Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, Spain (with Map & Photos)

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
occupies a relatively small area of ​​the Spanish Pyrenees close to the French border - only 15.6 hectares of beautiful and impressive landscapes.The main attraction of the park is the top of Monte Perdido, 3355 meters above sea level. The park is famous for its picturesque views: numerous mountain rivers, pristine waterfalls, bizarre canyons, gorges and sheer cliffs, coniferous forests and mountain pastures - all this attracts lovers of nature and outdoor activities to Ordesa y Monte Perdido.

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is located in the province of Huesca (with the administrative center of the same name), which is part of the autonomous region of Aragon (the capital is Zaragoza). The city of Huesca is a small provincial town with a population of about 55 thousand people. The population of the city of Zaragoza exceeds 660 thousand people, it is a large industrial center, ranking fourth among Spanish cities in terms of economic development.

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Ordesa y Monte Perdido - the oldest national park in Europe

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park was founded by royal decree in 1918. In the coming summer, on August 16, 2018, the park will celebrate its centenary. This is the first national park in Spain, one of the very first in Europe. The flora and fauna in Ordesa y Monte Perdido is very diverse, including some endangered species in the park. So, according to information from Wikipedia, a brown bear and a common vulture survived in the park, which disappeared in most of Europe.

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

The Cascade De La Cueva Falls, pictured here, is located near the Senda de los Cazadores tourist area, which features the Calcilarruego Observation Deck with stunning views of the canyons of the Ordesa Valley: a landscape remarkably reminiscent of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The one that is recognized as one of the natural wonders of the world (not to be confused with the global competition "Seven New Natural Wonders of the World").

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Planning a trip to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is not a resort place where you can come and spend your vacation (unless, of course, you want some special exoticism). It is best to plan your trip to the park as part of your holiday. For example, from Barcelona. Take a break from the beach for a couple of days, rent a car and hit the road. The road from Barcelona will take about 4 hours (approximately 330 kilometers). You can safely leave in the afternoon, stay at a local hotel in the evening after a tiring journey, and set off to explore these beautiful places early in the morning.

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

If you have decided on an interesting adventure and a trip to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, stay in one of the hotels or guest houses in the small and cozy town of Torla. Please note that this is a very visited place, you should make your hotel reservation well in advance.

I am sure you will enjoy wandering through the mountains surrounded by numerous streams and waterfalls. In this case, stay at the hotel for one more night, and in the morning on new routes. Two unforgettable days will be enough to see the beauty of the local nature. After lunch, you will embark on the return journey, and the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park will always be with you pleasantremembrance...

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

How to get there?

If your destination is Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, the best option to stay overnight is one of the hotels in the small town of Torla, lost in the mountains. The place is tourist, so Torla has a good selection of hotels. We get to Torla from Huesca.

The best way to get to Huesca is from Barcelona. You can also fly to Zaragoza - from there to a place closer (about 160 kilometers), but if you fly from Moscow, then only with two transfers (there are no other options yet), and the cost of air tickets is much higher. Therefore, we take air tickets to Barcelona. At the same time, even direct flights to Barcelona will cost less than flights to Zaragoza with transfers. If you want to save more on the flight, you can buy tickets with one stop. In this case, the price of air tickets to Barcelona is much lower.

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park Map