Plhus is located in Huesca, a strategic location in the north of the Aragon Region: an hour from Zaragoza, less than three hours from the country’s main economic centres (Barcelona, Basque Country, Navarra), and with access to a market of more than 25 million customers which accounts for 70% of the national GDP. In addition, it is only 75 kilometres south of France, and four hours by road from the main ports of northern Spain, which give access to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
By road, Huesca is well connected to the national and European network, by means of several high-capacity motorways: the A-23 creates a connection with the Mediterranean via Valencia, and with the south of France; and the new Pamplona-Jaca highway (A-21) will enable a freight corridor between the Mediterranean and the Cantabrian coast. There is also an airport ten kilometres from the city with facilities or aeronautics industry, flight schools and operation for international flights. And the High Speed Train (AVE) can transport passengers between fifteen Spanish cities.
Huesca is the capital of the region and has a population of 54 804 people and a GDP of 5 626 million euros. 10% of the regional GDP comes from the agri-food sector, which employs around 12 900 people and is a benchmark on a national scale. Aragon is the first Spanish producer of alfalfa ad produces a million tons a year. Huesca also has the second largest pig hut and the fifth cattle hut in Spain. The Lonja de Binéfar sets the price of cattle in Spain. The products from Huesca receive quality certifications such as the Somontano Protected Designation of Origin or PGI Ternasco de Aragon, and all this makes it a space with a high potential for agri-food processing.
Transport: how to get there
- From Zaragoza: 58 min. via A-23
- From Barcelona: 3 hours via the A-2 and A-22
- From Madrid: 3 hours 47 min. via A-2
- From Pamplona 2 hours 3 hours via the A-21 and A-132
- From Bilbao: 3 hours 25 min. via AP-68
Huesca has direct bus connections with Zaragoza and Barcelona with good frequency which allows for a flexible timetable when arriving in the Argonese capital. The intermodal station offers links with the main Spanish cities.
The city is ten kilometres from the Huesca-Pirineos airport, to the south of the city, and 80 kilometres from the Zaragoza Airport where there are various connections with conventional and low cost airlines that connect the Aragonese capital with other international ones such as Paris, Milan, Brussels or London.
- Huesca-Pirineos Airport: 902 404 704 / 91 321 10 00
- Zaragoza Airport Information: 976 712 300
- National Reservations: 901 333 111
- International Reservations: 901 333 222
The Intermodal Huesca Station has direct links with fifteen Spanish cities via the High Speed, Medium Speed or Long Distance Trains.
- Huesca-Madrid (2 hours 20 min.)
- Huesca-Barcelona (3 hours)
- Huesca-Zaragoza (40 mins.)
Culture and Leisure
Huesca, as well as the rest of the Comarca de la Hoya, brings together an outstanding historical-cultural heritage and a privileged natural environment. It is located on the border between two large natural units of the Aragon relief: the Ebro Valley and the Pyrenees. Next to the Sierras de Gratal and Guara, it becomes an obligatory destination and a starting point for adventure and winter sports, as well as hiking or wine tourism.
The city focuses the main commercial, cultural, social and economic activity of the region. Huesca has more than 2500 years of history and that has left a rich monumental artistic heritage that explores the different architectural styles, with works of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance in good condition. The institutional support and the population’s interest in culture facilitate the organisation of events in spaces enabled for this, such as the Palacio de Congresos de Huesca. The cultural activity in the city is abundant and varied, seasoned with events such as the Film Festival, the Digital Journalism Congress or the International Theatre and Dance Fair. The celebrations of San Lorenzo (that are celebrated the 10 of August) are considered holidays of National Tourist Interest.
As an addition to the abundant cultural and tourist offer, Huesca also has an innovative and creative cuisine, which is nourished by products from Aragon and the Huesca orchard and prestigious wines worldwide. The hotel establishments register a high degree of national recognition and the range is wide and varied.
More information on Huesca tourism: http://www.huescaturismo.com/es/inicio/