Canyoning in Huesca, for the most adventurous

Huesca stands out for the great number of canyons and ravines in Spain, as well as for its climate and water levels and its orography. For that reason, it is considered one of the most important regions of the country to do canyoning. Not only national tourists, but also international ones visit this province every year to do this kind of activities and to feel adrenaline.

Canyoning, an extreme sport

Fundamentally, canyoning is an activity that consists of swimming through river and canyon sections, jumping over waterfalls, sliding down natural slides or exploring underground flooded galleries. The mountains of Huesca are crossed by rivers that, year after year, collect the melt water. Besides, at the height of their flow, they run through the valleys and mountains of the province, carving out the wonderful canyons in the rocks that are the main setting for this nature sport. Canyoning allows you to discover natural spots which otherwise would remain practically inaccessible.

The most popular area to do this sport is Guara mountain range. Although it is only about 50 square kilometres in size, there are nearly 200 different canyons in this natural area, the biggest canyon area in Europe. Visitors could find beginner level canyons, such as Barrasil or Mascún Inferior, as well as a higher-level spots, such as Formiga, Vero, Gorgas Negras, Mascún Superior and Portiacho. The centre of this area is the village Alquézar, where it is possible to contact with different canyoning companies.

Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.

Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. | Shutterstock

In the northern area, there are also many different places that are perfect to do canyoning. Near the  and some towns such as Torla, Escalona or Broto, the Ara and Cinca rivers have been responsible for carving with their waters an abrupt space in which there are some canyons of special interest such as Escuain, Las Gloces, Viandico, Miraval or Furco.

Last but not least, in the eastern region of the Aragonese Pyreness has another fascinating spot for canyoning in the Banasque Valley, thanks to the meltwater from the peaks of over 3,000 metres in the Posets Maladeta Natural Park. The most famous canyons are Liri, Rinero and Literola.

To sum up, the province of Huesca is the perfect region for canyoning in Spain. It is a place where you will find a very high concentration of canyons that can be enjoyed from those who want to get started in this activity to those who want to perfect their technique.


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