Alquezar

Alquezar is a small town standing on the rocks in Aragon, north of Spain. It is a base point for many outdoor activities, primarily mountains- and rock-based.

Understand

The town looks very much like Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, but this time it's genuine old-time architecture, not an imitation.

Locals earn their living only by providing tourist services; no commercial agriculture is done in Alquezar.

Many weekend travellers come to town for a relaxed stay among the rocks for old folks and beginner-level activities for families. Also there are daily bus excursions with old folks visiting Alquezar for several hours: tourists see the Collegiata, eat at the central square and leave. Excursion buses arrive at the central square.

Weekday travelers are mainly French, with a few Belgians, Netherlanders and Italians mixed in.

Orientation

Maps of the town are freely available in the tourist office and at several stands around the town. Most traveller-oriented businesses can be found on the map.

Get around

The town is small enough to be fully accessible by foot.

There are several free parking lots around the town. Some hotels have their own private parking space.

Stone pavements are not comfortable for those with high-heeled shoes or a child carriage, but alpine boots are not required either, unless you do some serious trekking.

See

Do

Canyoning

See also: Aragon:Do:Canyoning.

Alquezar is the main starting point for canyons in Aragon. Canyoning operators expect customers to drive by their own car from Alquezar to the start of canyon. Operators include:

Buy

The cheese made of sheep milk from the near town of Radiquero has won several prices.

Also there are several wineries in the region with the distinctive D.O. Somontano that is worth to try.

There's nothing unique to the town or region to be bought in Alquezar. Only chorizo sausages are worth buying as local souvenir (the same as elsewhere in Spain); cheese is made of sheep milk and is not really distinctive. Other local grocery items available are honey from Barbastro (many varieties up to Eucalyptus), and olive oil (as cheap as €30 for 5L).

Some local versions of Kukuxumusu are available.

Eat

Grocery shops

Restaurants and cafes

Stewed rabbit, partridge, and veal dishes are the best bet in most local restaurants.

Drink

Sangria sometimes tastes like glintwein on the rocks, although it shouldn't by the traditional recipe. Wines from the region: D.O. Somontano

Sleep

Stay healthy

Although the town is a base camp for multiple types of outdoor activities, it has no resident doctor or hospital. Outdoor activity operators advise travellers to head to Barbastro which has a national hospital.

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