Huesca in Aragon
Huesca is situated on the southern slope of the Pyrenees, just under 500 m above sea level. Benefiting from a continental Mediterranean climate, summers are hot and winters moderate.
Founded more than 2000 years ago, the old Iberian city is surrounded by medieval ramparts sheltering a maze of alleys articulated around the Gothic cathedral of the Seo de Santa Maria. Its construction began at the end of the 13th century and was completed in the 16th century.
The Coso is a long street divided into two parts, Coso Alto and Coso Bajo. They follow the route of the old wall surrounding the historic city and separate it from the contemporary districts.
It is therefore within this perimeter that fashionable shops and shops, historic buildings of the city as well as the main tourist attractions and traditional tapas bars are located.
Dynamic and modern, Huesca, which has all the necessary services, is connected to the Spanish cities by highways and high speed and local trains.
Visits to Huesca
Parc Miguel Servet
The Miguel Servet Park, designed in 1928, is the largest and oldest public garden in Huesca. The city’s green lung, it is home to many local and Asian plant species, as well as swans, ducks…
Among these species, there are yews, several varieties of cypresses, mulberries, maples, Himalayan cedars, magnolias… and quite rare, some examples of ginkgo biloba.
A children’s space, a reproduction of Snow White’s house, a water lily pond and an old music kiosk that was once used by local bands, is now used for various activities.
Access to the park is via several entrances. The street in La Rioja Street overlooks an alley lined with palm trees and citrus fruits.
At the entrance to the park from the Avenida Jean XXIII, next to the statue of the kings of Aragon, there is the lake and solarium with many honeysuckle trees.
Cathedral of the Seo de Santa María
Built on the ruins of the Misleide Mosque from the end of the 13th century under the reign of Jaime I who found it abnormal that Catholic worship was celebrated in an ancient mosque.
The Cathedral has had three naves and a portal decorated with sculptures depicting the apostles in Gothic style, and has been classified as a place of cultural interest since 1931.
Access: Plaza de la Catedral.
November to March from Monday to Saturday: 10am to 1:30pm. Admission fee: 2,50 €.
Diocesan Museum of Huesca
This diocesan museum was created in 1945 by decree of Bishop Don Lino Rodrigo. Its current configuration offers a new and didactic presentation of the sacred art, the majority of which comes from the cathedral as well as from the churches and convents of the diocese.
Access: Plaza de la Catedral.
Visits: Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 2pm and then from 4pm to 7pm.
Provincial Museum of Huesca
This interesting provincial museum is located at Plaza Universidad in the former Sertoriana University. This university, which was also the residence of the kings of Aragon, was founded by Peter IV in 1354.
Archaeology and fine arts, with particular attention to Goya’s work and a collection of paintings from the 15th to the 20th century, form the two sections proposed by the museum.
The exhibits run from prehistoric times to medieval sculptures, from the Roman necropolis of Coscujuela de Fantova to objects of Iberian origin.
From the former royal palace converted into an annex to the museum, the throne room, Doña Petronia’s and the bell room remain. The building is used for temporary exhibitions.
Access: Plaza Universidad, 1.
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm. Sundays and holidays from 10am to 2pm. Admission free of charge.
Monastery of San Pedro El Viejo
The monastery of Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux is an ancient Romanesque abbey built in the 12th century in the historical centre of Huesca. Behind the facade of the building, one of the oldest religious buildings in the province of Huesca, lies the pantheon of the kings of Aragon Alfonso 1st the Battleer and Ramire II the Monk.
Access: Plaza de San Pedro.
Visits: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1.30pm then from 4.30pm to 6pm, Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 12.15pm then from 1.10pm to 2pm. Admission: 2,50 €, children: 1,50 €.
Art and Nature Center. Beulas Foundation
Inaugurated in 2006, CDAN aims to become a reference in the fields linking art and nature to contemporary culture.
His two collections are divided between the heritage of the Spanish collector Beulas-Sarrate, which brings together contemporary Spanish works of art, and the Art et nature collection, which is composed of Land art and public art.
Reflections on contemporary art and nature, meetings, conferences, competitions and research grants are on the programme of the Art and Nature Centre.
Access: Avenida Doctor Artero. Carretera Ayerbe.
On Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm to 8pm (6pm to 9pm from April to October), on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm and then from 5pm to 8pm (from 6pm to 9pm from April to October), on Sundays and holidays from 11am to 2pm. Admission 3 €, reduced price: 2 €.
65 km north of Huesca (N-330).
European and cosmopolitan Burgundy on the French Way to Compostela, Jaca is also known as the’ Pearl of the Pyrenees’.
Enormous edifice surrounded by a ditch, its military citadel dating from the late 16th century is classified as a National Monument. Another listed monument of the city: its 11th century Romanesque cathedral. The Benedictine monastery, the bridge of San Miguel, the clock tower (15th century) and the church of Santiago complete Jaca’s heritage.
On the first Friday of May, a feast commemorating a medieval battle takes place in this Pyrenean village. On the programme: tournaments, various competitions, flag shows and a competition of ancient Aragonese sports such as bar shooting.
On June 25th Jaca hosts the pilgrimages of Santa Orosia where the’ palotiau’, one of the oldest dances in Europe, is celebrated, with the sound of the’ chiflo’, a three-hole flute.
In the Tena Valley, between Jaca and Huesca (50 km), Sabiñanigo is the capital of the historical region of El Serrablo in the upper Gállego.
Of Roman origin, the village is home to a rich heritage of Romanesque and Mozarabic buildings. It was under the Muslim governorate of Huesca that this style developed, known as the’ Mozarabe du Serrablo’ in the 10th and 11th centuries.
The buildings of this period in the region, as well as those of Romanesque style, form a unique architectural site called’ Route of Serrablo’.
The route of Serrablo’.
The Museum of Drawing has two museums: the Angel Orensanz Museum of Folk Art in Serrablo and in Larrés Castle-House, the Drawing Museum with funds from the most famous designers of the twentieth century.
50 km east of Huesca (N-240).
Natural gateway to the Sierra de Guara, Barbastro presides over a wine-growing region, Somontano de Barbastro with its own appellation of origin.
Its urban core is home to a 16th-century cathedral classified as a Historic-Artistic Monument, an episcopal palace and diocesan museum, the House of Argensola, the Casa Baselga (16th century) or the church and fountain of San Francisco. As for the site of San Julían, it houses artistic treasures testifying to the historical richness of Babastro.
70 km east of Huesca (N-240 to Barbatros and then N-123 and 123a).
In addition to an urban nucleus rich in historical remains, Graus is known internationally for its truffle market, which takes place every Saturday from early December to mid-March.
The oldest quarter of the city, the popular Barrichos, is home to 16th century stately homes such as those of the Wall and Solanas. At the edge of the district is the gate of the old 16th century wall.
The Virgen de la Peña basilica (16th century) is overhung by the rock of Morral which dominates the city. It is endowed with a Renaissance portal and its gallery opens a wide panorama on the surroundings.
Situation: in the heart of the Aragonese Pyrenees, 100 km northeast of Huesca (N-240 to Barbatros then A-138)
Pyrenean village, Aínsa is situated at the foot of the Mediano dam at the confluence of the Ara and Cinca rivers. Classified Historic Site, the village of Aínsa was the capital of the former Kingdom of Sobrabre united to the Kingdom of Aragon in the XIth century.
An example of medieval architecture, carefully laid out houses in its historic centre are the imposing and vast enclosure of the castle. The old town still preserves almost all of its ramparts, which contain many monuments and buildings that transport visitors to the Middle Ages. The elegant tower of the collegiate church and the 11th century Romanesque church of Santa María stand out.
Natural park of the Sierra y Cañones de Guara.
Between the Ebro and the Pyrenees, a few kilometers east of Huesca, the park of Cañones de Guara is rich in a limestone massif interspersed with gorges, ravines and deep chasms, waterfalls, caves and caverns.
In this protected area, the largest in Aragon, up to seventy canyons have become references for European canyoning. Sport that can be practiced all year round, except in winter.
Among the most sought-after ravines and gorges: las Gorgas Negras, la Peonera or le Mascún whose steep and rocky walls provide an ideal habitat for a large number of birds of prey: peregrine falcon, vulture, golden eagle…
To learn more about the landscapes and outdoor sports activities that have made the park famous, information is available at the park’s three interpretation centres in the towns of Bierge, Arguis and Santa Cilia de Panzano.
50 km slightly northeast of Huesca (N-240 then A-1229).
In the first foothills of the Pyrenees, to the south of the Sierra y Cañones de Guara park, Alquezar is dominated by a castle with some walls.
Dominating a natural and wild environment of great beauty, one practices hiking or horseback riding, mountain biking and of course like so many places of the region, canyoning. In the cultural park next to the Rio Vero, some traces of rock art are inscribed in the heritage of humanity.
Besides its old castle, the Santa María la Mayor Collegiate Church with its cloister with Romanesque capitals and its organ, is one of the most visited monuments of the region. The village even has a small ethnological museum, Casa Fabián, which tells the story of the village and the Somontano region.
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