Jaca, Pamplona & the Spanish Pyrenees

8 Days from £729 | May, September 729

The highest peaks of the Pyrenees are on the Spanish side in Aragon. This holiday takes you off the beaten tourist track into these magnificent mountains, with a host of things to see along the way! You will see a bodega on the Barbastro wine road, medieval stone villages, Canfranc’s huge ‘ghost’ train station, Hemingway’s Pamplona, and an imposing 11th-century Romanesque castle. You spend four nights in Jaca, ‘Pearl of the Pyrenees’, and three nights on the coast, including one in historic Tarragona.

Jaca, Pamplona & the Spanish Pyrenees

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to August 2017, was 90.5%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 2 nights hb Costa Dorada, 4 nights hb in Jaca, 1 night bb Tarragona
  • Visits to a Somontano winery and to the walled town of Ainsa
  • Excursion to Canfranc and Candanchu mountain resort
  • Excursion to Pamplona
  • Visit to Loarre Castle

Day One: Flight to Reus or Barcelona. Transfer to your hotel on the Costa Dorada, under an hour away, for two nights’ half-board accommodation.

Day Two: Free day in resort. There will be a resort orientation walk this morning.

Day Three: Today you leave the coast and head north through the hilly wine country of Catalonia and then into the Aragonese Pyrenees. You make a short stop at a Somontano winery for a tasting in one of Spain’s oldest wine regions, magnificently set against a spectacular Pyrenean backdrop. From here you climb into the Pyrenees proper towards the unspoiled and historic walled town of Ainsa. At the confluence of two rivers, and at an altitude of nearly 2000ft, Ainsa nestles between three different protected natural park areas. From the 11th-century castle, you can stroll the short distance to the arcaded medieval town square, lined with old stone houses, the church of Santa Maria – and welcoming bars and restaurants! There are impressive views down to the two rivers and up to the (often) snow-streaked 7500ft. crag of Peña Montañesa.

You continue on your dramatic route to Jaca, where you spend 4 nights on a half-board basis. 200 miles today, mainly on excellent new highways, and always through wonderful scenery: towering mountains, rocky outcrops and sparkling waters are all in evidence.

Jaca is an interesting town with a pleasant pedestrianised main street, medieval town wall, Romanesque 11th-century cathedral and 16th-century citadel, as well as other notable historic buildings. Jaca has bid three times to host the winter Olympics, and is on the Aragonese Way of St James – pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela are regular visitors in the historic town centre.

Day Four: In the morning, you have a brief orientation walk in the old centre of Jaca. In the afternoon, there is a short, but fascinating included excursion to Canfranc-Estacion. Following the River Aragon up the mountain valley, you arrive at the enormous, mainly disused, former international railway station at the exit of the Somport Tunnel on the Spanish side. Its size (more than twice the width of Buckingham Palace and with no less than 156 doors!) is explained by the necessity to handle the transit of passengers, luggage and freight switching to and from the different gauges of French and Spanish tracks: though national pride must have had something to do with it as well! On a short tour of the station you will hear about its construction, stories of Nazi gold passing through, of the exodus during the Spanish Civil War, and about its final closure in 1970. Afterwards, you take the short scenic drive up to the nearby French border and through the ski resort of Candanchu. 18 miles each way.

Days Five and Six: In Jaca with one included and one optional excursion. The included excursion is to Pamplona, the capital of Navarre, famed worldwide for the ‘Running of the Bulls’, featured by Hemingway in ‘The Sun Also Rises.’ Your local guide will walk you along the bulls’ route to the bullring and show you the town’s focal point, the Plaza del Castillo, near to which lies the former Jewish Quarter and the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria. Part of the old city wall is still intact. The city centre is pleasantly compact and there are myriad places for tapas, lunch, strolling or hunting for souvenirs. 70 miles each way.

The optional excursion is to the French side of the mighty Pyrenees. The first stop is in the pretty village of Biescas. From there you drive – as ever – through impressive mountain scenery, skirting two reservoirs and reaching the French border at Portelet and on to Artouste, on Fabreges Lake. A cable car takes you up to the ‘Petit Train’- a 55-minute narrow-gauge run of spectacular views at an altitude of over 6000ft. The line was built to aid the construction of another dam and reservoir, and opened to tourism in the 1930s. The road journey, again on good roads through impressive mountains, is 43 miles each way.

Day Seven: Today you bid farewell to the mountains, passing the impressive 1000ft high rock formations of Los Mallos de Riglos, and stopping at the equally impressive castle of Loarre – the best preserved Romanesque castle in Europe, and set on a rocky outcrop offering great views. You continue on to Tarragona, where your last night is on a bed and breakfast basis. Tarragona’s walled town centre is a UNESCO world heritage site. It boasts a fine medieval cathedral as well as Roman remains: these include a stunning 2nd-century amphitheatre, Circus Maximus, and two forums. 190 miles today.

Day Eight: Free time until your departure transfer to the airport for your flight home. Transfer time: 15 minutes to Reus, just over one hour to Barcelona.

Jaca, Pamplona & the Spanish Pyrenees

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to August 2017, was 90.5%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

NUBAHOTEL ****, Coma-Ruga (two nights)
The hotel stands close to the broad sandy beach. This unspoilt resort is quiet out of season, rather busier at weekends. A reasonable selection of shops, bars and restaurants is about 10 minutes’ walk (700m) away, and the railway station with half-hourly departures to Barcelona is about 15 minutes’ walk away. In Coma-Ruga itself is Pablo Casals’ villa, now an interesting museum.  The hotel has a spa centre (a reasonable extra charge applies), restaurant, bar, lounge, and outdoor pool. Rooms, which all have balcony, also have 2 queen size beds, bathroom with hairdryer, phone, air-conditioning/heating, satellite LCD tv, and safety deposit box (charge applies). Free wifi in public areas. (www. nubahotelcomarruga.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 82%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
HOTEL EUROSTARS REINA FELICIA****, Jaca (four nights)
The modern and comfortable Hotel Reina Felicia is situated in a quiet residential area, yet just a 20-minute stroll (less than a mile) from the old centre of Jaca. The spacious rooms have satellite TV, air-conditioning, terrace and bath or shower and WC. There is lounge, bar, coffee shop, restaurant and indoor and outdoor pools. Spa treatments may be available at extra cost (www.eurostarshotels.com).
New Hotel for PTS. However our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to September 2016, was 82.3%.
HOTEL ASTARI***, Tarragona (one night)
Just a 10-minute walk (half a mile) from the amphitheatre and cathedral, this comfortable modern hotel offers bedrooms with full facilities, lounge area with free wifi, garden and outdoor pool. (www.hotelastari.com)  
New Hotel for PTS. However our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to September 2016, was 82.3%.
Escorted Holiday - Jaca, Pamplona & the Spanish Pyrenees
Holiday code: 7JAC
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Travel Insurance: £44.95
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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

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This is a new holiday. Some of the comments below arise from previous holidays we have operated into the Pyrenees.

PTS

Our holiday representative was excellent, great knowledge of the whole area, very pleasant and approachable. We would certainly consider another holiday with Preferred.

Mrs W, Edinburgh

Jaca was our ninth holiday with Preferred Travel Services. Once again an excellent tour.

Mrs B, Cheshire

Very enjoyable holiday. 21 people on this hol and from the word 'go' we all got on so well. Ineke is a warm and well informed guide and did all she could to ensure we had a super holiday. This was my 2nd touring holiday with PTS and I have been more than happy with both holidays. They are such good value, too.

Mrs M, Dundee

1st holiday with PTS and we have been delighted with every aspect. The range of experiences remarkable and thoroughly enjoyed by both. We will not hesitate in booking with PTS again. Ineke was delightful & helpful TD. Jose excellent driver.

Mrs E, York

Excellent trip! Very impressed with hotels and food. The driver and guide were excellent. One of my best trips ever!

Mr P, Gloucestershire.

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