The Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel 21 km from Saint-Lary links France to Spain. Haut-Aragon, and more specifically the Sobrarbe region. Toll-free, the tunnel is nonetheless forbidden to bicycles and vehicles transporting hazardous materials exceeding 4.3 meters in height.
The Spanish side located in the Sobrarbe region has been declared a Geopark, and has been part of the European Geopark Network under the auspices of UNESCO since 2006.
In addition to its unspoilt nature, Sobrarbe boasts a magnificent, rich and preserved architectural heritage. Villages, churches or medieval castles will amaze you: Ainsa, Alquezar, Rodellar, Château de Loarre…
“Geopark” is a territory containing a singular geological heritage and possessing a sustainable local development strategy. Its fundamental objective is to guarantee the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and promote development based on appropriate management of the geological environment through the Geo-Routes network. www. geoparquepirineos.com
The village of Ainsa, just 1h15 from Saint-Lary, will surprise you!
This village in the Aragonese Pyrenees is a magnificentexample of medieval urbanism in this part of the central Pyrenees. Its locality, classified as a Historic Site, was the capital of the former Kingdom of Sobrarbe, united with the Kingdom of Aragon in the 11th century. You can access it during the winter, however beware of the opening conditions of the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel. Special winter equipment is often recommended or even compulsory.