Parador de Bielsa Information

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Parador de Bielsa

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Facilities

  • Twin rooms (24)
  • Double rooms (5)
  • Room with living room (9)
  • Split-level rooms (1)
  • Capacity (58)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Airport (220km)
  • Station (118km)
  • Port (300km)

 Parador de Bielsa - Traditional-style mountain hotel (3*)

The Parador

Located in the spectacular and wild Ordesa National Park, under the slopes of Monte Perdido (the third highest peak in the Pyrenees, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), this cosy and welcoming Parador exudes an air of warm hospitality, making it an ideal destination for those wishing to get away from it all.

Built somewhat in the style of a stone- mountain refuge, but on a larger and more luxurious scale, the Parador de Bielsa has an extensive balcony on which guests may dine while enjoying unsurpassed mountain views over the river.

The lounge area resembles a hunting lodge and, with its mahogany décor and old log fireplace, it provides the perfect cosy shelter from the cold during winter months. Benefitting from a garden and access to the river,  Bielsa's Parador is a haven for those looking to soak up the area’s natural beauty. The rooms are decorated in the similar mountain-lodge style, with many boasting beautiful views of the surrounding Pyrenean scenery.

Local specialities on offer at the Parador de Bielsa’s restaurant include Migas aragonesas (a dish involving breadcrumbs, pork and sausage), Trucha del Cinca a lo fino (trout stuffed with onion and mushrooms) and Pasteras Belsetanas (thin, crispy pastries stuffed with jam and chocolate).

Local Area

The small town of Bielsa is located in the Ordesa National Park, and as such is very popular with tourists looking to explore the area‘s natural beauty through the numerous nature walks on offer.  With the highest peak reaching 3,555 metres above sea level, the Ordesa Park is the ideal place to hike up to high platforms and enjoy panoramic views of the impressive surrounding valleys.

The town of Bielsa itself is relatively comapct and very typical of a mountain village in terms of its stony architecture. Famed for its ‘Salt Gold Rushes’ during the 14th century, Bielsa’s  rich mining heritage paved the way for the construction of grand buildings, such as mills and castles, which explains the medieval influence seen in some areas of the town. Retaining many of its original features, guests can expect to see local markets and small family run businesses making up the town centre.

The nearby town of L’Ainsa is a great trip out for history buffs. Declared a World Heritage Site, it is the largest medieval town in Spain, and visitors are invited to explore the narrow alleys and large Plaza Mayor which give the town a truly medieval setting.

Like much of the Pyrenees, this area is steeped in lore and fables, most famously, the site where the goddess Pirene perished at the hands of Geryon the giant. As a shrine to the murdered Pirene, piles of rock were built up over her body, and named after her, hence the ‘Pyrenees’. The superstitious history belonging to the area, like many parts of Europe subjected to witch hunts, is reflected in the names of local sites, such as El Bosque de las Bruxas (the Witches’ Forest), La caseta de las Bruxas (the Witches’ Hut), and La Cueva de las Bruxas (the Witches’ Cave).

The town’s proximity to the French border make it an ideal getaway for skiing enthusiasts, with the French Ski Resorts of Piau Engaly and St. Lary-Soulan Loudenvielle less than an hour’s drive away.

Click here for Lorna Robert's expert view on this Parador as she journeys through Aragon.

Catalunya Accommodation tax: All guests over the age of 16 who are staying in Paradors within Catalunya will be charged locally a tax of 1€ per person per night (for a maximum of 7 nights). This tax applies to the following Paradors: Aiguablava, Arties, Bielsa, Cardona, Tortosa, Vic and Vielha, and also at La Seu d'Urgell (where the charge will only be 0.50€ per person per night)

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.

Local specialities on offer at the Parador de Bielsa’s restaurant include Migas aragonesas (a dish involving breadcrumbs, pork and sausage), Trucha del Cinca a lo fino (trout stuffed with onion and mushrooms) and Pasteras Belsetanas (thin, crispy pastries stuffed with jam and chocolate).

Visitor Comments

Mr Sanderson
Bielsa....Location absolutely idyllic ( hotel car park in front) and by using the Bielsa tunnel we were in France in less than half an hour, refreshed and ready for our 6 hour journey to Millau!

How to get there

The Parador is located at the bottom of the Valle de Pineta, 200 m from the Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido, 14 km from Bielsa town centre. This town is 135 km from Huesca, passing through Barbastro, then along the N-123 to El Grado (18 km away) and then the A-138, passing the Torreciudad Sanctuary. After 50 km, you come to Aínsa, where you should take the international road to France which passes through Bielsa (34 km).

Nearby Hotels

Vielha - 163km
Arties - 170km
Sos del Rey Catolico - 304km
Barcelona Airport - 350km

Region & Cuisine

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.