It is located in the deep valley that bears its name, crossed by the Aragonese river Subordan, in the Aragonese Pyrenees. It is part of the municipality of Valle de Hecho, Val d'Echo in Aragonese, of which it is the capital, and to which the towns of Siresa also belong, Urdués, Embún and Santa Lucía, the latter uninhabited... The history of the town of Hecho goes back, through the archaeological remains of a primitive road, to the Roman era, this road would be one of the three through which to approach the Gallic border. In the Middle Ages, in the 11th century, Count Galindo Arnaéz I granted the town of Hecho to the monastery of San Pedro de Siresa. Hecho, in its origin Echo, was in the Middle Ages villa realenga and at this time appears already mentioned in documents. In the twelfth century King Alfonso I granted the town of Hecho a series of privileges and perks that allowed it to use a communal system of natural resource use that has remained in practice almost until the twentieth century. Napoleon's troops, during the War of Independence, devastated the town. The municipality of Valle de Hecho emerged in 1971 when the towns of Hecho, Embún and Urdués were joined. Siresa had already joined Hecho at the end of the 19th century.
In the beautiful Pyrenean village of Hecho, the urban complex stands out for its traditional architecture with houses with stone facades and large and flowery balconies, and on its roofs the typical chimneys with conical and ancestral scare witches. Among the houses, and throughout the village, you can also see bordas, transepts or humilladeros and the parish church of San Martín, rebuilt in the 19th century after the fire suffered during the War of Independence, and which, located on a rock, in its origins XI or XII century, was of Romanesque style. Walk through the streets and squares that still have their original cobbled stones or visit the Ethnological Museum " House Mazo ", where there are examples of the traditional costumes that were worn in everyday life until the mid-twentieth century, make a small raid on the northern end of the term, at the foot of the port of Palo and its Roman road, to the Oza Forest, full of beech forests, and discover one of the best megalithic sites in the Pyrenees: the so-called Crown of the Dead, or for the more experienced mountaineers, treading on the nearby peak of Acher Castle, a whimsical geological formation, of a striking red colour, resembling a fortress as it is surrounded by rocky walls, is only part of the great attraction that this beautiful town offers the visitor.
Hecho celebrates its patron saint festivities on September 8 in honor of the Virgen de Escagüés, on November 11 the festivities are in honor of San Martín.
In Hecho there is a long gastronomic tradition, the meat to the shepherdess is one of the fundamental recipes, lamb or beef seasoned with potatoes and of dessert peach with wine, sugar and cinnamon, cannot be absent in any chesa celebration.
In Hecho, the use of the Aragonese language is kept alive, specifically in the Cheso dialect, a name taken from the people of the valley. Although Cheso was already in common use in the Middle Ages, the first texts in Cheso date back to the last third of the 19th century, and it was from the 20th century onwards that Chessian literature began to flourish. Another of the emblems and signs of identity of the village is the typical dress, each celebration or ceremony requires its own, the female attire may have its origin in the sixteenth century.
As Count Galindo Arnaéz I was of Carolingian origin, and since he is credited with the turning point in the creation and origin of the Crown of Aragon, and moreover, some of the first Aragonese counts were born in the town of Hecho, this Aragonese crown would be closely related to this barbaric people.
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The main access road to Valle de Hecho is the N-240, which links it to Pamplona and Jaca and from there to Huesca via the N-330. The starting point to enter the Valle de Hecho is in Puente La Reina de Jaca where we will take the A-176 and following the course of the Aragón Subordán river we will arrive at Embún, Urdués, Hecho and Siresa.
Hecho has a regular bus service linking it to Jaca. The telephone number for further information is 974 360 508
The closest train station to Hecho is Jaca. The telephone number for further information is 974 361 332
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The station of the Pyrenees, a Site of Cultural Interest, in the category of Monument.
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