Spain Guide Huesca – Huesca is the name of a district located in the Spanish province of Aragon. It is also the name of the capital town. Located at the foot of the Pyrenees it is known as a centre for agriculture. Huesca is bounded by the mountain ranges, Gratel, Gabardiella and Guara in the North and in the South by Tardienta and Granen. It also shares a border with France via the Somport, Portalet & Bielsa passes. This quiet district of Spain is easy to reach by both road and air transport. There is a modern dual carriageway that links Huesca with Zaragoza. You can catch a bus to Zaragoza, Barcelona, Pampalona and many other cities. Trains run regularly between the area and Zaragoza, Barcelona, Mardrid, Valencia and neighbouring Teruel. The closes airport is located in Zaragosa about an hour away.
Founded in the 1st century BC, Huesca was once a roman city and become known for it’s highly developed education system and senate. Silver coins were minted here and the city was fully romanized. It become a Moorish stronghold in the 8th century and was the location of the Kings of Aragon until control passed to Zaragoza in 1118. The city itself can be found at the edge of the gently sloping plains which lead to the River Ebro, near the foothills of the Pyrenees. The area where these meet is called’la Hoya” (meaning’the river basin”)
Holiday Home ownership is practically non existing in this area with most people preferring to settle in the coastal areas. However, there is plenty of cheap properties that can be purchased for relatively low sums of money and there are many excellent opportunities to buy run down buildings for renovation purposes.
Very few people decided to settle in this area, it is quite isolated, very picturesque thus it would an ideal destination for persons wanting peace and quiet. There is little of a tourist industry as such, although the capital city does have much to recommend it, it has good transport links and an airport about 40 minutes drive away
Originally known as Osca, a visit to the cities museums will testify to the areas long history. You will find the town itself to be very welcoming and it offers quite a vibrant quality of life. If you do visit this area, even if you are just passing through try to stop for an hour or two and the following are well worth a visit; the town’s gothic cathedral, founded in the 13th century and dedicated to San Pedro, the royal palace of the Aragonese monarchs and the town hall which has on display some depictions of it’s gory past.
Today in excess of 50000 people live in Huesca and you will find them most welcoming. This is a small city but it has modern facilities and a high quality local tourist information service. It’s main annual feast falls on August 10th and is dedicated to San Lorenzo. The festivities start on the 9th and continue right through until the 15th.C
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