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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Zaragoza, Barcelona, Pau & Toulouse 250 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Air conditioning
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
Access Parking

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.

Huesca, Aragon

Things to Do

Parks

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.

Swimming

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.

Outdoor

Birdwatching

Climbing

Fly fishing

Horseriding

Mountain biking

Quads

Treking

Via Ferrata

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…

Flora:

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…

Winter

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

Ski touring

Moto de nieve

Building igloos

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.

Fiestas

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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Calendar last updated:20 Oct 2014

Based in Spain

Languages spoken
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