The Güixas cave is located in the western part of the Aragonese Pyrenees, at the foot of the Collarada mountain. If you are a pilgrim of The Camino de Santiago pilgrim, you will be able to make a short stop to visit this marvel that today we are going to present you during the stretch that joins Villanua with Canfranc. We are talking about a visit of one hour and fifteen minutes of duration, with a route of scarcely 800 meters. You may wonder why we have considered such a light stop as essential, the reason for this recommendation?

The answer is “magic.”

The pilgrim and the magic

We are aware of the fact that all of you who walk the Camino de Santiago are innate travellers and of your eagerness to get to know new places, people and above all else: the history of the land you are walking on. We are also aware that you love natural environments and being able to share them with your family. We thought, there will be nothing like this cave to fulfill each and every one of these expectations you have about your trip. That’s why we want to tell you the story of this wonderful cave full of old dreams and new lives. The cave of the Güixas

The Camino de Santiago along Castilla's field

Journey to the past

It is known that the cave was inhabited in the Neolithic period because of the remains that have been found in it: ceramic remains and a fragment of a cereal mill. Approximately, this occupation lasted until 300 AD. C. And it was then, between the 15th and 18th century, that magic came here to come to life. Specifically, it was witches who frequented the cavern to perform their coven rituals.

The Cave of Güixas

According to legend, they used to take “full moon baths” naked. This was possible thanks to the chimney in the underground cavity: through it they could see the moon. It is also said that these baths were the secret of her youth. But it doesn’t end here: after these sparkling ladies, the cave was a dungeon and shelter for soldiers during the war.

Perhaps now you will understand better the reason why this incredible natural beauty has the magnificent amount of 20.000 visitors per year…

The cave of the Güixas

It is formed by a dissolution of limest