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El Gigante de Sallent

In bars and restaurants in Biescas and Sallent de Gállego you will see pictures of one of the valleys most famous residents – Fermín Arrudi Urieta, more commonly known as ‘the giant of Sallent’. Born in Sallent de Gállego in 1870 Fermín reached 2.29 metres (7...

The Canfranc railway line

The remanants of the Zaragoza-Pau railway line can be seen around the Somport pass north of Jaca. The rail line between Zaragoza and Pau was opened in 1928 by King Alfonso 13th and French President Gaston Doumergue after 20 years of construction. The line was...

¡Guerra! – the Spanish Civil War

Recently I read ¡Guerra! by Jason Webster – an excellent, very readable account of the Spanish Civil War and highly recommended to anyone wanting to know more about this devastating period of Spanish history. The book alternates between historical accounts of...

Fuerte de Coll de Ladrones

Yesterday evening I went climbing at a venue called Coll de Ladrones north of Jaca near the French border. There has been a fort there since 1751 and before climbing I went for a bit of an explore. The original fort was built to defend the pass from France and had a...
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