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Revision as of 20:10, 23 December 2007
Alquezar is a small town standing on the rocks in Aragon, north of Spain.
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 tourist services; no commercial agriculture is done in Alquezar.
Many over-weekend travellers come to town for a relaxed stay in rocks for elders and beginners-level activities for families. Also there are daily bus excursions with elders visiting Alquezar for several hours: tourists watch Collegiata, eat at the central square and leave. Excursion buses arrive to the central square.
Weekday travellers are mainly French; much less of Belgians, Netherlanders and Italians.
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.
- Collegiata de Santa Maria le Major. Same hours as in other museums of the city; closes at 7:30pm. Visitors should wait near the entrance for a guide to finish with current group and join the next one. Picturesque terrace with patio. 2€ adults (includes a guided tour).
- swim in a public pool (25m) near La Marmita de Guara albergue
- quad bikes. Operators:
- via ferrata: much less popular than canyoning, advance reservation essential. Same operators as for canyoning.
- see more in Aragon:Do.
- 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:
- Vertientes Adventura, C/San Georgio, 5, ☎ 974 318 354, 619 910 447, 619 905 458 (email@example.com), . until 9pm. More oriented towards experienced canyoners, compared to Avalancha. Progressive discounts for second+ activity.
- Avalancha, same as Hotel Santa Maria. More popular-sports oriented than Vertientes.
- Alimentacion y Capnoceria, (look for Tabacos sign). Looks like a locals-oriented food shop, but locals consider it extremely expensive and tourist-oriented. Head to Barbastro to buy food.
Restaurants and Cafes
Stewed rabbit, partridge, and veal are the most commonly found dishes in local restaurants.
- La Cocineta. Large portions. Good rabbit and duck main meal. Rare example of really good fried potato--very thin slices. Soup with beans and pork is quite controversial.
- La Marmita de Guara, Paseo Pilaseras (on the hill over the main street; off the beaten path), ☎ 974 318 956. Apr-Sept: opens at 9pm. Popular 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. Menu of the day €12-€20.
- Meson del Vero, (town's central square). Its popularity seems to be supported only by guidebook recommendations. Slow service, prices in bill differ from menu; poor gaspatxo. Only Estofado Ternera is really good. Sangria tastes like a cold glintwein.
- Peña Amán, C/Arrabal, 22 (town's main square), ☎ 974 318 963. Probably 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. Red pepper in dishes is typically pickled, not a fresh vegetable. Mains €5.80-14, soups €3.30-4.50, salads €3.80-6.50; starters €4.80-6.90.
- Narbona. Stewed lamb is good, while the fried variety is not. Paella a-la Navarra is quite large, but bad seafood makes it a dish to avoid. Menu del dia: €18 for two meals and desert; €15 for a more limited choice of dishes.
- Casa Gervasio. Restaurant serves only lunch, 1:30-4pm; bar-only the rest of the time. Most tables are on a small-and-cozy square in the depths of the old town, a dozen meters away from the restaurant's entrance. menu del dia €25 / 30, VAT included.
- La Marmita de Guara albergue, Paseo Pilaseras (on the hill over the main parking in the town; off the beaten path), ☎ 974 318 956. Popular with advanced climbers and others who come to Alquezar exclusively for activities. Open Apr to Sept.
- Villa de Alquazar. One of the top two hotels in the town. Spacy rooms, large private terraces, private parking. Rooms ##20-25 have a great view over the rocks. Rich variety for breakfast. VAT included.
Although the town is a base camp for multiple outdoor activities, there's no resident doctor or hospital; there's a national hospital in the nearby Barbastro.