Whether you visit Canfranc as a tourist for a few days or just for a moment of relaxation, this beautiful place will always have something wonderful to show you. This beautiful place will always have something wonderful and new to show you.

To make your plans easier we have compiled some useful information so that you can take advantage of the delights this city has to offer and have some clear recommendations on where to eat, where to sleep, what to do and how to get there.

Take a look at the information we have prepared for you and start to feel the excitement that comes with visiting a historic place like Canfranc.

What to see and do in Canfranc?

Canfranc is a municipality located in the autonomous community of Aragon, province of Huesca, Spain, which actually consists of two towns, the original village of Canfranc and Canfranc Station. At an altitude of 1,190 m, it is part of the Somport pass on the Camino de Santiago and its name comes from Campus Franci, which can be translated as “the field of foreigners”.

Historically Canfranc is recognized as the closest town to the Somport pass in this part of the Pyrenees on the border between Spain and France. Due to its location, a customs office was established here in the 11th century to collect taxes and tolls from traders and travellers passing through the Pyrenees on their way to Jaca. In this way, Canfranc became an important cross-border trade centre between Aragon and the French province of Béarn. For this very reason, this place was chosen by pilgrims on their way through the Pyrenees to Compostela.

Canfranc in the Pyrinees

The heart of the city was located at the bottom of the valley, which is not very comfortable for agriculture and forced its inhabitants to take an entrepreneurial attitude. Despite these intentions and the income collected from the pilgrims, living conditions in Canfranc in the Middle Ages were very difficult, so in the 14th century, Peter IV of Aragon allowed French wine to be imported without paying the tariff.

Gradually it was improving its infrastructure as transportation center, until in 1928, when the Canfranc International Station, which connected both sides of the Pyrenees by rail, has become today one of the main tourist attractions of the western part of the Aragonese Pyrenees.

The numerous events that have occurred in Canfranc, make it a unique place to visit. The main attraction you can see there is the International Station. A huge building in a transitional style, a mixture of modernism and art deco, crowned by a curved slate-coloured roof with four pyramid-shaped pinnacles at each end.

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Besides this impressive architectural monument, one of the main things to enjoy in this place is the medieval quarter. Although the village is small and picturesque with only three streets, it has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. Among the most notable assets of the town are the Parish Church of La Asunción, with three baroque altarpieces, and the remains of the old Torre Palacín de Aznar, dating from the 12th century.

In the surroundings, over the Aragon River, you can find the Pilgrims’ Bridge and also old military structures located at its entrances. Other popular attractions include hiking, skiing and other forms of active tourism, both in winter and summer, which are available in the Western Valleys Natural Park.

On the way to Somport, you will find the archaeological site of the Hospital of Santa Cristina (11th – 14th centuries), which once welcomed pilgrims who had successfully crossed Somport. In the 12th century, Aymeric Picaud declared it one of the three great hospitals of Christianity, along with the hospitals of Jerusalem and the Great Pass of Saint Bernard.

On leaving the city, you can reach the ruins of the Church of the Trinity, founded in the 16th century by Blasco de Les. The walls around the perimeter, the Renaissance façade of the chapel and the austere-looking bell tower have been preserved until now.

Hospital of Santa Cristina

Where to eat?

In this small but charming town you will find a very traditional cuisine influenced by both France and Spain and little influenced by modern trends. As recommendations we can assure you that, if you like cheese this is a good place to taste goat cheese and for many here is served the best duck. Moreover, mushrooms are a delight in Canfranc, especially during autumn when the mountains are full of them.

Among the most recommended places to taste delicious dishes you will find:


It is one of the best rated restaurants in the city due to its service and cuisine. They always use quality ingredients and will present you with some bargains.

The Corner of the Pyrenees

This place specializes in grilled meats. Here you will get lots of delicious food for a low price.

Flowers House

It is a restaurant where everything is homemade with local organic products. Among the comments about this place you will always find that the treatment is excellent.

El Boj (Hotel Santa Cristina)

Located on the outskirts of the city, this restaurant is a highly recommended place to eat. The location is unique and the chef uses only local produce combined with a touch of modernity. Here you will find seasonal menus.

Where to sleep?

We have selected a small list of hotels in Canfranc so you can make your best choice and book now.

Hotel Refugio De Canfranc

You can book a cosy room at this hotel for as little as 12 €. It has a delicious and inexpensive restaurant, as well as a bar.

Hotel Altur 5 Canfranc Estación

Just 300 meters from the station of Canfranc you will find the beautiful rooms of this inn. They feature hardwood floors and a view of the mountains. Staying here can cost you around 60 €.

Hotel Albergue Juvenil De Canfranc

The Albergue Juvenil De Canfranc is located next to Canfranc train station. The ski resorts of Candachú, Astún and Somport are 10 minutes by car from this place. You can stay here and pay only 11 €.

Hotel Albergue Turístico Rio Aragón

It is a 4-minute walk from Canfranc station and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. A room in this hotel could cost at least 11 €.

Hotel Villa De Canfranc

It offers a seasonal swimming pool, a café and free Wi-Fi internet access. You can stay here and pay from 35 €.

How to get to Canfranc?

The streets of Canfranc

To get to Canfranc you can start in Jaca, where you will need to take a land vehicle, you can travel by bus, taxi or car. You will notice that quickly after passing through Castillo de Jaca and Villanúa you will reach Canfranc and if you continue you can visit the station, leaving the entrance to the Somport Tunnel on your left.

If you are coming as a pilgrim to this city and you have just visited the Somport pass, you should head towards Candanchu and take the road, then leave it after a short walk and go round the hill of Candanchu Castle.

Along the path on the left side of the Aragon River, you will reach a camping site, where you must cross the river. After another stretch you will be able to see the old fortress of Coll de Ladrones and after another kilometre you will arrive at the station of Canfranc.

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