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Passion for nature
An extensive network of signposted trails await you in the Sierra de Guara region so you can enjoy nature with family and friends.
European canyoning capital
Sierra de Guara offers you the chance to discover some of the best gorges and ravines in Europe. The geological qualities of the terrain has led to a large number of gorges in only a few square kilometres, making this area ideal for weeks of this sporting activity. Catering to everyone from beginners (Barrasil, La Peonera Gorge, Oscuros de Balces, Formiga, Basender, River Vero gorge, etc.) to the best experts wanting to experience nature at its wildest (Mascún Superior, Gorgas Negras, Barranco Fondo and Gorgonchón..).
Sport climbing and Vie Ferrate
Sierra de Guara is characterised by a large number of rock formations that are highly appealing to climbers, with two well-known climbing schools located in Rodellar and Alquézar.
Sport climbing is a highly popular activity in this area. There are itineraries for all levels, from beginners to 9º routes that draw the world's leading climbers.
Sierra de Guara by bike
Another activity to be enjoyed in Sierra de Guara is mountain-biking. The following is a sample of itineraries within the park that will enable you to enjoy exceptional natural scenery and the area's rivers, villages and country churches, among others.
Sierra de Guara was declared a natural park in 1990. It has a surface area of 47,000 hectares and a peripheral special protection area for birds covering some 33,700 hectares.
Sierra de Guara provides a refuge for the more than 160 species that can be found in the area, among which are: Emberiza (Cirl Bunting, Yellowhammer), Fringillidae (Bullfinch, European Serin, European Greenfinch, Linnet, Chaffinch, Brambling), Laniidae (Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Great Grey Shrike), Sittidae (Eurasian Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Short-toed Treecreeper), Paridae (Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Crested Tit, Great Tit) Muscicapidae (Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher), Sylviidae (Blackcap, Orphean Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Whitethroat, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Dartford Warbler), Acrocephalidae (Eurasian Reed Warbler), Phylloscopidae (Leaf Warbler), Meropidae (European Bee-eater, European Roller), Caprimulgidae (Nightjar), Apodidae (Swift).
The sheer rocky walls of Sierra de Guara provide a haven for birds that nest among the rocks, such as Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle), Gyps fulvus (Griffon Vulture), Gypaetus barbatus (Bearded Vulture), Neopfron percnopterus (Egyptian Vulture) and Bubo bubo (Eurasian Eagle Owl).
As they pass through Sierra de Guara, the headwaters of the River Vero conceal an extraordinary legacy. More than sixty small caves have been discovered with rock art, making this place a genuine museum where the three classical styles of European rock art – Palaeolithic, Levantine Spanish and Schematic – can be admired. Among these, the cave of La Fuente del Trucho is the only Aragonese cave with Palaeolithic cave paintings.
UNESCO declared this network of caves a World Heritage site in 1998 as part of the Rock Art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin. This became the impetus behind the subsequent creation of the Río Vero Cultural Park.
Most of these manifestations are cave paintings, although a number of Palaeolithic and schematic carvings have also been found.
The area is also characterised by a number of megalithic structures used as tombs, such as the Losa Mora Dolmen.
Sierra de Guara is history, landscape and culture.
Museums, spaces for interpretation
A network of Interpretation Centres (ICs), a new museum concept, can be found in the park. These are spaces where visitors can receive an integral understanding of past and present, and the transformations taking place in the nature and the inhabitants of the area. Along these lines, information boards are to be found on routes, at vantage points and places of interest to accompany visitors along their itinerary.
Wines and wineries with character
The Somontano Denomination of Origin area was established in 1984, and is imbued with a young and dynamic character. Located at the foot of the Aragonese Pyrenees in the province of Huesca, it has built up an excellent reputation for itself.
Since its creation, the Somontano marque has seen its labours rewarded with the appearance of new brands, new wineries and acknowledgements for the quality of its wines by consumers and Spain’s most prestigious wine guides.
A taste of tradition and innovation
The gastronomic culture to be found in Sierra de Guara offers a wide range of flavours that combine tradition with innovation. A feature of it is the abundant green and fruity olive oil adding a noticeable flavour to simple dishes, such as a plate of borage.
For lovers of art and culture
Folk architecture has left behind a series of unique structures in the form of smithies, fountains and oil presses, which co-exist with such artistic monuments as the church of San Martín in Val de Onsera and the castle/collegiate church of Alquezar (listed as an artistic and historic monument in 1982), Barbastro and its cathedral, and the Torreciudad shrine (important place of pilgrimage).
The 12th-century Romanesque church of San Fructuoso in Bierge has religious frescoes dating from the 13th century marking the transition from Romanesque to Gothic styles (this artistic monument can be visited). The deserted village of Nasarre is home to another Romanesque monument, the church of San Andrés.