Discover the historical treasures of Boltaña

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We are in the Ara valley, where we find a small but picturesque village that you will fall in love with from the first moment. Boltaña, a simple and quiet town but with its old town and the environment where it is located leaves you in love.

It is the ideal place to rest, connect with nature, make routes through nearby villages, enjoy sports activities and discover the wonderful gastronomy. A place that offers a wide range of options.

  1. Discover Boltaña and its privileged historical village

As we walk through the streets of Boltaña we discover the magic in the atmosphere due to the town’s diverse and fascinating past.

Years ago, the town was called Boletania, and its history goes back to the Roman Empire, which designated the town as Municipium Boletanum. Following the history, we also know the Muslim invasions it suffered, leaving as testimony an imposing castle on top of the mountain of San Martin, from where they tried to contain the reconquest. We even know the name of the Muslim governor, Amrus ibn Muhammad, appointed by Abderramán III for this strategic post.

However, the history continues in a seesaw of power, passing through the hands of Navarrese kings such as García Sánchez I, Jimeno Garcés and Sancho Galíndez, before becoming part of the reign of Ramiro I of Aragón. Over time, the importance of Boltaña diminished as the neighboring town of Aínsa gained prominence.

Nevertheless, Boltaña preserves its magical streets and treasures. The Ara River, one of the wildest rivers in the peninsula, adds a touch of spectacularity to its environment, attracting the fans of adventure sports. The town is surrounded by imposing mountains that allow visitors to connect with nature and breathe fresh air. You will also discover how good the food is in the area, enjoy a good meal!

       2. Boltaña Castle

Although the town of Boltaña is not a very monumental town, it does preserve some architectural exponents that should be known.

The Castle of Boltaña stands majestically on top of the mountain of San Martin, as a witness of the stories that have passed through this region of the Aragonese Pyrenees over the years. Its imposing presence recalls a time of medieval splendor and struggles for control of the land.

It was built in the 10th century by artists and craftsmen of Lombard formation with defensive objectives. It is currently in ruins but you can guess that its structure is military and consists of a wall and a watchtower. In its interior a cistern can be identified, where water was accumulated.

However, in the 16th century, when Aínsa was built, it began to be neglected until today.

       3. San Pedro Collegiate Church

In the heart of the old town of Boltaña is another outstanding monument to visit: the imposing Collegiate Church of San Pedro, one of the largest temples in the Aragonese Pyrenees.

At first glance, its exterior may go unnoticed, but when you pass through its doors, you are surprised by a large central nave with a ribbed vault. This magnificent building, of Aragonese Gothic origin with Renaissance touches, dates back to the 16th century, although it should be noted that a Romanesque chapel was erected in the 13th century.

Before entering its interior, it is worth stopping to contemplate its Romanesque doorways and bell tower. Once inside, the elegant choir stalls, with their 18th century Baroque style seats, as well as the baptismal font from the church of Burgasé and the altarpiece from the church of San Lorenzo de Morillo, located in the town of Sampietro, catch the eye. Every corner of this impressive collegiate church tells a story that reflects the rich cultural and religious heritage of the region.

      4. Towns around Boltaña

The surroundings of Boltaña offer several villages that are worth visiting. In the region of Sobrarbe, with its 19 municipalities, there are many charming corners, but among the options, Ainsa, Broto and Torla stand out as essential destinations on any trip through the Aragonese Pyrenees, ideal for excursions from Boltaña.

Ainsa, with its historic center declared a Historic-Artistic Site, captivates with its medieval essence. Its narrow cobbled streets, the large Plaza Mayor, the imposing fortress with its keep and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria invite you to immerse yourself in a journey back in time. This village is part of the network of the Most Beautiful Villages of Spain, and its strategic location on the banks of the Ara and Cinca rivers, with its 15th century ensemble rising like a watchtower towards the Pyrenees, adds an additional attraction to its beauty.

On the other hand, Broto is also worth a visit, not only for its cultural activities, such as the hermitages of San Blas and San Clemente, the fortified church of San Pedro or the Casa del Valle, but also for the numerous adventure opportunities it offers. The via ferrata of the Sorrosal waterfall is an incredible experience, with levels suitable for all hikers. In addition, its proximity to the main sector of the Ordesa National Park makes Broto an ideal starting point for exploring this natural wonder.

And finally, Torla-Ordesa, the main gateway to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, is another essential stopping point. Unlike Broto, visitors are attracted not so much by its historic center as by the stunning nature that surrounds the area.

It is worth walking through its ancient medieval streets, admiring the houses adorned with coats of arms on their facades, exploring the Romanesque church of San Salvador with its altarpieces, and visiting the castle that houses the Ethnological Museum.

We invite you to book your getaway to the Monastery of Boltaña to enjoy all these historical treasures of Boltaña. What are you waiting for?