One of the most magical places in the world: the Pyrenees of Huesca and Ordesa
When we hear the words “Pyrenees” or “Ordesa” we imagine majestic mountains and admired rivers, we think of adventure sports, picturesque villages, ancestral traditions and stories by the fireplace. And it is true, all this and a whole lot more can be found at the Pyrenees of Huessca!
At Casas Pirineo we invite you to discover it all.
Mountains and Valleys
The inhabitants of the Sobrarbe have always loved the surrounding mountains that have been acknowledged thanks to different recognitions such as the declaration of Ordesa National Park, the Natural Park of Posets-Maladeta, the Sierra de Guara Natural Park, the ecological park of Sobrarbe and the World Heritage Sites. An endless number of titles that reinforce our idea that this is a really amazing place!
- The Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
- It was declared a National Park in 1918, making it the second in Spain. Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is divided into four separate valleys: Ordesa Valley, Añisclo Canyon, Pineta Valley and Escuaín Gorges. All of them are excellent to go on excursions and to explore.
- The Natural Park of Posets-Maladeta
- The Natural Park of Posets-Maladeta can be accessed from Gerbe via the Gistaín Valley, a perfect place for excursions and to enjoy the tranquillity and the peace of the nature. It is the second largest protected area in Aragon and a good portrayal of the high mountain ecosystems because it houses the largest concentration of peaks over 3.000 meters.
- The Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park
- The Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park is only a few kilometres away from Casas Pirineo. It is a landscape of contrasts: narrow canyons and ravines, snowy peaks in winter, hidden springs of crystal clear water, megalithic structures and hermitages.
- Pyrenees of Huesca
- Mountains do not rely on titles alone… Every place in this magnificent area, where Casas Pirineo is located, has incomparable landscapes and we will do our best to help you discover them.
Villages with ancient roots
Land of mountains par excellence. Life has been making its way in the Pyrenees for centuries, be it on the mountainsides, at the foot of the mountains or in the middle of the valley. The nature around us is important, but one thing that is more important to get to know the Pyrenees is to meet the locals. All the abandoned villages deserve special mention because their fallen stones tell us the story of the past.
- The village of Ainsa is the crown jewel, it has been declared National Monument and it is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Its main square is amazing. Ainsa is a must-see and it is only a 4 minutes drive from Casas Pirineo.
- The village of Boltaña is located in the valley of the Ara River and has an interesting historical centre at the foot of a 11th century castle that is on top of a hill. Boltaña has great importance since it is the regional administrative capital and at the parish church, excellent work of the 16th century, you can find the choir stalls of the monastery of San Victorian.
- Especially noteworthy in the village of Bielsa are the confluence of the Cinca and Barrosa rivers, the 15th century church, the Renaissance façade of the town hall and the “Larraga” house which is in the same arcade as the consistory. The buildings are typical of high mountain areas, houses with stone walls, red slate roofs and chimneys with “witch-scarers” that make us feel like in a fairy tale.
- Chistau Valley
- It is one of the most unsoiled valleys of the Aragonese Pyrenees. The villages of Saravillo, Plan, San Juan de Plan or Gistaín are a perfect example of life in the mountains. The architectural style is characteristic of the Alto Aragon region (northern-most territories), the roofs reach for the sky to combat snowfall. Its visit is highly recommended.
- A village at the top of the mountain. It is very interesting to visit Tella, some of its charms are: the circular and comfortable route through three chapels, the stories full of witches and giants and a dolmen on the road. A great choice for spending your day in a different way.
Sport and Culture
It is a culturally rich area because mountain villages remain rooted to their history and maintain those traditions that have passed down from one generation to another, from grandparents to grandchildren.
The nature that surrounds us allows us to enjoy a vast number of sports that make sense to be practised in this unique setting; trekking, water sports, climbing, via ferratas and lots of cycling.
Discover the wonderful local cuisine. Our cuisine revolves, and has always revolved, around meat and the lamb is the king. Therefore, eating lamb in Sobrarbe —grilled, if possible— is a must. Many restaurants in the area offer grilled meat, so you can taste it; there are also lots of excellent restaurants where you can enjoy a great dinner. Do not miss the chance to eat the girellas, traditional products with lamb meat, famous in our region. Oh! And do not forget to have a barbecue, it is a wonderful way to have fun and taste our excellent products.