Memories of my Spain, Villanua!!!

Ah yes so many memories here enough to write a book or two or volumes! Spain is everything under the sun. We end up going there since the moment I was back in Europe. France this time took the cup but so close we could go by car every year, even while staying in southern France! When I met what would be my wife in 1990 I took her to Spain to know my roots and we passed by Villanua. The story is in my blog! and we have passed several times by it. Therefore, this is memories of my Spain at Villanua!!!

This is a road taken many many times since 1990. It nostalgic for me and brings me many good memories now even more.  My dear late wife of 28 years Martine, came to love coming down and did all the preparations of the trip , we were thinking of buying a second home in Castilla La Mancha ,before the F cancer took my Martine, away from me on April 30 2018.  I am talking with deep emotions about a very small town in Spain, call Villanua.

Villanúa is a mountain town in the Province of Huesca and the communidad autonoma de Aragon in northern Spain. It sits at the foot of the peak Collarada with 2 886 meters. The town itself is at 953 meters. It is half way between Jaca and the ski stations of Candanchu , Canfranc ,and Astun and only 12 km from the frontier with France over the Somport tunnel on the road N330 or E-7.

The first time in 1990 we stopped at the mountain hotel Faus Hutte, Carretera de Francia, Villanùa, Huesca province  later was called hotel LaCasa but a very charming place. We ate right there even waking up the cook, so it became our home as we tried to stop there always on our road trips into Spain.  Years later it became as still the El Albergue Villanúa.

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A bit of history I like

Very old town was mentioned for the first time in the Cartrusa of Santa Cruz de las Seros in 992 AD   The Church of San Esteban from the 11C inside it has a polychrome St James from the 15C and a Virgin with Child from the 10C or early 11C called here the Our Lady of Angels or Nuestra Señora de los Angeles.

Things to see I like

It has the cave of Las Guixas, dolmens or old stone as well as the abandon towns of Cenarbe and Aruej with its small roman Church from the 11C. The old bridge or Puente Viejo from the 12C built by ordered of king Pedro I of Aragon in 1100 the only access to the town until the new bridge in the 1990’s. The adventure park of Parque de aventura de los Arboles El Juncaral. The biggest in the pyrénees.

Villanua is an excellent base for the skiing station of Candanchu and Canfranc especially and for the lovers of nature and walks, bikes, it is very laidback and the hotel/restaurant we stayed and always stop is still there even if the name has change. Even if we do not stop, we always passed by here at least one way and take a look at the hotel. The story is we arrived very late by 22h or 10pm and the kitchen was closed, but the nice owner open it to serve us and even allow to take pictures of his pyrenian dogs.

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In addition to skiing, the area offers great caves and walk trails in the mountains. Some of the better known caves other than above are Fuente del Candado, Way of Canfranc, new cave or Esjamundo, and Venero. It is ,also, a way to the Camino de Santiago or the way to Santiago de Compostela, many routes pass by here all into the Camino Aragonés.

The town of Villanua things to see webpage in Spanish:  http://www.villanua.net/el-pueblo/patrimonio/

The now call Albergue Villanua (old Faus Hutte) hotel resto in Spanish: http://alberguevillanua.es/

The Villanua tourist office on things to see/do in Spanish: https://www.turismovillanua.net/que-ver-en-villanua/

The Pirineum of Jaca on Villanua things to see /do in Spanish: https://www.jaca.com/villanua.php

Not been there but one of the principal attraction of Villanua is the cave of Guixa see them at the Huesca province tourist office in Spanish: https://www.descubrehuesca.com/cuevas-de-las-guixas-en-villanua/

Memories to last a lifetime at Villanùa. I have many paper photos and with the aid of the internet and wordpress blog, my history can now be kept longer and for more to know the beauty of the mountains of Huesca and Aragon, kingdom of Spain.

Hope you enjoy the story and thanks for reading me since Nov 2010. And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

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