is a ski resort
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situated near the town of Canfranc
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in the High Aragon
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of the western Pyrenees
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(province of Huesca
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). The name of the area is a corruption of "Camp d'Anjou" as this was originally the site of a military camp of the French Angevin
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dynasty. This is also located near the road on the historical Camino de Santiago.
It has 59 km of marked piste
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s, it's one of the earliest developed resorts of the Pyrenees. It's known by its very difficult steep pistes, like the one called Tubo Zapatilla
. The highest point is La Tuca
peak, 2400 m AMSL, with a vertical drop of 900 m.
The base of the resort is a purpose-built town which includes several hotels and apartments and is situated at 1500 m AMSL. From there the main chair lifts provide access for the resort. The resort itself occupies two different high mountain valleys, defining two sectors: Pista Grande - El Tobazo
, and La Tuca
. The first one is the lower sector where the main town and the parking are situated, the upper La Tuca
valley is accessed from there using a chair lift.
Candanchú offers a joint ski pass with the neighbouring resort of Astún
Astún is a ski resort situated near the town of Canfranc in the High Aragon of the western Pyrenees . The source of the Aragon River is in the resort.-The resort:...
Almost all of the resort's lifts are modern and of high capacity, the resort has:
- 6 chair lifts.
- 18 ski tow
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The resort offers 51 pistes of different difficulties:
In addition there is a 35 km cross-country ski circuit shared with the adjacent Somport
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resort, in France
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- 6 restaurants.
- 1 skiing school, Spain's oldest.
- 1 snow gardens for children.
- 1 kindergarten
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- 5 ski hiring stores.
- http://www.candanchu.com - Official resort site.