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Vió


The whole of the Vió Valley takes its name from this town situated on the slopes of Tozal de San Miguel, with the shrine of the same name at its summit.

A steep but extremely beautiful path links ten or so houses distributed into two small neighbourhoods. Halfway along stands the Church of San Vicente Mártir, the oldest in the valley, outlined against the backdrop of the violet-hued outcrops of Sestrales and the perpetual snow on Monte Perdido.


This Romanesque church (12th century) has an east-facing semi-circular chevet, decorated outside with motifs in the Lombard tradition, with friezes of bricks on blind arches, and a nave built on a rectangular floor plan.



In the 16th century, the porch was altered and an atrium and side chapel were added.


Inside is a replica of the Romanesque murals that filled the entire apse and part of the presbytery, the originals of which were moved to the Diocesan Museum in Barbastro.


One of the most notable houses in the village is Casa Lardiés, which has three openings and a large ashlar, all of which are inscribed with dates from the 15th and 17th centuries. According to tradition, the saint, hermit and shepherd venerated throughout the valley, St. Úrbez, stayed in this house.

This village, the main livelihood of which is animal husbandry, had a population of 92 residents in 1857. For centuries, the large numbers of livestock in Vió and the other towns and villages in the valley would move seasonally, making the most of the Góriz summer pastureland.
In the 20th century, many people migrated away from this area and the number of residents fell dramatically.

From Vió you can see one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Añisclo Canyon, perhaps the most impressive of the defiles in a region that has many gorges. Visitors are always astonished by this remarkable rugged, wild and harsh terrain, tinged with a thousand hues that change with the seasons.