very different landscape and incomparable beauty so each canyons It's a different world. In Ainsa are the best canyons to enjoy with family and children but also the most extreme descents in Spain.

  • It is not so hot comparing with Sierra de Guara, the approaches and returns are more soft and shorts to access the canyons from the car. In addition to having more forests and vegetation, many times you walk with shadow in the approach walking and in the return walking of the canyon.

What to see and what to do in Aínsa after doing canyoning?

  • Visit the Old Town and the main square, since 2015 Aínsa is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, you will love it.

  • Aínsa is strategically located to visit the Ordesa National Park, it is the best option to visit the different sectors that make up the Park: Ordesa Valley, Pineta, Añisclo and Escuain. Take a look at the Cola de Caballo route, one of the most famous hiking routes in the Pyrenees. Route Cola de Caballo.

  • In less than 15 minutes by car you have a multitude of rivers and natural pools to take a bath and spend the afternoon. The number of spectacular places to bathe in our territory is one of the things that visitors like the most.

  • If canyoning isn't enough for you, you can also go rafting, via ferrata, kayaking... Aínsa is a complete destination for adventure holidays.

  • Aínsa is a Mountain Bike paradise and a famous international enduro destination. Take the opportunity to cycle through our region.

This is our top 5 of the most beautiful and fun canyons in the Pyrenees for those who start and also for those who already have experience in canyoning:

1.-MIRAVAL CANYON

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The Miraval or Mirabal it is a fun and beautiful canyon. Is a very aquatic canyon, so in addition to doing many jumps and several slides in this descent you have to swim a lot. But swimming for its long badinas and narrow corridors is one of the best experiences there is. In this canyon there is no abseiling, so it is accessible to everyone. 

2.-VIANDICO CANYON

Barranquismo en Huesca y Pirineos

With an abesil of up to 14 meters next to the Aso waterfall, jumps of up to 8 meters and with many holes and curious steps is one of the most popular descents.  It is a descent suitable for everyone, since all obstacles can be avoided by walking but it does not mean that it is a boring descent.

3.-BARROSA CANYON

Barranquism en Huesca y Pirineos

The Barrosa has a different landscape to all the others, since the rock is granite and is located in a high mountain environment. The most remarkable thing is that it is a very complete canyon. With abseils of up to 18 meters, jumps, slides and especially the 12-meter shuttle slide.

4.-GLOCES CANYON

Barranquism en Huesca y Pirineos

With an abseil of 13 meters, small slides and the some small jumps make Gloces a very entertaining descent. But the highlight of this canyon is the landscape. It is a very narrow canyon, where light hardly enters and where different sets of lights are created.

5.-ESTARONIELLO CANYON

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The canyon of Estaroniello is an aquatic canyon without abseiling, full of jumps and slides.This canyon has crystal clear water and corners with a lot of charm. The gorge is spectacular, large vertical walls where it is easy to see the vultures and the bearded vulture.  Is not a difficult activity but you have to be used to walking, since to get to the start of the descent you have to walk for 45 minutes.

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