The geographical location of Artieda places it at a very interesting point to enjoy the immensity of the Pyrenees. In the heart of the Camino de Santiago and the Aragón River, bathing the valley. In Artieda you will find a careful urban area and a heritage in which the Church of San Martín (XII-XVI century) and the Palacio de los Diezmos stand out. The Albergue de Peregrinos is a benchmark for walkers due to its comfort and its impressive views of the whole region. The road is a link between people of very different cultures and nationalities. The road has been the means to build a rich and varied heritage, Romanesque architecture in the form of villages, hermitages, churches and bridges, vestiges of an era that gave splendor and richness to Aragon. In Artieda you can practice many activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, bathing in the river, etc. And much more in the vicinity as the valleys of Roncal, Anso and Echo. Medieval cities such as Jaca, Sos del Rey Catolico and Uncastillo. Monasteries such as San Juan de la Peña and Leire and Javier Castle. Natural riches such as the Natural Park of the Valleys, La Selva de Iratí, Las Foces de Sigüés, Lumbier and Binies. All the Pyrenees in your hand.
→ What to do ?
Artieda also known as Artieda de Aragón is located in the historic region of La Jacetania and the natural muga of Aragón and Navarra; in the heart of the Camino de Santiago and with the Aragón river bathing the valley. We are at a very interesting point to enjoy the immensity of the Pyrenees. In this town in the province of Zaragoza adjacent to that of Huesca, you will find a well-kept urban area and an important historical heritage of which the Church of San Martín (12th-16th century) with its tower-museum, the Hermitage of San Pedro stand out. and the historic façade of the Palace of Tithes. The Pilgrim’s Hostel is a resting point for walkers and tourists for its comfort and impressive views of the Berdún Canal. The road constitutes a link between people of very diverse cultures and nationalities. In Artieda you can practice many outdoor activities such as: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, ornithology and even bathing in the Aragón river, the Yesa reservoir or Las Tiermas (October). Artieda is in a strategic point from which traveling a few kilometers you can enjoy the beauty of the Roncal, Ansó and Echo valleys; medieval cities such as Jaca, Sos del Rey Católico and Uncastillo or monasteries such as San Juan de la Peña, Leire and Javier Castle. We are surrounded by natural riches such as the Natural Park of the Western Valleys, La Selva de Irati, Las Foces de Sigüés, Lumbier and Biniés. You will also have the entire Pyrenees at your fingertips a few kilometers away. In Artieda you will find a well-kept urban area and a heritage in which the Church of San Martín (12th-16th centuries) and the Palace of the Tithes stand out. The Alberge de Peregrinos is a reference for walkers for its comfort and for its impressive views of the entire region. The road constitutes a link between people of very diverse cultures and nationalities. The road has been the means to build a rich and varied heritage, the High Aragonese Romanesque, in the form of towns, hermitages, churches and bridges, vestiges of a time that gave Aragon splendor and wealth. In Artieda you can practice many activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, bathing in the river, etc. And much more in the vicinity such as the Roncal, Anso and Echo valleys. Medieval cities such as Jaca, Sos del Rey Catolico and Uncastillo. Monasteries such as San Juan de la Peña and Leire and the Castillo de Javier. Natural riches such as the Valles Natural Park, La Selva de Iratí, Las Foces de Sigüés, Lumbier and Binies. All the Pyrenees in your hand.
→ Las Tiermas
Tiermas and its famous medicinal waters. This place every year attracts many tourists who enjoy the short season in which the hot springs are discovered. The old spa and town, once on the banks of the Aragón River, now remains flooded by the Yesa reservoir. It is between September and October that the level of the swamp drops enough for the sulphurous waters to come out again and thus we can enjoy a relaxing and magical bath. In addition, something phenomenal is that we are 10km from Tiermas so you can come to eat, have dinner and spend the night with us.
→ Ornithology and biodiversity
The surroundings of Artieda have a great ornithological wealth as a consequence of the great variety of ecosystems that surround it. The aquatic ecosystem of the Yesa reservoir, the high Pyrenean valleys, the Mediterranean understory of gall oaks and holm oaks and the cereal plains of the Berdún Canal produce this rich biodiversity. It is possible to see species such as the bearded vulture, harriers, kestrels, royal owls, the red kite or griffon vultures. In addition, this area is a must for many migratory birds, such as cranes, which move to central Europe during the spring and return in the autumn. From Artieda, you can tour the 2.5 km viewpoint of the Aragón river
For more information regarding to ornithological tourism, you can consult the Birding Pirineos website
→ Municipal Facilities
artieda has sports facilities open for public use. You can find a fronton court, indoor soccer, basketball and a climbing wall. Also for the little ones we have a park area with children’s and traditional games. You can request access to them at the hostel.
we take shelter in the shadow of the Peña Nabla, a beautiful mountain full of history and trails for simple family excursions. The roads are ideal to go on foot, by bike or on horseback. You can consult the Wikiloc website to download the tracks and walk with your mobile.
In order of difficulty, we recommend you :
- River viewpoint : 2.5 km
- Roundtrip to Mianos by footbridges footbridges : 3.63 km
- Roundtrip to the necrophagous birds’s Muladar : 5.2km
- El Vivero
- Leyre y paso de Oso : 8.74 km
- To Ruesta‘s castle by Saint James’s way : 9.25 km one way
- Rountrip to Peña Nabla with panoramic view on the valley and vultures : 10 km
→ Mountain bike
→ Romanesque art, Roman sites and tower museum
Torre Museum: In Artieda it is possible to visit the Torre Museum for free, which will tell you the secular history of the Roman sites, the Romanesque remains and the history of the reservoir.
The Church : It is possible to listen to the audio-guided explanations here. The original temple was built in the late 12th century. It consisted of a single closed nave with a semicircular apse. Some time later, between the 16th and 16th centuries were added on the Epistle side (right side), several buildings; the sacristy and the chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary in a first phase, and the portico that shelters the classicist façade and the rectangular plant tower. This one shows an attached spiral staircase Inside, the barrel vault that covers the nave stands out, made in wood and plastered in plaster. In the apse, however, the vault is quarter-sphere. In the presbytery, a Romanist altarpiece dedicated to Saint Martin stands out. In the chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary are the two most interesting works of the temple, the altarpiece and the image of the Holy Christ. The altarpiece has great historical and artistic value. Its excellent quality in the bill shows the notorious influence of the Romanist sculptural workshops of the nearby Navarran town of Sangüesa. The Christ is a work from the second half of the 16th century, possibly made by Aragonese workshops, and stands out for its naturalistic treatment, the careful modeling of its anatomy and the expressiveness of its face.
Roman sites: A Roman road ran through the Berdún Canal, of which remains were found in the municipal area of Artieda at the beginning of the sixties. Along with the footprints of the road, mosaics and rooms, fortifications, walls, moats, doors, columns, Corinthian capitals, ceramics were found … The most important remains were located in the areas of Campo del Royo, Forao de la Tuta, Viñas del Sastre and Corrales de Villasués.
En los alrededores
|Foz de Lumbier y Arbayun||39 minutes by car|
|Siguës y Salvatierra||15 minutes|
|Sos del rey católico||44 minutes|
|Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña y sus caminos||47 minutes|
|Monasterio de Leyre||29 minutes|
|Bosque de Oza||1h|
→ Abandoned villages and street-art
Artieda has suffered for three long decades the consequences of the regrowth of the Yesa reservoir. In response, the local population has maintained strong opposition from various spheres. Despite this, the works on the dam continue and Artieda is already suffering the consequences of this, such as the expropriation of 260 hectares of farmland or the construction of a macro-bridge that crosses the valley. Reblar is an Aragonese verb that means “to bend”, “to surrender.” And in the face of this destruction, our people have once again determined not to do so. That is why the ARTtieda no rebla project began in 2017 with the idea of continuing this fight. With it we want to fill this place with colors that they want gray and flooded. Since then, several committed artists have produced murals in the town during multi-week art residencies, resulting in a great experience for both the artists and the community. So you can combine your visit to our town and its murals with the visit of some abandoned towns that have not yet lost their spirit, we are talking here about Ruesta, Escó and Tiermas. It is also possible to search for geocaching caches as a family, and it is free.