Enclave:

Torla-Turieto Bajo-Pradera de Ordesa

  • Distance :
  • Starting Point :Next to the main road to the north of the parish church in Torla.
  • Total climb/descent :350 m from La Glera Bridge.
  • Route type :Linear.
  • Time :2 hours (route out only).
  • Difficulty :Easy.

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Description

This old path, used to get to the Ordesa Valley from Torla, goes through thick, damp fir and beech forests. Along the way, you will be able to hear the sound of the river rushing down waterfalls and admire the spectacular views of the vast walls on either side of the valley.


The signs indicating the start of the route read "Ordesa por senda peatonal. 2 h" (Footpath to Ordesa. 2 hours) can be seen next to the main road and a number of hotels. Take the paved path down till you come to La Glera Bridge.

Once you have crossed the Ara River, you will come to the first crossroads and a sign that reads "Ordesa por Turieto" (Ordesa via Turieto), indicating the path you must take (GR15.2).

Walk northwards along the river bank amid old huts and fields for growing fodder. You will approach Pea Duscaro, on your right, and skirt around its base. On the opposite side of the valley you will see a vast inclined fold of limestone and, at its foot, the Shrine of San Antn.
The track becomes a path with a gentle gradient. You will pass alongside various notices indicating the boundaries of the National Park (1 hour). Here you must take the path to the right, marked with the red and white stripes of the GR11, which will take you into the Ordesa Valley.

The path makes its way into a magnificent forest containing numerous species of plants in which the predominant trees are Scots pine, fir and beech, which provide shade and cool. There are many attractions along the way, such as the Molinieto, Tomborrotera and Abetos waterfalls, each with their own vantage points.

You will also be able to see astonishing panoramic views of Los Navarros Bridge and the rock faces of Mondarruego, Tozal de Mallo and Carriata Cirque.

After 1 hour 50 minutes, you can take a path to the left that leads to the monument to the French Pyrenean climber and explorer Lucien Briet (1860-1921), a "Tribute of admiration and gratitude to the singer [of the praises] of the Ordesa Valley". Return to the main path and continue on for another five minutes till you come to the bridge over the Arazas River.

All that remains is for you to walk the last 200 m along the main road till you come to the end of the route in Pradera de Ordesa (2 hours).

Recommendations

Take water with you as there are no springs en route