Baranquismo or Canyoning is basically donning a wet suit (usually) and absailing into a ravine to follow it´s course. In some places you can jump from 3-10 metres into deep water pools (feet first!) and body surf down water washed smooth rocks. For first timers a guide is essential. Care should be taken with the weather as flash floods are quite...more
Hiking and climbing in Ordesa National Park. Declared World Heritage Sight.Gob smackingly stunning, if you´ve not seen 3,000Mt peaks before, narrow valleys rising over 2,000Mt from the pastures below. Best time is around October to see the great autumn colours. Walks and climbs to suit all.more
Large family town house once used by the cannons of the catholic church untill the time of Elizabeth...more
Avda los Tilos s/n, Benasque, Aragon, 22440, Spain
Good for: Business
Avenida Pirenaica 1, Huesca, 22360, Spain
Good for: Couples
Beautiful interior built on two floors with fine wooden staircase. Excellent location for business or pleasure with exemplary service. Michellin star. Fine wines and cigars.
Owned by two brothers with years of experience in the best restaurants in Spain. Fernando in the kitchen, specializing in local food with an abililty
to blend flavours and colours like few others. ( this is not nouveaux cuisine however) In the restaurante is his brother, Rafa, a true gentleman and servant with an excellent knowledge of wines and cigars. Quite simply an extraordinary restaurant and one of the few which has never let me down, and I used to be a top chef myself so I´m not making it up. I know!
Favorite Dish: Dover Sole with squid ink and sea urchin caviar. To follow it has to be roast foreleg of youngest Aragones lamb. Bottle of Montesierra 1996 crianza. Pudding/dessert, whatever they put in front of me .Heaven.
Open every day as a "peña" (group of like minded people/social club) with a summer terrace and bar. Kids playground during the summer weekends. Few months go by without the "peña "organizing a concert, normally undercover but also outside if the weather and music are conducive,jazz etc. The likes of BB King, Aztec Camera, The Pretenders; Celia Cruz, Bad Manners, The Wailers (without Bob) and Joe Cocker have all played here in the last 8 years. Dirt cheap tickets and never any hassle (not even when Motorhead played 3 years ago!) Quite simply, an oasis in todays cultural desert.
Dress Code: No Fascists.
18 months ago, with a grant from the council, a 1914 bus was lovingly restored and put to use as a site-seeing novelty. The bus leaves the Plaza Navara, in the centre of town, at 9am and ambles out to the more interesting villages where roman baths or castles can be seen, returnig to Huesca at about 1.45pm in time for lunch.
Durante las fiestas de San Lorenzo (9-15 de agosto) uno de los actos mas interesantes es la actuación de los danzantes, que ejecutan una serie de bailes con palos y espadas mientras recorren las calles de la ciudad. Los danzantes son los descendientes de los hortelanos que llevan siglos habitando en la comarca de la Hoya de Huesca y sus danzas...more
From the 9th thru 15th August each year is the major festival of San Lorenzo (saint lawrence) The patron saint of Huesca born just a couple of kilometres from here and put to death on a griddle. During this week almost everyone dresses in green and white in honour of the saint and it is also the colour of the sweet basil in flower which is carried...more
Quite simple. Don´t buy Cds from the guys who set up on the street. The police here don´t tend to bother someone if they are not being a bother to others (even if it is illegal).
so, the Cd saleman, knowing this sets up on the street what appear to be dirt cheap Cds and sometimes they are good copies although the majority of the time they are blank or so badly recorded that they are useless.
Unique Suggestions: Have a look and if youhave player handy ask him tolet you listen. I don´t know if it´s illegal to buy them though. Anyway the genuine thing is cheaper here than many other countries.
Fun Alternatives: Go to a shop...........Yawn.
Download at the nearest cyber cafe......Big awn.
Any ideas anyone?
Luggage and bags:
Pretty much anything really unless your going up the mountains in which case you shoul know what to take,and if not, don´t go.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Out of town: good shoes/boots, something cool, something warm, waterproof for storms, although they are usually intense, they have a short duration.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suncream and lip balm. Total sunblock if going above 1500 metres.
Photo Equipment: Don,t forget your camera!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No beaches here mate!
Miscellaneous: Good sun glasses are a must. The light here is very intense and in the mountains I´d recomend wraparounds or proper mountaineers glasses. e.g. cebi 3000.
Ainsa is a little town in the pirinees (around 70 km from Huesca). The town has been refurbished recently and it looks as a medieval little town. Walking by the streets and watching (and buying) in the little old shops is very nice.This is the view of the old square from the tower. Another view from the tower is 2 rivers that make another bigger...more