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Today in our section of travelling friends, @montsehgz explains in detail the fantastic route of the Montfalcó Footbridges in Huesca. If you like impressive landscapes and the most captivating nature, don’t miss this great article.
Montse describes her experience and gives us valuable tips and links to plan our route! A very useful and enjoyable post we loved it!
September 2016 CONGOST MONTREBEI – PASARELAS DE MONTFALCÓ
August 2015, Jaén. Warm, quite warm, a wedding and many friends. As always, some of us telling each other about our travels and we don’t know what to do in our next vacations. Suddenly someone says to us, Huesca. Huesca… Really? What’s in Huesca?
My friend’s father is in charge of most of the cycling tour to Spain and he told us: Huesca has some spectacular natural spots that are second to none compared to the rest of Spain.
That’s how it happened. It was April and then May 2016 and we started to plan our holidays. Coincidentally, the first week of September was the World Downhill Championship in Andorra and we decided to see it again and then take a free route by car through the north of Spain to Asturias. And that’s when I remembered Huesca.
I began to investigate on the internet and the truth is that I found quite a few Natural Parks worth visiting, but our stay was going to be only one night so we could not prolong our trip around the area very much.
This was the moment when I decided that Huesca would be one of the destinations of my trip.
Suddenly in my search I stumbled over a place called Congost de Montrebei, which is the natural separation between Aragon and Catalonia and runs through the Montsec mountain range, creating an immense cross-section of vertical walls, the Mont-rebei gorge with impressive cliffs.
The Mont-rebei gorge is the only large gorge in Catalonia that has not experienced the impact of any transportation infrastructure and it remains almost intact, with no road or electric line through it. Its reservoir is navigable and can be used for activities such as kayaking, motorboat, etc.
As I glanced through photos on the internet, it was clear to me from the first moment that I wanted to go there. It has wooden footbridges, like Caminito del Rey in Malaga, but the landscape is totally different, the water of the reservoir is blue, the vegetation, the path dug into the mountain … absolutely everything caught my attention. So I set to work: Looking for accommodation, travelling, etc..
The Foundation of Catalonia has a website where I got some useful information, and you can stay in the nearest villages, Benabarre or Puente de Montaña.
We chose Benabarre, a village with barely 1,000 inhabitants but very close to Congost.
There is the possibility of staying within the same Congost in the Alberge de Montfalcó, but we did not opt for this option because otherwise we would have had to make the round-trip route and we were leaving with plans to follow the route to Pamplona.
Hotel Casa Carmen was our accommodation. A simple, very clean hotel with an excellent service. They own the town bar, so getting first hand information was very simple.
At 6.30 in the morning, we took a 4×4 taxi (Taxi Benabarre) with Mr. Ramon: a great guide who, during the journey of about 40 minutes, described the vegetation and fauna of the area to us. He left us at the hostel in Montfalcó, the beginning of the route which is approximately 4 hours away. He picked us up at the end, with prior notice, so we didn’t have to go back again because, even though it was September, there was a heat wave and you could feel the hot flushes, especially when it was the midday hours.
We began the route amidst vegetation, accessible paths, well signposted, descending little by little until we almost came close to touching the water of the reservoir. And there we stood: the wooden footbridges. They were impressive when we saw them and even more when we climbed them, we didn’t feel dizzy and even though I felt my legs trembling as we climbed the vertical wall.
The footbridges are very safe, narrow but firmly anchored to the rock, they provide a lot of safety despite the height. You can follow the route and there are more footbridges now, the really high ones, with a vertical wall about 20 or 30 floors high, which is quite imposing but worth it when you get to the top, the views are breathtaking.
We continued descending the footpaths again until we reached the hanging bridge, which we crossed towards the Catalan side to follow the route through the roads excavated in the mountain, following the course of the reservoir. The duration is approximately 1 or 2 hours. Here we started to encounter several people who were going in the opposite direction along the route.
The beauty of the path
The path has many wooden benches on the edge of the abyss, it is worth sitting there for a while and contemplating the immense vertical walls, the blue water, the silence and taking advantage of the moment for the snack which, at those heights of the route already begins to squeeze the stomach. Watching people kayaking or seeing the boats in the reservoir…
We left the vertical walls, continuing through meadows full of vegetation and animals, seeing how little by little, the water of the reservoir diminishes until it disappears completely when we reach the Masieta car park, (another end of the route) where Ramón would be waiting for us. This car park has an information centre for visitors, where you can also buy a souvenir or fresh drink. The service was also superb.
We sat in the shade, admired the landscape with a snack and waited for Ramón, I forgot to comment that his website has several routes through the area. With him, we shared an interesting return trip, talking about our beautiful experience and different opinions to continue our route to northern Spain. No doubt, we will return when we have more time to repeat the route and get to know all of Huesca.
Here I will leave you some useful links to prepare your route:
Taxi benabarre and routes: http://www.pasarelasdelmontsec.es/galeria/
Ubicación parking la Masieta: https://www.google.es/maps/place/Parking+La+Masietafirstname.lastname@example.org,0.6941805,1178m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m18!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zNDLCsDA1JzQ3LjAiTiAwwrA0MSc0OS4wIkU!3b1!8m2!3d42.0963889!4d0.6969444!3m9!1s0x0:0xf72fe0c53da3e63f!5m4!1s2019-07-12!2i2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d42.0972731!4d0.6960212?hl=en
Facebook of the congost: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Congost-de-Mont-rebei/790490617751191
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