To discover one waterfall in a national park is a treat. When you see two or three you feel spoilt. But how about seeing dozens of waterfalls in one place! That’s the experience at Piedra Monastery Gardens in Nuevalos, Spain. I’ve never seen so many waterfalls. Gushing bodies of water greeted us at every turn as we wandered through the national park – a unique geological space filled with caves, ancient trees and streams.

The Beautiful Waterfalls of Piedra Monastery Park

It’s a wonder this lush oasis exists considering its location in one of the most arid areas of Aragon in north-eastern Spain. The Piedra River is responsible for the remarkable waterfalls which adorn the park. Many have been created by the river dissolving the park’s limestone mountains, paving unique features. Its caves also show signs of this natural phenomenon.

Caves in Piedra Monastery Gardens, Aragon, Spain

Located off the main motorway between Barcelona and Madrid, Piedra Monastery Gardens is a popular weekend day trip for city dwellers. Get there early to beat the crowds or, do as we did, and stay at the Monastery which is now a spa hotel complete with a gastronomic restaurant.

Piedra Monastery, Aragon, Spain

The monastery itself dates back to the 12th century when Alfonso II of Aragon gave the Cisteron monks a Moorish castle to establish the Christian faith. You can walk through the Medieval monastery and its ruins. But it’s the adjoining park which provides the real ‘wow’ factor. The visit was one of my highlights of a bloggers’ trip to family-friendly Aragon with BritMums and the Spanish Tourism Board.

Blogger trip visiting Piedra Monastery Park
Me and my fellow travel bloggers at Piedra Monastery Park

We reached the first waterfall and smiled in wonder, busily snapping numerous photographs and selfies. Our guide, Carlos, grinned as he summoned us along.

“You’ll see plenty of waterfalls here,” he laughed.

He wasn’t wrong. Here’s some of my favourite images from the trip.

The tallest waterfall is Capa de Capello (Horse’s Tail) at over 50m high.

Piedra monastery Gardens, Nuevalos, Spain: Horse's tail waterfall

Cascading down the mountain into the river below, the noise of the water is intense (check out my video to hear for yourself). The view from the top over the Iberian System mountain range is breathtaking.

Piedra Monastery Gardens, Aragon, Spain
You can go down steps through the mountain and peek at the waterfall through holes in the limestone.

Piedra Monastery Gardens, Horse tail waterfall

At the bottom of the steps you come into dark cave where you see the waterfall from a different perspective.

Piedra monastery Gardens, Nuevalos, Spain: Horse's Tail waterfall
Each waterfall in the national park is unique and beautiful in its own right.


The Beautiful Waterfalls of Piedra Monastery Park

There’s even double waterfalls.Piedra Monastery Gardens, Aragon, Spain

Piedra Monastery Gardens, Aragon, Spain

Experiencing the park’s natural beauty and geology is an enriching experience and one I shall enjoy sharing with the rest of my family one day. No matter your age you won’t fail to be wowed by this lush escape.

Piedra Monastery Gardens, Aragon, Spain

During peak season, the park holds bird of prey exhibitions. We saw falcon, eagle and vultures spread their wings and swoop past our heads.

vultures at piedra monastery gardens

I left the park feeling relaxed, happy and rather honoured to have walked amid this natural phenomenon. Its tremendous waterfalls, easy walking trails and lush, green space makes this a perfect getaway for families.

Watch my video to get the full experience 

How to get there
Piedra Monastery Gardens is 100km from Zaragoza and 200km from Madrid. The nearest town is Nuévalos. Entrance to the park is €15.50 for an adult, concussion €11.

Where to stay and eat
We stayed at the Piedra Monastery Spa Hotel. Staying in the old monastery was a rather special experience. The rooms are fairly simple but as well as the spa there’s an outdoor swimming pool. The gastronomic restaurant is worth visiting whether you are staying or just visiting on a day trip. Most room rates give you complimentary access to the park.

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26 Comments on The Stunning Waterfalls of Piedra Monastery Gardens, Spain

  1. Stu
    October 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm (1 month ago)

    It looks a stunning destination. I like how you convey the history of the place in your post.

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    • Wander Mum
      October 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm (1 month ago)

      Thanks so much.

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  2. Stuart Forster
    October 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm (1 month ago)

    I love the way you weave the history of this place through your post. It looks a fascinating spot to visit.

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    • Wander Mum
      October 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you! It’s a beautiful place!

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    • Wander Mum
      October 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm (1 month ago)

      Isn’t it amazing!

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  3. susanna
    October 24, 2017 at 4:36 am (1 month ago)

    Take me back to Spain!

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    • Wander Mum
      October 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm (1 month ago)

      I know! So want to return!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm (3 weeks ago)

      It was amazing!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm (3 weeks ago)

      You absolutely must! It’s an incredible place.

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  4. Jacki
    November 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Beautiful waterfalls! I had no idea there was something like this between Madrid and Barcelona! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You’re welcome! I didn’t either but so glad I got to visit!

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  5. Ruth
    November 7, 2017 at 2:24 am (3 weeks ago)

    What a treat! I love waterfalls and it would be nice to be able to spot several without too much scrambling (have no idea the things I have done for a waterfall). The ones in here are wonderful. Need to add this place to my list of places to visit. #MondayEscapes
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Hehe. I know the feeling well Ruth! The paths were very easy and safe to walk on.

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It was a really special place to visit and experience so many beautiful waterfalls.

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  6. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    November 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm (3 weeks ago)

    What an incredible place. Carlos would have fallen over laughing at me taking dozens of photos from the off. I’ve love to walk down into the limestone and behind those incredible falls. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes
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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Hehe, Carlos was very tickled by us all snapping away at the first one! You can just imagine!

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  7. Marina
    November 10, 2017 at 2:21 am (2 weeks ago)

    I haven’t seen much of Spain on blogs, other than the big cities. Thanks for sharing! #MondayEscapes

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    • Wander Mum
      November 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You’re welcome Marina! Glad you enjoyed the insight.

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  8. Lisa (Travel Loving Family) & Trips100 Editor
    November 15, 2017 at 10:32 am (1 week ago)

    Wow what an incredible place Elizabeth, I’m not surprised you all took hundreds of photos. Your video captures the sound of the falls beautifully. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes
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    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 11:15 am (4 days ago)

      Thank you Lisa! Photos can’t capture everything and I love the sound of waterfalls!

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