Trail 4: Rodellar

Rodellar is one of the most isolated, forgotten and remote villages of Sierra de Guara. Perhaps this is why it has not been overrun by tourists, thus, preserving the authenticity of its streets, buildings and cattle trails. Neither has development left an impact on Its natural environment. As soon as you leave the town centre, you will discover the breathtaking landscapes that await you. This trail will run parallel to the course of the River Mascún and under the limestone walls of the ravine formed by this river. Pools of crystal-clear water and rocky formations that look as if they had been sculpted by an artist make up this magical landscape inhabited by numerous mountain goats, birds of prey, toads and various mammals. An all-around trail that is ideal for nature lovers in all aspects.

Although this trail is not too demanding at a physical level, it is worth bearing in mind that you will have to cross a river several times and that sometimes the path disappears or becomes very narrow. That said, it is not very difficult.

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Type of itinerary: One-way trail
Estimated time: 4
Distance: 10 km
Elevation: +250 m
Physical difficulty: Intermediate
Technical difficulty: Intermediate

In the heart of the Sierra and Cañones de Guara mountains, within the region of Somontano (Huesca), Rodellar, one of the most beautiful villages of the Sierra, overlooks the spectacular Mascún Ravine and the valley of the River Alcanadre. This is the reason why it has become the perfect destination for adventure sports lovers and for those who enjoy contact with nature.

RELEVANT BIRD SPECIES

Permanent residents: Red-legged partridge, red kite, bearded vulture, griffon vulture, Eurasian sparrowhawk, common buzzard, common kestrel, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, rock dove, stock dove, Eurasian collared dove, Eurasian eagle owl (rare), little owl, long-eared owl, hoopoe, European green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, crested lark, Thekla’s lark, woodlark, Eurasian crag martin, white wagtail, Eurasian wren, European robin, black redstart, blue rock thrush, mistle thrush, common blackbird, Dartford warbler, Sardinian warbler, common firecrest, long-tailed tit, European crested tit, coal tit, Eurasian blue tit, great tit, Eurasian jay, Eurasian magpie, red-billed chough, western jackdaw, carrion crow, common raven, spotless starling, common starling, house sparrow, Eurasian tree sparrow, rock sparrow, common chaffinch, European serin, European greenfinch, European goldfinch, common linnet, red crossbill (irruptive), cirl bunting, rock bunting, corn bunting.

Summer residents: Black kite, Egyptian vulture, short-toed snake eagle, booted eagle, European turtle dove, common cuckoo, red-necked nightjar, common swift, Alpine swift, European bee-eater, barn swallow, red-rumped swallow, common house martin, common nightingale, black-eared wheatear, common rock thrush, melodious warbler, subalpine warbler, western Orphean warbler, western Bonelli's warbler, spotted flycatcher, Eurasian golden oriole, woodchat shrike.

Wintering species: Northern goshawk, merlin, Eurasian skylark, meadow pipit, Alpine accentor, fieldfare, song thrush, Eurasian blackcap, common chiffchaff, goldcrest, wallcreeper, white-winged snowfinch (rare), brambling (rare), Eurasian siskin (irruptive), hawfinch, yellowhammer.

Migratory stopover: European honey buzzard, harriers, common crane, Eurasian woodcock (rare), tree pipit, water pipit, common redstart, northern wheatear, redwing, willow warbler, garden warbler, common whitethroat, European pied flycatcher.

The environment of Rodellar can be likened to an oasis in the desert—a confluence of rivers and springs amidst a dry mountain range. It is remarkable for its peculiar shapes in the rock, shaped by water and wind erosion, giving rise to caves, rocky needles, rock bridges, ravines and drops that are the delight of climbers, canyoners, photographers and nature lovers in general.

The environment of Rodellar can be likened to an oasis in the desert—a confluence of rivers and springs amidst a dry mountain range. It is remarkable for its peculiar shapes in the rock, shaped by water and wind erosion, giving rise to caves, rocky needles, rock bridges, ravines and drops that are the delight of climbers, canyoners, photographers and nature lovers in general.

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