VILLAGES TENA VALLEY
The Tena Valley and its towns and villages have a long and rich history; this can be seen reflected in its stone walls, its carved coats of arms, Gothic churches, its Romanesque arches in the streets and chapels with history and legends, such as that of Santa Elena. These are just some of the many historic treasures that you can discover in its towns and villages.
Sallent de Gállego
The principal town in Tena Valley is Sallent de Gállego. Located at the end of Lanuza reservoir and at the foot of the Peña Foratata peak, it boasts a 15th century Gothic-style church with an impressive Plateresque altarpiece, a Roman bridge and its nearby kids park and a triple Romanesque arch in the square. Together with its wide offer of services, these make Sallent into a wonderful place to spend your holidays all year round.
One of the central hubs in the Tena Valley is the beautiful town of Panticosa. Just like the other towns and villages, it’s built in the popular architectural style in the area, based on stone and slate. Many of its houses date back to the 19th century, as can be seen in its semi-circular and linteled porticos and the coats of arms of the nobility carved in its walls and doors.
Strolling around Panticosa, a visit to the most salient building is a must: the 16th century church of la Asunción with its altarpiece on the main altar.
This charming village was relocated and reconstructed by its inhabitants after the creation of the reservoir that bears its name. A stroll around its streets is a must with its linteled porticoes bearing coats of arms from over two centuries ago. And don’t forget to stop off in the El Frondón restaurant to sample some of its delicious traditional dishes.
Sandiniés is a small picturesque village that retains all the tranquil Tena Valley ambiance. At 1,294 m ASL, its conserves all the features so typical to the valleys in its streets, buildings, doorways and heraldic coats of arms. The Eras viewpoint boasts an excellent view over the centre and length of the valley.
Located at 1,224 metres ASL on a sunny slope that dominates the bottom of the valley, this beautiful village is hidden amongst pines, oak groves and meadows. The landscape seen from the cabezo de Santa Marina hilltop is breathtaking. And sampling the migas a la pastora in any of its restaurants is a must.
Hoz de Jaca
Hoz de Jaca is a natural viewpoint. It’s also a magnificent starting point to go hiking in the mountains. Their beauty is outstanding as well is the ease of the climb from Hoz to Panticosa via Fratacoz or from Hoz to El Pueyo via La Aliana and the ascent to the Sabocos lakes. Hoz de Jaca can be reached via El Pueyo de Jaca or the Búbal reservoir.
El Pueyo de Jaca
Situated at 1,091m ASL, on the banks of the Búbal reservoir and at the confluence of the rivers Gállego and Caldarés, a special mention must go to the village’s striking parish church of San Miguel, built in the 16th century and later incorporated into the 18th century structure. It has a single nave with side chapels and above the doorway to the sacristy is a figure dating back to 1580.