Road trip 01: mountains of Aragón

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Route 1 is a round trip that takes us through the ancient kingdom of Aragón, born in the Middle Ages under the protection of the Pyrenees mountain range, the formidable barrier between Spain and France.

On day one, after leaving Huesca we will reach the tiny village of Alquézar, with its churches and ancient buildings. After driving across the vineyards of the Somontano region we will drive through Graus on the way to beautiful Aínsa, another extraordinary village in the Pyrenees.

On day two, we will revive the old witchery tradition of the region of Aínsa. We will drive through the awesome Cañón de Añisclo, marvel at the Sorrosal Waterfalls and set some time aside to visit the Ordesa National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

On the day three we will enjoy the views from Hoz de Jaca before paying a quick visit to the Balneario de Panticosa, the spa in the mountains. We will drive through Formigal to El Portalet, on the border between France and Spain. In the afternoon we will visit the pre-Romanesque churches of San Juan de Busa and San Pedro de Lárrede before ending the day in what is widely considered to be the informal capital of the entire region, Jaca.

We will begin the final day of the trip with a short drive from Jaca to the majestic Canfranc International Railway Station. After that, we will visit one of the most impressive locations of the entire trip, the ancient Monastery of San Juan de la Peña. On the final part of the day, you will be enchanted by the unusual rock formations of the Mallos de Riglos. The final stop for the trip is the magnificent Loarre Castle.

TRIP DETAILS

Where

Huesca, on the northern half of Spain.

Number of days

Four.

Good for

Nature, history, villages, mountains.

When

Spring to fall. All year round. Road closures in winter.

Distance

430 km
(267 mi)

Where to sleep

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