The Aragonese Pyrenees
José y Gustavo, the owner of Hotel Barosse looks forward to welcome you to The Aragonese Pyrenees
The old kingdom of Aragon, which once was one of the oldest nations of Europe, will take your breath away. Follow the thousand-year-old marks and you will realize that, in this community of contrasts, Christians, Jewish and Muslims have lived together.
The Pyrenees and Pre-Pyrenees are one of the most beautiful, rich and interesting natural areas of Spain and even the earth. The variety of geological and climatic contrasts between the wet valleys of the north and the dry foothills of the south result in an impressive wealth of flora and fauna.
The orographic peculiarities make this area a place of special interest to all sports lovers: Mountaineering, horseback riding, hiking, climbing, water sports, paragliding, hang gliding, skiing… are just some examples of the possibilities these mountains offer you. This area is a provocation to the senses – if you dare to embark yourself on an unforgettable adventure full of live and sensation.
But you will also be surprised by the large number and variety of artistic and architectural jewels you find in the Aragonese Pyrenees: From the earliest prehistoric settlers to contemporary art, through the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. The villages retain the atmosphere of yesteryear. Idyllic places where mountain architecture and traditions express the rich heritage of the culture of the Pyrenees.
How to Get There
By car from Madrid:
Exit Madrid on the A-2/E-90 motorway towards Zaragoza. In Zaragoza take exit 311B on the left to merge onto A-2/A-68/Z-40 Aeropuerto/Logroño/Pamplona/A-23/Huesca/Barcelona. Follow signs for Huesca, merging onto the A-23/E-7 motorway. In Huesca follow signs for A-23 Sabiñánigo and Jaca.
By car from Barcelona:
Exit Barcelona on the A-2 motorway towards Lleida. Take exit 458 towards A-22 Huesca. In Huesca follow signs for A-23 Sabiñánigo and Jaca.
By car from France:
Go to Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Merge onto the E7/N134 road towards Spain. Once you crossed the border continue on the E-7/N-330 road to Jaca.
The Aragonese Pyrenees: Plan your journey by public transport
Railway station serves high speed trains AVE with connection to Zaragoza, Madrid and Barcelona.
Railway station, serves regional destinations.
Serves mainly Spanish destinations
The Aragonese Pyrenees weather forecast
|Jaca, España||95°F clear sky|
Wind 8 mph, E
Pressure 766.57 mmHg
Places to go
Hecho is a beautiful small town located northwest of Jaca, that stands out for its wonderful popular architecture and the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
TO SEE: Hecho is a small town that stands out for its wonderful popular architecture, and for its remarkable open-air exhibition of contemporary sculpture, but above all, it is the beauty of its natural environment that takes most of the credit.
It was in the Hecho (also spelled Echo) Valley where the county was founded which would later become the Kingdom of Aragon. The main characteristic of this valley is the magnificence of its natural environment.
TO DO: Stroll through the village and have a walk in the valley.
RECOMMEND: Visit the “Boca del Infierno” (the Mouth of Hell), a defile that the river has drilled into the rock, and the “Selva de Oza”, a thick, gorgeous beech and fir forest.
Jaca is like one big museum: a city with over two thousand years of history and a monumental heritage of great value.
The citadel of Jaca is a fortress built in the late 16th century and the only one of its type in Spain which is conserved intact.
TO SEE: This fortification, with pentagonal plant, was built in the late sixteenth century (the works started in 1592). It is the only fortress in Spain of its type that conserves all of its features: the moat, the bastions, the barracks, munitions dump, magazines, tunnels … It has a beautiful entry that is accessed via a drawbridge.
TO DO: The citadel is a large fortified and pentagonal building, with an arrow-shaped bastion on each corner, connected all together by a covered walkway. Inside, in the center, it has a large courtyard, enclosed by an arcade of two levels with semicircular brick arches. There is also a small, 17th century church dedicated to St. Peter which has a Baroque shaft flanked by Solomonic columns. Outside, the defensive system is completed with a moat, which has never contained water and currently serves as habitat for some deer.
San Juan de la Peña Monastery
Surrounded by the vast forest and situated in the San Juan de la Peña and Monte Oroel Protected Landscape we can find this medieval jewel: the Old Monastery of San Juan de la Peña.
TO SEE: This monastery stands not only out because it is one of the most important monasteries built in the High Middle Ages and first royal pantheon of Aragon, but also because of its situation within the San Juan de la Peña and Monte Oroel Protected Landscape – an impressive combination of nature and culture.
The preserved constructions, only a part of those that existed, are excellent testimonies of the successive artistic forms in the various eras in which this singular place had life. They emphasize especially the centuries of the Romanesque (11th century to the 13th century) with notable architecture samples, painting and above all of the sculpture. The historic and artistic group of San Juan de la Peña is completed with the new Monastery, of the 17th century, along with the churches of San Caprasio and of Santa María in the nearby place of Santa Cruz de la Serós, both also of the Romanesque period.
TO DO: Having a walk enjoying the landscape and visiting both, the old and new monastery.
Candanchú Ski Resort
Candanchú ski resort has a wide range of slopes for all levels and a complete network of ski lifts.
TO SEE: Candanchú is a place of outstanding beauty. It is set in the heart of the Aragón Pyrenees, at the mouth of the Aragón River, close to Somport pass and the French border. It is the longest-running ski resort in Spain (since 1928).
TO DO: The variety of slopes, easy access and complete residential hub make it the ideal place for lovers of winter sports.
St. James Way Through Aragón: from Jaca to Arrés
Stage 2 of the Way of St. James through the region of Aragón: From Jaca to Arrés.
Leave Jaca and the Oroel Peak walking to the west following a cattle route between the N-240 national road and the Aragón river. After approx. 5 km and close to the Botiguera take the N-240 to cross the Gas river. Go straight towards Santa Cilia. Shortly after, leave the road to the right and take the parallel path. After approx. another 800 meters you’ll have to cross again the road and continue to the left to reach the Atarés incline.
Once you crossed the incline you get to the Atarés road that leads down to the N-240 road. Shortly before getting to the N-240, take the path that runs parallel (you’ll pass behind the Aragón hotel and the historic Esculabolsas inn.
After having crossed a little stream of water keep walking a few meters throught fields and cross the A-1603 road to Santa Cruz de Serós and San Juan de la Peña. Continue straight following the path that leads to Santa Cilia. The route will take you through the old part of town.
Leave Santa Cilia on another path parallel to the N-240 road. When getting to kilometer point 300, cross the road and leave the Pirineos camping to your right. Keep walking parallel to the road and cross it again at kilometer point 302 in order to follow a path that leads down to the Aragon river and further on to a stone bridge and Puente la Reina.
Don’t go into town but continue on the N-240 road towards Huesca. After approx. 400 meters you’ll see a path on the right. Follow the path until getting to Arrés.
Distance/Time: 25 km
Jaca – Santa Cilia de Jaca – Puente la Reina de Jaca – Arrés
Circular BTT Route in Ansó
Circular BTT route in the surroundings of the village of Ansó, region of Aragón, Spanish Pyrenees.
This circular route starts in the village of Ansó, on the road that leads towards the camping of Zuriza. After 1 kilometer turn right to leave the road and continue on a track that goes up the hill. You’ll pass three shepherd’s huts (Chunillas, Trixinero and Cheso) and then cross the area of Vedau until getting to the dividing line with the village of Hecho. At this point you’ll take another track that leads to the Collado de la Fuente de la Cruz pass. Descent on a track until getting to the A-176 road between Ansó and Hecho which you’re going to take to return to Ansó.
Distance/Time: Ascent gradient: 630 m
Descent gradient: 630 m
Horizontal distance: 19,5 km
Ansó – Collado de la Fuente de la Cruz – Ansó
Barrier-free Route through The Garcipollera Valley
Route adapted to the physically challenged people through the beautiful Garcipollera Valley, in Jaca, Spanish Pyrenees.
The Garcipollera Valley, belonging to the municipality of Jaca, is one of the most stunning valleys of the Pyrenees.
This rugged valley offers its visitors several spots where they can get to know its wildlife (wild boars, roe deers, deers or coal tits, among others) and enjoy the wonderful scents of its lush vegetation (pines, beechs or oaks).
Since this is a mountaineous landscape it results quite difficult to adapt a path for physically challenged people. That’s why we propose a route by car and within the route accessible 4 points of tourist information with boards and even a recreational area with tables that has been adapted for people coming in wheelchairs.
The tour starts on a path near the town of Villanovilla and continues through pine forests down to the Ijuez river until getting to the Romanesque church of Santa Maria de Iguacel.
Due to the harshness of the climate in winter, the significant snowfall and the subsequent thaw, we recommend doing this tour only in summer.
Please click the link for detailed description and information on the route.
Distance/Time: 5 km
Villanovilla – Ermita de la Virgen de Iguácel
Valleys of Hecho and Ansó
Route by car to the valleys of Hecho and Ansó, in the Spanish Pyrenees, visiting the Selva de Oza forest.
Leave Jaca on the N-240 road towards Pamplona. In Puente la Reina de Jaca take the A-132 road towards the Valley of Hecho. Hecho is a peculiar small village with houses that maintain the typical architecture of the Pyrenees. Its conic frustrum chimneys are the most beautiful in the Pyrenees.
In Hecho you’ll find Casa Gaby, one of our favourite restaurants: They offer great dishes and typical local cuisine.
Once you had a stroll through Hecho, continue towards the Selva de Oza forest, passing the 9th century Siresa Monastery. Continue towards Boca del Infierno, which is the entrance to the Selva de Oza forest, with its tunnels that have been dug into the rock. In May and June you’ll enjoy authentic cascades and in autumn the colourful spectacle the trees’ chromatism.
From there you could continue towards Aguas Tuertas, a trip we recommend warmly to do once you’re there, however you could also do it on another day.
Continue towards Ansó, another well-preserved village of the Upper Aragon area. Its most typical elements are the carved doors, windows and lintels as well as the conic frustrum chimneys and its traditional costumes fiesta.
From Ansó follow the road towards the Valley of Zuriza and have something to eat at Borda Chiquín which serves traditional mountain dishes such as Migas (a dish made from breadcrumbs, chorizo, bacon…), Ajoarriero (dish made from cod, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes…), ribs etc.
On the way back to Jaca you can pass Foz de Binies, another impressive mountain pass and waterfall, habitat of many bird species (actually bird watchers from all over the world come to this place).
Distance/Time: 45 kms from Barosse Boutique Hotel
Puente la Reina de Jaca – Hecho – Selva de Oza – Ansó