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 travelers are mainly French; much less of Belgians, Netherlanders and Italians.
Maps of the town are freely available in the tourist office and at several stands around the town. Most traveler-oriented businesses can be found on the map.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 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.
There's nothing unique specific to the town or region can be bought in Alquezar. Local products sold are honey from Barbastro (many varieties up to Eucalyptus), cheese, wine, olive oil (as cheap as €30 for 5L). Some local editions of Kukuxumusu are also available.
- 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 Alquezar, . 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.