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- The Land of Moors and Romans by Mark Buckingham
Major Attractions in Aragon
|The provinces of Zaragoza,
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
(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
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
|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.
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
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
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ARAGON FEATURED HOTELS
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'.
ARAGON FEATURED HOTELS
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
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.
ARAGON FEATURED HOTELS
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).
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).
for hotels in Zaragoza
ARAGON FEATURED HOTELS
more hotels in Zaragoza
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.