Perched on a limestone outcrop near the Rio Vero, Alquezar is a centuries-old Moorish village in the autonomous community of Aragon. It is surrounded by dozens of limestone caves, several of which contain prehistoric paintings that have been collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to do in Alquézar
Occupying a beautifully preserved 17th-century dwelling is the Museo Etnológico Casa Fabián, which houses a fascinating collection of agricultural tools and household objects that illustrate daily life. Wander between the recreated kitchen, bedroom and cellar where old photographs and interpretive panels are displayed, then venture down into the medieval oil mill carved from limestone rock.
Stroll through the narrow laneways leading up to Alquezar’s citadel, which dominates a rocky outcrop overlooking the village. Built by the Moors in the 8th century, it was later captured by the Christians, who constructed the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor in the 12th century. Join a guided tour to see its red and gold altarpiece and the flower-filled cloister.
To the north of Alquezar lies Sierra y Cañones de Guara National Park, which encompasses rugged ravines that attract trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. In addition to providing a setting for canyoning and rock climbing, it’s an ornithologist's paradise due to its nesting vultures. Explore the magnificent Cañón Del Río Vero and its Puente de Villacantal, an imposing arched bridge that dates back to the 16th century. Closer to Alquezar are the scenic gorge boardwalks of the Pasarelas del Vero.
Getting around Alquézar
Alquezar is about a one-hour drive from Huesca and 1.5 hours from Zaragoza Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Alquezar while the town is compact enough to explore on foot.