Echo and its landscapes

Echo (Hecho, in Aragonese and officially Echo) is a capital town of the municipality of Valle de Echo, in the province of Huesca, belonging to the region of Jacetania and the judicial district of Jaca, Aragón, Spain, Pyrenees.

Main attractions

One of the curiosities that Echo offers is its Museum of Contemporary Art, where you can enjoy a permanent exhibition of outdoor sculptures. In addition, inside a typical Chesa house, Casa Mazo, an Ethnological Museum is installed.

One of the oldest Caminos de Santiago that entered Aragón through the Pyrenees was the Roman road that crossed the port of El Palo and descended through the valley of Echo. Both this branch and the Ansó valley path cross beautiful landscapes such as the Zuriza valley or the great forest of beech and fir trees that make up the exuberant Selva de Oza.

This is an area where you can find a large number of megalithic monuments, which is why the Pyrenean Megalithic Interpretation Center is located on the road that leads to the Selva de Oza, about eight kilometers from Echo. From this center, guided visits to the village of Echo, the Siresa monastery, the Roman road and the megalithic monuments of the valley are organized throughout the year.

Hecho is located at the gates of the Valles Occidentales Natural Park, so the possibilities of enjoying nature in this environment are innumerable. Various hiking and mountain biking routes start from the town.

River transport of wood was a key activity for the economy of this valley from the 16th century. The waters of the Aragón Subordán river are the scene each spring of the descent of the Val d’Echo navatas, a spectacular festival that recalls past times.

How to get to?

From Huesca 1 hr 25 min (99.8 km) via A-132

From Zaragoza 2 hr 5 min (167 km) via A-23 and A-132

From Madrid 4 hr 59 min (489 km) via A-2

Main information

Area: 234 km² (municipality)

Coordinates: 42°44′18″N 0°45′01″W

Population: 642

Languages: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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