Jaca: Gateway to the Somport Tunnel and France

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
Sunday 7th April

We arrived today. It’s a site provided by the Ayuntamiento de Jaca for Campers and MoHo’s with all facilities (waste (grey and black) and fresh water). The site is just below the tow, which is accessed by steps.

The camper park is adjacent to the bus station. I did not notice any noise from the buses last night and they started late this morning. The site itself is free although I’m not sure if that’s normally the case. Both the entrance and the exit barriers are up and I tried to get a ticket, but the machine is not working. I am going to stay here until Tuesday, when I will head north to the Somport Tunnel and France. I have only 250 Kms left to get to Gastes and I don’t need to be there until Thursday. So think I will look for somewhere en route to stay over.

I went into town, last night. As it was Sunday, most places were closed, of course. I found a nice tapas bar where I had a couple of beers and a few tapas. I can recommend La Tasca de Ana. You can find fare to suit many tastes and all pockets.

Interesting decor


Pork sausage (chorizo), Quail egg (Huevo de Codorniz) and potato (patatas)
Monday 8th April

Woke to a dull and (beginning to rain) day. Took dogs out briefly. There is a senderismo (walk) just along the road, but I don’t think I’ll get there as the weather is too doubtful and I left my raincoat (Kaghool) at my friends place in Cuidad Quesada. It’s 15:00 hrs as I write this and I am not finding the day (weather) inspiring. The heating is on and the dogs are snoozing. The sky is black and looks like it’s about to rain again. I don’t do rain, I’m afraid.

Walking nearby


For anyone who may come this way, here is a link to Wikiloc for the two trails that circumnavigate the town. One for the viewpoints and one for the rivers.

You can access both of these just across the road from the Camping Car Park / Bus station.

Here: 42.569008, -0.543794

Sendero de los Miradores – 13.26 Kms


Sendero de los Rios – 20.5 Kms


We will be leaving here tomorrow and heading through the Somport Tunnel and into France. We will fill up with fuel on the Spanish side of the border, if I can as it’s (I believe) about 20 cents / litre cheaper here.