The Tena Valley (in Aragonese Bal de Tena ) is a Pyrenean valley located in the Aragonese region of Alto Gállego

The Tena Valley

The Tena Valley (in Aragonese Bal de Tena ) is a Pyrenean valley located in the Aragonese region of Alto Gállego (crossed by the Gállego river from north to south). It borders with the French valley of Ossau and access to France is through the Portalet d’Aneu pass . The southern limit is found in the Foz de Santa Elena which separates it from Biescas.

It is one of the largest and most populated valleys in the Pyrenees with an area of ​​about 400 km² and mountains range from 600 meters of altitude in its lowest part to over 3000 m in many of its peaks (Balaitus, Gran Facha, Argualas or the Picos del Infierno). There are also two large reservoirs: Lanuza and Búbal.

Towns and villages in the Tena Valley

  • Sallent de Gállego, Lanuza, Escarrilla, Sandiniés, Tramacastilla de Tena.
  • Hoz de Jaca.
  • Panticosa, El Pueyo de Jaca.

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The Artouste Train: Spain’s Alpine Gem in the Tena Valley

Nestled in Spain’s Pyrenees within the enchanting Tena Valley, the Artouste Train offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the mountains. This narrow-gauge tourist railway seamlessly combines comfort and adventure, granting access to the region’s remarkable beauty. At a staggering altitude of 2,000 meters, the Artouste Train provides a gateway to the stunning Lake Artouste and panoramic views that stretch across the Tena Valley.

The Artouste Train is an immersive experience. A cable car ride takes passengers to the departure station at 1,950 meters. The ensuing 50-minute train ride winds through rugged landscapes, offering glimpses of cascading waterfalls and vibrant flora and fauna, all leading to the highlight of the journey.

A short 15-20 minute walk from the train’s terminus reveals the crown jewel of the experience: Lake Artouste. Mirroring the surrounding mountains, the crystal-clear waters of the alpine lake create a scene of unparalleled beauty.

Ideal for nature enthusiasts and adventurers, the Artouste Train is an invitation to escape and connect with the environment. From the cable car ascent to the train journey and the encounter with Lake Artouste, every moment is meticulously designed to forge a deep connection between visitors and the natural world.

The official website for buying tickets (in Spanish) is here:

Or you can use the French official site (in English) here:

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A must visit for this area is the Lacuniacha Wildlife Park of the Pyrenees. here you can see Cervidae (deer, reindeer, roe deer and fallow deer), goats ( chamois and ibex ), European bison, wild boar, mouflon, lynx, bear, Przewalski’s horse and European wolf, and other native animals.

The Park is located in the town of Jaca Piedrafita at 1380 m. altitude and occupies over 30 hectares of forest

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There are two ski stations in the area.

  • Aramón Formigal is a ski resort located in the Pyrenean town of Sallent de Gállego.
  • The Aramón Panticosa ski resort is located in the municipality of Panticosa.
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