ACTIVITIES TENA VALLEY
As well as offering great skiing, the Tena Valley has lots of other fabulous leisure activities. For example, you can enjoy the Biescas Aventura zip lines, or learn about and photograph all the animal species that have lived in these mountains, both past and present, at the Lacuniacha Fauna Park.
In the Tena Valley you also have the chance to observe animal species that are difficult to see in the wild at Lacuniacha: the Fauna Park in Piedrafita de Jaca, just 10 kilometres away from Panticosa. At the park, located at 1,380 m ASL, you can explore 30 hectares of forestland and enjoy watching grizzly bears, reindeer, lynx and bison, all in their natural environment and with enough space so as not to feel invaded by visitors.
The route will take you a minimum of three hours if you want to see all the animals since it follows a 4-kilometre mountain path. But you can walk all day —there are rest and picnic areas throughout— enjoying the animals and the landscape. Some animals, such as the deer, move around in packs and don’t mind being watched.
Whereas others, such as the wolves or the lynxes, are much more elusive and you need to have more patience if you want to see them close up. We recommend you wear comfortable footwear, and, if you’re taking small children, take an off-road stroller.
THE SERRABLO ROUTE
One of the most popular routes to follow in the Tena Valley is The Serrablo Route. It consists of a route visiting 14 churches, built between the 10th and 11th centuries and with some truly unique features. They are all located on the left bank of the River Gállego in villages such as Lárrede, Isún, Satué, San Juan de Busa, Oliván, San Bartolomé de Gavín....
Church of San Pedro de Lárrede: Situated 7 kilometres from the entrance of Tena Valley, at the height of Senegüé, you’ll find this parish church devoted to San Pedro. It is a small yet beautiful building that was constructed in 1050 and declared a National Monument in 1931 and then restored in 1933. It is, without doubt, one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the Alto Gállego region.
Church of San Bartolomé de Gavín: This beautiful chapel was build in the middle of the 10th century and features both Romanesque and Mozarab elements. It was restored and almost completely rebuilt by the Amigos del Serrablo Association, conserving its square-based tower and two bodies that make it one of the most singular churches along this route.
If you’re in the Tena Valley, we recommend an adventure among the treetops that you won’t forget: Biescas Aventura, a large forest park, with vines, walkways, zip lines and climbing walls...all designed for you to have fun with your kids outdoors. Biescas Aventura is designed for both younger and older adventurers, with activities adapted for children of all ages. It has eight different circuits, all colour marked to designate the level of difficulty.
Under 18s must wear the safety equipment they’re given upon arrival: a harness, carabiners, pulleys and helmet to ensure their safety. As well as enjoying the tree activities, you can bring your own picnic and enjoy it in the picnic area, or visit the bar with open-air terrace for a light snack, or meal and relax in the shade of the trees.
VISIT TO THE SANTA ELENA COMPLEX: FORT, CHAPEL AND DOLMEN
Many say that the Santa Elena chapel is the gateway to the Tena Valley, an honour that it is bestowed because of its many highly valued architectural and cultural features. On the one hand, there is the chapel itself, built high above a cliff between 1221 and 1484 in a fusion of Mozarab, Gothic and Baroque styles.
But what most fascinates visitors is its legend: it is said that the saint, being chased by the infidels, hid inside a cave whose entrance was hidden by a giant spider’s web. The legend tells that it is over this place where the chapel was built. And there is a spring, whose flow rises and falls and which some still believe portends the fortunes or misfortunes of the inhabitants of the Tena Valley.
To arrive at the chapel, you cross a military fort built in the times of Philip II of Spain and which was used as a defensive structure over the centuries.
The complex also includes the Santa Elena dolmen, a testimonial to the fact that this site has been a sacred place since prehistoric times.