Canfranc’s abandoned train station

Last weekend Guille and I went to Canfranc-station, a small town in the Aragon’s Pyrenees (Spain). We found a great deal on Buscounchollo and we decided to spend a relaxed weekend.

It was the first that we went to Canfranc and we did not have any expectation about it, we just wanted to spend a weekend at the mountain. The good thing was that we were surprised by this cosy place. The landscape was beautiful, it was so colourful because it was autumn and the leaves are changing. It was worth to see. Moreover, we discovered that this small town is famous because of an abandoned International Railway Station. A scary place if you visit it at night.

If you want to know more about this place, keep reading, it will surprise you!!

 

How to get there

Canfranc International Railway Station is located in Canfranc, so close to the French border and 90km from Huesca.

The easiest way to reach this place is by car. It takes about 20 minutes from Jaca taking N-330.

If you can’t go by car, it’s also possible to go by bus or train.

  • It takes about half an hour from Jaca by bus. The price is between 2€ and 3€
  • It takes about two hours from Huesca by bus. The price is 10€ one way.
  • It takes about three hours from Zaragoza by bus. The price is 18€ one way.

You can check the timetable here.

  • It takes 30 minutes from Jaca by train. The price is 2.8€ one way.
  • It takes three hours from Huesca by train. The price is 10.65€ one way.
  • It takes four hours from Zaragoza by train. The price is 16.3€ one way.

You can check the timetable here.

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When to go

We went at the end of October (autumn) and I really recommend to go in this season. The trees are beautiful because of the leaves’ colours. Furthermore, because it’s low season, everything is cheaper.

Summer and winter both are high season that means that everything will be more expensive (accommodation). The town is 6km far from Candanchú ski resort and 70km from Formigal ski resort and it’s a very good place if you like to ski. The landscape in winter would (should) be beautiful.

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History

Canfranc is known for its International Railway Station, not because of its beauty or its greatness, but for being an abandoned station.

The International Railway Station was built in 1928. It was declared as a building of Cultural Interest In 2002.

The station was the place for the connection between Spain and France during the war. In 1970 a train derailed and the Estanguet Bridge collapsed. That was the reason because the Railway Station had a traffic decrease and had to close.

Nowadays, the Railway Station is located in a small building in front of the old and big one.

After this little and interesting information about the Railway Station, here you have a list of thigs to do and see in this beautiful village.

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What to see and do

Canfranc is very small but still there are many things that you can see and do. It’s a perfect place if you like nature and to do sports, because it’s so close to a ski resort

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  • International Railway Station (1928)

As I said the Station is a Property of Cultural Interest and currently it’s possible to visit it. The building is fenced and you have to visit it with a guide, but there are other abandoned buildings and wagons close by that you can visit on your own.

We walked around and it was all amazing. We had never seen an abandoned railway station.

The guided tours are about 45 minutes and you have to pick up the tickets about 30 minutes before the tour starts, at the Tourist Office. The tour will bring you to see the underground and the lobby. The ticket price is 3€ for adults and it’s free for children under 10 years old.

The schedule is:

Tuesday at 17:00

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:30 and 17:00

Saturday at 11:00, 12:30, 17:00 and 18:30

Sunday at 11:00 and 12:30

In addition, for those who like to be scared and for those who don’t have any plan for Halloween, there are night tours every Saturday in October and November (suitable for everyone).

For more information you can check the tourism office website.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 21:00 there is a LIGHT and MUSIC SHOW.

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This is another military building that was built in 1876. You can visit the building during the year, there are many exhibitions inside.

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  • Activities

There are many different activities that you can practise in Canfranc. There are some paths and you can do many easy walking routes. Moreover, you can do cannoning and climbing. It’s also possible to ski because it’s so close to a ski resort.

In short, Canfranc is a very small village at the mountain and it’s not well known, but it’s worth it if you want to spend a relaxed or and adventurous weekend. I hope you’ll go there, enjoy it and let me know how you experience was.

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You can check where is Canfranc in the map below:

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