Have you ever wanted to fly free like a bird of prey? Well, we can’t make you fly, but we can bring you to a place where you’ll have the same views as these magnificent birds. The gorge of Mont-rebei is a natural border between Catalonia and Aragon and it’s the perfect place to do a wide variety of activities -such as trekking, cycling, climbing, and kayaking- while experiencing a sense of isolation and freedom in the middle of a breathtaking landscape. So grab your trainers and your flip-flops and follow us to this natural paradise!
|Duration: 2 days||Where: Sant Esteve de la Sarga|
|When: May to October||Driving time: 3 h from Barcelona / 1 h from Lleida|
|Difficulty: Easy||Show map|
All you need to know to spend 2 days in Mont-rebei
- What to do
- Where to sleep
- Where to eat
- When is the best time to visit Mont-rebei
- How to arrive in Mont-rebei
- For the curious minds
2 days in Mont-rebei
Due to its nature the gorge of Mont-rebei is a perfect spot for practising different types of activities. If you go just for one day, hiking is a must-do! On the other side, if you’re going there for a couple of days, we recommend you -specially from April to September- to go kayaking, as it’s a great way to see the gorge from an alternative and exceptional perspective.
Day 1: Hiking
Start at the parking “La Masieta” for a lovely walk through the gorge. The first part is an easy walk that gets you to the first suspension bridge. We realised how high we were when we finally were brave enough to look down.
Breath in the fresh air of the mountains and continue to the gorge’s gorgeous entrance. Once there, the feeling of freedom and the views are indescribable. We stopped in one of the benches for a picnic -that we brought from home- and get some energy while looking at an impressive landscape.
After passing the gorge, the fun hasn’t ended yet. The next part runs down a smoothly slope until the second suspension bridge and… surprise! You’re no longer in Catalonia, you’re in the region of Aragon.
One of the most spectacular parts of the route comes after; two zigzag-shaped staircase systems built against the rock’s face. We felt a bit dizzy with the panoramic views but at the same time we couldn’t stop staring as we were astonished by the beauty of the landscape.
We stopped at the fountain to refill the water bottle and hydrate ourselves, the end was close! When we arrived at Montfalcó’s shelter, first thing we did was to grab a cold beer and enjoyed the flavour of satisfaction. Do the same, you’ll completely deserve it!
Long story short, the whole route is 16,57 km so it’s perfect for an all-day trip. As it’s not a circular route, you can go back whenever you feel the need to. If you don’t want to walk that much, turning back at the first staircase system is a great option as you’ll see the best parts of the gorge just by walking 9,8 km.
Day 2: Kayaking
If you want to feel like Chris McCandless in the movie “Into the wild”, rent a kayak and dip your paddles into the crystal-clear emerald waters of the gorge. Be prepared to discover Mont-rebei in a completely different way.
Kayaking gives you the freedom to stop wherever you like, either for a swim (really necessary in the summertime) or just to relax your arms and take a break. There’s the possibility to rent individual or tandem kayaks. A tandem kayak was our choice because we wanted to prove our synchrony, and even though you need coordination it’s so much fun!
You can also choose to paddle either for 9 km and return walking or by boat (Option 1) or paddling a total of 14 km across the gorge back and forth (Option 2). We did the whole 14 km and we recommend it as it seems very long but in fact when you’re there you don’t want it to end.
We rented the kayaks from the company Montsec Activa. Click here to book a kayak with them.
Where to sleep
As we did both activities we decided to spend a night there, and we stayed at Hotel Terradets. The prices start at 49€ for a standard double-room with breakfast included. The location is amazing as there’s a lake just in front of the hotel perfect for enjoying a glass of wine with nice views. Also, you can relax your muscles in the swimming pool after an exhausting but gratifying day (we didn’t do it because it was beginning of May and the water was still cold). The breakfast is an ideal way to try some of the typical Catalan products such as local fuet, bread with tomato or serrano ham. It was delicious!
If you are looking for something cheaper, a budget option is Camping Montsec. They have bungalows and apartments or you can bring your own tent and just pay for the parcel. We haven’t tried it but Marina’s sister went there and said that it’s a really quiet and nice place.
Where to eat
- We recommend to bring your own food to the gorge as the first place you’re going to encounter for eating is the Montflacó’s shelter (8 km from the start).
- For dinner, Hotel Terradets offers a buffet menu made with local products for 14€ (weekdays) or 17.50€ (weekends and all days of August). If not, you can find restaurants in the villages of Àger or Cellers.
- For the second day, you can either ask at the hotel if they prepare picnics or go to the supermarket to buy something for lunch. There are local shops to buy groceries in Àger (called Cal Negre and Servi Martí).
When is the best time to visit Mont-rebei
The weather in Catalonia varies a lot from one region to another. In the case of Mont-rebei, it’s quite an extreme weather, with really hot summers and cold winters. That’s why our recommendation is to visit it during the months of May, June and September.
During peak season, July and August, the prices of the accommodation are usually higher, the place is more crowded and it’s really hot to go hiking. On the other hand, as Mont-rebei is located in the mountains, winter wouldn’t be an option because it’s too cold to enjoy kayaking or hiking.
We recommend to visit Mont-Rebei either in spring (April, May and June) or autumn (September and October) because the weather is usually nice and warm and it’s also a good time to avoid the crowds.
If you have the chance, it’s even better to go during the week than the weekends as it’s quieter. However, Mont-rebei it’s truly a beautiful place, so if you only have few days in summer to visit it, go ahead!
How to arrive in Mont-rebei
Mont-rebei is quite an isolated place. It can’t be reached by public transport so the only option left is to go by car. If you rent a car, always remember that in Catalonia we drive on the right side.
If you go from Barcelona, the best option is to follow the A-2 until Lleida and then take the N-230 until Puente de Montaña, where you’ll have to turn right to the C-1311 road that leads directly to the car park La Masieta. We recommend you to park the car at the car park, where you can start the hike that we’ve mentioned before. The cost of the carpark is 5€ for the whole day.
For the curious minds
The gorge of Mont-rebei is created by the Noguera Ribagorçana river on its course through the Montsec mountains forming an incredible wall of rock crossed through by a river of emerald blue water. The walls are as high as 500 metres and the only way to cross the gorge is through a bridle path of less than 3 meters of width entirely excavated in the rock. No need to say that this allows to enjoy the landscape in a very impressive way. Do you dare?
The 600 hectares that cover the canyon are one of the most unique natural areas in Catalonia not only for the stunning landscape but also for its ecological value. The variety of wildlife ranges from vultures to foxes allowing the animal and plant lovers to take pleasure in the beauty of nature.