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Stage 28: Estaon - Tavascán

Distance/elevation: 13,1 kms / (+690),(-865)
Time: 4h00min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: no difficulty, short stage.
Agua: You will find a number of drinking fountains along the way (indicated in the description) and the odd stream.

(0h0min;0km) Estaon (1530m). You set out from a street at the top of the village towards the west. The path drops down to the banks of d'Estaon river (10'), which you cross via a wooden bridge, and joins a wider path that heads up alongside the river. Follow this path for about 15mins, passing the Colatxo farm buildings on the left, as far as another wooden bridge, which you also cross. Briefly leave the track (5') and follow a path along the left bank of the river. You rejoin the track by Gori farmstead, and follow it to...

(1h05min; 3.9kms) Bordas de Nibrós (1480m). Shortly afterwards (350m), the path takes a sharp turn right and the real climb begins. At the very beginning, you pass Masover barn (drinking fountain) and 10mins later Vidal barn. You leave it on your right and keep walking up to Coll del Jou, visible to the west.

(1h45min; 5.7kms) collada del Jou (1830m). From here you can make out a good part of the next stage. The path descends relentlessly, past a drinking trough for cattle (10') and you continue your descent along a track (south east) suitable for off-road vehicles. The track improves as it widens and a few minutes before reaching Lleret you pass a drinking fountain (questionable spout).

(2h45min; 9kms) Lleret (1385m). You do not pass through it, but in the village there is a drinking fountain. You leave the track that twists and turns downhill, on the third hairpin bend on the right, and follow a path on the left along the hillside, that takes you to...

(3h35min; 11.9kms) Aineto (1215m). Drinking fountain at the entrance. The red and white markings guide you through Aineto along cobbled streets lined with enormous stone houses adorned with flowers. The GR11 follows the old Camino Real that leads you down to Tavascan.

(4h00min; 13.1kms) Tavascán (1110m),

Where to sleep:

En Tavascán: Hotel Estanys Blaus, Casa Feliu, Hotel Llacs De Cardos y el Hotel Marxant.


In Tavascan there is a health clinic, plenty of places for a sit-down meal, a supermarket and the odd shop where you can get maps, t-shirts, etc.


- Alpina: Alt Pirineu (Scale: 1/50.000).


You can get to Tavascan by bus from Sort and Llavorsí, with the bus company Seveis Turistics Gabriel (tel: 973 62 31 09). There is a taxi service in Tavascán (Pey: 615 59 51 56 and Emma 677 03 09 15). The Aigües Tortes Park bus passes through Llavorsí, with Alsa buses. From Sort, there are bus connections with Lleida and Barcelona (Alsa). There are also connections between Sort and La Seu d'Urgell with the taxi firm Passem el Cantó. There is a daily public service (2 trips per day). In 2013 the price per person was 4€. To reserve, call 689 495 777 or 610 952 001. You can also get the train to La Pobla de Segur (RENFE) from Lleida and Barcelona and then take the bus (Alsa).

Activities in the area:

Tavascan has a municipal swimming pool. Visits are also available to the underground hydro-electric power station (tel: (+34) 656 814 557).

Perfil de la etapa

Stages - GR11

- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun
- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera
- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka
- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo
- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba
Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)
Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)
Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú
Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú
Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana
Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara
Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación
Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)
Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso
Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa
Shortcut: The pipeline path from Bachimaña to Brazato
Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo
Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz
Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Fuenblanca)
Stage 17v (GR11.9): Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Faja de las Olas)
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 20v (GR 11.2): Biadós - Ref. Ángel Orús
Stage 21v (GR 11.2): Ref. Ángel Orús - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 21v (GR 11.5): Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de la Renclusa
Stage 22v (GR 11.5): Refugio de la Renclusa - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles
Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca
Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers
Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré
Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta
Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón
Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán
Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu
Stage 30: Areu - Baiau
Stage 31: Baiau - Arans
Stage 32: Arans - Encamp
Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa
Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu
Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá
Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles
Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria
Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter
Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló
Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà
Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà
Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol
Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens
Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle
Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva
Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus

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