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Fanlo village

Natural lookout
in the highest of the Valley of Vió

      Place of the county of Huesca, located in the Vió  valley inside mountains of Pyrenees, between the Ara and Cinca rivers. It belongs to the district of Sobrarbe and has about 14 inhabitants in Winter. Its altitude is of 1.342 meters on the sea level. The surface is of 187,1 Km2. It's from Huesca 117 kilometers. The municipal term is completed with the towns of Buerba, Buisán, Nerín, Vió and Yeba. Gentile: fanleño and fanlés also.
      We will arrive for N-260 and regional 138 roads until Sarvisé, where a track goes winning height to run, later, for the ravine of Xate, in direction to Fanlo, among leafy pinegroves. The traveler can also to opt, if he wants it, for the track of Añisclo, through Vió and Buerba. In anyone cases, will be highly compensated by the exceptional landscape, of impressive beauty. In the Autumn, from Sarvisé to Fanlo, this landscape offers an entire colors cards able to satisfy to the most demanding in the tastes.
      Fanlo seats its urban nucleus of totally irregular layout in a hollow faced towards east, aboutturret

1.342 meters of altitude on the sea level; there the different housings rise responding to the proper characteristics of the traditional architecture: large houses dated among the XV and XVI centuries with Gothic typical large windows. The panoramic is suggestive, with buildings where the stone is almost everything, covered with floor tile of the country, of where the typical chimneys of the Pyrenne emerge.
      In some cases, the lime arrived to whiten the facades and also part of the chimneys. In the middle of the rural scenery, the urban nucleus is structured with the help of paved streets, almost always in slope, with buildings of great volume; some of the XVI and XVII centuries, among those that highlights Casa Ruba, with door of big voussoirs and Gothic private chapel, finishing off a solid and cylindrical turret. The turret serves from dome to the chapel.
      Then Casa del Señor is, with square great turret that runs off with on rocky patch, with the embedded housing; the courtyard opens up with cover of arch of half point and shield over door. Another house, of which is only the facade is, conserves its Gothic large windows and an inscription with the year 1527. They also highlight the houses of Rafael, Borruel, Señor, Satuel and Bernad. In all are most of the elements that configure the popular architecture of Sobrarbe, especially the bell shaped chimney. Highlight the Abbey, of the year 1587 and Casa Fortuna of 1692 also.
      Standing out in height, we contemplate the Tres Santos Reyes parochial Church. It is possibly a Gothic construction that conserves romanesques remains, of the XV century. It was reformed and modified in the XVIII century and keeps its polychromed bigger altarpiece, from second half of the XVII century, the sitting Virgin's image, of the XIX century and two worked wood images from XIII century.

     In this church, there were an interesting and valuable goldwork collection and ornaments that are at this moment in the Diocesan Museum of Barbastro to whose bishopric belongs the church from 1571, because previously, in 1279, depended on the archdeaconship of the Valley. It consists of a portico (porch) to which one gains access under a semicircular half point arc, closed with a grate, and the ship is covered by a flagstone roof. On this, the bell tower rises. It is of square plant. A little ashlar buttress sustains one of its walls. In the superior part of the tower two gaps are opened.
      Another temple exists inside the urban nucleus, of rectangular room and covered with floor tile to two waters. It is a work of the XVIII century, with door low flat atrium and small bulrush of an alone gap.     
      Fanlo showed the capital status of the valley of Vió, because it is the municipal head that understands the following entities: Buerba, Buisán, Ceresuela, Gallisué, Nerín, Sercué, Vio and Yeba. It includes the pardinas (lands to work) of Ballarín and Blasco also. Fanlo was called so until 1785, and "Fanlo de Vió" from 1834, when was constituted in City council. However, it is curious to verify that the last name "de Vió" showed it throughout one century already, times ago, from 1543 to 1646, being sidewalk of Jaca.
      December of 1250, 13 the king Jaime I of Aragon gave to don Bertrán de Añones the Honor of the valley of Vió, "where the place of Fanlo was". The cattle wealth of the area continues having certain importance.
      Small holiday on June 26 (San Pelayo). Big holiday on September 8.

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      The Aragonese Snow Station of Fanlo Valley of Vió, has a circuit of Nordic ski located between the 1.975 and 2.100 m. of altitude, in the middle of the National Park of Ordesa and Lost Mount already . It has a total of 4 circuits marked with a total of 22 kilometers. Some of its characteristics are:

- Difference 2.100 -1.975 m. Circuits: 22
- Extension: 22 km. Nursery: No
- Snack bars: Yes. Cannons: 0.
- Restaurants: Yes. Self-service: Yes.
- Schools: Yes.

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