In the Aragon Pyrenees you can find the valley of Benasque, a regular place to ski. In summer it’s a highly recommended destination for lovers of nature.
Its gastronomy is great, specially beef and lamb, to eat with the wines from the Denominación de Origen of Somontano wine. Beautiful villages in medieval style throughout the area, monasteries and hermitages.
It’s a peaceful area to take advantage of and spend relaxing holidays, and at the same time it has all the necessary services for being well attended to.
The Aragonese Pyrenees are an undiscovered treasure for those who love nature and walking for hours. I love how these pictures reflect the beauty and relaxation in these places, from Biecas, The Swamp Sallent, and Park Ordesa.
This summer we were in Benasque, a small village of Huesca in the Natural Park of Posets-Maladeta which has grown and continues growing thanks to the number of mountain sports on offer.
The village is totally orientated (shops, accommodation, food and other services) to people who are searching for the mountains both in winter and summer (this s logical because you are in the natural park with its great number of routes, rivers, lakes…).
Cerler and its snow pistes is only 6 Km away. The stone and wood which are used for the houses and streets of the town, have made it into a beautiful and typical mountain village. Don’t miss it, it’s worth the bother.
The Pyrenees are one of the mountain jewels that we have in Spain and from the Natural Park of Posets Maladeta you can see why.
A lot of summits wanting to be climbed, a lot of routes in medium and high mountains (among them the ascent to Aneto), but there’s something for everybody, you can even enjoy it by car as well. Give yourself a lot of time because you will stop all the time to take photos.
The summit of Pico Tempestades 3,290 m above sea level
In the Posets Maladeta Natural Park there are many climbs we can make to the giants of the Central Pyrenees and they are more than just a simple trip or excursion. They are all an experience which you will remember forever.
Poset-Maladeta Natural Park.
Under the glacier the Aneto we will find a very special natural phenomenon. Here in Aiguallut Foaru, water from the melt of the glacier of the Aneto is filtered by a natural sink and is driven underground to the Atlantic, instead of addressing (as would correspond ) to the Mediterranean. The walls of the cave that had collapsed is this spot have left a gaping hole in the place where the waters from the Ésera disappear mocking the most logical orographic division, the Atlantic Road(this is known by the name of karst phenomenon). A little above the Forau we find the Aiguallut waterfall, the view of the waterfall with Aneto at the background is really impressive. Above the waterfall there is a large meadow with a beautiful landscape of mountain (very nice place for a picnic). The road is not complicated, a well-marked trail, it is about 40 minutes (one way) from La Besurta (1900m), which can be reached by car (low season) or bus (when the track is closed to traffic), a walk you can not miss.
In the Valley of Benasque there are many possible routes to choose from, but most are high up in the mountains, and you need to be experienced in order to attempt them. There are others like this in the Gorgas de Alba, which besides offering spectacular scenery and a nice walk along the river Ésera, are very easy to make, and we can cross it even with children. The trail, which is circular, has a length of 2.2 kilometers, a vertical drop of 130 meters, and estimated travel time of 1:15 hours. Along the way we will see many native trees and flowers, as the black pine, spruce and yew. The most characteristic species are indicated with a sign, so the road is very instructive. In terms of scenery, I would say that it is quite similar to the Pyrenees. We'll see beech, pine, and towering peaks of over 3,000 meters, in addition to several waterfalls that makes the river Ésera, and we can see both from a bridge or from vantage points along the river. It is a simple and nice route to take, that people at any hiking level, or people young and old, will surely enjoy and have some nice contact with nature. A simple route and suitable for all, allowing us to easily enjoy nature. Directions: in the A-139, Plains Hospital Benasque to take detour to the Baths of Benasque. A 600m Turpi arrived at the Hotel, where there is parking and indicated the start of the route. Difficulty: easy Duration: 1:15 hours Elevation: 130 meters
When you go through highway 230 in the direction of Vielha, a little bit before you get to the tunnel of the same name, you'll find a detour that leads to the village of Aneto. Once we were in the village we found a poster that reminded us that we were in a natural park. Specifically in the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, in its easternmost end. Follow the road that leads to the Llauset Reservoir. One spring afternoon, we were heading there for an afternoon in the little-known valley of Llauset when we were surprised by a huge storm. We all know that after the storm comes the calm, and it gave us a pretty show of lights and colors.
I was here a few days ago with a friend. I was told that this place is a landmark and the most beautiful of the Pyrenees in Benasque and it is true. I would like to return with a better camera and a tripod to fully capture its beauty. It's a valley with many possibilities, both for photography and hiking in spring, summer and autumn ... though not recommended in winter as there are some avalanche areas. Here are some pictures to illustrate the beauty of the place.
The Llanos del Hospital Ski Resort is in the Parque Natural Posets-Maladeta, at the foot of the largest glaciers in the Pyrenees. There are about 30 miles of marked trails, snowshoe trails next to streams, wide plains and pine forests. The area comes with a school, hotel (http://www.Minube.Com/rincon/6316) and restaurant (http:// www.Minube.Com/rincon/77311). Outside the hotel there are reproductions of typical shepherd's huts, all in a beautiful setting.
This is one of the main buildings in this beautiful town. This Renaissance palace, also called House Albar, has recently been acquired by the City to be used for social reasons (exhibitions, conferences etc.) As it is still under restoration, I will have revisit it when it's completed.
Once you're in the Ibonet, take a path to Ibón of Escarpinosa, about 40 minutes from Ibonet, which is uphill again, like the last road. Come on, you can do it! A little more and the trip is totally worthwhile, suddenly in the background appears a big waterfall. It;s gorgeous, and total relaxation.
The documentation that can be found at the Foundation is amazing. They are the results of research by Ramón Tejedor and his team, including maps from centuries ago and engravings showing beautiful clothes and the way of life of the inhabitants of the area. There are hundreds of books about the history, flora and fauna of the Pyrenees in what is arguably the most important historical center of the Pyrenees. It is advisable to inform them first if you want to visit the collection of prints. It is located next to the Hotel Hospital de Benasque.
This viewpoint, which marks the boundary between the upper and lower Ribagorza, is just a few meters from the road, making it very easy to get up and enjoy the magnificant views over the Sierra de Chía, Posets, Maladetas and eastern Pyrenees. If you're in the area, you should definitely not miss checking out the views of the mountains from this point. There is some parking to the side of the road.
House Juste is one of the emblematic Benasque houses that appears in all of the tourist brochures of the area. It was built in 1567 with the sense of being a palatial home. The house consists of a tower, a shelter and other support units. The tower is square and has five floors, and is crowned with battlements. In total it's about 18 meters high. This tower stands out among the surrounding buildings and is a fundamental part of the landscape of Benasque. It's been very well preserved over the years.
The Benasque Science Center is a self-sustaining building that serves as a conference and research center, and it's also where many worldwide scientific meetings are organized. During these meetings it's common to see researchers writing on the exterior slate walls, like the ones on the inside. They're also in a lot of the rooms. http://www.minube.com/fotos/rincon/745291/6012161
The hike takes about 6 hours and requires a certain physical form. The course is situated in the valley of Benasque and runs through the Posets-Maladeta valley. From Benasque out towards Cerler and you will have fun going up to Cerler, here we found a parking for those arriving by car and there you can start walking. Once at the cabin Santa Ana, we turned left onto the mountain lakes of Batisielles. From here begins the hard part, but it is worth it.
I think the Rabasón existed before I had the use of reason. The ceiling is full of old bills tacked and cobwebs, that rather than being gross, actually make the place look super authentic. Seas of Benasque or come visit at Rabasón there you go then. They do not serve anything special (except for a mellow wine that leaves you stiff), but for some strange reason you feel super comfortable when you're there, like you've found a good hiding place for having a good time with friends. It isn't open too many hours(if not 19 to 22 h., Or something), so it's best to go early and grab one of the back tables. If you get a good table, you will have a great afternoon, and the time will just fly by!
Esera River rises in the Aragonese Pyrenees, Benasque Valley, and it is the result of melting and several streams. It is a tributary of the Cinca and in turn receives water from Isabéna. It is a river in which adventure sports because usually fast. You have some photos as it passes through Benasque, which may be one of the quieter spots, but this time the continuous rains and precipitation made its flow greater than usual at this time.