Province of Huesca

Huesca/Uesca Province
The Marboré lake with the Monte Perdido and the Cilindro de Marboré in the background
The Marboré lake with the Monte Perdido and the Cilindro de Marboré in the background
Flag of Huesca/Uesca Province
Flag
Coat of arms of Huesca/Uesca Province
Coat of arms
Map of Spain with Huesca/Uesca Province highlighted
Map of Spain with Huesca/Uesca Province highlighted
Coordinates: 42°10′N 0°10′W / 42°10′N 0°10′W / 42.167; -0.167(2018)
 • Total219,345
 • RankRanked 43
 • Density14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Oscense
Language(s)Spanish, Aragonese, Catalan

Huesca (Aragonese: Uesca, Catalan: Osca), officially Huesca/Uesca,[1] is a province of northeastern Spain, in northern Aragon. The capital is Huesca.

Positioned just south of the central Pyrenees, Huesca borders France and the French Departments of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées. Within Spain, Huesca's neighboring provinces are Navarre, Zaragoza and Lleida.

Geography

"The Egg of Morrano" or the "Peña Falconera" rock formation (Spanish: El Huevo de Morrano).

Covering a primarily mountainous area of 626 km², the province of Huesca has a total population of 219345 in 2018[2], with almost a quarter of its people living in the capital city of Huesca. The low population density, 14.62/km², has meant that Huesca's lush valleys, rivers, and lofty mountain ranges have remained relatively pristine and unspoiled by progress.

Home to majestic scenery, the tallest mountain in the Pyrenees, the Aneto; eternal glaciers, such as at Monte Perdido; and the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, rich in flora and protected fauna. Popular with mountaineers, spelunkers, paragliders, and white water rafters it is also a popular snow skiing destination with notable resorts in Candanchú, Formigal, Astún, Panticosa and Cerler.