The Valle de Tena – or Tena Valley in English – is located in the southern part of the Pyrenees, in the province of Huesca in Aragon. It’s a natural area filled with mountainous peaks, verdant green valleys, flowing rivers and picturesque villages. Here’s our pick of the best activities in the Valle de Tena.
The Valle de Tena is the perfect spot for some hiking. There are lots of well sign-posted trails around the valley, as well as challenging ascents and and more easygoing hikes in the lower part.
Taking the Tena Valley Tourist Train
One of the best ways to explore the Tena Valley if you don’t feel like adventurous activities or hiking is the Tena Valley Tourist Train. The train leaves from the village of Tramacastilla de Tena and takes in some of the most beautiful spots in the valley. The route takes two hours 15 minutes and explains about the flora and fauna via an audioguide along the way.
In the town Hoz de Jaca at 1,280 meters (4,200 feet) above sea level sits the longest and highest double zip line in Europe. This zip line is not for the faint hearted, it measures a distance of one kilometre (3,280 feet) and can reach speeds of up to 90 km/h (56 miles/h). It is also the only zip line in Spain adapted to people with disabilities.
Canyoning is the process of following a river, abseiling down rocks and waterfalls, jumping into pools and floating downstream. Because of the nature of the rivers in the Valle de Tena, the area is the ideal location to to try it.
In winter, skiing is the most popular thing to do in the Valle de Tena. The valley is in fact home to the Formigal-Panticosa ski resort, one of the best in Spain. It offers 180km (112 miles) of pistes, as well as numerous hotels and a handful of après-ski bars. The resort is best for freeriders, but is also good for all levels, offering challenging runs for advanced skiers and great ski schools for beginners.
The Tena Valley is an ideal place to try paragliding. Imagine soaring over the mountainous peaks, rivers and lush valleys, enjoying the most incredible views. Paragliding adventures here can be undertaken throughout the year and are available for both kids and adults.
Touring the villages of the Valle de Tena
The Valle de Tena is great for nature and adventure, but it’s also about small picturesque villages, culture and history. Spend part of your time getting to know the villages of the valley, such as Biescas, Sallent de Gallego, Lanuza and Formigal.
After all the hiking, skiing or zip lining in the valley, you’ll want to relax and soak your muscles. The best place for this is the Aguas Limpias Spa at the El Escaladillo sports complex. It has views out towards the mountains from the hot pool.
This wildlife park is located just outside the village of Jaca Piedrafita and stands at 1,380 metres (4,528 feet). It boasts 30 hectares of forest and is home to 13 species of animals, from deer and mountain goats to European bison, wild boar, lynx and even bears. Visits take guests on trails of two to three hours to see the animals.
Located in the Parque de Arratiecho in the centre of the Aragonese Pyrenees, Biescas Aventura is a kind of natural amusement park. It’s situated 800 metres (2,625 feet) from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Biescas (Biescas Town Hall). The park consists of a series of high ropes courses, physical and adventurous games among the trees, and is geared for both kids and adults.
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