Villa Pintano (Casa Mateo) en español
spanish traditional house with enchantment
Barrera 13, zip code: 50685. Pintano.
60 euros per day
(no breakfast included)
special prices for long stay
Ideal for birdwatching
The "big five" targets of the area: Wallcreeper, Lammergeier, Dupont's Lark, Great Bustard
and Gypaetus barbatus.
a short list of species reported by customers:
Lesser short-toed lark, Barn Swallow,Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White wagtail, Starling, Eurasian Jay, Magpie, Red-billed Chough, Jackdaw
Singular orchids are common during spring, with an alternation of species till summer.
Villa Pintano (casa Mateo) is a nice rural house located in a small medieval village into the mountains of Aragón (Prepirineos) with a population of 30 where you will find total peace and quiet in a natural setting, surrounded by rich natural contrasts, living proof of the pastoral way of life which is still preserved today and where you are sure to be received with plenty of hospitality. It is 80 km far from Huesca and Pamplona. Perfect place for birdwatching and nature lovers. The Yesa reservoir is a close natural point for aquatic sports and Ruesta, an emblematic aragon medieval city abandoned nowdays, perfect for cultural itinerary. Its castle represent the first defensive christian construction of Aragón. The area is influenced by the pilgrim´s road to Santiago de Compostela.
Perched above a terrace that provides the best panoramic views to the Sardas mountain. Fully blending in with architectural typology of the area using traditional materials. The house has an archeological museum attached and a small shop with local products on sale.
Facilities: one double room with balcony & fireplace, one twin room in suite. Original bath built with local materials. Dining room, fireplace, central heating, library, games, digital TV. Guided walks, info about the area. Big and incredible garden with frontal views to the mountains. Barbacoa. Chill out area. Sunset view from the garden.
Surroundings: Bar and restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner available. Menu for special events.
Public swimming pool is opened during summer season.
No other regional cuisine is more characteristic, more suited and more adapted to the people that created and used it. It is perhaps the simplest cuisine in Spain. Lamb bread, grilled lamb chops, Ajoarriero cod, home style mange tout, borrage, Embún round haricot, salmorejo rabbit, ham magras with tomato...Based on olive oil and fresh vegetables, the picture is completed by the abundance and quality of the fruits and the meat, specially the lamb.
The restaurant displays the abilities of a avant-garde local chef, quite known in the area. Typical local dishes elaborated with natural products.
and what else, apart from birds and orchids...?
The extreme north of this land, where Pintano is included, between woods and broken river courses, is crossed by the main route of St. James’ Road or Camino de Santiago, the so-called French Road. This was a transit road with a variety of cultural influences in mediaeval times, which received special protection from the first Aragonese monarchs, who pushed forward the building of bridges, monasteries and centres of population.
Neolytic culture: ten minutes walking from Pintano is possible to visit 10 neolytic tumbs after watching a nice video about the topic at Sant Anton Church-Museum (that depends on the hotel).
Yesa reservoir: nice and wild beaches bordered by old trees, several roman remains and some medieval villages completed abandoned.
Ruesta: from Pintano it is posible to take a secondary road that borders the rivers between magnificent forests that directs the traveller to a surprising medieval ruined village, Ruesta. Founded by the Moors in the 8th century, Ruesta was once an important border town between the kingdoms of Aragon and Navarre. Once a thriving farming community, Ruesta's fortunes and population declined after the building of the Yesa dam in the 1950's which flooded the village's farmlands.
Bicycle circular routes: from Pintano, through quiet and secondary roads in good condition, direction Ruesta. Then crossing Artieda, Mianos, Martes, with undeniable medieval aroma and romanic origin; in the way back visiting the incredible Bagues raised also in stone with the Pyrinees as background, till the origin.
Festivities are also celebrated in most of these small villages when the summer arrives for San Juan (St. John), with rituals that
date back to far-off times.
Sos del Rey Catolico: is built on the spurs of the Pre-Pyrenees. Here, time seems to have stopped and a walk around the town, declared a Historical-Artistic Ensemble in 1968, is a magical and unrepeatable experience.
Some other places not further than 30 km: San Juan de la Peña, Leyre monastery, Riglos.
Enjoy nature and cultural itineraries at the Pirineos surroundings