Welcome to the Hospedería de Loarre
Loarre is a small village, of 200 inhabitants aprox., it has an altitude of almost 800 m . It’s placed at the foot of the mountain range in which the major peak has 1595 m . From Saragossa it’s 1h. Aprox., from Huesca 25 min., from Pamplona 1h. 15 min.
Pay attention when you have come to Huesca and take the Pamplona direction as Ayerbe and not Pamplona for Jaca. When you come to Loarre the Hospice is very easy to find, we are just in the square.
Under the attentive look of the impressive castle, in full central square, this hospice altoaragonesa, located in a building of s. The XVIth, preserves the character intimate and relaxed with a great inducement in its interior: the restaurant.
It has 12 rooms, 10 doubles and 2 individuals but very comfortable.
But, if to stay in the hospice is a luxury with scope of all, to sit down in the tables of its restaurant it is not less. In this hospice a up-to-day cuisine is practised by a few Aragonese plates of classic style together with others of cuisine more creative that go from the cream of bisaltos with roast onion, quenelle of new potato, and ox of sea, rib cage of roast lamb and its little leg of fragrant wine or sole sweetened with sauté sea crabs, fried chick-peas and reducion of red wine.
But in addition they pay attention to recipes as veteran as the conger eel with slops that here also they incorporate colmenillas.
Evidently the banner of this locality is the castle of the same name of the locality and the mountains.
For its Romanesque expression, for being considered to be one of the most important castles of Spain, for the walled set and for the Church, Loarre has turned to this building of s. XIth in a claim that aúna History, tourism, past and leisure.
From the hospice they offer a varied selection of services of leisure as the rent of bicycles and the organization of activities of the nature, since like rafting, canoes, barranquismo, hidrospeed… also picnic is prepared.
Hospedería de Loarre surroundings
In the heart of the Kingdom of ‘the ‘Mallos’ (high hill in Aragonese language) and only three miles away from the hostel, Loarre’s castle stands proud. It is the best preserved Romanesque fortress in Europe and one of the greatest artistic jewels in Aragón.
It defended in 11th century the border of the Kingdom of Aragón; it became later a royal palace, then a monastery and it is nowadays a film location. Its passageways, towers, chapels and dungeons will take you to the Middle Age for a while.
But this magical area in the pre-Pyrenees hides so much more: fast water rives, suitable for water sports, massive rocky formations which make climbing lovers fall in love with them and vulture colonies attracting ornithology fans from all over the world.
The surrounding villages will surprise you as well. Walking down Ayerbe smart squares and Renaissance manor houses are to be discovered. Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Medicine Nobel prize, lived here during his early years, what explains the Centre for interpretation devoted to his figure, opened in Ayerbe. And do not forget to the taste their famous cakes ‘tortas’.
Another must visit is Bolea. The magnificent altarpiece inside the amazing monastery or ‘colegiata’ is considered a masterpiece in Renaissance painting.
In the village of Aniés, the cave chapel of ‘Virgen de la Peña’, hanging from a cliff in ‘Sierra Caballera’ will catch your eye, surrounded by a delicious natural environment.
Driving along the road in parallel to River Gállego (Galligo in Aragonese), the ‘Mallos de Riglos’ sightseeing can be enjoyed. You can drive off to the village which names the natural site to take a closer look at these massive rock walls, an exceptional location for climbing.
Not far from here lie the ‘Mallos d’Agüero’. Apart from sheltering the village right below them, a significant vultures colony is always around.
In the outskirts of Agüero you will find the enigmatic and unfinished shrine of Santiago: visiting it is a delicious experience in any season of the year.
Apart from being a climbers Paradise, the ‘Mallos’ are home to a number of birds of prey. In Riglos, you should not miss visiting the Centre for Birds Interpretation ‘Arcaz’, where you will enjoy vultures life thanks to several webcam set in some of their shelters and nests.
Further north the road, it wraps with the river from Murillo de Gállego/Morillo de Galligo, passing a ravine to flow open into the Peña dam. The river Gállego/Galligo crosses then under a spectacular iron bridge, and then on is surrounded by more ravines or ‘foces’ whose beauty is remarkable. In Murillo de Gállego rafting activities are widely available to discharge adrenaline thanks to the adventure businesses set up around the village.
A stop in the city of Huesca/Uesca is also a must. The magnificent Gothic cathedral of Santa María and the church of San Pedro el Viejo are the main jewels in the old town.
Roughly an hour drive north from Huesca lies the monastery of San Juan de la Peña. Royal pantheon, home to the kingdom of Aragón, source to mysteries and legends and a magical place where history, culture and nature are combined in a way like no other.