BIESCAS, the destination of all destinations in the Huesca Pyrenees
SPRING – SUMMER
In the spring and summer, the Huesca Pyrenees extend the range of cultural, sports and festive events. Biescas, in the heart of the Tena Valley, is an attractive destination to fully enjoy the season, thanks to its excellent tourist services and comprehensive transport network with easy access to other points in the Upper Gállego River and La Jacetania and Sobrarbe regions.
This is why we have selected 11 get-aways, to make the most of your stay, which we are sure will become an unforgettable experience >
BIESCAS – Adventure in the Arratiecho Forest. The tops of the Arratiecho Forest pine trees are almost within reach from the rooms of the Tierra de Biescas Hotel. Upon entering the Forest, you will also access the Biescas Aventura facilities, “the largest tree park in the Pyrenees”. This is the ideal setting for the entire family to enjoy themselves, testing their skills with the 80 games designed to have a great time, swinging from tree to tree, on zip-line vines, crossing Tibetan bridges and moving forward from one net to another.> VIDEO <
BIESCAS –Santa Elena Shrine. In good weather, we recommend taking a walk to the shrine. The route is less than 2 hours long along a 5.9 km trail, running through the signposted PR-HU 78 ROUTE. The Aragón Tourism website provides a useful interactive map and information on each section. This kid-friendly day trip provides an opportunity to see the Santa Elena Dolmen- a funeral construction from the Neolithic Age- and to check out the abandoned facilities of the Santa Elena Fort, a military building dating from the XVI century, which was partly demolished during the War of Independence.
ORDESA. From Biescas, the closest access point to the Ordesa Natural Park is in Torla. The road leads the way from this pretty village, up to the meadow at the entrance to the Park. 24 hours before your trip, we recommend that you contact the Park Office in order to check the weather forecast and the best routes to follow if visiting with children: +34 974 486 472
ORDESA VIEWPOINTS (4×4). To climb up to the Viewpoints of the Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido in a 4×4 is a highly entertaining experience, providing access to restricted tracks until reaching a height of 2,300 metres, with a spectacular view of the valleys and mountain tops of the Pyrenees. This nearly 4-hour route is arranged by a guide from the tourist agency, well-versed in the local plants, animals and geological features of the Pyrenees. Reservations: 630 418 918 – miradoresordesa.com
SABIÑÁNIGO • Artes del Serrablo Museum. This exemplary museum is located inside the XIX century Casa Batanero, a representation of local Serrablo architecture, and in another adjacent building dating from 1998. It has preserved the atmosphere of daily life in the old house and the craftsmanship of the local villages: the farmyard with an old ironmonger’s, the “masasdería”, the cellar, the house with a fireplace and “cadieras”, bedrooms with typical Biescas blankets and bedspreads… Visitors are offered a view of ancient trades, customs, local medicine, religion and economy in traditional life in the Upper Gállego River region. www.serrablo.org/museoartespopulares
LANUZA RESERVOIR • Suscalar Pier. All lovers of water sports will find a range of activities in the Suscalar Pier to enjoy the waters of the Lanuza Reservoir: from popular pedal-boats to dinghies, canoes, the 420 sailboat, Canadian canoes and the Optimist sailboat for those under 15. Nautical courses are also available. Information: 648 183 037.
JACA – MILITARY SCALE MUSEUM. This museum hosts a unique collection of 35,000 tin soldiers used to design the 23 scale models exhibited in the showcases. They reproduce relevant moments in history: ranging from Pharaoh armies to Carthage elephants, the Legions of Rome, battles between Crusaders and Saracens, the Crown of Aragón, Napoleon’s Grande Armée until the conquest of the American Far West. This huge exhibition is located in the precinct of Ciudadela de Jaca, the only pentagonal fortress of the XVI century that remains intact in Europe: a good reason to get to know it well www.museominiaturasjaca.es
JACA – Diocesan Museum. Measuring more than 2,000 m2, it offers one of the best examples of Medieval religious art in the world. It hosts a unique collection of Romanesque and Gothic wall paintings discovered in churches and shrines in the Aragon Pyrenees. Of interest is the Bagüés Room, which preserves the largest set of Romanesque wall paintings in Spain. Craftsmanship in precious metals and Romanesque ironwork, Medieval documents (to particularly include the musical archive of La Torreta Room), Romanesque and Gothic wood carvings and Romanesque architecture (cloister of the Cathedral), as well as Renaissance and Baroque art (in the Library Room), all of which provide visitors with an enjoyable experience in 10 theme-based rooms, along with audiovisual and interactive back-up, very educational and user-friendly www.diocesisdejaca.org
REAL MONASTERIO SAN JUAN DE LA PEÑA. This rocky setting, sheltering the San Juan de la Peña Monastery, is a huge syncline hanging from conglomerates. Inside this precious Medieval building all visitors will be even more fascinated by the splendour of its various rooms: the pre-Romanesque church, the “masadería”, the XII century “Saints Cosmas and Damian” frescoes, the neo-classical Royal Pantheon, the Nobility Pantheon, the XI century Superior Church, with a replica of the Holy Grail, the gothic chapel of Saint Victorian, its spectacular Romanesque cloister. Virtual tour: www.monasteriosanjuan.com/visita/index.php
CANFRANC. Former International Station of Canfranc. The abandoned facilities of this station are a reminiscence of its splendorous and lively past. A guided tour will take all visitors inside, making us feel like we have travelled in time. Children up to 10 are free. Prior reservation necessary: 974 373 141 and 628 420 379.
VILLANÚA • Las Güixas Cave – Just 41 km away from Biescas, a few metres below ground. In this cave, visitors will be provided with a spectacular landscape of limestone formations (stalactites, stalagmites, columns, gours..). Only the dripping of water may be heard, the occasional flow of underground waters and flying bats. This 1-hour tour is guided by Environmental Education professionals, who will provide information on the geological history of this small grotto, since it was formed in the Quaternary, in addition to surprising secrets on its inhabitants. > 360º VIRTUAL TOUR < Reservations: 974 378 465 – www.cuevadelasguixas.com