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Route of Lastras de San José. Visigothic-Medieval Necropolis (Small Route PR-TE 97)

Technical Data

Schedule: 1 h 30 min
Unevenness (+): 25 m
Unevenness (-): 25 m

Distance: 2 km
Type of road: Circular
Severity of the medium: 1

Orientation in the itinerary: 1
Difficulty: 1
Necessary effort: 1

Route description

Very close to the beautiful hermitage of San José, on a path that opens to the left of the road, begins and ends the route of this route (1h.30m) that as a hiking loop runs flat on a gentle slope of sandstone slabs, where there are many traditional buildings, barns and threshing floors. The route takes its name from the hermitage where the itinerary begins and where the current cemetery of the town is also located, fifteen centuries after the Visigoth settlers established their necropolis in the surrounding area.

Along the route, we can observe some areas of channels and dippers dug into the rock, whose mission seems to be related to ancestral beliefs and rites in relation to water. There are also other channels whose practical usefulness is not in doubt, since they are much longer and deeper channels that drain into terraces, for natural irrigation, or into deep wells for water storage. Some of them were even built around in order to preserve them from dirt and dust (cisterns).

Along with this unique architecture coexists an important group of Visigothic-medieval tombs of anthropomorphic type, that is to say, excavated in the rock itself adopting the human form. The oldest burials have been dated between 530-598 AD.

The route through the entire archaeological site is signposted and has information panels that will help us to interpret and understand this rich heritage.

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Route profile

Respect the Park during your visit

Recommendations and standards

Through any of the marked routes in the Park you will be able to enter places of great ecological and scenic value, but also, this territory treasures an important set of cave paintings protected by law and declared a World Heritage Site.

Remember that we all have the right to enjoy the environment and also the duty to preserve it.

The shelters with cave paintings and some archaeological sites have protective fences. Authorized guides are required for the visit. Contact telephone numbers are available at the Town Halls, Tourist Offices and Interpretation Centers in the different towns that make up the Cultural Park.

Helps in the conservation of cave paintings. Do not touch them or pour water on them and respect the protective fences. Remember that they are a unique, but very fragile legacy, and we must preserve them if we want to continue enjoying them in the same environment in which they were painted thousands of years ago.

Archaeological and/or paleontological prospecting and excavation without the appropriate permits is strictly prohibited, according to Law 3/1999 of Aragonese Cultural Heritage. It collaborates in the preservation of the rich historical, cultural and ethnographic heritage of the Park.

Keep the environment clean. Do not litter or throw garbage.

Remember that it is forbidden to light fires, as well as to throw cigarette butts, glass and other objects that could cause a fire.

Respect nature. Do not uproot plants, do not foul the waters and do not capture or disturb animals and birds. Many of them have their nesting areas in these places.

If you are going to walk any of the hiking trails, wear comfortable sports shoes (sneakers or boots). Although the itineraries are very accessible, with proper footwear you will walk more safely, avoiding falls and sprains.

Keep in mind that you are moving in a natural area and, although the routes are prepared, do not forget to take some precautions. Do not leave the marked itinerary and be careful when passing through rocky and watery areas, especially if you are with children.

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