Through Valleys and other areas
The Ara valley
The River Ara source is at the foot of Mount Vignemale, fl owing freely until it meets the River Cinca in Aínsa. This river is the longest in the Pyrenees, going through the Bujaruelo valley, and the countryside of Torla, Broto, Fiscal and Boltaña.
Mount Vignemale or Comachibosa is 3,298 metres high. It crowns the upper end of the Bujaruelo valley, a magnifi cent valley that is nearly 20 kilometres long. The valley is covered by leafy beech and fi r-tree woods, large meadows and half a dozen lakes. Varied animals abound. The remains of a hermitage can be seen by San Nicolás bridge. The magnifi cent valley of Ordesa in the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido is one of the most visited in the Pyrenees.
Although most of Torla’s centre was rebuilt after the Civil War, its buildings are in the area’s typical architectural style. There are several outstanding mansion houses such as Oliván House or Viu House which has a beautiful doorway with a coat of arms as well as an inner courtyard.
You can admire traditional architecture in Fragen of which Cazcarro House, built in the 12th century, is an excellent example. The ground fl oor ceiling is vaulted.
The bridge over the River Sorrosal is a wonderful vantage point overlooking the River Ara banks.
Linás de Broto is divided into three areas: Alto, El Bico and La Bajera. Its church –San Miguel– was built in the 16th century and has been declared a Cultural Interest Site. Its graceful tower displays battlements and crenels.
Cotefablo tunnel is only a few kilometres away from Linás de Broto to connect the boroughs of Sobrarbe and Alto Gállego.
The most unusual building in Broto is “The Prison”, which is a 16th century tower overlooking the Gothic bridge over the River Ara. The bridge was blown up in the Civil War. You can still see the prisoners’ drawings on the walls made in the 18th century. The Sorrosal waterfall, just a few metres from the village centre, is worth visiting.
In Oto there is an attractive group of traditional houses with beautiful windows and doorways above which coats of arms can be seen. There are also various mansions. Don Jorge House, with its defence tower from the 16th century is of special mention.
The only weather temple in the area is by the church of Asín de Broto, built in the 16th century. The church has a fortifi ed tower with battlements and crenels and a linteled doorway.
You can visit the hermitage of Jesus Nazareno in Fiscal as well as the stronghold tower with its battlements and crenels which are in good condition.
You can also admire the church and the 13th century Romanesque doorway of Jánovas’s church, which was taken to Fiscal to save it from the threat of being sunk by the planned reservoir. The Beating Mill of Lacort is well worth visiting.
One of the most interesting geological sites in Sobrarbe is the canyon near Jánovas which consists of characteristic layers and vertical folds which go from the river to the top of the mountain
You can admire Boltaña’s traditional architecture in the old quarter with beautiful houses like Núñez House as well as the majestic church of San Pedro (16th century) which has the fi nely carved pews from the monastery of San Victorián made in the same century. Boltaña is crowned by what remains of its 11th century castle.
Boltaña and the River Ara Sorrosal waterfall (Broto) Forcos ravine (barranco) Window in Boltaña Cueva waterfall
Did you know...
the Arañonera underground abysm gallery in Bujaruelo is one of the deepest and most extensive cave systems in the world (35 km long and 1,179 metres deep)?
that the last family to leave Jánovas resisted on its own until 1984, three decades after the expropriations?