Family hiking in a National Park in Spanish Pyrenees

I’ve had the privilege of exploring some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. One place that holds a special place in my heart is Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the Spanish Pyrenees. In this blog post, I will take you on a captivating journey through this stunning national park, sharing my personal experiences of hiking with my family. Join me as we discover the beauty, excitement, and unforgettable moments that await you in this natural paradise.

Nestled in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is a true gem for outdoor enthusiasts and families seeking an adventurous escape. With its towering cliffs, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls, this park offers a myriad of hiking trails suitable for all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or embarking on your very first family hike, Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park promises a remarkable experience that will create cherished memories for years to come.

Getting Started: Choosing the Right Trail

When hiking with the family, it’s essential to choose a trail that is suitable for all members, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park offers a variety of family-friendly trails, each showcasing unique natural wonders. Here are some trails that I highly recommend:

1. Faja de las Flores

The Faja de las Flores trail is a moderate-level hike that winds along the cliffs, offering panoramic views of the Ordesa Valley. As you hike along this trail, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of wildflowers, the sound of rushing water, and the refreshing mountain air. It’s a perfect choice for families looking for a moderate yet rewarding adventure. Map of 15km trail. Too long for our family.

2. Circo de Soaso

For a more immersive experience in the heart of the park, the Circo de Soaso trail is a must. This trail takes you to the iconic Cola de Caballo (Horse’s Tail) waterfall, where you can witness the raw power of nature. The hike is relatively easy and can be enjoyed by hikers of all ages. The sight of the majestic waterfall cascading down the cliffs is a true spectacle and a highlight of any family hike. Map of Circo de Soaso trail, 17km long, it was way too long for our family and also goes back and forth not around.

3. Circo Monte Perdido – Cascada de La Larri

Another fantastic trail to explore with your family is the Circo Monte Perdido – Cascada de La Larri. This trail leads you to the magnificent Cascada de La Larri, a breathtaking waterfall nestled within the Cirque de Gavarnie, a natural amphitheater surrounded by towering cliffs.

As you embark on this trail, you’ll be treated to stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail meanders through lush meadows, crossing crystal-clear streams along the way. The gentle ascent makes it accessible for families with children, and the rewards at the end are truly worth it.

As you approach the Cascada de La Larri, you’ll hear the soothing sound of water cascading down the rocks. The sight of the waterfall gushing into a picturesque pool below is simply awe-inspiring. Take a moment to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings and capture this magical moment with your family.

We took this trail on a sunny day in July 2022. We started at 9 and took a few breaks on the way up to Cascada de La Larri where we had lunch. We took the longer way on the way back and got quite tired before arriving back at the carpark at 3 PM. It was a full day hike for a family with active kids of 11 and 7.

Map of the 8.4km trail on AllTrails.

Tips for a Successful Family Hike

To ensure a successful and enjoyable hiking experience with your family, here are some valuable tips:

1. Plan Ahead and Be Prepared

Before heading to Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, research the trails, check the weather conditions, and plan your itinerary accordingly. Make sure to pack essential hiking gear such as comfortable footwear, layered clothing, sunscreen, hats, and snacks. It’s also a good idea to bring a map of the park and a fully charged phone or GPS device for navigation.

2. Start Early and Take It Slow

Start your hike early in the day to avoid crowds and make the most of your time in the park. Take regular breaks along the trail to rest, hydrate, and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Remember, it’s not a race, but a journey to be savored and appreciated.

3. Engage in Nature’s Classroom

Hiking with the family provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature and teach children about the environment. Encourage them to observe and appreciate the flora and fauna along the trail. Point out interesting plants, identify bird species, and share fascinating facts about the park’s ecosystem.

Where to Stay: Parador de Bielsa

After a day of hiking in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest and rejuvenate. One excellent option is the Parador de Bielsa, a charming hotel nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees.

The Parador de Bielsa is located in the picturesque village of Bielsa, just a short drive from the park. This beautiful mountain retreat offers cozy and well-appointed rooms, ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep for you and your family. The rustic decor and warm ambiance of the hotel perfectly complement the natural surroundings.

The hotel features a range of amenities to enhance your stay. Take advantage of the onsite restaurant, where you can indulge in delicious regional cuisine and savor local flavors. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes, including traditional Aragonese specialties made with fresh, local ingredients.

One of the highlights of staying at the Parador de Bielsa is its stunning views. From the hotel, you can admire the majestic mountains and lush valleys that define this region. Whether you choose a room with a mountain view or relax on the outdoor terrace, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas that will leave you in awe.

The Parador de Bielsa also provides convenient access to the hiking trails in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. After a hearty breakfast, you can quickly reach the park and begin your day’s adventure. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the hotel can provide you with trail maps, information about the best hiking routes, and tips to make the most of your time in the park.

To make your stay even more memorable, take some time to explore the village of Bielsa itself. Wander through its narrow streets, admire the traditional stone houses, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Bielsa offers a glimpse into the authentic Pyrenean way of life, with its warm hospitality and charming atmosphere.

Booking a stay at the Parador de Bielsa ensures not only a comfortable and enjoyable experience but also a deeper connection to the natural beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees. The hotel’s proximity to Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, combined with its cozy accommodations and stunning views, makes it an ideal choice for families seeking an unforgettable adventure in this remarkable region.

Book Parador de Bielsa at

It costs about 150€ in peak season for a double room and gets booked up quickly. If you want a more affordable option you have to take a car ride before hiking. We stayed at Hotel Restaurante Turmo in Carretera Aínsa and had a 45 min by car before we reached the car park next to Parador de Bielsa. If was affordable, comfortable but in every way just okay. A better option is staying at the cosy village of Ainsa.

Safety Considerations

While hiking with your family, safety should always be a top priority. Here are some important safety considerations to keep in mind:

1. Stay on Designated Trails

To preserve the delicate ecosystems and ensure your safety, it’s crucial to stick to designated trails. Straying off the trail can lead to erosion and harm the natural habitat. Additionally, staying on marked paths helps you avoid potential hazards.

2. Be Mindful of Weather Conditions

The weather in the mountains can change rapidly, so it’s essential to check the forecast before your hike. Dress in layers to adapt to temperature variations, and pack rain jackets in case of unexpected showers. Avoid hiking during thunderstorms or severe weather conditions.

3. Stay Hydrated and Well-Fed

Keep everyone in your family well-hydrated by carrying an adequate supply of water. Pack nutritious snacks and meals to keep energy levels up during the hike. Encourage children to take regular water and snack breaks to prevent dehydration and fatigue.

4. Respect Wildlife and Nature

While exploring Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, remember that you are a guest in the home of various wildlife species. Respect their natural habitat and observe animals from a safe distance. Avoid feeding wildlife or leaving any food waste behind.


Hiking with your family in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is an experience that will create lasting memories for all. The park’s stunning natural beauty, family-friendly trails, and the sense of adventure it offers make it a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. By following the right trail, planning ahead, and prioritizing safety, you can embark on a truly unforgettable adventure in the Spanish Pyrenees. So gather your loved ones, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to embark on a journey filled with breathtaking landscapes, shared laughter, and the joy of discovery in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. Happy hiking!

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