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The Aragonese Pyrenees

The Aragonese Pyrenees seem to define all the superlatives associated with the soaring Pyrenean mountains: the peaks here are the highest, the wildest and, in the eyes of many, the most beautiful of the Spanish Pyrenees. From the snowy mountain tips piercing the blue sky to lushly forested valleys and thundering rivers, the Aragonese Pyrenees are one of the country’s national treasures. And you can lace up your ski or hiking boots, and take to the verdant valleys or snow slopes – the mountains offer adventure throughout the seasons.

Huesca and Jaca are the two biggest cities, with plenty of bus connections into the Pyrenees. Huesca, the provincial capital, is a good jumping-off point for the splendid castle of Loarre, the relatively under-the-radar Sierra de Guara, with sculpted gorges, and the surreal rock formations of Los Mallos. East of Huesca, Barbastro is the centre of the fertile Somontano wine region. Amiable Jaca, with a formidable cathedral and decent array of hotels and hostales, makes for a popular base, particularly for the busy ski resorts to the north, Astún and Candanchú. As for summer activities, hiking trails traverse the entire range, including in the gorgeous Ansó and Hecho valleys and the magnificent Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido.