Travelling to Huesca with friends: unbeatable adventure activities
There’s no better destination than Huesca for groups of active friends who are after an adventure surrounded by nature. The province is set among the Pyrenees and has countless hiking trails through its beautiful nature reserves. If you’re fans of winter sports, a trip to Formigal – where partying is guaranteed – means incredible days of pure fun. And don’t forget the wealth of cultural heritage in both the provincial capital and the region’s impressive medieval villages. So, why not get a group of friends together and enjoy the province’s best experiences?
Winter sports in Formigal
One of the most popular destinations for people travelling to Huesca with friends is Formigal ski resort (internal link) because of its outstanding slopes and the amazing atmosphere at the resort. In fact, it’s one of the most fashionable ski resorts in Spain.
After a long day skiing you probably won’t fancy going out at night, but Formigal has a bar inside the resort itself: El Marchica. It’s the number one meeting place for people from 3 pm until 9 pm after an intense morning skiing.
Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña
- Instalado en el Monasterio de Boltaña
- Exclusivas villas y habitaciones con encanto
- Centro Wellness y piscina exterior
- Cycling centre
And there’s no need to take off your jumpsuit or boots to enjoy the best après ski in Formigal. Music, dancing or a long chat over drinks are the best way to end the day. Formigal also has many other activities to enjoy apart from skiing: have fun walking in snowshoes, go on a dog-pulled sled ride or hire snow bikes. Winter fun for everyone!
The Somontano Wine Route
Can you think of anything better than going on a wine tasting trip with friends? Somontano is the king of wine in Huesca. This designation of origin is in Somontano de Barbastro region, a stunning location at the foot of the Pyrenees in the heart of Sierra y Cañones de Guara National Park.
The Somontano Wine Route takes you on a journey to discover the secrets of the region’s wines. The route includes wineries, the chance to enjoy a true foodie experience (internal link) and the thrill of being in touch with nature. You’ll visit both traditional wineries and buildings with impressive, cutting-edge designs, and the route is a unique opportunity to discover Huesca’s best wines at any time of year.
At the same time, you can also discover fascinating spots nearby such as prehistoric art in Río Vero Cultural Park and impressive Torreciudad Sanctuary – there is a huge variety of places to enjoy.
Guaranteed fun in Valle de Tena
If you’re an active, sporty group, you’ll be in paradise when you come to Huesca. Excursions and hiking are assured with countless trails in spectacular Ordesa y Monte Perdido Natural Park or vertigo-inspiring routes such as the Pasarelas de Montfalcó.
But there’s one natural environment that stands out for its wide range of activities that are perfect for doing with friends: Valle de Tena (internal link). Hiking trails are one of its main attractions and highlights include the routes to Salto de Escarra, Piedrafita arch, the peak of Pacino with its unbeatable views of the valley and Espelunciecha lake.
But that’s not all! How about sliding down the longest double flying-fox in Europe? Take the Valle de Tena flying fox in Hoz de Jaca and swoop over Búbal marsh, suspended above the water. You can even do it at night – there’s nothing like it on a full moon!
Lanuza marsh, in the valley, has a wide range of water sports for summer days in the mountains and you can go kayaking, paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and hire pedalos. There’s also a swimming area for when the weather is fine. Cross the valley on the train that departs from Tramacastilla to discover the history and legends of this region; treat yourself at Panticosa spa; or head to incredible Parque Faunístico de Lacuniacha (internal link) if you’re big fans of animals.
Nightlife in the capital
The province’s capital, Huesca (internal link), is a compulsory stop if you’re travelling to the area and its vast architectural heritage deserves its own post. After a long day of tourism discovering the beautiful Gothic cathedral, monastery of San Pedro, lively Plaza Luis López Allué and Parque Miguel Servet, Huesca’s nightlife will be waiting for you.
Start the night off by going for delicious tapas in the El Tubo area. If you’re after a gourmet experience, try Tatou Bistro; if you’d prefer something more authentic, head to Flor or Duquesa. Calle Padre Huesca is one of the liveliest areas and great bars include Da Vinci and Rico Cu.
Later on, go for a drink at Café del Arte in lovely Casino de Huesca, which often has live music. If concerts are your thing, you could also try El Edén or El Veintiuno, while Alt Berlin serves many different types of beer.
Some of the busiest bars in the city, such as La Parra and El Tararí, can be found in the historic centre. El Tubo also has a wide choice depending on your favourite genre of music, such as Arkanos Rock Bar, which is open until late. No matter if you prefer 80s, Latin, pop or heavy metal, there’s something for everyone – the night is yours!
Unmissable villages in Huesca
With so much adventure and fun, you’ll definitely want a bit of downtime to discover the most charming villages in the province (internal link), one of its biggest claims to fame. They’re also great spots to try Huesca’s traditional food (internal link).
Alquézar is highly recommended for its medieval roots and monuments, and because you can travel the river along the famous Pasarelas del Vero, the village’s star attraction. Your photos will be treasured memories.
The historic centre of Aínsa (internal link) has been made a heritage site – and for good reason. Its beautiful Plaza Mayor, castle and cobbled streets will win your hearts. And if you try the wonderful dishes at Bodegón de Mallacán, you’ll never want to leave!
Jaca (internal link) is known as the “pearl of the Pyrenees” and certainly shouldn’t be missed on your trip. Its 16th century citadel, complete with drawbridge and moat, is definitely worth a visit. And villages such as Roda de Isábena, Ansó and Pueyo de Araguás also merit a stop on your travels.
Discover the castle of Loarre (internal link), go mountain biking, climbing or visit Sallent de Gállego at night… All you have to do is agree on an activity and Huesca will become your new favourite destination!