Through Valleys and other areas
The Cinqueta is one of the River Cinca’s important tributaries. Its headwaters are at the foot of the Posets Range, and fl ow through all the valley. Part of the Natural Park of Posets is in the rugged Chistau valley, where “Chistabín”, an old dialect, is still used.
The highest village in Sobrarbe is 1,422 metres high: Gistaín (Chistén). There are three towers in the village centre. Two are defence towers and belong to 16th and 17th nobles’ houses; Tardán House has as many as six fl oors inside. The third tower belongs to San Vicente church (16th century).
Very near the village you can visit the “Cruz de Puyadase” which is an exceptional vantage point from which you can enjoy the views of the Cinqueta banks and the Cotiella range.
Es Plans and Viadós, surrounded by fi elds and typical red slate roofed shepherds’ huts, is the most beautiful part of the valley. The track through the forest leading you there winds alongside the Cinqueta, thus offering you lovely countryside.
To visit the Ethnological Museum in San Juan de Plan (San Chuan de Plan) you walk up one of its steep streets. The museum exhibits an interesting collection of everyday objects and tools used in other times.
Puen Pecadors (Sinners’ Bridge) is very near the road winding up to Gistaín. The bridge crosses an impressive ravine which is 50 metres deep. According to tradition, criminals and smugglers used to be thrown off the bridge down into the void.
Plan is in the lowest and fl attest part of the valley. Despite having undergone important changes in the last decades, Plan has preserved its typical Pyrenean fl avour. The Renaissance entrance hall of Ballarín House or the façade of Turmo House are fi ne examples. Both Plan’s 16th century defence tower and the church of Saint Esteban are interesting to visit.
After Llanos de Plandescún, the course of the river narrows and becomes rugged, fl anked by impressive limestone rock faces. This part is known as “La Inclusa” pass.
Sin, Señes and Serveto are known as “the commune” because they joined efforts in the past in order to strengthen their economies and protect their interests. In Sin you should visit its mill, its sawmill and its 17th century church which keeps “Tiburcio”, a 17th century mummy. These villages, situated in the high and sunny part of the valley, form part of an ideal environment of pasture and farmland.
One of the most beautiful sites in Sobrarbe is “La Basa de la Mora” (or Plan lake). According to legend, a Moorish princess emerged from its waters the magical night of San
Juan. You can reach the lake by following the track that starts in Saravillo.
Did you know...
that coins (Ceccas of Gistaín) were minted during the Visigoth period?