Dates: June 8-15, 2019
Length: 7 nights, 6 days
Price: $6,950 per person
The mountains, rivers and valleys of the Spanish Pyrenees hold a unique opportunity for fly anglers who want to enjoy a memorable trip with their non-angling travel companions. The combination of unspoiled wilderness interrupted only by quiet country roads and Romanesque hamlets will transport you back in time. Pristine, remote trout streams, expert guides, mouth-watering traditional cuisine, superb Spanish wines, and old-world hospitality are just some of the highlights of this unique adventure. Whether you choose to fly fish in some of the wildest landscapes in Europe or explore Romanesque villages, ancient monasteries and hidden mountain valleys, this picturesque region of Spain will enchant you with its medieval architecture, scenic walled towns and genuinely welcoming people.
Following is the itinerary for our Orvis-hosted Spanish Pyrenees trip on June 8-15, 2019. If these dates don't work for you or you'd prefer to travel on your own, please give us a call at 800-547-4322. Our team of travel experts will be happy to help you customize a trip to Spain on the dates of your choice.
You'll meet your Orvis host and fellow travel companions in Barcelona for a transfer by car or train to Santa Cilia (transfer not included). Santa Cilia is located in the middle of the western Pyrenees which is considered the most unspoiled region in Western Europe.
Note: For guests flying through Madrid, you can take a high speed train to Huesca.
After breakfast in the lodge's cozy dining room, we will head into the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains in northern Spain. Valles Occidentales Park is an impressive area surrounded by charming villages and hidden valleys. In the company of our local, expert guide, we'll spend the morning exploring the history of the Aragonese Kingdom. After lunch, we'll pay a visit to the San Juan de la Peña Monastery, a jewel of the medieval era and one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Spain.
Anglers will have an opportunity to pursue the elusive and selective native Mediterranean zebra brown trout. Expect a lot of action using primarily dry flies and some droppers.
Make sure you bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views as we journey by 4x4 vehicles up into the mountains to visit the small Romanesque villages. After working up an appetite, we'll stop for a traditional paella lunch prepared as a special treat by our chef. We'll return to the lodge with time to relax and enjoy a massage before dinner in the 15th-century dining room.
The Pyrenees are home to spectacular, high mountain lakes called "ibones". Anglers will fish in crystal-clear waters for brown trout surrounded by mountains over 9000 feet high. Brown trout are the most common type of trout in the rivers and lakes in the Pyrenees.
The Aragon River is located just in front of our lodge. Anglers will explore the Aragon valley where cold, high-mountain streams provide the perfect habitat for brook trout. The lower stretches are ideal for technical dry-fly fishing and targeting the trophy-size trout known to inhabit the pristine river.
Non-anglers will set out for the picturesque town of Jaca, located only 10 minutes from the lodge. Before a lunch of wine and tapas, we'll visit the impressive cathedral and the Diocesan Museum, a treasure in the heart of the mountains. In the evening, relax and enjoy a glass of local wine or a premium gin and tonic, and the world-famous delicacy jamon iberico (ham made from pampered pigs that eat only sweet acorns), served by our waiter, Raul.
After breakfast, we'll travel east to Ordesa National Park en route to the small village of Arén. Ordesa National Park was one of the first protected areas in Spain and is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The incredible mountain scenery and dramatic canyons make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Pyrenees. Anglers will have a special opportunity to fish for brown trout in a pristine spring creek and the main river within the national park while the non-anglers enjoy an easy hike in one of the most stunning landscapes in Spain. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time on a walk through the walled, medieval town of Ainsa, dating back to the 11th century. Surrounded by mountains, Ainsa is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.
Arén, a town of less than 400 inhabitants, is located on the border of Aragon and Catalonia. We'll settle into Aren Lodge, our home for the next two days. You'll be treated to unforgettable wine, tapas and traditional Spanish cuisine by our host, Juan Antonio.
The Gorge of the Bella Durmiente (Sleeping Beauty) is an impressive gorge formed by the Noguera Ribagorzana river. An easy-going hike leads us to stunning views of the 3,000-foot limestone cliffs and blue-green river below.
The anglers will try their luck in gin-clear productive tailwaters. The waters are easy to wade and are home to a healthy population of trout due to the stable water level and temperature. We'll sight fish for big rainbows and browns using small mayfly imitations, dry flies and nymphs.
In the early afternoon, we will all gather together for a barbeque lunch in an organic vineyard just 5 minutes from the river. The sommelier will share the inspiration and methods used for the organic production of Grenache grapes.
On our last full day in the Pyrenees, we'll head to Aigües Tortes National Park, which is known for its natural beauty and UNESCO-protected area of Romanesque churches. We have a special treat planned for lunch featuring organic beef raised locally in the valley.
The anglers will travel to the best-conserved Mediterranean river in Catalonia. The Pyrenees Mountains have a second range in this area where you'll find beautiful freestone rivers with moderate currents holding healthy browns and some strong rainbows. With over ten years of experience exploring the area, our team of expert guides will take you to the best pools, runs and flats in search of the biggest trout to help you maximize your chances for success.
After breakfast, we can arrange an optional car or train transfer back to Barcelona or Madrid for flights home. If you'd like to extend your trip, please give Orvis Adventures a call at 800-547-4322. We can customize an optional extension tailored to your interests including food and wine tours near Barcelona.
PLEASE NOTE: The nature of adventure travel requires flexibility, so there may be changes to the itinerary to offer you the most diverse, interesting and authentic experience possible. Occasionally, we may adjust the route or schedule based on fishing conditions and to respond to unforeseen events or special opportunities that were not formerly available to us. Rest assured we will do everything in our control to make your adventure extraordinary.
Verdant green valleys, high altitude wildflower meadows and the majestic Pyrenees mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to great trout fishing in Northern Spain. Ivan Tarin and his team of guides at Salvelinus are very well recognized for their hard work and knowledge. With over 200 miles of mountain terrain, you'll have opportunities to catch native Mediterranean zebra trout, barbel fish, brown, rainbow, and brook trout in streams and lakes that can only be accessed with special permission - including several protected natural areas that are recognized as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The wide varieties of water see little pressure and are home to trout that do not see a lot of flies. For the purist, the dry-fly fishing is exceptional!
The Spanish Pyrenees are home to some of the most beautiful villages and breathtaking countryside we've ever seen. In the company of local, expert guides, you'll discover Romanesque villages and an ancient stone monastery dating back to the Middle Ages. Take time to absorb the incredible scenery and learn about the history of the region on easy-going hikes in an impressive gorge and Ordesa National Park, the first protected area in Spain and a must-see for any trip to the Pyrenees. No visit to the Pyrenees would be complete without visiting a vineyard; we'll take you to one of the region's finest organic wineries to sample the local wines followed by a barbeque lunch.
A 15th-century villa ideally located on the banks of the Aragon River in the quaint village of Santa Cilia. Five well-appointed country-style bedrooms offer the perfect respite at the end of a long day of fishing or exploring. Each bedroom has been updated while maintaining its rustic personality and charm. The lodge also has a wader room, a drying room, and a modest, but well-equipped fly shop.
Swap stories at the end of each day over a glass of regional wine in the old winepress building used by the monks of San Juan de la Peña 500 years ago.
This is not a traditional fishing lodge, but a wonderful, intimate hotel nestled in the village of Aren. Each of the 15 air-conditioned, double rooms have en-suite bathrooms, cable TV, and balconies. There is a lounge on the ground floor, a limited spa facility, and a room for drying your waders.
We've arranged a variety of unique culinary experiences that will delight wine and food enthusiasts. The meals are typical of Northern Spain and are accompanied by an impressive selection of wines from the region's best wineries. Wine lovers will have the option of sampling special reserve wines from our host's private cellar.
In Santa Cilia, you'll dine on mouth-watering Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine in the recently-restored 15th century dining room. Using fresh, local produce, the menu at the lodge is second-to-none.
In Aren, meals are served at the nearby hotel restaurant, which is recognized as one of the most authentic hot spots in the region. The menu features local, organic ingredients and is anything but ordinary. The owner, Juan Antonio, and his family have owned the restaurant since 1715, and their attention to culinary detail is deliciously evident.
June 8-15, 2019
Trip Length: 7 nights, 6 days of guided fishing and cultural activities
$6,950 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide
$5,950 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler
Additional dates available: March 1 – November 30
Please contact Orvis Adventures for current pricing and availability.
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Call Orvis Adventures at (800) 547-4322 and place your 25% deposit by credit card.
Orvis Special Event:
The Best of the Spanish Pyrenees:
Fly Fishing & Cultural Tour
Dates: June 8-15, 2019
Length: 7 nights, 6 days
Price: $6,950 per person