The surrounding: Graus, Roda de Isábena, Benasque...

In Graus and its immediate surroundings you can visit many places with big, natural, gastronomic, folkloric cultural attractions.

The following shows only a small part of them.

Graus


History, tradition, gastronomy and art in La Ribagorza.

Prineo, Huesca, Benasque

 

Graus is the main town located in the south of the county of Ribagorza at the confluence of rivers Esera and Isabena, just below the Morral crag. It is the administration capital of the region and it has about 2800 inhabitants. Graus offers the traveler a city center filled with historic vestiges. and many small business that trade typical products of the region.

It is very pleasant walking going up from Barranco street up to la Plaza Mayor where the townhall is. If it is on Monday you may visit the market in San Miguel square. In the town there are many hidden beautiful corners and narrow streets that will take you to interesting places. The most beautiful view of the town you will find it from la Virgen de la Peña.

Places of interest:
• Plaza Mayor
• Barrichos
• Basílica de la Peña
• Puente de Abajo (roman bridge)
• Iglesia de San Miguel
• Antigua iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, today Espacio Pirineos
• Corazón de Jesús
• Ermita de San Pedro
Museo Casa Paco

Festivities

Town Festival is held from the 12th to the 15th of September, in honor of Holy Christ and Saint Vicente Ferrer. This festival is declared "National Touristic Interest" mainly for they rich and varied traditions: one of the best preserved bagpipe tune and dance ("Baile de las Espadas") in Aragon, along with the traditional giants and "cabezudos" (“big heads”), blunderbusses, "Albada songs" and one of the best preserved local satiric theater called "La Mojiganga".

"La Fiesta de la longaniza" (Festival of the Longaniza, a typical local dish). Each year, the last weekend of July is prepared the world's largest barbecue with 1100 kg of longaniza since 1997.

Gastronomie

In the region there are many typical meat products and sausages, although they are elaborated in a similar way and taste is similar, longaniza of Graus stands out and it has become famous for its quality all over the region. Its importance is emphasized each year with the celebration of the "Longaniza Day", the last weekend of July.

Another delicatessen is the wonderful "chireta". It is a typical dish of this region of Aragon, which is made up of lamb guts stuffed with rice and meat. The guts are sewn and then boiled and they ready to eat! They can also be eaten fried.

Graus is also known for be one of the largest black truffle markets nationwide.


Graus Tourism Office

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Panillo | 7,6 km | 9 min


A Buddhist temple in the Pyrenees.

Prineo, Huesca, Benasque

 

The Buddhist temple of Dag Shang Kagyü is located only 9 Km from Graus. With its vivid colours, stands out from the peaceful and natural landscape of the surrounding hills of Sierra Panillo. The temple buildings feature buddhist architecture and they are a curiosity in the region that inspires peace and calm to the visitor.

Three buddhist monks founded the budish temple in the eighties bringing the Tibet flavor to the Pyrenees. The worship building is a striking multicolored buddhist spiritual refuge. It has beautiful façade and a particular curved roof. Inside it is like being in another place of the earth: the rugs, the furniture, the lamps, the walls with representations images of Budda.. everything around contributes to the spiritual journey. The nearby Stupa is a construction that beautifully stands out for its buddhist architecture and religious meaning. Surrounded by the coloured flags, the Stupa and other works, the visitor can also enjoy a rewarding view of the country while having a spiritual journey in other culture.


Buddhist temple of Dag Shang Kagyü. Web site

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Torreciudad | 17,5 km | 25 min


The Marian Route in the Alto Aragón.

Prineo, Huesca, Benasque

 

Torreciudad is a shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Aragon in the north of Spain. Particularly is located 20 km far from Graus on one of the sides of El Grado lake. Devotion to Our Lady of Torreciudad dates back to the eleventh century. The new Shrine, built under the guidance of the founder of Opus Dei, Saint Josemaría Escriva de Balaguer, was inaugurated on 7 July 1975.

Torreciudad is a huge building of concrete and red brick. The dimensions and magnificence of the buildings is impressive. The visitor can feel power of the faith, the power of the Opus Dei institution.

Many pilgrims visit northern Aragon to pray at the shrine. Spiritual activities at the Shrine are entrusted to the Opus Dei Prelature. The shrine is open every day of the year.

Torreciudad belongs to the religious route called Marian Route. A 200 mile (350 km) route links the four Shrines of El Pilar (Zaragoza), Torreciudad, Montserrat (near Barcelona) and Lourdes (in France) in a prayerful journey, combining artistic works and breathtaking scenery.


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Roda de Isábena | 27,5 km | 31 min


A cathedral in the mountains.

Prineo, Huesca, Benasque

 

Roda de Isabena is a village in the valley of Isabena river, 30 km far from Graus. Between the 11th and 12th century, this place used to be the capital of the county of Ribagorça and one of the founding domains from which was built the Kingdom of Aragon. By that time was site of a diocese and then the cathedral of Roda was built. Roda, with its Cathedral of Sant Vicenç de Roda de Isabena preserves the vestiges of its rich past and nowadays, Roda has the distinction of being the smallest Spanish village with a cathedral.


Information from romanicoaragones.com

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Benasque | 57,5 km | 1h 31 min


A great resort. Skiing, mountain and services.

Prineo, Huesca, Benasque

 

The spectacular scenery of the Benasque valley makes it the ideal place for many sports, both during summer and winter.

The village is located in the old Ribagorza county, formed by the valleys that surround the Esera river. Benasque is surrounded by the highest concentration of peaks higher than 3000 meters in the entire Pyrenees, among which we must point out the Aneto peak, 3404 metres high. In the nearby town of Cerler we find the tallest ski resort of the Aragonese Pyrenees.

In Benasque we find one of the six National Hunting Reserve of Aragon. In addition, the area enjoys a great geological diversity, with more than thirteen glaciers, ninety-five lakes, and numerous waterfalls that, along with the many plant and animal species that thrive in this place gave rise to the creation of the Posets Maladeta Nature Reserve in 1994.


Benasque Valley information

Benasque Tourist Office

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Ainsa | 49,2 km | 52 min


A medieval Pyrenean villa.

Prineo, Huesca, Benasque

 

The village, which was the capital of the old Kingdom of Sobrarbe, and was later incorporated into the Kingdom of Aragon in the 11th century, constitutes a magnificent example of medieval urban development. Its historic center has been declared of Cultural Interest. It occupies an idyllic position with a backdrop of the Pyrennes Mountains and it is on the edge of the Ordesa National Park.

The historic quarter of the village of Ainsa, declared a Historic-Artistic site, is formed by a group of houses that are packed together in the most harmonious and uniform of ways, among which the slender tower of the collegiate church stands out, as well as the enormous premises of the castle, almost as big as the rest of the town. The walls that surrounded the town centuries ago remain almost intact today, the town itself being filled with monuments that bring us back to the Middle Ages.

Adjacent to the square, with porches lining it on both sides, we have the Romanesque church of Santa Maria. To the north-east of the city centre we find the citadel. Its origins date back to a pentagonal tower from the 11th century, which was incorporated into the defensive system, in the face of the danger posed by the Muslims.

To commemorate the Reconquest of this village, a street play with the theme of Moors and Christians is staged, called "La Morisma".


VilladeAinsa.com Information

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Alquezar | 59,9 km | 1h 3min


Canyoning and adventure sports in an environment of history and legend.

Prineo, Huesca, Benasque

 

Alquezar is a touristic village located in the Somontano county in the Sierra de Guara National Park. It is situated on a limestone outcrop on the west side of the Rio Vero river and surrounded of deep canyons offers picturesque views. The old village has grown around a castle (alcázar) and the Colegiata de Alquézar.

Since Alquézar is situated in the Sierra de Guara National Park, there is much tourist activity in outdoor pursuits such as canyoning, walking, rock climbing and abseiling, as well as ornithology (since eagles nest on the steep faces of the Rio Vero canyon). Several campsites and outdoor activity companies cater for this interest.


Virtual tour in viajesvirtuales.es

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