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Salto de Bierge

Beautiful 200 m long natural pool in the river, with a 10 m waterfall created by a dam. Located in the Sierra Guara Natural Park, Huesca (Spain).

Salto de Bierge is one of the most popular bathing areas not only in Huesca but also in Aragon. The creation of a hydroelectric power station last century next to the river Alcanadre resulted in a dam and a waterfall. There are two areas. The part below the waterfall has a deep and extensive pool surrounded by large stone slabs. The upper area has a ‘beach’ and calm, shallow waters. Nowadays, it is only possible to access the upper area. It’s a large area with trees where people gather for picnics.

Sierra de Guara mountain range is a world reference in the practice of canyoning. Salto de Bierge is the endpoint of several popular canyoning routes, such as the Barranco del Formiga and the Barranco de La Peonera. Canyoners finished the descent with a 10 m jump from the dam, which was imitated by bathers. A viral ad by Samsung recorded here, resulted in the overcrowding of the place. This led to environmental problems, waste and noise. 

To avoid overcrowding, in 2016, it was forbidden to jump from the dam. Today, it’s not even possible to get close to the waterfall, as it’s delimited by a floating cork fence. In 2017, staff were hired to guard and clean the area, a price of €3 was set, and the capacity was limited to 250 people per day. Currently, you can make an online reservation to make sure you enter on the busiest days (see below where to book online).

A fence has also been erected around the place, because of possible landslides on the hillside. Hence, when you enter, you can no longer see the waterfall, and you have to walk across the river to get to the ‘beach’ area. The water reaches your waist, and you’ll have to carry everything on you (cool box, mobile phone, bag, keys, etc.). It is not slippery, but it is advisable to wear booties because of the stones in the river bed.

 achow to get to-Salto-de-Bierge natural pool

The 10-metre waterfall was created by the dam on the river Alcanadre in the Sierra de Guara. This is the view of the cascade  from the A-1227 road, which leads to Salto de Bierge.

how to get to Salto-de-Bierge

From the large car park, take this path down to Salto de Bierge. This weir is responsible for controlling the water level of the river Alcanadre.

crossing river to get to the beach of Salto-de-Bierge

To reach the area with poplars, you have to cross the river on foot. The water will reach your waist. You’ll have to carry whatever you bring with you across the river.

picnic area Salto-de-Bierge

There is an entrance fee for the maintenance of the site and the workers. The price is €3 for those over 6 years old. Children under 6 don’t have to pay.

Salto-de-Bierge price

The price includes access to the bathing area and the toilets inside the fenced area. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance or online.

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Salto de Bierge and its surroundings are considered to be one of the best places in Aragon for bathing in nature.

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The crystal-clear natural pools that form before rushing over the weir attracts many bathers.

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You can take your lunch and have a picnic in this wooded area next to the river beach, or eat in the restaurant.

Salto-de-Bierge wild swimming

Next to the car park is the hostel ‘Albergue El Salto’ with a bar, restaurant and magnificent views.

route from-Salto-de-Bierge to Fuente de Tamara

View of the Salto de Bierge from the route to the Fuente de Tamara, a spectacular spring upstream. Many canyoning routes end in Salto de Bierge.

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HOW TO GET TO - Salto de Bierge

Getting There

Transport Options

The easiest way to get to Salto de Bierge is by car. There are public buses to Bierge, but you have to walk from there. It has become so popular that there are also organized tours that arrive by private buses.

Getting There

How to get to Salto de Bierge

From Zaragoza, it is 115 km (1:30 h).

From Huesca, it is 41 km (1 h). You have to leave Paseo de Ramón y Cajal avenue to take the N-240 towards Barbastro. Then follow the Huesca-Lérida highway and take the detour onto the A-1229 that reaches Bierge. This village is part of the Cañones de Guara natural area.

From Bierge
Without entering the village, follow the A-1227 towards Aguas and Salto de Bierge. About 1.8 km from Bierge you will see a detour on your right, signposted ‘Parking and area of Hostel and Restaurant’. Take this detour and in 150 m you will be in the car park of Salto de Bierge.

From the car park, you must walk 100 m to the dam, descending a staircase. To get to the beach and shaded area (on the right bank of the river) you have to cross the river on foot. The water will come up to your waist.

Parking

There is a municipal car park with 45 spaces. Besides, the restaurant and hostel of Salto de Bierge have a car park for 30 vehicles. The entrance to the car park from the A-1227 is at these coordinates 42.17148,-0.09032.

Location

Spain, Huesca

Villages Nearby

Bierge (2 km), Adahuesca (10.8 km), Abiego (8.9 km), Radiquero (14.9 km), Alquézar (18.1 km), Huesca (43.3 km), Zaragoza (119 km)

Difficulty Level

It's easy to get there as it's very well signposted.

Walking Time

It is a 1-minute walk from the car park.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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When to Go

It can be visited all year round. In summer and late spring, it is ideal for swimming. Autumn is characterised by beautiful ochre colours.
The opening hours are from 9 am to 8 pm every day of the week. The 2021 season started on 15 June and ended on 12 September.

Entrance Fee

Since 2017, a symbolic entrance fee has been set for the maintenance of the site and the workers. Capacity is limited to 250 people per day.

Over 6 years old: €3 per person.
Children (up to 6 years old): free
From 7 pm onwards, they sometimes let you in for free.

The price includes access to the bathing area and the toilets inside the fenced area.

You pay at the entrance booth. Tickets can also be bought in advance at https://saltodebierge.info/.

Activities

Swimming in the natural pools
Hiking
Picnic 
Water canyoning

Facilities

There are three toilets for men, women and people with reduced mobility.

Salto de Bierge also has a restaurant and a hostel up the stairs.

There is capacity control, a fence that surrounds and protects the site and rubbish collection.

A pedestrian bridge over the river Alcanadre is being considered, to cross to the beach area without having to walk across the riverbed.

Kids

It is a perfect place to visit with children. The area is flat and there are toilets. However, crossing the river with small children to go to the poplar area may be a bit difficult. People usually carry them on their shoulders.

Dogs

Pets are allowed but should always be on a leash.

Skinny Dipping

No

Wheelchair Access

They have just built 3 toilets for men, women and people with reduced mobility. Call to find out if they have already built access to the natural pool for people with reduced mobility.

Restrictions

It is forbidden to jump from the waterfall and access the lower pool.

It is also forbidden to camp, litter, make fires, cook and use air mats or boats.

Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Check the depth before jumping into the water or diving headfirst.

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 Bierge974 318 102 – [email protected]Contact them for latest news & Covid

Bierge Tourism Office
Ctra. Rodellar s/n, Bierge, Huesca, 22144
974 31 82 38
[email protected]

https://saltodebierge.info/
646 753 878
[email protected]

Things to Do – Salto de Bierge

Things to Do

Things to do near Salto de Bierge

The surroundings of Salto de Bierge are ideal for nature lovers. There are hiking, mountain biking, equestrian and ornithological routes. This is the end of the Somontano Nature Trail and the start of the Hoya de Huesca Nature Trail.

In the village of Bierge you can see the 16th-century parish church.

Fuente de Tamara is a beautiful wild bathing area amidst nature. It is a spring in the river in an area with a steep stone canyon, which also has a small river beach. The car park is the starting point of the route, which follows the river Alcanadre. It takes about 1 hour to get there.

Rodellar is a world reference for climbing. It attracts people from all over the world because of its complicated walls. Leaving Rodellar is an impressive water route through the Fornazos and Puntillo Straits. It can be done in 4 hours. It descends between stone walls, jumps to spectacular pools and many ‘slides’, and ends at Salto de Bierge.

Where to Eat

You can bring your food and have a picnic by the river or eat in the Salto de Bierge restaurant (up the stairs). It has a balcony with spectacular views, good food and value for money (€15 menu).

Opening hours are from 15 June to 31 August:
– Monday to Friday: 9 am to 7 pm.
– Saturdays Sundays and holidays: 9 am to 8 pm

The restaurant and hostel el Salto have their parking for 30 vehicles.

Accommodation

The Salto de Bierge restaurant is 35 m away from the natural pool. It has rooms available and the hostel next to it too.

There are also many rural houses and hotels in this part of the Sierra de Guara mountains. For example in Bierge, Abiego, Adahuesca, Radiquero and above all in the amazing medieval village of Alquézar. In Rodellar and Las Almunias, right in the heart of the local climbing area, there are also several sites. 

Geography

Altitude

479 m. (1571 ft)

Size

The natural pool at the top of the waterfall is large, reaching almost 200 m in length and between 10 – 30 m in width.

Under Foot

Soil and gravel (not slippery).

Maximum Water Depth

It is not deep (about 70 cm deep). You can stand in most of the natural pool at the top of the waterfall.

Minimum Swimming Level

Adults do not need to be able to swim. Be careful with children who will not be able to stand in the water in some places.

Shade

Across the river, there is a huge area full of poplar trees, under which you can shelter from the sun all day long.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

Very clean thanks to the town hall cleaning service. Unfortunately, some people leave rubbish every time which has to be picked up.

Water

Underwater

Visibility is very good (10 m). There are small fish.

Water Temperature

Cold

Water Colour

Turquoise blue with green tones

How Clean is Water?

Clean
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