This to me is is the very essence of a Trailhead Town, and contains everything that a serious trekker requires.
Overview: Benasque is at the highest point on the Pyrenean littoral reachable by public transport, and gives immediate acess to all the the major through-routes, together with access to the highest peaks. The entire town is predicated on the needs of walkers, trekkers and climbers.
From Benasque you are but five hours from the Parc National de St Maurici – and then a four-day hike through an extraordinary Lakeland landscape to Espot. Climbers can easily gain Aneto – highest peak in the ramge. Trekkers can also go west and after six or seven days reach the Ordesa canyons.
Access: Via bus from Barbastro. Prior to this the logical option is Barcelona > Lleida or Girona > Lleida. An alternative would be to make your way overv the high pass from France.
Facilities: In addition to the usual banks, ATMs, hardware stores, markets and so forth, Benasque has the flagship Barabes outdoor store. http://www.barrabes.com/qsomos/tiendaBenasque.asp
This is on five floors, with 2,000 sq m and is, to my mind, simply the best outdoor store I’ve ever encountered. I have the greatest respect for the Spanish outdoors community, and in this store they have done themselves proud!
Accomodation: There are innumerable locations within the town – but best to walk 5km north up the road to a Camping Aneto on the left-hand side of the road http://www.campinganeto.com/01_principal.php?lang=EN which is clean, well-run, has a small store and a good restaurant.
Flirting possibilities: Benasque attracts all manner of folk – climbers, trekkers, rafters to name but a few. Something for everyone!