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Cascada de Sorrosal

Impressive large waterfall (120 m) in a huge amphitheatre of beautiful folds and rock formations of glacial origin, surrounded by green mountains. Located five minutes walking from Broto village, in the Pyrenees, Huesca (Spain).

The Sorrosal waterfall is a huge cascade surrounded by mountains, on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees. The access from the village of Broto is very easy, flat and short. Follow a narrow concrete path along the river. In just 5 minutes (350 m) you reach the base of the waterfall. The waterfall is so high that you can see it from Broto itself, a beautiful Aragonese village. Broto is on the banks of the river Ara. Together with Torla, it forms one of the gateways to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

The Sorrosal waterfall, located in the Barranco de Sorrosal ravine, flows down a tributary stream of the Ara River. It is especially beautiful in times of thaw, like in May, when it is loaded with water, and it falls with force. The very high waterfall has a double fall, with a natural pool at its feet and another pool halfway down the waterfall. This second natural pool is about 60 m high and cannot be seen unless you climb.

The geometric shapes of the rock of the natural amphitheatre are full of impressively coloured folds. These explain the formation process of the Pyrenees some 30 million years ago. Glacial erosion and fluvial erosion have gradually formed this spectacular natural site. If you go up you can find marine fossils. Undoubtedly, a place of great geological importance. The bottom of the sea in the heart of the Pyrenees!

There is a via Ferrata that climbs up to the top of the waterfall and goes up a section of the ravine. It is also possible to rappel down the waterfall (see below the section What to do).

how to get to Sorrosal waterfalll

The route to the Sorrosal waterfall is the shortest and easiest in the ‘Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park’. It is 700 metres round trip from Broto.

getting from broto to cascada de sorrosal

To get there, you have to go along a narrow path along the riverbed on the left. On the right, there is a field with friendly goats.

 route broto to Cascada-de-Sorrosal waterfall

The waterfall has a 120 m waterfall divided into two sections. There are 2 pools, one at the foot of the waterfall and the other at a height of 60 m.

Via ferrata sorrosal waterfall

The Via Ferrata of the Sorrosal Waterfall climbs up the left side of the waterfall. Canyoners are often seen rappelling down the waterfall.

sorrosal waterfall

The spectacular rocks of the waterfall were formed under the sea some 20 to 30 million years ago.

view from Cascada-de-Sorrosal

This is the view of the Sorrosal ravine, as seen from the waterfall.

natural pool Sorrosal waterfall

The natural pool at the foot of the waterfall has crystal clear water.

swimming hole

The folds in the rocks have beautiful shapes and colours.

Cascada-de-Sorrosal pool

In summer less water tends to fall from the waterfall, the rest of the year there is a considerable amount of water.

rocks formations

There is some discussion about whether it’s allowed to bathe here, as it’s on the edge of the ‘Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park’.

hiking route broto to Cascada-de-Sorrosal waterfall

The Sorrosal waterfall is so high that it is visible from the village.

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Getting There

Transport Options

There are public buses from Zaragoza to Broto. From Broto you can walk to the cascade.

Getting There

How to get to Cascada de Sorrosal Waterfall

Take the N-260 to Broto village, one of the gateways to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido Natural Park, together with Torla.

From Huesca take the direction to Sabiñanigo. After passing Biescas, turn right. You can also go from Barbastro. Take the A-138 towards El Grado and Ainsa. From here take the N-260 towards Boltaña and Broto.

Once in Broto, on the road that crosses the village, there is a detour with a sign indicating the waterfall path. There is a car park for the waterfall. The path is short (5 minutes), runs parallel to the river (in the Sorrosal ravine) and is well signposted. The Sorrosal waterfall is visible from the village. The route is linear, and you return the same way you came.

Here is the route from Broto to the waterfall on a map. 

Parking

There is a car park in Broto 500 m from the waterfall. In summer the car park can be full. You can park in other places in the village or on the outskirts of the village. You will still be very near to the waterfall.

Location

Spain, Huesca

Coordinates

Villages Nearby

Broto (500 m), Aínsa (40.6 km), Huesca (88.2 km), Zaragoza, (155 km)

Difficulty Level

Very Easy

Walking Time

It's about a 5-minute walk from the car park in Broto.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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When to Go

It is always spectacular and is open all year round. In summer there is less water falling from the waterfall.

Entrance Fee

None

Activities

Taking a dip in the natural pool (Be aware that as it’s on the edge of the ‘National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido’, there is some discussion going on about whether swimming is allowed here).
Climbing (there is a via ferrata to climb the waterfall)
Canyoning
Hiking

Facilities

There is a concrete path that leaves you 45 m away from the waterfall. There are no toilets.

Kids

It is a good place to take the little ones on an excursion. It is very easy to get there and Broto is a 5-minute walk away. You can get 45 m from the waterfall with a baby pram.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. Remember to carry them on a leash if there are many people or many dogs.

Skinny Dipping

No skinny dipping

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access is possible. The path from the car park is flat. You can get as close as 45 m from the waterfall.

Restrictions

It’s forbidden to make fires, litter, and park in non-authorized areas.

Avoid carrying coolers (and chairs, hammocks, tables) and playing loud music.

Remember that soap and detergents should not be used in rivers and pools. Also, most sun creams contaminate the water, try to apply them well before taking a dip.

(Scientists have found that sunscreen releases significant amounts of titanium dioxide, which damages aquatic life.
Soaps have phosphates, are also non-biodegradable and harm the environment). 

Managed by

Ayuntamiento de Broto – 974 486 306 – [email protected]

Things to Do – Cascada de Sorrosal

Things to Do

Things to do near Cascada de Sorrosal

The village of Broto and other surrounding villages, such as Oto, are well worth a visit. The old bridge of Oto crosses the ravine next to the road that goes to the village of Oto. The village of Sarvisé is beautiful.

The Via Ferrata of the Sorrosal waterfall starts right next to the waterfall pool and climbs up the walls parallel to the waterfall. It runs along the entire waterfall and part of the Sorrosal ravine in a varied itinerary, with a bridge, several stairs and a small cave. Near the waterfall, you can see marine fossils in the shape of worms. Then the ascent continues through the impressive rocky folds. From here, you move on to the section of Plaza del Pino. Then you arrive at the Broto Balcony, a place with impressive views of Broto and the surrounding area. You can also rappel down the canyon and waterfall. There are many adventure companies. The Via Ferrata costs €3.5 and the timetable is from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.

The National Park of Ordesa y Monte Perdido is a few km from Broto. The wilderness, mountains and scenery here are spectacular. Don’t miss what some claim to be the most beautiful waterfalls in Spain: Cascada de la Cola de Caballo, Cascada del Estrecho, Cascada de la Cueva, Cascada de Cotatuero, Cascada Gradas de Soasa and Cascada de Arripas. Remember that it is forbidden to bathe in the waterfalls of this natural park, to preserve nature in its purest state.

Where to Eat

The villages of Broto and Torla have numerous places to eat.

Accommodation

In this impressive mountain area, there are several campsites to enjoy nature: Camping Oto, Camping Ara and Camping Ordesa.

There are also many rural houses in the area, both in the villages and in the surrounding countryside. The village of Torla, which is the gateway to the Ordesa National Park, has the most accommodation options in this area.

Geography

Altitude

1030 m. (3379 ft)

Size

The waterfall has a height of about 120 m divided into two sections. The natural pool at the feet of the waterfall is about 15 m long and 8 m wide.

Under Foot

Soil

Maximum Water Depth

It can be 2 m deep in the natural pool under the waterfall. The depth varies depending on whether it has rained or not.

Minimum Swimming Level

The depth increases little by little. However, near the waterfall, you will not be able to stand, as it's deeper than 2 m.

Shade

There are few trees providing shade.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

Very clean

Water

Underwater

There is good visibility (6 m). You can see mainly rocks underwater.

Water Temperature

Cold

Water Colour

Turquoise blue

How Clean is Water?

Clean
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