Where Lammergeiers Dare

The Mallos de Riglos, in the foothills of Aragon’s Pyrenees Mountains, are conglomerations of sand and gravel from ancient rivers discharging into the Ebro depression. Birds of many species use the walls as nesting grounds, including one of Europe’s rarest raptors, the lammergeier, a huge bird with a wingspan of nearly three meters (10 feet). The Mallos are also a magnet for rock climbers–the large building in the lower right of the photo is the Refugio Riglos, where mountaineers as well as everyone from mountain bikers to mushroom hunters can find inexpensive food and lodging. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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7 Responses to Where Lammergeiers Dare

  1. Jonathan Moreno October 8, 2012 at 16:13 #

    This is truly a magical place. I now wish we had spent more time there. I still love finding the church at the base of the wall where we all had lunch. Looking forward to going back and exploring. Bocadillos are on me.

  2. Mike Randolph October 9, 2012 at 23:32 #

    You are on! I’ll have jamon de Jabugo…

  3. Jambro October 10, 2012 at 10:27 #

    Awesome picture. Spain hides so many intriguing places. Thanks.

    • Mike Randolph October 10, 2012 at 10:40 #

      Thank you. Even more hidden than the Mallos de Riglos are the nearby Mallos de Agüero. Unlike Riglos, you can’t see Agüero from the secondary highway that transects this corner of Huesca. A very cool side trip if you’re ever in the area.

  4. Phil October 21, 2012 at 10:10 #

    Lovely photo. Riglos is a superb place and I agree with Mike about the Mallos de Agüero nearby. If climbing the cliffs looks too daunting (it is for most!) there are some great walking routes at Riglos – one good hike takes you to a hide where you can spot the vultures up close with no problem at all.

    A rafting trip on the Rio Gallego which passes right under the cliffs is great fun – especially in May/June time when the river is at it’s peak with the snow melt. Nearby Castillo de Loarre is also fantastic with great views over the plains to the south from it’s high towers.

  5. Londres en español October 23, 2012 at 09:34 #

    Good to see people talking about Aragón in other languages, it has amazing places and it’s a total stranger out of Spain. I also saw your post about Alquezar, have you been in Albarracin, in Teruel? I’m sure you will love it!

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