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Benasque valley

   Aigualluts y Aneto al fondo.

 

The valley of Benasque is situated in the centre of the Pyrennees. It is flanked by the two highest massifs, Posets and Maladeta, which give their name to the National Park and contain the highest number of ‘tresmiles’ (mountains over 3000 metres) in the mountain range. These include Aneto, Posets and Perdiguero. The River Ésera is the principal axis of the area, running through "pllans" and canyons, changing rapidly from picturesque one moment to wild the next.

 

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High mountain lakes, great forests, meadows, waterfalls, streams and even some glaciers form the landscape of the high mountain area, where you can find a wide variety of flora and fauna: black pine, birch, oak, beach and fir trees; chamois, roe deer and marmot; bearded vultures, golden eagles and countless small birds which live in the forest, meadows and high mountains; and not forgetting the funghi! The list is endless!

We can find simple constructions of stone and slate in small villages steeped in tradition. These villages knew how to conserve their heritage, so that now we can contemplate their churches and hermitas (chapels) in the Romanesque-Lombard style. These are strategically placed in sites where time seems to have stood still, providing an unforgettable experience. There are some gems, with their atmosphere of strength and stillness, such as the Ermita de la Virgen de Gracia in El Run, the church of John the Baptist in Eresué, or St Peter’s in Villanova, or further afield from the valley, the Cathedral in Roda de Isábena or St Climent’s church in Taull.

 

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The Benasque Valley also offers the opportunity of taking part in all kinds of outdoor sports. In winter, the alpine ski station at Cerler and the cross-country ski station at Llanos del Hospital open their doors. It is also an ideal place to practise off-piste (or backcountry) skiing or follow routes on snow shoes.

 

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The Benasque Valley also offers the opportunity of taking part in all kinds of outdoor sports. In winter, the alpine ski station at Cerler and the cross-country ski station at Llanos del Hospital open their doors. It is also an ideal place to practise off-piste (or backcountry) skiing or follow routes on snow shoes.

The rest of the year, there are limitless possibilities: hiking and mountaineering, ranging from quiet walks on the flat to climbing to the summit; paragliding and microlight flights in Castejón de Sos; rafting on the River Ésera; canyoning; mountain bike or horse riding routes…a thousand and one activities to choose from.

 

 

 

 

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