Weekend in Huesca
If you are thinking about possible destinations to have a different weekend, do not hesitate and choose Huesca. One of its main advantages is the short distances that separate the main places to visit. This way, you will be able to move from one place to another quickly. Get ready for a day full of natural beauty, an emblematic architectural heritage and a gastronomy that envies the whole country. With our itinerary for a weekend you won’t miss a single corner of Huesca.
Itinerary day 1
The best starting point is the city of Huesca, since it is possible to get to know its cultural richness in a few hours and it is very worthwhile. Start at Plaza López de Allué, where the tourist office is located. This arcaded square is the epicenter of the city and you can buy some gastronomic treasures at Ultramarinos La Confianza, in operation since 1871.
One of the architectural jewels of Huesca is this monastery right next to the Plaza López de Allué, built in the twelfth century. It is an important work of Romanesque architecture and you can't miss its cloister. The most superb elements are the capitals of the columns made by the Master of San Juan de la Peña, with fantastic and biblical motifs. A more than necessary stop during your weekend.
Head now to the heart of the old town to find the grandest building in the city, its cathedral. It is a magnificent example of Aragonese Gothic and was built between the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century. The colossal façade and its numerous sculptures invite you to enter the interior, where you can admire the main altarpiece. You can also climb the bell tower to have a better perspective of Huesca.
Surely this first contact has whetted your appetite, so it's time to try the delicacies of Huesca. The province's confectionery is one of its strong points and as you stroll through the streets of Huesca, you will come across many sweet houses such as the famous Pastelería Ascaso. Russian cake is the specialty of the place, but you can also savor the bells and glories of Huesca or take some as a gift.
Walk towards the green lung of the city to enjoy the last hours of the day. With an area of more than 70,000 square meters, in this park you will find one of the most beloved symbols of Huesca, the sculpture of Las Pajaritas by Ramón Acín. Relax by the large pond or visit the bandstand and Snow White's house, among more than 60 different species of trees.
To inaugurate your first night in the province of Huesca, nothing better than a Michelin Star. This famous establishment has focused on elevating the tapa to the category of art. Its exquisite gourmet tapas accompanied by a glass of Somontano will be the ideal complement for a rounded evening. It is best to make a reservation to ensure a seat.
Itinerary day 2
The next day will begin the tour of the various places of interest in the province. The first essential stop is the beautiful village of Alquézar, less than 50 kilometers from the capital. It has completely preserved its medieval quarter, among its narrow streets, the Castle and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria, excellent examples of Romanesque architecture. Do not forget the main attraction of Alquézar: the Pasarelas del Vero. It is a pleasant circular route of 90 minutes, suitable for all ages. Thanks to these walkways you can walk on the river, while watching the last stretch of the canyon with breathtaking panoramic views. Also take the opportunity to eat at Casa Pardina and try the traditional recipes of Huesca's cuisine.
Your next destination is an hour's drive away, the town of Ainsa. It is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, with an old town declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1964 that retains all its medieval essence. It is best to stroll through its cobbled streets to get to the Plaza Mayor, the Castle Fortress and its imposing Torre del Homenaje or the Ecomuseum of Fauna. It is one of the star destinations in the province, a real journey into the past that you can not miss.
To rest your second night we recommend the Hotel Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña, less than 10 minutes drive from Aínsa. It has an idyllic location in the old Monastery of Boltaña, on the banks of the Ara River. Its views of the Pyrenees and its fantastic spa will be the best allies for you to relax during the weekend. In Marbore, its main restaurant, you will have a luxury dinner with classic Huesca flavors and more modern recipes.
Itinerary day 3
The real treasure of Huesca is its dreamlike natural landscapes. The options for you to take advantage of your last day are numerous, since at a very short distance you have the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido or the Tena Valley, where you can also ski on the slopes of Formigal as long as it is in season. One of our suggestions is that you head in the morning to the Hecho Valley, less than two hours drive from the Hotel Barceló Monasterio de Boltaña. This Pyrenean paradise, between nature and charming villages, has a thousand treasures to discover. One of the big prizes is the Selva de Oza, although you can also opt for a route to the Boca del Infierno or the spectacular Ibón de Acherito. By the time this is over you'll be thinking about coming back.
Your last afternoon can be spent at the famous Loarre Castle, an hour's drive from Jaca. This is the best preserved Romanesque castle in Europe, located at an altitude of over 1000 meters and built by order of King Sancho III in the 11th century. Here you will get some of the best pictures of your trip, with this exceptional construction as a backdrop. In addition, Huesca capital is only half an hour away, so we encourage you to put the finishing touch by dining at the restaurant Lillas Pastia, awarded with a Michelin Star. The absolute protagonist of its dishes is the black truffle, one of the most coveted products of Huesca's gastronomy.
At midday you can opt for a visit to Jaca, less than an hour's drive from the valley. This town is known as "the pearl of the Pyrenees". The Citadel is a military fortress dating from the sixteenth century and you will be struck by its unique pentagonal plan. There is also a drawbridge and the space is full of green areas. Try the delicious grilled meats at the Biarritz restaurant or go to the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, where many of the kings of Aragon are buried.