OUR REGION

Our olive grove is nestled in the heart of Los Monegros (Huesca), a region crossed by the Greenwich Meridian, the line that divides the eastern and western hemispheres. We are located in the town of Villanueva de Sigena, a strategic geographical point south of the Pyrenees and equidistant to Zaragoza, Huesca and Lerida.

The Mediterranean olive tradition that coexists with the exceptional natural surroundings has been rooted in Los Monegros from time immemorial. The incredible variety of fauna and flora of this natural environment makes it the most diverse habitat in Europe. Thousands of living creatures coexist in a perfect symbiosis with our olive trees and help them flower and grow.

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The region of Los Monegros is home to a rich biological diversity and stunning scenery, with a series of climate and geological peculiarities that make this region unique across Europe for its wealth of biodiversity. Over 5,400 species have been identified in Los Monegros, the majority native to the area, making it the most biodiverse spot in Europe.

Life in these unique conditions is virtually unknown and it is estimated that 35% of life detected would be new species for science. Able to live in extreme conditions where survival would be impossible for other living beings, these species have an incalculable biotechnological potential that makes Los Monegros an exceptional natural area with massive scientific relevance that must be protected.

Weather and terrain make life hard for the sparse population of this arid region. However, the people of Los Monegros have managed to extract the resources the land provides while respecting the environment in a perfect balance with nature that it is our duty to safeguard and nurture.

Tierra de historia, arte y ciencia

The landscape of Villanueva de Sigena is bursting with colour and life. A landscape steeped with the penetrating and bountiful smell of aromatic plants, where olive trees grow healthy and robust. The region runs along a colour palette from the blue of the clear, open sky and the pure white of the clouds to the reds and golds of the fiery sunsets and sunrises.

Los Monegros is a unique and mystical region home to rich natural, artistic and historical treasures. Illustrious scientist and humanist Miguel Servetus was born here and was raised in the majestic Monastery of Sigena, royal pantheon and court archive of the Crown of Aragon

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The origin of Villanueva de Sigena dates back to the 12th century, during the reign of Alfonso II “El Casto” and Doña Sancha. The town was founded as a result of the construction of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Sigena and served as the centre of the Crown of Aragon’s political and spiritual power for more than two centuries. It was awarded the title of Villa in 1931 in recognition of its exceptional history as the birthplace of the illustrious scientist and humanist Miguel Servet.

Miguel Servet (Villanueva de Sigena, 1511 – Geneva, Switzerland, 1553) marked a milestone in the history of medicine as the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation. Accused of heresy by John Calvin, father of the Protestant Reformation, Servet was condemned to death at the stake and was burned alongside his books. In addition to his important scientific discoveries, Michael Servetus laid the foundations for freedom of thought and expression of ideas by proclaiming that “no ecclesiastical or civil authority has the right to impose its beliefs or to limit the freedom of each to have and expose their own” in the 16th century.

Territorio único en Europa por su gran biodiversidad

This steppe, known as “the desert of Europe”, is surprisingly rich in bird life. The freshwater and saltwater lagoons that dot the area are home to endangered species of waterfowl like the bittern, and every year the area is visited by thousands of stunning migratory birds like cranes and imperial herons that offer a fascinating visual and audio spectacle.

Not only is Los Monegros a paradise for bird lovers: the area is also home to a large population of reptiles and small mammals adapted to the harsh conditions of the steppe and its lagoons are ecological niches that harbour an unparalleled microbial biodiversity.

El paisaje sigenense desprende color y vida

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