The Corilha Ravine

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Unha | Barranc de Corilha | Gessa | Unha

Technical data

Diffficulty: Moderate

Type: Hiking

Distance: 3,6 km

Time: 1h 30′

Elevation: 330m

Description

This itinerary connects the villages of Unha and Gessa. You will be taken through a small forest of oak, ash, cherry and hazelnut trees and will pass by pastures close to the villages on the side slope of the Pui de Unha. The peak of which reaches 1000 m above and descends next to the pleasant river which exits from the Corilha Ravine. Here you have an impressive panoramic view of the valley, the mountains, the villages of the Pujolo region and the Maladeta mountain range off in the distance.

Detailed Route:

The starting point is the car park in the centre of Unha. Go up the Carrer Major street until reaching the Carrer Sant Martin street at the end of which begins a fast ascent. After gaining the majority of the altitude of this hike, flank to the side to enjoy the incredible views. Following another zig zagging ascent exit the forest and go up the pastures following the posts with the yellow markers. Pass a rock field and you will soon encounter a crossing of trails with indications (1). Follow directions of the PR-112 towards Gessa. The path is going to head towards the Corilha Ravine and will descend to Gessa. Once in Gessa continue along the Carrèr Riu street until reaching the bridge (2). Go up this street in the opposite direction of the bridge and pass just next to the Saint Pere church and Casa Rosa. You will soon reach the roundabout where another sign will indicate the direction to take to return to Unha. You will enter Unha on the Carrèr Major street.

Recommendations:

In Unha: the Romanesque church of Saint Eulària, Ço de Brastes and the flour mill. In Gessa one should visit the Casa Rosa which is a mansion with an angled tower and Renaissance windows.

Curiosities:

The “terçons” are internal territorial divisions of the Aran Valley. In Unha the Ço de Brastet is a mansion from the 16th century and is one of the civil buildings with a military function most representative of Aran. The lion’s tooth (taraxacum) is a vigorous plant with yellow flowers very common along the paths of Aran. Its soft leaves can be eaten in salads and have cleansing and diuretic effects on the digestive system. It is of great interest in the bee industry worldwide due to the nectar and pollen they produce. The Eurasian Jay is a small bird belonging to the family of the crow and similar in size is easily heard and seen as it flies between the trees. It has attractive feathers, brown in colour with a white spot and blue and black stripes on its wings.