Museums and exhibition areas

To behold, understand and enjoy.

Hoya de Huesca has several museums and exhibition areas displaying a variety of different themes:

Nature: The ARCAZ Birds of Prey Exhibition Centre in Riglos; the Naturalist Museum “House of the Vultures” in Santa Cilia de Panzano; the Exhibition Centre “Los Altos de Guara” in the same locality; the Migratory Bird Exhibition Centre "Alberca de Alboré” in Montmesa.

Art: Huesca Museum: The permanent collection is divided into two sections: Archaeology and Fine Arts. Also in Huesca is the Contemporary Arts Centre - Beulas Foundation “CDAN”, a reference location for issues relating to art and nature.

Ethnography: Museum d´o Segallo in Agüero; the Museum of Costume, Fans and Footwear in Alerre; the “Santas” Ethnological Museum in Bolea; the "O´Molín de Yeste" Nature Museum in Yeste; the Electricity Museum in Murillo de Gállego; the Exhibition Centre of the Vine, Wineries and Wine "El Bodegón" in Almudévar; the Molino de El Viñedo in Castilsabás; and the Ceramics Museum in Bandaliés.

Education: Pedagogical Museum of Aragon in Huesca and the Rural School Museum in Linás de Marcuello.

Religion: Diocesan Museum in Huesca; the Parish Museums in Almudévar and Alcalá de Gurrea; and the Organ Museum in Agüero.

Cultural heritage centres:


Agüero: Museo d’o segallo.

Tel. 974 380 332

Ethnological museum taking its name from the name of the house. Most of the objects displayed are treasures handed down through the same family:

Gramophones, radios, spinning machines, stuffers, siphons, coffee grinders, over a thousand old photos, books, watches, keys, rattles, switches, coins and banknotes... almost a thousand objects. There is also an area dedicated to cooking, with the range, four traditional wooden chairs and even a table set with tablecloths, plates and silverware. Also wedding regalia, baby clothes and other delicate items.


Agüero: Organ museum

Tel. 974 380 606

Located in the Casa Abadía (Abbey House), the objects and pieces on display are divided into four rooms. You can admire the various components that every organ has: the pipes, keys carved in boxwood or ivory; mechanisms specific to an organ, such as valves, winches, handles, pulleys, springs and special wooden panels (with holes of different diameters to hold the different size pipes).


Alerre: Exhibition Centre of Fans and Footwear.

Tel. 974 219 833

An exhibition of different types of footwear and fans, and their strong cultural ties in Spain


Alcalá de Gurrea: Parish Museum.

Tel. 974 250 426

The modest but very interesting Diocesan Museum of Alcalá de Gurrea is located in the lower choir of the Parish Church of San Jorge, where a number of sacred works of art and various religious liturgical motifs can be seen.


Almudévar: Exhibition Centre of the Vine, Wineries and Wine

Tel. 974 250 002

Housed in the old water tanks, a review of the history of the locality and its traditional crops is given, which focuses on the vine and the winemaking process, and includes many old tools, photographs, panels and a model of a wine cellar.


Almudévar: Parish Museum.

Tel. 974 250 020

The Museum of Sacred Art at Almudévar can be found inside the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption), and occupies several rooms with a large number of pieces of art of all kinds: vestments, paintings and altarpieces from the XV and XVI centuries, as well as numerous pieces of silverware. They all come from the parish church and the shrine of the Virgen de La Corona.


Ayerbe: Ramón y Cajal Exhibition Centre.

Tel. 974 380 554

centrointerpretacionryc@gmail.com

http://www.patrim.eu

Located in the family home where Santiago Ramón y Cajal lived during his childhood and youth; with old photos, items from that time, texts and audiovisual commentaries telling his life story and the scientific achievements leading to his Nobel Prize.


Bolea: Casa Santas Ethnological Museum.

Tel. 974 270 407

The Santas family in Bolea bought the house at number 14, Calle Castilla to turn it into an ethnological museum. The rooms in the building must be viewed from outside their respective doors, for security reasons and also because of the many very valuable objects displayed in each room.

The upper floors contain the room used for sewing and ironing clothes, the sitting room, the study area with games for the children, the kitchen, dining room, office and others. In the back of the house, there is a wine press, ploughs and other farm implements.


Huesca: Centre of Contemporary Art, CDAN

(Centre for Art and Nature), Beulas Foundation.

Tel. 974 231 700

www.cdan.es

info@cdan.es

CDAN is configured as a living space, open to the city of Huesca and visitors, with art and nature as its fulcrum. The Centre for Art and Nature offers a regular programme of activities focused on its double collection, on nature, the public space, artistic creation and contemporary culture, while promoting new reflections in these areas.

The goal of the Beulas Foundation is to make the CDAN a reference point for the study itineraries of contemporary art; to create an artistic centre capable of portraying the image of Huesca as a contemporary international location for its specialisation on singular themes in art and nature.


Huesca: Diocesan Museum.

Tel. 974 231 099
www.museo.diocesishuesca.org

patrimonio@diocesishuesca.org

The Diocesan Museum in Huesca houses one of the finest collections of religious art in Aragon. It is located inside the gothic cathedral dedicated to the Saviour and St Peter, and came about in 1945 following the need to house the so-called Cathedral Treasury, containing important items from there as well as other churches in the diocese. Over time, changes will occur in the location of the museum, and currently the collections are arranged into three architectural areas: the Hall and Foyer Chapter for the gold and silver ware, the cloisters for paintings and medieval sculpture and the Parroquieta for Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculpture.

The halls with the gold and silver pieces also have other important works, such as the three reliquary caskets from Limoges, the altarpiece of Nuestra Señora de Salas from the fourteenth century, as well as a series of processional crosses, chalices, incense holders, hymnals, all typical of the Christian liturgy. The medieval art halls, in the Romanesque and Gothic cloisters, exhibit high Aragonese works of art from the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, providing a pictorial record of the different trends in this area throughout the Middle Ages. Some of the highlights are the altarpiece of the Coronation of the Virgin of Pedro de Zuera and the altarpiece tables of Pallaruelo de Monegros signed by Martín Soria. Finally, the Parroquieta houses collections from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. One of the prime examples is the altarpiece from the Abbey of Montearagón of Gil de Morlanes; as well as paintings from Vincent Berdusán, the Bayeu, Luzán and Luis Muñoz.


Huesca: Huesca Museum.

(Provincial Archaeology and Fine Arts)

Tel. 974 220 586

www.patrimonioculturaldearagon.com

museohu@aragob.es

Huesca Museum is located in the both the old Sertoriana university building and, attached to it, what remains of the Palace of the Kings of Aragon; both properties are themselves buildings of great historical and architectural interest.

The Palace of the Kings of Aragon is a magnificent example of late twelfth century civil Romanesque, and among its rooms are those with names like the “Bell Room”, the “Throne Room” and “Doña Petronila’s Room”. Sertoriana University, with its octagonal construction and splendid central courtyard dates from 1690, and is one of the greatest exponents of Baroque civil architecture.

After the renovations undertaken in the 1970s and between 1993 and 1995, the Museum has eight permanent exhibition rooms, laid out in a linear configuration, as well as three other rooms in the Palace of the Kings of Aragon for temporary exhibitions or other public activities. The collections cover two broad themes: the archaeological and artistic. The Archaeology section, with exhibits ranging from the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages, occupies the first four rooms; while the Fine Arts section occupies the four following rooms, and presents works ranging from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, notably the set of Gothic paintings, the series of lithographs of the Bulls of Bordeaux by Goya and the work of Ramón Acín.


Huesca: Pedagogical Museum of Aragon.

Tel. 974 227 361 - 974 233 036

www.museopedagogicodearagon.com

info@museopedagogicodearagon.com

The Pedagogical Museum Aragon was established in 2006 to raise awareness of the history of education in Aragon, and the important role which the Community has played in the development of education systems and the teaching methods and resources used by teachers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries up to the present day. To study school materials is to study the types of schools, teachers, developments in the concept of childhood, learning models and, above all, to be able to reflect on the knowledge that was considered useful at various times as well as the type of society at that time.

The Constitution of Cadiz proposed education as a right for every citizen in 1812; and, between then and 1978, when the regulation of the right to education was addressed by the Constitution, many different laws have been promulgated in Spain by different political regimes intent on appending their own ideas regarding education. The discourse has covered themes such as education as an institution, the education of girls, values and practices in schools, schools at the beginning of the twentieth century, the school in the Second Republic, the National Catholic school and technological media in the classroom.

Initial funding for the Museum came from collections deposited at the Centre for Teachers and Resources in Huesca, which has been collating and studying materials representative of different school models making up the educational heritage of Aragon since 1987.


Linás de Marcuello: Rural School Museum.

Tel. 649 307 480 - 690 636 080

museopedagogico@educaragon.org

On the initiative of Rafael Jiménez Martínez, the old school and schoolmaster's house in the village of Linas de Marcuello (in Loarre) was renovated in 2004, and materials belonging to the collection were displayed and helped to establish the Aragon Pedagogical Museum in May 2006.

Today, the old school of Linás de Marcuello can be considered as an extension of the Pedagogical Museum of Aragon. It offers the public an interesting museum to depict what life was like in a rural school, to show the conditions teachers worked under in these schools and the learning materials used by children from these small locations.


Murillo de Gállego: Electricity Museum.

Tel. 976 437 246 - 679 813 407

Parts of the old hydroelectric power plant, dismantled in the early 1970s, are now on display in the old flour mill in Murillo de Gállego.

The museum is divided over three floors: the ground floor has all the heaviest parts, like the generator, turbine and transformers; while the first floor holds a scale model of the original dam. The basement contains parts that are smaller, but of enormous importance in the control of the generating plant, such as voltmeters, ammeters, and even some of the first telephones installed in Spain, back in 1901.

The exhibition is completed by a collection of photographs of the old power plant, to help picture how the plant was constituted with each of these pieces on display.



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Special places

The Synclines

Whims of Erosion

These great vertical walls are spectacular to see and could not be better for climbing. Their rounded shape is formed by rocks or conglomerate formations, known here as “MALLOS”, typical of La Hoya de Huesca.

As you may already have seen in the attractive pictures, some of them are reddish in colour caused by the iron minerals they contain. This colouring is accentuated at sunset.

A visit to the Mallos of Riglos, Vadiello and Agüero, and also to the Salto de Roldán, is ideal for watching birds of prey, for enjoying nature in a perfect state of conservation, for climbing and for relaxing your eyes with this unique panorama.

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  • 02. Mallos de Vadiello
  • 03. Mallos de Riglos y río Gállego
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  • 05. Mallos de Agüero
  • 06. Mallos de Riglos (vista posterior) y Peña Ruaba
  • 07. Peña Amán. Salto de Roldán
  • 08. Salto de Roldán (vista posterior)
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  • 10. Mallos de Agüero
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  • 12. Mallos y embalse de Vadiello

Guara Natural Park

Enjoy some spectacular countryside

La Hoya de Huesca includes most of the Sierra Natural Park and the Guara Canyons with their dramatic contrasts from the heights of Tozal de Guara (2,077 metres) to the deepest ravines in the mountain range. There is the Grallera Alta (nearly 280 metres deep) passing through gullies and gorges (“gorgas” in Aragonese) such as the famous Formiga and La Pillera gorges, Las Palomeras del Flumen and San Martín de la Val d’Onsera, not to forget the stunning beauty of the Ligüerri Synclines near the Vadiello dam, or the Salto de Roldán.

The Guara Park is spectacular because its countryside is so original, with strikingly beautiful canyons, gullies and gorges. Tourists from all over Europe visit it to explore its ravines; they are attracted by its intricate network of canyons and gullies forged by the fast-flowing waters of the Flumen, Calcón, Formiga and Guatizalema rivers. Gorge-climbing originated in the deepest parts of these mountains and, as long as you are properly equipped, you can explore the area sliding down the rapids or diving underwater into natural caves. The conglomerate walls that form the synclines, both in Vadiello and in the Salto de Roldán, are well-known all over Spain to amateur climbers.

Without a doubt, the greatest fauna wealth in Guara lies in particular in its birds of prey, which nest in the steep rocky walls of the territory. This Park is one of the few redoubts in Europe where you can sight the bearded vulture, threatened with extinction. If you follow this bird of prey you may also sight the Egyptian vulture (in Aragon this bird is called the boleta), eagles and a considerable colony of Griffon vultures. Don’t forget during your visit that this area has different elements for its protection, such as the ZEPA (Spanish initials for the special bird protection zone) or the Natural Park warnings.

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Data of Interest

OFFICES OF THE NATURAL PARK

Address: Av. de la Paz, 5. Huesca

Contact Phone: 974 293392

Telephone you reserve: 974 230196

 

ARAGONESE MOUNTAINEERING FEDERATION (F.A.M.)

Address: Albareda, 7, 4º-4ª, 50004 Zaragoza.

Tel. 976 22 79 71 | Fax. 976 21 24 59

E-mail: fam@fam.es

Web: www.fam.es

 For rules on climbing, gorge-descent and caving in the Park.

Birds of Prey

Strategic observation point

There are two combining factors: on the one hand, the environmental pattern of La Hoya de Huesca offers perfect natural opportunities for birds to make their habitats and, on the other, the protected reserves, such as the ZEPAs (protected areas for birds), six in all. This region is therefore nationally and internationally famous for BIRDWATCHING.

Some of the largest groups of rock birds in the whole of Europe inhabit the limestone gorges of La Hoya. Amongst these there are many birds of prey - the carnivorous variety - recognizable by their curved beak and strong gripping claws.

The most numerous are the Griffon vultures and the bearded vulture, threatened with extinction (incidentally, the only bird on the planet that eats bones). It is here, in one of the few European redoubts, that this bird still exists.

The Guara Sierra and what is known as the Syncline Kingdom are authentic paradises for observing rock birds of prey: the Egyptian vulture (boleta in Aragonese), Griffon vultures, eagles, the bearded vulture already referred to, and other species.

In the sky over the rock formations and gorges in the region you can make out the typical silhouettes of each one of these big birds of prey as they glide with expertise on the air currents.At different points in La Hoya, open air or covered areas have been equipped as excellent observatories to study and enjoy watching these birds. These are in Riglos and in Santa Cilia de Panzano.

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Canyoning

Physical prowess and contact with nature

Gorge descent is a sport that perfectly combines physical aptitude, contact with nature and limit experiences. It consists of a descent down a water course, overcoming the many natural obstacles you will find on your way (waterfalls, rocks, narrow gullies, climbing walls...). This amusing, exciting activity is to be found in the prettiest, most spectacular parts of the rivers and gorges in the Guara area and the Kingdom of the Synclines in La Hoya de Huesca.

There are companies and professionals in our region who can help you to enjoy this sport. Please be advised by them as they are professionals and they respect the ruling and safety measures for gorge descent.

Data of Interest

ARAGONESE MOUNTAINEERING FEDERATION (F.A.M.).

Albareda, 7, 4º-4ª, 50004 Zaragoza

Tel: 976 22 79 71 // Fax: 976 21 24 59

E-mail: fam@fam.es

Web: www.fam.es 

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Guara Canoyning

Due to the specific terrain in this Park, one of its main attractions are its canyons and gullies. Water has been responsible for forming the extraordinary gullies in the Flumen, Guatizalema, Calcón, Formiga rivers. There you will be able to climb the ravines which have varying degrees of difficulty (easy, medium and difficult).

Some of these gorges (all appropriate for descent) are very well-known. There are the Palomeras del Flumen, between the San Miguel and Amán Crags, at the Cienfuens Dam; Lenases, Carruaca Straits (to the east), Las Gorgas (on top of the Salto del Roldán in a pretty valley) and Cabecera de San Martín de la Val d’Onsera. In the basin of the Guatizalema river, near Vadiello, you will find the following gorges: La Canaleta, the Reina Caves, A Foratata, San Chinés, Las Lazas (highly technical and more in line with mountaineering than with gorge-descent), Escomentué (in the Ligüerri Synclines, the best in this river basin), and the Palomo Canal (deep straits and pools). There are really plenty of opportunities for working off your adrenalin.

Before starting out, consult all the information on the rules, permits and areas for gorge- descent. This sport is regulated to respect the season when the birds nest and breed. The active tourism companies at La Hoya de Huesca are there to offer you advice and help concerning this activity. We recommend that you go with expert guides.

Formiga Gorge

San Martín de la Val D´Onsera Gorge

Gorgonchón Straits


Canyoning in Riglos - Loarre and Gratal

There are lots of gorges and gullies.  Apart from the Moliniello and San Julián gorges, there is the Peiró in Arguis, the tributary of the San Julián Gorge and Fenés in Nueno, the Riglos gorge, San Cristóbal in Bolea, Ruaba Crag in Murillo de Gállego and Aguacay in Salina de Jaca and, with the Rasal Gully, they all offer natural infrastructures for gorge-descent, traditional climbing, or climbing on iron paths.

Moliniello Gorge

San Julián Gorge


 

Climbing on the Via Ferrata

The iron paths are sporting itineraries running round rocky walls and they have artefacts to help you on your way: steps, pins, clamps, handrails, chains, bridges, etc. Your safety is guaranteed on the route thanks to a steel cable. The iron pathways do not require as much physical preparation as climbing and the material and techniques used are simpler. Nevertheless, we would advise you to seek help from a professional to prevent any accidents. You should have insurance covering your own risks and those of any third party. It is recommended that you join a mountaineering association and follow a training course if you do not intend to hire a professional. 

In La Hoya de Huesca we have equipped six iron pathways for you. Enjoy them. 

 

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Climbing In The Guara Park

There are many areas for climbing around the Vadiello Dam in the Ligüerri Synclines. To the left of the dam, from the Vadiello road, there is the “Training Wall” (or Mallo de los Pepes), “Paternoy”, “El Puro”, “Mallo San Jorge”, “La Mitra”, “The Potato”, “Elephant Wall”, “Arrow Ridge”, “Borón Crest” and “Mummery Needle”. There are also other easier, shorter climbs. To the right of the Dam you can see the “San Cosme Egg”, the Quillán and Punta Negra Synclines and “La Predicadera” (the woman preacher).

You will also find iron paths in the Park, amongst which are the Palomo Canal and the San Jorge Syncline, also in Vadiello.

Don’t forget to read the rules on climbing in the Park and in Aragon. We would encourage you to take advice from professionals for this activity.

Contact the Park for further information

Information: Av. de la Paz, 5. Huesca.
Contact phone: 974 293 392
Reservations: 974 230 196.

Guara Canoyning

Due to the specific terrain in this Park, one of its main attractions are its canyons and gullies. Water has been responsible for forming the extraordinary gullies in the Flumen, Guatizalema, Calcón, Formiga rivers. There you will be able to climb the ravines which have varying degrees of difficulty (easy, medium and difficult).

Some of these gorges (all appropriate for descent) are very well-known. There are the Palomeras del Flumen, between the San Miguel and Amán Crags, at the Cienfuens Dam; Lenases, Carruaca Straits (to the east), Las Gorgas (on top of the Salto del Roldán in a pretty valley) and Cabecera de San Martín de la Val d’Onsera. In the basin of the Guatizalema river, near Vadiello, you will find the following gorges: La Canaleta, the Reina Caves, A Foratata, San Chinés, Las Lazas (highly technical and more in line with mountaineering than with gorge-descent), Escomentué (in the Ligüerri Synclines, the best in this river basin), and the Palomo Canal (deep straits and pools). There are really plenty of opportunities for working off your adrenalin.

Before starting out, consult all the information on the rules, permits and areas for gorge- descent. This sport is regulated to respect the season when the birds nest and breed. The active tourism companies at La Hoya de Huesca are there to offer you advice and help concerning this activity. We recommend that you go with expert guides.

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