Activities for all tastes in Aínsa: fair, adventure Raids or crafts There is nothing better to overcome the post-holiday syndrome than to take a few days off … or at least I see it as a very good idea. The thing is that September gets much better if you organize small getaways to charming villages, and for that, choosing one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain is a guarantee of success.
Deciding on one of the 79 is an arduous task, but as someone has to do it, we have selected a few with special activities in the month of September so that you can escape a few days to enjoy patron celebrations, meetings or just so you can get carried away for the quiet life that is breathed in its streets.
Ainsa is located in the Sobrarbe region and corresponds to the former Kingdom or County of the same name, which emerged more than a millennium ago, to the north of the province of Huesca. In its beginnings, it was composed of a castle, much smaller than the current one and separated from the town, and a walled enclosure formed by the streets and the church of San Salvador (now disappeared) and that of Santa María, of which three doors are preserved of its layout. Subsequently, between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the castle was joined and the Plaza and several houses were built in the lower part of the town, a second walled enclosure emerged. There are canvases of the walls, where there were no buildings, in different parts of the town and today they still have five of the seven doors that existed in the two enclosures.
This beautiful Aragonese town presents a catalog of activities for the whole month of September . It started with an Expo-Fair in the castle and is giving the last blows to its management parties full of music, theater, traditions, children’s programming, gastronomy, crafts and other activities … that overlap almost with the V Bolillos Encounter that It starts on the 22nd with a great craft activity.
To put the finishing touch to a month of the most active, the Spanish Adventure Raids Championship (CERA 2019) is held in the town , a multidisciplinary test in the natural environment of team orientation in which participants must complete a travel in the shortest possible time with the help of a map and with different means of progression: mountain biking, kayaking, trekking, rappelling, ravines, etc.
Segura de la Sierra and the Sierras de Cazorla Natural Park: an ideal environment to get carried away
The historic town of Segura de la Sierra is the ideal starting point to get to know the impressive Sierras de Cazorla Natural Park, a steep relief landscape, with valleys, lush forests, and peaks over 2,000 meters high. It is the park with the largest protected area in Spain, of 29,920 hectares. In addition, this environment encompasses the Tranco reservoir – the Guadalquivir River -, which allows numerous activities to be carried out, from a quiet boat ride to a zip line.
As a curiosity, one of the many things that can be visited, here is the house of Jorge Manrique, a beautiful sample of civil architecture of the sixteenth century, very restored, whose facade shows a semicircular arch decorated with plant motifs, flanked by pilasters and complemented by small Ionic columns.
Vilafamés, a trip to the rock era
Vilafamés is a small town in Castellón with a monumental complex that surprises everyone who visits it. The first settlements of this town took place more than 80,000 years ago , so, in addition to the quality of its cuisine and the beauty of its streets, it is an ideal place to immerse ourselves in rock art, not surprisingly this town welcomes the Site of the Abric del Castell (Shelter of the Castle), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and where we can see cave paintings. From Vilafamés, guided visits to this site are organized four times a year . Next September 28, the traveler will have a great opportunity to make a trip back in time to the rock age and get to know first hand this impressive artistic exhibition.
Valverde de Los Arroyos and a walk along the Despeñalagua stream
In the middle of the province of Guadalajara is one of the most beautiful villages on the route of black architecture, essential for lovers of rural tourism. These towns, whose architecture Valverde de los Arroyos is a great exponent, owes the color of its buildings to the slate, rock that abounds in the surroundings. The result is a well-preserved set of popular architecture, surrounded by vegetation, water and in the shadow of Ocejón Peak.
In addition, another of its attractions is that it is very close to the Despeñalagua stream: a set of stepped waterfalls that make up a visual and natural spectacle that is reached after a simple and short route, suitable even to go with the little ones.
Caleruega, the sighting of vultures and archaeological routes
Caleruega is one of the most beautiful municipalities in the entire province of Burgos. A small municipality that offers great wealth, both architectural and natural, located in the Ribera del Duero. Near its narrow alleys full of charm you will find the Plaza and the Monastery of Santo Domingo, the Convent of the Dominican Fathers or the Torreón de Los Guzmán, among many other jewels. In addition, Caleruega is perfect for also making a series of routes, which allow you to reach a vulture observatory, as well as embark on archeological routes of great interest.
Viniegra de Arriba and the VI March of the Transhumant
Returning to the north, we propose a visit to Viniegra de Arriba (La Rioja), a municipality that is part of the Seven Villas de las Viniegras, like Viniegra de Abajo, also part of the Association since this year. Both villages deserve a visit at any time of the year. On September 7, the VI March of the Transhumants was held in Viniegra de Arriba, which is an initiative of several municipalities in the area that proposes to take a tour of the paths used by the shepherds when they performed the transhumance. A tour that will bring you closer to the most interesting natural surroundings of the town and a historical and landscape experience not to be missed.