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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
This charming cottage is situated at the top of the village Banastón Usana, 2kms from Aínsa. The name the Era refers to the flat area outside the cottage, where the farmers used to thresh the wheat. The property is simply and beautifully decorated throughout with wooden beams creating the major focal point which brings a friendly charm to this small abode.
On the lower level, you'll find a double bedroom with en suite and upstairs the living room with sofa bed and fully equipped kitchen. Its vine covered terrace is a real treat in summer months with a compact garden to compliment it. As ever this south facing house enjoys long periods of sunshine. The interior temperature is controlled with electrical heating for winter months and air conditioning for summer months.
The owner, who lives nearby is a fountain of information concerning the history of village and for those interested, there is always the possibility of visiting the former bakery, wine making room and alcove sleeping quarters. In the immediate area you can go for walks (the Villarcillo Chapel is a half hour walk from Banaston) or go horseriding in Banaston Barrio de la Iglesia or Church Quarter. A tour of the region by car is recommended as is a visit to the medieval village of Aínsa. Not to be missed is a visit to the Sierra de Guara Park, the Ordesa Park or the Posets-Maladeta Park, all of which offer and endless array of outdoor activities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Zaragoza, Barcelona, Pau & Toulouse 250 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Aragon region
In the immediate area you can go for walks (the Villarcillo Chapel is a half hour walk from Banaston) or go horseriding in Banaston Barrio de la Iglesia or Church Quarter. A tour of the region by car is recommended as is a visit to the medieval village of Aínsa. Not to be missed is a visit to the Sierra de Guara Park, the Ordesa Park or the Posets-Maladeta Park, all of which offer and endless array of outdoor activities.
Things to Do
The region is home to three parks - the Ordesa and National Perdido National Park, the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park and the Sierra de Guara Natural Park.
Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park, Unesco classified is famous for its limestone ranges. The park is home to Monte Perdido, the third highest mountain in the Pyrenees and the highest limestone summit in Europe.
You can access the park via the Ordesa valley, entrance Torla, via the Añisclo canyon and Escuain, entrance Escalona, and via the Pineta valley, entrance Bielsa.
The Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, home to Posets, the second highest mountain in the Pyrenees is accesible via the Chistau valley, entrance Salinas.
The Sierra de Guara Natural Park, famous for its canyons and cave art, is accesible from the road that leads from Ainsa to Alqézar.
There are walks for everyone, from easy walks along the valleys to 3000m peaks.
Park visitor centres are open all year round in Bielsa, Escalona and Torla, and in high season in Plan, Tella and Escuain.
There are public swimming pools in Ainsa, Laspuña, Lafortunada, Plan and Bielsa, open in the summer months.
There are numerous bathing spots in the local rivers - Bellos, Ara, Yaga and Cinca.
The salt pools are open in the summer months in Naval.
Water sports: rafting, kayaking, canyoning
There are numerous adventure sports companies in the area, which offer a wide selection of guided activities.
Flora & Fauna
Fauna: Pyrenean mountain goat, roe deer, red deer, marmots, wild boar, birds of prey -such as the lammergeier, griffon vulture, egyptian vulture and golden eagle – red squirrels, butterflies…
Trees- Pine, black pine, birch, beech, fir, oak, ash, hazlenut, walnut…
Flowers- Orchid, edelweiss, pyrenean saxifrage, gentian, iris, lily, anemone, monkshood, rhododendron…
Aromatic herbs – Thyme, rosemary, lavander, elderberry, St. Johns Wort, arnica…
Wild fruits: Blackberries, raspberries, redcurrant, strawberries, sloe…
Alpine skiing in Piau-Engaly and St Lary across the border in France and in Cerler, in the Benasque valley.
Cross country skiing in the Pineta valley
Snow shoe routes
Moto de nieve
Heritage and Culture
San Victorián monastery
Hermitages and dolmen in Tella
Romanesque churches in Badaín, San Vicente de Labuerda, Guaso, Santa María de Buil, San Juan de Toledo, Vío and Nerín
Medieval fortifications in Abizanda, Ainsa, Boltaña, Samitier and Muro de Roda
Abandoned villages - Janovas and in the Solana valley
A wide selection of museums situated in Ainsa, Bielsa, Ceresa, Laspuña, Abizanda, San Juan de Plan…
Somontano wine route –visit Somontano visitor centre and a selection of bodegas in the neighbouring Somontano region.
There are guided tours offered by the tourist office and also by a local theatrical group in the summer months.
January - San Antón in San Juan de Plan
February – carnivals in Chistau valley, Bielsa and La Fueva
May – las Nabatas, rafts descend Cinca river between Laspuña and Ainsa
July – International music festival in Ainsa
August – village fiestas
September – Sobrarbe agricultural fair and La Morisma
October – micological field days, picking and classification wild mushrooms
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