Juseu & surrounding
Juseu is an authentic village (with approximately 40 permanent inhabitants) in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees in the province of Huesca, Aragon. The village is located on a rocky outcrop with a cliff at a height of about 800 m (2500 feet). There are magnificent views in all directions.
The village provides a starting point for many long walks in an area of great natural beauty and sublime peace and quiet. There are centuries-old, easy footpaths leading to other villages, Romanesque churches and sometimes abandoned monasteries. (Juseu lies on the pilgrimage route GR-18).
The Mediterranean mountain landscape, with its many almond and olive trees, varies from gently undulating to steep rocky slopes.
The little mountain rivers offer many opportunities for bathing. There is a public swimmingpool in Torres del Obispo at 5 km from Juseu. Within a 15-minutes’ drive, you can also find swimming facilities in the Joaquin Costa lake, into which the river Esera flows (rafting). In the summer months, you can rent canoes and sailing boats here. Horseback riding is another of the possibilities near Benabarre.
Year-round sunshine means that in winter the temperature can rise to 20 degrees (C) in the daytime, but at night there can be some frost. The summers are warm (approximately 30 degrees) and dry, but thanks to the 800 m height, there is almost always a light breeze. In summer you can sit outside almost every evening and enjoy the breathtaking starry sky.
excursions & adventure
Within a one-hour's drive (60 km) lies Benasque-Cerler, a winter sports resort where skiing is possible until about April. In the summer months, one can make high mountain trips in this area. You can also hike in the national nature reserves Ordesa and Posets Maladeta. Maps of these areas are available.
Near to Panillo (± 25 km) is the Tibetan Buddhist temple "Dag Shang Kagyu". A program of this Tibetan monastery is available on the Internet. Meditations and other parts of the program are open to the public upon application.
The Sierra de Guarra is fantastic for canyoning. Footpaths leads downhill to gorges with waterfalls and underwater caves. Driving back past Barbastro, along the roadside you can visit the wine bodegas of the Somontano region.
shops & restaurants
shops & restaurants
The plaza of Juseu, is visited by a baker on tuesday and friday at 9:00 H.
There are shops in Graus, at a distance of approximately 10 km. In the Plaza Mayor of Graus the weekly market is held every Monday morning.
A bit further away lies Barbastro, a village with a "rambla" with outdoor cafés underneath the plane-trees. Here are dozens of bars and some excelent restaurants. Our favorites are El Rincon, Trasiego and San Ramon. An excelent menu from 15,50 euro, local Somontano wine including, is still possible here!
Some bigger cities in the wider surroundings are Lerida with its Sunday morning flea market (within a one-hour's drive), Huesca (one hour away), Zaragoza (one and a half hours away). Barcelona is two and a half hours driving distance. The roads and highways in the region are perfect.