Surroundings & Driving Routes, Huesca
Santuario de San Jorge
2km/1.25mi southwest of Huesca on N 123, above the road on the right, is the Santuario de San Jorge, built in 1554 on the remains of earlier walls on the site of the battle of Alcoraz (in which Pedro I of Aragon defeated the Moors in 1096). From here there is a fine view of Huesca.
The road C 136 winds its way up the Río Isuela valley and into the Pyrenees, past some beautiful scenery.
From Huesca, N 240 runs northwest over the fertile plain of La Hoya and then climbs, with many bends and fine views of the Pyrenees to the right, on to the Meseta, and comes to the little town of Ayerbe (alt. 560m/1837ft), with the 15th century Palacio de los Marqueses de Ayerbe.
Castillo de Loarre
8km/5mi northeas of Ayerbe, at the foot of the Sierra de Loarre, is Loarre. On a crag above the village stands the Castillo de Loarre, one of the finest Romanesque castles in Spain. It was built by King Sancho I Ramírez from 1076 onwards on the site of the Roman fort of Calagurris Fibularia, and was a royal residence until the 12th century. The castle is surrounded by a double circuit of walls with round towers, above which rise the rectangular keep and the church of Santa María. The church, built over a crypt, originally belonged to an Augustinian monastery within the castle. The columns in the nave have beautiful floral capitals.
Mallos de Riglos
Puerto de Santa Bárbara
N 240 continues to a road junction at Santa María de la Peña (alt. 542m/1778ft), where N 330 branches off on the right, crosses the Puerto de Oroel (1080m/3543ft) and comes to Jaca. N 240 continues up the valley of the Río Asabón, with the Sierra de la Peña on the right. Going over the Puerto de Santa Bárbara (864m/2835ft), from which there are extensive views, it runs down to Puente la Reina de Jaca, in the valley of the Río Aragón, where N 240 turns west for Pamplona.
South-East of Huesca
From Huesca a beautiful road (C 1310) leads southeast via Sariñena and Villanueva de Sigena, with the monastery of Sigena (Romanesque church), to enter the valley of the Río Cinca, follow the river downstream and join N II, the main road linking Zaragoza and Lérida. A short distance along this to the left (135km/84mi from Huesca) is the little town of Fraga (alt. 120m/395ft), picturesquely situated above the left bank of the Río Cinca. Its main features of interest are a number of noble mansions and the church of San Pedro, which occupies the site of an earlier mosque; originally Romanesque (12th century), it was later rebuilt.
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