Walking the Congost de Mont-rebei, halfway to the Pyrenees – Spain

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Nothing better like a nice walk to stretch your legs during a long van transfer, even better if is the Congost de Mont-rebei.

After a long flight there is nothing worse than being seated in a car for 4 hours driving to doesn’t matter where. But that is what can happen when you are travelling to the Pyrenees after landing at the Barcelona Airport if you don’t have a backup plan.

Of course you can fly to a closer airport like Huesca or Zaragoza. However there are not many flights to those airports and at the end it can take more time than getting there by car.

So, what to do to, at least to soften the long car ride? The answer is to stop somewhere nice for a walk and enjoy the place and instead of a long drive you just add an extra interesting day.

I was searching for a walk halfway to the Pyrenees because of the above reasons and this place caught my attention, is the Congost de Mont-rebei.

The Congost de Mont-rebei is the narrowest canyon of the river Noguera Ribagorzana, right in between the provinces of Huesca and Lleida, Spain.

Is located in a quite remote hills and until the beginning of the XX century there was no roads to connect some local villages or with the existing roads it was a very long ride. So, in 1912 a walking trail was built in the canyon to connect Corçà to Alsamora and other tinny little villages.

Later a river dam was also built and the first trail was flooded (you can see that in one of the photos) and was needed to built a new trail again but now in a higher altitude. In 1984 the second walking trail was finished allowing the people to cross from one side to the other.

More recently an iron bridge and some catwalks were added.

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The trail (red line) is not too far from Tremp, has 13 Km to each side without relevant elevation gain. Obviously you can do a shorter distance because the most beautiful part of the trail is  the canyon and it goes until the first 8 Km.

Allow me to suggest you to take a sandwich or something else to bite, you will find a perfect place to do it, like my colleague in the photo.

Have fun.

David Monteiro

Location: Tremp, Spain

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