Saubaga, a stroll through Lower Aran

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Bossòst | St.Joan Crisòstom | Carretera deth Portilhon | Bossòst

Technical data

Diffficulty: Difficult

Type: Hiking

Distance: 5,4 km

Time: 2h 40′

Elevation: 450m

Description

This itinerary takes the hiker along old trails and paths around the village of Bossost. You will enjoy an incredible landscape with a very varied vegetation typical of the mountain terrain: chestnut, oak, alder and maple trees abound and on the path to the Portilhon you will find beech tree and fir tree forests with excellent views of the Tùc dera Entecada (Entecada Peak) and the Tuc de Mieidia (Mieidia Peak) along with the village of Bossost and the Montlude mountain ridge.

Detailed Route:

Starting point is the patio of the tower of the Saint Mary church of Bossost. Take the Sant Joan Crisostom street across the village towards the mountain along the narrow streets until you reach the St. Joan Crisòstom chapel. Continue until there is a split in the road with a sign and take the direction of “Itinerario de Saubaga” along the Casteràs ravine. (1) Follow along uphill and leave the trail taking the barely visible path ahead between the field and the ravine which soon becomes a more visible trail. At the next split in the trail go left on the rock cobbled trail in a hazelnut tree forest. The ascent flattens out and the trail widens. After various ravines and old remodelled barns you will arrive to a cross with a forest road which comes from Portilhon (2). Take the road to the left and follow the PR indications. An easy descent begins which leads to a crossing indicated as “Camin de Saubaga, Bossost (3). Take this trail going down a steep slope (be careful in the autumn and spring) which takes you to the Portilhon road (4). You will reach the trail again on the left hand side following the PR marks. After crossing the Samorera ravine you will arrive once again to the village of Bossost.

Recomendaciones:

A must do while in Bossost is taking a walk along its pleasant and welcoming streets and visiting its shops. A visit to the Romanesque church of Santa Maria of Bossost (XII century) is one of the most beautiful examples of pure Aranes Romanesque style.

Curiosities:

Surrounding Bossost you can find 6 different chapels (originally there were 7). Following the tradition, they were built to keep the villages free of the cholera and plague epidemics. Crossing the Garona River you will find the old “bocard” or mineral washing basin. The raw minerals were transported along an aerial cable system with an elevation drop of 610 m and a distance of 2200 m from the Victoria Mine.