Prepirineo Clandestino is the latest and most innovative product of Prepyr365, collaboration project between three regions of the Prepirineo Aragonés and the association of tourist entrepreneurs Prepyr.
It consists of eleven different cultural routes, following a line of argument that invites you to travel our heritage deducing clues to find treasures hidden by the Prepirineo Aragonés, encompassing not only the Hoya de Huesca but also the neighbouring districts of Somontano de Barbastro and Cinco Villas.
Its main route, "The Treasure of Al Muqtadir", crosses the entire territory, from Barbastro to Sos del Rey Católico, passing by Alquézar, Huesca, Lorre and Uncastillo, in search of a treasure lost in the Middle Ages, accompanying different Aragonese queens over the centuries.
To this route of several days are added another ten, shorter and each following a different theme and with the same dynamic of game of Geocaching: "Gigantes de piedra", "Ramón y Cajal", "Secrets de Guara", "Huellas de la guerra", "Land of Reconquest", "Imperial Rome", "Medieval Lands", "Sepharad", "Mysteries of Prehistory" and "Offices and traditions".
A different way to make cultural tourism in a dynamic, enjoyable, detective and collaborative way.
>> Access all the information here to enjoy your routes: https://prepirineoclandestino.prepyr365.com
(SERVICE OFFERED IN SPANISH)
"Villages Unveiled" is a program of guided tours of interesting urban sites in our region to learn about the history, art, legends, and ethnography of little-known spots with a wealth of secrets to discover.
We look forward to seeing you the first and last Saturdays of May, June, July, August, September, and October 2018. The meeting point with the guides will be specified for each tour (the participants must arrange their own transportation to the meeting point) and the tours begin at 10 a.m. and last for approximately two and a half hours. The price is €2 (for anyone 13 years and older).
The maximum number of participants is 55.
Reservations can be made exclusively from Monday to Thursday of the same week as the tour.
This program is supplemented with other nature tours and eco-tourism programs in Hoya de Huesca, available every weekend from May to October 2019. The guided service in all of them is offered in Spanish.
>> SEASON 2019: Soon you will be able to check the schedule for this season HERE <<
Events, festivals and traditions
The arrival of Easter sees the villages in Hoya offering a wide range of activities. The typical brotherhoods with their drums and floats fill the streets of the capital throughout the week, to the great interest of the many tourists who come to visit.
Outside the capital, the highlights of other Aragon tourist attractions include the Rompida de la Hora at Almudévar, the Enclavación (nailing to the cross) at Ayerbe, the Procession of the Penitent at Siétamo, the Encounter in Bolea and the Tears of Our Lady in Alcalá de Gurrea. This is not to forget the different sights to visit throughout the year, such as the monuments to Easter at Bolea and Biscarrués; which are a form of architectural trompe l’oeil in the Baroque style, of which there are few remaining examples left complete in Aragon.
PILGRIMAGE OF SAN JORGE
Held since medieval times, it is said that this saint appeared in the area at the Battle of Alcoraz (1096), when the Christians under Pedro I fought to take the city of Huesca from the Muslims. Thus, on April 23, people from the capital meet at this chapel in the south of the city; while other towns also have their own pilgrimages, e.g. at Tierz, Piracés, Novales and Chimillas.
PILGRIMAGE OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE SALAS
The first Sunday in May
‘Huescans’ of all ages flock to celebrate this popular pilgrimage to the beautiful and important sanctuary located on the outskirts of the capital, in keeping with an ancient tradition of pilgrimage from the city to this first order Marian shrine.
PILGRIMAGE OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LORETO
This sanctuary is 3km from the city of Huesca and there are two pilgrimages. One is held every May Day, while the other, known as the “seven places”, traditionally involves people from Cuarte, Banariés, Huerrios, Alerre, Chimillas, Banastás and Yéqueda on the second Sunday in May.
NOCHE DE SAN JUAN IN CILLAS
Every year in the chapel of Cillas, in the small town of Igriés, a mass is held on June 24; which is followed by a procession to the fountain where the blessing of the waters takes place.
SAN LORENZO FESTIVAL (Huesca)
Declaradas de interés turístico nacional.
Dressed in white and green, the inhabitants of Huesca take to the streets to celebrate their festival. The launching of a rocket from the City Hall at 12.00pm on August 9 signals the start of seven days of festivities, finishing on the 15th.
The offering to the saint is one of the highlights of the festival. August 10th is the main day, when the Danzantes practise their ancient and beautiful dances with swords, sticks and tickertape; first, to the Basilica of San Lorenzo and then in procession through the city streets following the footsteps of the saint. On the last day of the festivities, August 15, people offer flowers and fruit in a highly folkloric display in traditional High Aragonese costumes. At night, the peñas, organised groups of friends and colleagues, say their farewell to San Lorenzo at the gates of the basilica, singing a song of lament for the end of the festivities.
DANCE OF GURREA DE GÁLLEGO
This is a hallmark of this town, and is believed to have arisen with the other dances of High Aragon in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This tradition dances, handed down from generation to generation, have always been held, except in the years of the Civil War. The dance pieces form part of a representation of Moors and Christians, and simulate their fighting. The set consists of the Parade, the Habanera, the Crosses, the Trenzau, the Gurrea Waltz, the Mazurka and the Degollau. Previously, the Pastorada and the Dichos were performed; however, these were banned and have not been held since before the Civil War. The dance is held on September 8, in celebration of the Virgen de la Violada, before a pilgrimage to the shrine of la Violada on the last Sunday of that month.
ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS NIGHT
This festival is celebrated by everyone in the county. Formerly, young men would ring the church bells to frighten the souls from returning from the dead, while the children made illuminated skulls out of pumpkins to guide these wandering souls back to the world of the dead.
November also brings the feast of San Martín, which is still celebrated in this part of Huesca, as well as the towns of Tabernas, Yéqueda, Quinzano and Nueno.
THE BONFIRE OF SAN FABIAN OF TIERZ
Towards January 20, a bonfire is lit in the middle of the afternoon from wood collected in the morning. The white smoke slowly brings the residents together. Formerly this was done in the streets, and there was a big rivalry to see who could have the best bonfire. Roast potatoes, sausages and ribs washed down with local wine enliven the atmosphere; while at midnight the fire turns to embers. Some take that as a signal to go home to bed, while others continue till they can take no more.
Also called the “Fiesta d’as Mascaretas”, this was revived recently, in 2008, after 50 years of not celebrating it. Many people join in this carnival, which features standard characters like “As Majas” and “Caracolero”, and even a ´stick man´ riding a donkey. Of course, everyone joins in the last dance, known as the “baile de mascaretas”.
Around the same time, there are numerous places where bonfires are lit in honour of other saints, such as San Sebastián and San Vicente, the latter in Huesca capital.
A range of options for discovering our cultural heritage
Hoya de Huesca, located in a region where the mountains meet the plains, once served as the border between the two dominant Hispanic cultures during the Middle Ages. The region is a tapestry of contrasting landscapes and home to an impressive variety of cultural and natural landmarks and heritage.
The villages and towns in Hoya open their doors to their biggest cultural attractions during the summer season, showcasing the rich heritage the region has to offer. The permanent cultural tourism available in the city of Huesca, the Collegiate church of Santa María la Mayor in Bolea and the Loarre Castle, open year-round, are supplemented in summer with a series of can't-miss monuments and exhibition spaces in other small towns and villages that dot the region, offering visitors a wide range of options.
Visitors can discover and admire our iconic Romanesque architecture and the evocative sets of Gothic mural paintings preserved in the region's churches, as well as explore the history of our people through different festivals and events that showcase our rural ethnographic heritage.
Visitors will find "Open Doors" in Hoya. Stop on by and enjoy!
** We will post the 2019 schedule here.
** This program was a finalist for the "Eden Awards" given by the Ministry of Tourism at Fitur 2018, becoming one of the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) as an emerging ‘destination of excellence’ based on the commitment to social, cultural, and environmental sustainability.
In addition, music and heritage: "EnClaves" Program
EnClaves will fill Hoya's monuments with music this summer
The EnClaves Music and Heritage Series with Open Doors will feature a program of concerts by some of the most prominent Spanish classical music artists, performances that will create a discourse with the cultural and historical heritage in Hoya de Huesca's most emblematic venues.
Admission is free while seats are available, and many venues have spaces that provide tours or tourist services as part of the Open Doors program.
** We will post the 2019 summer schedule here.