AlquezarAragon, north of Spain. It is a base point for many outdoor activities, primarily mountains- and rock-based.
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.
OrientationMaps 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.
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.
Colegiata de Santa María la MayorVisitors should wait near the entrance for a guide to finish with current group and join the next one. Picturesque terrace with patio.
- City's striking clocks adding to feeling of living in a medieval town.
- Swim in a public pool (25m) near La Marmita de Guara albergue
- Quad bikes. Operators:
phone: +34 974 318 354,+34 619 910 447,+34 619 905 458address: C/San Hipólito s/nMore oriented towards experienced canyoners, compared to Avalancha. Progressive discounts for repeat customers (which are 70% of its clients base). Also offers multi-day multi-day packages..
address: same as Hotel Santa MariaMore popular-sports oriented than Vertientes.
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.
Alimentacion y CapnoceriaThe food shop appears to be oriented towards locals, but the locals consider it extremely expensive and tourist-oriented. They head to Barbastro to buy food.
Restaurants and cafesStewed rabbit, partridge, and veal dishes are the best bet in most local restaurants.
La CocinetaLarge portions. Good rabbit and duck main meal. A rare example of really good fried potatovery thin slices. Some will love the pork and bean soup, but it's not for everyone.
La Marmita de Guaraphone: +34 974 318 956address: Paseo PilaserasPopular among local climbing and canyoning guides. Only by reservation if you're not staying at the hostel of the same name, which it shares a site with.
Meson del VeroIts popularity seems to be supported only by guidebook recommendations. The service is slow, prices in your bill may differ from menu, and it has poor gaspatxo. Only the Estofado Ternera is really good. The sangria tastes like a cold glintwein.
Peña Amánphone: +34 974 318 963address: C/Arrabal, 22Probably the best restaurant among those on the main square. Large salads. Recommended dishes: gazpatxo; rivuelto (local variety of scrambled eggs) with garlic and prawns; veal steaks, both with Roquefort and a-la Pireneas. The red pepper in the dishes is typically pickled, not a fresh vegetable.
NarbonaThe stewed lamb is good, while the fried variety is not. The paella a-la Navarra is quite large, but bad seafood makes it a dish to avoid.
Casa GervasioMost tables are on a small-and-cozy square in the depths of the old town, a dozen meters away from the restaurant's entrance.
Wines from the region: D.O. Somontano
La Marmita de Guara alberguephone: +34 974 318 956address: Paseo PilaserasPopular with advanced climbers and others who come to Alquezar exclusively for activities. Open Apr to Sept.
Villa de AlquezarOne of the top two hotels in the town. Spacious rooms, large private terraces, private parking, en-suite bathrooms with bidet, branded towels and single-use shampoos. Rooms #20-25 have a great view over the rocks. Rich variety for breakfast. Travelers mix: many families with children (esp. for weekends); mostly French.
Hotel Santa-MariaAnother of the top two hotels in the town.
phone: +34 974318912Nice, extremelly clean and cheap local host house. There are three rooms with a bathroom and a terrace to share. Good views of the Castle and cliffs.
phone: +34 974 31 83 00address: Ctra Barbastro s/nThe only(?) camping in the town.