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The Sunken Village and the lake of Mediano

If one day, you leave Saint-Lary to go to Spain, take the sun, and visit the Aragonese Pyrenees

Ideal for hiking and picnicking by the lake, change of scenery guaranteed!

Direction Ainsa

The old village

Did you have the curiosity to go beyond the pretty town of Ainsa, to push a little further south, to the lake (Embalse) of Mediano?
Don’t hesitate, go there, it’s frankly worth the detour, it’s extraordinary!
It’s the ideal place to have a picnic with your family, hike, visit the surrounding area or take a nap on the banks of the lake.
With the “famous surprise” that will amaze your children.
Judge a little:

ABSOLUTELY beautiful right?

Wait, that’s not all, here’s the highlight, the surprise in question that literally transfixed my kids: The bell tower of the sunken village of Médiano

The lake and the dam

The lake, an artificial water reservoir on the upper reaches of the Cinca River, intended to supply a hydroelectric plant, completed in 1973, covers 1714 hectares and drowned five villages, including that of Mediano. Only the bell tower of the church, which resists the erosion of the water, protrudes from it, constituting a local curiosity and a diving site.

Lake Mediano or Embalse de Mediano is located at an altitude of about 500 meters and a length of 6 to 7 kilometers for a maximum width of 2 to 3 kilometers, it overlooks upstream the lake of El grado. The small village of Samitier, between the two lakes; offers a departure of small pleasant hike that allows us to admire the lakes, mainly “Médiano” and its sunken village of the same name.


Here is a place very close to Saint-Lary (1 hour maximum) where you can spend a great day with your family resting from the previous day’s mountain hike, in an enchanting setting.
That’s what we call a good plan.

While you’re in the area, there are plenty of other wonderful things to see. Beautiful typical villages with perfectly restored stone houses nestled on high ground (Ainsa, Alquezar, Loarre…) If you like sports and adventure, the famous canyons of the Sierra de Guara, near Huesca, offer fascinating hiking routes.
The National Park of Ordésa and Monte Perdido are also located nearby.
You can discover the admirable valleys of Anisclo with its canyon, of Pinéta and the gorges of Escuain.

Happy discovery and good visit.

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