The main attractions of the Congost de Mont-rebei Valley
The Congost de Mont-rebei Valley forms the Canelles Reservoir a spectacular lake of water. The surrounding mountains form the Montsec national park. The centre of the reservoir forms the boundary between Aragón and Catalonia. In 1995 the Congost de Mont-rebei was declared a Wildlife sanctuary. This outstanding natural area contains some of the most spectacular landscapes and mountain walks in Catalonia, a truly beautiful place to be.
The main attraction, besides the beautiful landscape, is the spectacular excavated cliff walk of Congost de Mont-rebei, constructed in 1982 by carving out a footpath in the vertical cliff face which ascends to almost 500 m in places. Handrails have been provided, however, it is not a walk for the faint-hearted, or young children.
The Pasarelas de Montfalcó (Hawk staircase) a spectacular wooden staircase pined to the cliff face. A more appropriate name might be cemetery gates! Once again, this is not a place for the faint hearted, you will need a great deal of courage and determination to walk on this wood. However, once completed, you will feel very brave and gallant.
The 2 suspension bridges (for pedestrians only), the first: Barranco de Sant Jaume on the left above, (J), is some 40 metres in length, Spanning the reservoir linking Catalonia and Aragón, connecting the districts of La Noguera and Pallars Jussà, crossing the Serra del Montsec. The second: bridge crosses Maçana ravine on the right above (G), a good place for a picnic stop for a small group.
Mountain walks (routs) and The Congost de Mont-rebei
The starting point for all our walks is in the village of Corçà which it just inside the province of Girona. Corçà is located approximately 160 km from Barcelona and Tarragona or almost 2 hours drive.
Corçà is a village or hamlet without any formalised car parks or parking. There is, however, a bar, restaurant the Del Congost (point “A” on our route plan). Which is an ideal place for breakfast when making an early start or a beer after a long day’s walk, but be cautious it’s not always open depends on the time of the week and the year. The municipality covers an area of 16 square kilometres and has a population of about 1.2 k.
The route plan of the Congost de Mont-rebei from Google Earth
The Green Route A-B The Congost de Mont-rebei
The Green route from the Bar Resturant del Congost in Corca (A) to the Ermita de la Mare de Déu de la Pertusa (B) is approximately 2 km down a motor vehicle track terminating in the church car park (B). Due to the limited car parking in the village of Corçà, you may wish to drive directly to this informal car park. While you are fresh it is well worth walking out and exploring the Ermita, also the views of the surrounding landscape are incredible, don’t forget to take your camera.
The Red Route B-G The Congost de Mont-rebei
The red route from the Hermitage (B) to the suspension bridge Barranco de Sant Jaume (G) passes through the spectacular excavated elevated cliff walk which starts at point (D) and finishes at point (E) passing through the tunnel at point (F). The route is approximately 7.5 km. Altitudes vary from 500 m to 800 m, maximum slopes approximately 38%, average 10 to 12%. Please see the elevation chart below which has been compressed or truncated. Although this is quite a short walk if you intend to return to the starting point, the same day, you should allow the whole day to complete the route and enjoy exploring the many interesting features in the landscape. This is not a suitable route for young children.
The red route, elevation chart from Google Earth, the images have been compressed, giving the illusion of very steep slopes, please read the data around the chart for more accurate information.
The Blue route G-H The Congost de Mont-rebei
View of the ravine from the village of Puente de Montañana
The blue route from the suspension bridge Barranco de Sant Jaume (G) to the village of Puente de Montañana (H) in the province of Huesca, the route follows the river Noguera Ribagorcana and is approximately 9 km in length, elevations vary from 500 m to just under 600 m maximum slopes 80% average 7%.
The blue route is an excellent continuation of the Red route for the more ambitious, Walker, on arriving in the village of Puente de Montañana you have 3 options spend the night in the village, there is usually plenty of accommodation from €40 a night, and return back to Corçà via the purple route, or you can return to Corçà by taxi, The taxi journey normally takes just over one hour and costs approximately €100 for an 8 seater taxi. Please see the links below for details of accommodation and local taxes.
Accommodation links Puente de Montañana (H) The Congost de Mont-rebei
Francisco Palau Porte, Calle Iglesia, 22584 Puente de Montañana, Huesca, T:974 54 21 97
Hostal Restaurante Condes de Ribagorza, Carretera Viella, 0 S/N, 22584 Puente de Montañana, Huesca, T:974 54 21 50
Hostal Isidro, Carretera Viella, 1, 22584 Puente de Montañana, Huesca, T: 974 54 21 55
Taxi links: The Congost de Mont-rebei
Montrebei. Taxis Ribagorza. La Masieta-Montfalco. Taxis 8 plazas. David González Barrabes, T: 625 78 52 02.
Taxi from Puente de Montañana to Bar Resturant del Congost in Corca: €100 journey time approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, 64 km
Purple Route H- K
The purple route is approximately 19 km in length, elevations vary from 500 m to just over 1200 m with maximum slopes of 55% and average slopes of approximately 13%.
This route provides a good option for the more ambitious mountain hiker who want to return to Corçà via a different route, and combined with the other routes takes 2 days to complete, the first day from point B to H approximately 16.5 km and the second day, 24 km. Between points H1 and H2, there is a sheep track linking both vehicle tracks, be cautious it’s easy to miss. Make sure you allow enough time to explore the Hawk staircase.
Purple Route elevation chart from Google Earth (please see comments on red route).
Finally, if you only have half a day to spare, then a better option might be to just visit the suspension bridge Barranco de Sant Jaume (J) and the Falcon staircase (I), which is only approximately 5 km in length from the Hermitage (B).
You will almost certainly have a memorable time enjoying this magnificent landscape of Catalonia and Aragon. However, please be cautious, it’s a place for the experienced mountain hikers, and in Catalonia, you are expected to have personal insurance to cover any emergency situation in the event of an accident.