The next day after our visit to the capital of Huesca province, and just right after stopping by in Alquézar, we decided to go to Graus. Not a bad plan, right? 😉 Read further if you are interested in what this tiny village can present to you, believe me, you won’t be disappointed, indeed Graus is a hidden gem in Aragon province.
We didn’t know much about the place before either, but since it was on our way, we decided to stop. The main road is not that convincing, but once you are getting inside the old village, the narrow streets dressed with green plants and flowers, the charming squares and the grandiose Plaza Mayor immediately will steal your heart. You can find many cafés and terraces on this square, worth stopping for a moment and enjoying the special atmosphere.
Graus is a village in Huesca province with 3.395 citizens, located in the Pyrenees at the confluence of rivers Esera and Isabena. It is the administrative capital of the region. It is one of the areas of Aragon in which is still preserved the Aragonese language.
What to see in Graus
La Plaza Mayor
The Plaza Mayor is a really impressive site with its rectangular shape and with all the arcades on its four sides to shelter the weekly market. It draws attention for the colours of its facades, some decorated with allegorical paintings such as Casa del Barón and Casa Heredia. The Town Hall is the typical Renaissance construction in Aragon, made of exposed brick and the Bardaxí House, in a neoclassical style, saw the birth of several illustrious children.
Santuario de la Virgen de la Peña
This sanctuary is located on a hill overlooking the roofs of the the whole village. It is visible from the main road and as well almost all angels of the village. Access to the site is indeed impressive and from there we can see magnificent views over the rivers Ésera and the Isábena. The sanctuary is a 16th century Gothic temple, with a single nave covered by a ribbed vault and exteriors as sober as their massive appearance.
Puente de Abajo
Puente de Abajo is a Romanesque medieval stone bridge, which was the place from where the pipers of Caserras were received at the beginning of their patron saint festivities, in honor of Santo Cristo and San Vicente Ferrer. The bridge was built in the 12th century on Roman foundations, and is located in front of the Barrichós or so called Abajo neighbourhood, which is the oldest in the village.
How to get to Graus
Where to stay in Graus
Regardless of the small size of the village, there are still many hotel and accommodation options we can choose from. Let see our favorite ones: