The River Vero Cultural Park, situated at the base of the Pyrenees, is a unique space known for its cultural and natural value. This is evident in its nature, landscape, history, art, tradition and dynamism of its inhabitants.
It is situated in the centre of the Huesca province (Aragon, Spain) and centred around the River Vero, tributary of the Cinca River. From the north to the south, this river connects the pre-Pyrenean mountainous areas with the gentle reliefs and Mediterranean landscape of the Somontano, a geographical location in the Ebro depression.
The River Vero Cultural Park was declared in the year 2001, through the application of the Law of the Cultural Parks of Aragon from 1997 (“Ley de Parques Culturales de Aragón”), and is managed by a board of trustees and a governing council.
It is composed of nine municipalities: Bárcabo, Colungo, Alquézar, Adahuesca, Santa María de Dulcis, Pozán de Vero, Azara, Castillazuelo and Barbastro. Adminstratively, eight form part of the administrative division of the Somontano of Barbastro, and one, Bárcabo, part of the administrative division of Sobrarbe.
The northern zone of the park is integrated into the Natural Protected Space of the Sierra de Guara Natural Park.
The River Vero Cultural Park is a space that unites the cultural and natural heritage in its broadest sense: paleontological, archaeological, architectural, ethnographic, and in a landscape, geological, museum and gastronomic context. It contains a valuable combination of prehistoric rock art, declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1998, and forms part of the CARP (“Caminos de Arte Rupestre Prehistórico”) routes of prehistoric rock art European Itinerary.
Its development has been characterised by the participation of different national and international cooperative projects: Terra, PREIBER, REPPARP, etc.
Currently, it offers a consolidated cultural tourism product, based on heritage resources and and its environment, with innovative proposals targeting different sections of the general public.