Sallent de Gállego

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Sallent de Gállego, Spain
Official seal of Sallent de Gállego, Spain
Seal
Town hall of Sallent de Gállego
Town hall of Sallent de Gállego
Country Spain
Autonomous community Aragon
Province Huesca
Comarca Alto Gállego
Government
 • Mayor José Ignacio Urieta Rodríguez
Area
 • Total 162.14 km2 (62.60 sq mi)
Elevation 1,305 m (4,281 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 1,480
 • Density 9.1/km2 (24/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Sallent de Gállego is a municipality located in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain.

The town is located in the central Pyrenees besides the reservoir of Lanuza on the foot of some of the highest summits of the chain, close to the border with France. It is part of the Alto Gállego comarca, and it is the capital of the Tena Valley.

These localities are also part of the municipality: Formigal, Portalet d'Aneu, Lanuza, Escarrilla, Tramacastilla and Sandiniés.

Landscape[edit]

The Gállego river runs through the town and its first tributary, the Aguas Limpias, unites to the Gállego inside the town. Both rivers' sources are inside the municipality.

The Foratata peak (2,000 m) towers over the town, being an iconic peak for all the valley. Other important summits belonging to the municipality are Anayet, Tres Hombres, Arriel and Balaitous, many of them are over 3000 meters high. The GR 11 route that goes along all the Pyrenees goes through the municipality.

The Portalet pass that links the Tena Valley, in Spain, and the Ossau Valley, in France, is also in Sallent de Gállego.

Winter sports[edit]

Snowing in Formigal.

The Formigal ski resort, a few kilometers up from the town, is the largest resort in Spain and concentrates the majority of hotels and restaurants.