Cañon del Añisclo

Cañon del Añisclo (Road HU-631) is a Spanish balcony road

Cañon del Añisclo is a very scenic canyon located in the Sobrarbe region, province of Huesca, in Aragon, Spain. During some periods of the year, the road is just one direction. It’s one of the most scenic canyon roads of Spain.

Located within the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, the road through the gorges carved by the Bellos River is totally paved but in very poor conditions, especially after rains as it’s pretty slippery. It’s called HU-631. Some sections of the road are extremely narrow. During some periods of the year, the road is just one direction.

The road is 34.3km (21.31 miles) long running west-east from Escalona to Puértolas. The road features steep sections, topping out at 1.360m (4,461ft) above the sea level. The road runs along the river Bellos and runs through the Valle de Añisclo, los Sestrales and Desfiladero de las Cambras. From the bottom of the canyon, looking upwards, you may feel dizzy, overwhelmed by its high walls. The road has many unlit tunnels.

Starting from Escalona, at about 2 kilometers there is a crossroad: 1 road directs you via the HU-631 to the famous gorges, the other circumvents the core-part (the most beautiful part) of the canyon by a small, bumpy and winding street south of the HU-631. This can be easily seen on maps.google.com. The road can be closed anytime for safety reasons by a barrier (without notice) to vehicles and pedestrians, because the geology of this area is rather instable. All hills around there are not of stable rocks but are just a heap of rubble. The road is always paved but really bumpy. If you do not have enough clearance between your engine and the pavement (e.g. when you a driving a kind of chopper or a fast sports car), think carefully if you really want to drive this road. There are nowhere fuel stations, you have only partly a mobile phone connection and if your vehicle breaks – help yourself – you are far away from any repair station. Despite all of this – the look towards the surrounding mountains is absolutely great. If you are the type of motorbike drive who is not a speed freak but wants to discover the world on 2 wheels – then this is a road for you. The whole region is a fantastic place for hiking, canyoning, rafting and taking a bath when summer is high.
Road suggested by Michael Spannlang

 

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