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Pyrenees or Sierra de Guara? Where to do canyoning?


Everyone knows that the best place in Spain to practice canyoning is the province of Huesca. There are basically two very different places to choose: Sierra de Guara and 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 in spring and autumn?

  • The Sierra de Guara in summer is crowded and you have to take turns. The amount of people that gather 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 queues.

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

  • 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 scorching sun.


Why  to do canyoning in the Pyrenees in summer?

  • There are not as many people as in the Sierra de Guara in summer, you can also do canyoning in spring and autumn. You don't have to wait to start a descent.

  • There are many different canyons to choose from, with rappel and without rappel, with large slides, very long rappels or simple rappels, from initiation levels to more difficult canyons ... And all have a very different landscape and incomparable beauty so each canyons It's a different world. 

  • It is not so hot comparing with Sierra de Guara, the approaches and returns are more soft. In addition to having more forests and vegetation, many times you walk with shadow.

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:


The Miraval or Mirabal 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. Until the summer it is difficult to descend because it carries a lot of water.


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. Located next to the Añisclo Canyon, it is one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees. Turquoise pools surrounded by a lot of vegetation, make Viandico an essential descent. 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.


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 rappels of up to 18 meters, jumps, slides and especially the 12-meter shuttle slide.


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.


The canyon of Lugar is a dry and vertical canyon with three abseils of up to 35 meters that does not serve to access the Aquatic Canyon of Escuaín. The Escuaín gorge, has a rappel of 14 meters and jumps of up to 8 meters, some slides, crystal clear water and corners with a lot of charm. The Escuaín 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 have experience in rappelling and not be afraid of heights.