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Aragon in Spain

It is a different landscape that offers itself to you, an exceptional nature, wild spaces, large rocky cliffs around two natural parks. Lovers of pure spaces and untouched by pollution will be served.

30 minutes from Saint-Lary

The upper Aragon welcomes you

The Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel 21 km from Saint-Lary connects France to Spain. The High Aragon and more precisely the Sobrarbe region. Free of tolls, the tunnel is nevertheless forbidden to bicycles and vehicles transporting dangerous materials exceeding 4.3 meters in height.

The Spanish side located in the Sobrarbe region has been declared Geopark, it is integrated into the European Geopark Network under the auspices of UNESCO since 2006.

In addition to its preserved nature, the Sobrarbe has a magnificent rich and preserved architectural heritage. Villages, churches or medieval castles will amaze you: Ainsa, Alquezar, Rodellar, Loarre Castle…

What is a geopark?

“Geopark”is a territory containing a singular geological heritage and possessing a strategy of sustainable local development. Its fundamental objective is to ensure conservation of natural and cultural heritage and to promote development based on appropriate management of the geological environment through the Geo-Routes network. www. geoparquepirineos.com


off the beaten track

The village of Ainsa, only 1h15 from Saint-Lary, will surprise you!

This village in the Aragonese Pyrenees constitutes 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 required.

In winterWhat to do in Spain

You can plan Village visits and also do some nice snowshoeing.

Biking can also be practiced on the Zona Zero (marked enduro mountain bike trails) but be careful with winter conditions. Canyoning is best practiced in the summer season, but some guides will offer you (dry) canyon descents mainly by rappelling.

The Pineta Valley

accessible in winter

Also not to be missed, if you’re heading across the border in winter. The Pineta Valley is part of the National Park of Ordesa 1 hour’s drive from Saint-Lary.

You will find one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Aragonese Pyrenees flanked by an impressive rocky massif .

It is an excellent place to practice both Nordic skiing and other winter activities. Its slopes have the necessary equipment as well as the organization of courses to learn this exciting sport. But not only… Snowshoe rental, ski touring and the space also offers mushing activities. An ideal place to spend time with the family.