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Aragon - The Land of Moors and Romans   by Mark Buckingham
The provinces of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel cover an area of 47,719 km² and make up the autonomous community in the north east of Spain called Aragon. More than half the population of 1.2M inhabitants live in the regions capital Zaragoza (English pronunciation: Saragossa) leaving the rest of the region quite sparsely populated creating large deserted areas.

The region is bordered on the south by Valencia and on the north by France. Catalonia and the Ebro valley with its flat and fertile lands is on the east and on the west are Castile-La Mancha, Castile-Leon, La Rioja and Navarre.

Great possibilities for winter sports are offered by the mountain ranges and in summer you can explore the almost unspoiled beauty, artisany, folklore and the celebrated gastronomy of the region.

Animals long since extinct in other areas of Europe can still be found in the mountainous landscapes of this region which was one of the centres of Spanish culture in medieval times.

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Major Attractions in Aragon

Zaragoza: Situated beside the Ebro River, is the region's capital - Zaragoza. The Romans and Moors, who in their respective times dominated the region, are depicted in paintings located in the many museums and galleries, by artists ranging from Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Velazquez and Goya to Renoir, Manet and Sorolla.
Bronze Figures Part of the Goya Monumnet, Plaza Del Pilar, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, Europe
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Teruel: The city's great Mudejar style monuments and buildings, which are a consequence of a long Moorish domination, are most noteworthy. Highlights include the cathedral with its beautiful bell towers and the churches of San Martin, San Pedro and El Salvador. A combined theme park, Dinopolis Terual, can be found on the outskirts of Terual - it includes a museum that focuses on dinosaurs and has a life-size motorized model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Huesca: Located at the base of the Pyrenees mountain range is the town of Huesca, which offers scenery of outstanding beauty. The main annual festival in San Lorenzo (Laurence) is held on 10 August, in honour of San Lorenzo who was bishop of Roma and martyrized by the Romans.

Climate of Aragon

Aragon is noted for its Mediterranean - Continental dry climate with irregular rainfall, large temperature ranges and strong winds, particularly along the Ebro Valley. The region also has some of the most extremes of temperature in Spain as a result of its continental position, far away from the effects of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

The most consistently cold part of the Iberian peninsular (apart from the mountains of course) is said to be the valley of Jiloca in Teruel, which has a record temperature low point of -28/-30ºC occurring in Calamocha. It is not uncommon for large areas of southern Aragon to have as many as 120 days of frost in any given year.

Aragonese Cuisine

Aragon's typical cuisine includes roast lamb (especially ewes); ham (jamón) from Teruel; olive oil from Empeltre and Arbequina and wines from Cariñena, Somontano (Huesca), Calatayud and Campo de Borja. There are also quite a few marvellous dishes of seafood, including several kinds of crab paste (influenced by the superstition that crabs help prevent illness) and steamed, but quite commonly undercooked sea fish, steamed in the saltwater they were taken from.

A visit to Aragon is a visit that will immerse the traveller into Spain's rich heritage and one which will continue the tradition of this regions visits from people of other nationalities.

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Exterior Views Parador de Bielsa, Aragon - Pyrenees - Bielsa
This welcoming mountain hotel is located in one of the now classical enclaves for outdoor sports and activities, the western slopes of the Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997. The pure air of the Pyrenees and of the Monte Perdido, the clean waters of the river Cinca and the tradition of the Romanesque hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Pineta, offer a warm feeling of well-being, peace and quiet.  Floors, walls, beams and columns lined with wood contain modern and comfortable furniture. The bedrooms have beautiful views of this lovely natural enclave.  The cooking of Upper Aragón, strong and spicy, offers simple but tasty dishes: 'migas aragonesas' (fried breadcrumbs), Cinca river trout 'a lo fino', roast young lamb, leg of wild boar and the puff-pastry dessert from Aragón, 'teresicas'. 
Hospederia de Arguis, Arguis, Huesca
Sited in the privileged location of the Parque Natural de la Sierra and Cañones de Guara, it offers the opportunity to enjoy various sports or excursions. The hotel has a cafeteria, terrace-solarium, restaurant serving regional cuisine plus rooms with full bathroom, TV, telephone and music.   Hospederia de Arguis is located 12.5 Miles from Huesca City, Fair Centre and the Railway Station.
Pedro I De Aragon, Huesca
The Hotel Pedro I de Aragón offers suites and rooms with air-conditioning, heating, satellite television, background music, telephone, minibar, individual safety deposit box, full bathroom with a hairdryer.  Our hotel also has a recreation area with its own pool, where you can enjoy a well-deserved and refreshing rest.  Large and practical rooms targeted at work meetings, family banquets, weddings and company conventions. With the full technical and staffing support of our hotel structure.
Exterior Views Parador de Alcañiz, Teruel Province
Built on the hill top called the Cumbre de Cerro Pui-Pinos, this 12th-13th century castle-convent became the seat of the Order of Calatrava in 1179. Dominating the landscape of the Maestrazgo, it conserves the keep, the bell tower-sacristy and the part reconverted into an 18th c. Aragonese palace.  Gothic walls, plateresque tomb and baroque façade are inserted into an interior with soft, red and green coloured shades, adorned with Spanish wood in furniture and beams. It also features a peaceful garden. A good number of trips and activities related to adventure sports can be organized from the Parador.  Try the eggs done 'a la alcañizana' (the Alcañiz way), the roasted 'ternasco' (veal), and some typical sweets like 'tortas de Alma' and 'almendrados' (almond little cakes). 
Dining Parador de Teruel, Teruel
Located on the outskirts of historical Teruel, it perfectly expresses the mixture of cultures and styles of this interesting monumental city which conceals some of the most representative buildings of Mudejar art. This small Mudejar inspired palace also combines numerous styles and lines in its construction. Marble, tiling, pointed arches and Arabic details form the essence of cheerful and bright rooms, decorated in pastel shades.  It also has a spacious garden, where the swimming pool and tennis court can be found, and rooms suitable for holding conferences, work meetings or social functions.  The dining room offers the best gastronomic display of the area with dishes such as 'migas a la Pastora' (fried breadcrumbs and pork), 'caldereta de cordero' (lamb stew), 'sopa en Perolico' (poultry soup) and 'suspiros de Amante' (cheese and egg dessert). 
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Catalonia Zaragoza Plaza Hotel  Zaragoza
Featuring a modernist building of great tourist interest, the Catalonia Zaragoza Plaza Hotel caters to the needs of guests travelling for business or pleasure.  Located right in the historical centre of Zaragoza, this property is just 50 metres from the Basilica of Pilar and is about 2 kilometres from the train station and 8 kilometres from the airport.  The Catalonia Zaragoza Plaza Hotel consists of 66 comfortable guestrooms that are tastefully decorated and equipped with several modern amenities to ensure you a pleasant stay.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves a variety of delicacies in a relaxed setting. The hotel also offers a cocktail bar, which is an ideal place to relax with a fine drink.
Husa Zaragoza Royal Hotel Zaragoza
Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, the Husa Zaragoza Royal Hotel is an ideal place for both business and leisure travellers.  This hotel is located in the city of Zaragoza at Arzobispo Domenech 4 and is just 10 minutes drive from the airport.  Guests are offered 92 rooms that are tastefully decorated and well-equipped with modern amenities to ensure them utmost comfort.  The on-site Ascott Restaurant serves rich buffet for breakfast and also a variety of excellent international cuisine for you to enjoy. You can also sip your favourite cocktail served at the hotel's cosy bar.  The Husa Zaragoza Royal Hotel provides spacious rooms suitable for banquets, conferences or business meetings.
Husa Via Romana Hotel Zaragoza
Husa Via Romana Hotel Zaragoza is a convenient property with very easy access to the main communication routes, right in the city's commercial, cultural and leisure centre.  The hotel is located right in the commercial, cultural and business area, close to the Basilica del Pilar, Seo Cathedral and the town hall.  Guests are provided with the comfort of 78 well-furnished guestrooms, all fully equipped with modern amenities.  You can savour local as well as international specialities at the onsite restaurant and later relax with your favourite drink at the cafeteria.  Husa Via Romana Hotel also offers conference facilities for people travelling on business.
Melia Zaragoza Hotel Zaragoza
This five-star hotel has all the necessary technical equipment and amenities to guarantee the client's comfort and attention.  Centrally located, the Melia Zaragoza Hotel is close to historical centre of the city. The hotel is also just 900 metres from Pillar Basilica, La Seo Cathedral and 1.8 kilometres from the Auditorium and Congress Centre.  The hotel offers 247 rooms and suites that are well decorated and equipped with several modern amenities. Attentive 24-hour room service is also available for your conveniences.  Guests can dine at the in-house Bearn Restaurant that serves national and international dishes for you to feast on. The bar is the right place to be when you wish to relax, either on your own or with friends.
NH Ciudad de Zaragoza Hotel
Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this property is the perfect base for you to reside whether you are in Zaragoza for business or pleasure.  Located in the centre of Zaragoza, next to the Basilica del Pilar, the NH Ciudad de Hotel is placed in proximity to the railway station and is 8 kilometres away from the airport.  There are 131 guest rooms in the hotel that are tastefully decorated to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment. All the guestrooms are en suite and come with a host of required amenities.  Guests can relish at the onsite restaurant that serves a variety of delicacies. You can also relax at the cafe with light snacks and beverages and also sip on various drinks at the cosy bar.
NH Gran Hotel Zaragoza
With its excellent, affordable accommodation in Zaragoza City centre, NH Gran Hotel is an ideal base for both leisure and business travellers.  Located in the heart of the city, NH Gran Hotel Zaragoza is in the shopping and cultural district. The hotel is also close to the Paseo de la Independencia, Basilica del Pillar and the historic district.  All 134 guestrooms including 19 suites at the hotel are well decorated and equipped with several modern amenities. Attentive room service is also available for your conveniences.  NH Gran also offers buffet breakfast every morning and later in the evening, the on-site restaurant serves delicious cuisine. In addition, the cocktail bar is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of drink.
NH Orus Hotel Zaragoza
Set in a privileged location, the Orus Hotel is a historic and modern building that will make the stay of clients unforgettable and comfortable one.  Located in a commercial and residential area, NH Orus Hotel is near to the train station Zaragoza Delicias and Parque Roma.  There are 53 guestrooms at the hotel that are tastefully decorated and equipped with several modern amenities to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment. Attentive room service is also available in order to make your stay as easy and comfortable as possible.  Guests can dine at the in-house restaurant that serves a wide variety of delicious cuisine. The bar is the right place to be when you wish to relax, either on your own or with friends.
Parador de Sos del Rey Católico, Zaragoza
Of Aragonese character, the building conserves the monumental, historical and artistic atmosphere of Sos del Rey Católico. The town, declared a Historical-Artistic area, was the birthplace of influential nobles and of the Catholic King, and the influence of the Aragonese and Navarrese foothills of the Pyrenees can be made out in its landscape. It is an appropriate setting to discover this medieval town and to visit areas of immense beauty.  The regal and elegant interior offers beautiful views of the town from some rooms. The most representative gastronomic specialties are: 'ternasco a la aragonesa' (roast young lamb), 'cordero al Chilindrón' (lamb), marinated rabbit Sos-style and medieval flat cake.
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