Holiday homes in Sabiñánigo are for people who want a vacation in awe-inspiring natural scenery, perfect for unwinding in, but also ideal for outdoor pursuits and cultural visits. It’s a rural destination, where herds of sheep graze in pastures and the scent of wood smoke is on the air in winter. Sabiñánigo apartments are housed in grand old stone buildings benefitting from superb views and laid out with comfort in mind. All are cosy and well appointed, with home entertainment facilities for those chilly winter evenings. Some Sabiñánigo holiday homes also offer pools and large private gardens, perfect for the warmer months.
-Winter sports: Sabiñánigo is an easy drive from a number of Alpine ski resorts. There’s Panticosa at no more than 30 kilometres away, and well suited to newcomers to the sport. Ideal for intermediate and expert skiers, Formigal is only 38 kilometres away. It’s Spain’s largest resort, with 90 runs and a skiable area of 137 kilometres all accessed via 21 high capacity lifts. A host of different services is offered, including snow gardens for children and eight restaurants.
-Summer recreation: The Alto Gallego Comarca has plenty of water, in the shape of lakes, reservoirs and rivers. Here conditions are great for sports like kayaking and fishing, or more intrepid activities such as canyoning and rafting. The Lanuza and Bubal reservoirs have beaches in the summer, complemented by restaurants and pedal boat hire. The hiking in this upland region is fantastic—the mammoth GR-11 route passes by not far from Sabiñánigo.
-Heritage: Sabiñánigo was the capital of the historic El Serrablo region, which is noted today for its monuments that blend Romanesque and Moorish architecture. The distinctive Serrablo-Mozarab style of these Christian buildings constructed under Muslim rule can be seen close by at the Church of San Pedro in Lárrede or the Church of San Juan in Busa, both from the 11th century.
-Day trips: Two beautiful cities are within a brief drive of Sabiñánigo. Jaca to the west is a fantastic walled medieval settlement. The citadel has kept its original 16th-century plan, and there are plenty of preserved buildings to see, including the town hall, also from the 16th century, and the Romanesque Cathedral of San Pedro. Huesca to the south is also lovely—check out the Cathedral, which was built on the site of both an Arab mosque and a Roman temple. The city walls are also worth a look, also with Arab and Roman elements.
-Cuisine: The gastronomy of the Huesca province is simple and satisfying, fulfilling the need to fend off the cold in winter. The most important meat in this province is lamb, which is prepared in a variety of ways. Spit-roasted lamb, seasoned with salt and garlic, appears on many traditional menus, as does beef stew, and a unique stew involving hare marinated overnight in red wine.
The climate of this region of the country is classed as continental, which means that there’s a large gap between winter and summer temperatures. Those getting to holiday apartments in Sabiñánigo between May and September can enjoy warm weather, with highs that peak between 23 and 29 °C. Sabiñánigo’s location also makes it vulnerable to cold winters. Average lows at night here get down to -5°C, with temperatures barely making it above freezing by day between December and February.
Sabiñánigo holiday rentals are most conveniently reached via Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ). This is a relatively small flight destination, managing primarily domestic traffic, but there are a couple of links to London. Sabiñánigo is approximately 90 minutes north of the airport. The drive is very direct, as the A-23 connects both of the towns. Alternative airports within three hours of Sabiñánigo include Lleida (ILD) to the southeast and Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées (LDE) across the border in France to the north.