Hotels in Aragón, Spain
|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.
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.
||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.
Major Attractions in Aragon
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.
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.
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
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.
|About the Author - Written
by Mark Buckingham, Managing Director of Rentaccomspain.com,
an online resource where you can find a wealth of Spanish property for
rent and for sale.
BIELSA HOTELS - ARAGON, SPAIN
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- Situated in the
Province of Huesca, in the Spanish Pyrenees, a wonderfully scenic area
perfect for outdoor sports and activities. Founded in the 10th century,
Bielsa has a privileged location where the Cinca and Barrosa rivers join.
This typical Aragon Pyrenees town still maintains all its most singular
Monasterio de Boltaña (25 kms from Bielsa)
Housed in an converted Monastery
set on the banks of the Ara River in the regional capital of Boltaña,
this stylish property is located 90 kilometres north east in the province
of Huesca. Amenities include a health spa offering a range of treatments
and therapies, and there is a hydro-massage pool overlooked by a relaxation
deck, and a sauna and steam room. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming
pool flanked by terraces, a hair salon, an onsite church, and complimentary
parking for those arriving by car. Restaurant Marbore is a bright
and modern eatery with twinkling lights, white linen-topped tables and
polished wooden floors, and serves new regional cuisine. There is also
a coffee bar with a relaxed atmosphere where guests can enjoy liqueurs
de Bielsa, Aragon - Pyrenees - Bielsa
This welcoming mountain
enclave is located in the eastern sloping Ordesa and Monte Perdido National
Park. It was declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 and
is also a renowned area for enjoying sports and outdoor activities. The
fresh Pyrenean air, the clean waters of the river Cinca or the tradition
of the Nuestra Señora de Pineta roman hermitage, will leave you
feeling healthy, relaxed and calm. The floors, walls, and exposed
wooden beams and columns are filled with modern and accommodating furniture.
Some of the bedrooms have spectacular views over this beautiful natural
enclave. We invite you to come and enjoy the best dishes of High
Aragon cuisine: Cinca river trout cooked in sherry, young roast lamb, leg
of wild boar, teresicas de Aragon (puff pastry dessert), and of course,
the migas aragonesas (fried breadcrumbs with sausage and grapes).
HUESCA HOTELS - ARAGON, SPAIN
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- Huesca is a province
of northern Spain, in the northern part of the autonomous community of
Aragon. It is bordered by the provinces of Lleida, Zaragoza, and Navarra,
and by France. Its capital is the city of Huesca. The
monumental city is located at the foot of the Pyrenee mountain range, offering
landscapes of incredible beauty. The surrounding mountains offer
various activities in summer and winter.
de Arguis, Arguis, Huesca (20 kms)
3 star Hospederia is a restored traditional building, surrounded by the
waters of the Arguis reservoir. It offers 36 comfortable rooms each equipped
with well equipped bathroom, television, telephone and piped music.
There is also bar-cafeteria, terrace solarium, social lounge, nature activities
programs and sports equipment hiring. The Hospederia is next to the
quiet waters of the reservoir, that reflect the small village of Arguis,
between grooves and backed by the hills. It is a magnificent starting point
in the direction of the mountain range of the Pyrenees, or the northern
peaks. The Hospederia de Arguis is situated at only 20 Km from the
capital of Huesca, in the spur of the mountain chain of Guara is the entrance
of the Aragon Pyrenees.
Era Conte, Bierge, Huesca (30 kms)
Era Conte is a lovely new hotel, offering a friendly service, and aims
to provide a pleasant, peaceful and serene stay, where you can enjoy long
walks, reading, relaxation in a unique natural atmosphere with many different
possibilities to choose from. The hotel has a lovely lounge-dining
room, an area where guests can relax with the TV, reading, games., home-made
food, a shop where you can buy the typical Somontano products, as well
as other things you may need, and a terrace surrounded by some beautiful
scenery. Delicious and complete buffet breakfasts, without any fixed
times For all kinds of guests, also for those who search for adventure
and excitement, cultural visits, prehistoric paintings, etc
La Posada de La Luna, Huesca
an eclectic design blended with millenary elements, the Posada de la Luna
invites you to experience an unforgettable stay in Huesca. Located
in the city centre, the Posada de la Luna Hotel is placed in El Coso Alto,
at the end of the busiest street in Huesca. You can start your day
with the nutritious continental breakfast served at the breakfast room
and taste some light food with your desired beverage at the snack bar.
The hotel features well-equipped meeting rooms to facilitate your business
meetings and seminars. After a busy day, you can soothe those tired muscles
and rejuvenate yourself in the jacuzzi. All the rooms are decorated
in the simpler way depicting the lunar and provides you with all the necessary
comforts to have a relaxing stay.
TERUEL HOTELS - ARAGON, SPAIN
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|Teruel is a city in Aragon,
eastern Spain, and the capital of Teruel Province. It has a population
of 34,240 in 2006 making it one of the least populated province capitals
in the country. It is noted for its harsh climate (hot in summer and very
cold in winter), its renowned jamón serrano (cured ham), its pottery,
its surrounding archaeological sites with some of the oldest dinosaur remains
of the Iberian Peninsula, and its famous Fiestas (La vaquilla del ángel
during the second weekend of July and "Bodas de Isabel de Segura" around
the third weekend of February). Teruel is regarded as the "city of mudéjar"
due to numerous buildings designed in this style. All of them are comprised
in the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon which is a World Heritage
Site by the UNESCO.
Teruel's remote and mountainous location
(it is 915 metres above sea level) and its low population has led to relative
isolation within Spain. A campaign group with the slogan "Teruel existe"
("Teruel exists") was founded in 1999 to press for greater recognition
and investment in the city and the province. Due in part to the campaign,
transport connections to Teruel are being greatly improved with the construction
of a motorway between Zaragoza and Sagunto, large parts of which are now
open. However, Teruel remains the only provincial capital in Spain without
a direct railway link to the capital, Madrid.
Hotel Civera was totally refurbished in 2004. The hotel has large
convention and function rooms, a cafeteria and breakfast lounge and its
own car park. Hotel located in the modern centre of the town of Teruel.
In the monument area, next to the "Torico" square, the Cathedral.
The hotel has 73 comfortable rooms with a complete bathroom, telephone,
TV, heating and air conditioning. The Hotel Civera has decorated
its rooms in a classic style, with extensive use of natural light with
blue tones. Large, tasteful bathrooms in marble.
Isabel de Segura, Teruel
located in Teruel city centre. At just five minutes walking from the historical
centre, Hotel Isabel de Segura provides with all the comforts of a urban
hotel and the facilities of an establishment designed to make guests feel
at home. There is a bus stop in front of the main entrance, the Exhibition
Center and the Dinopolis leisure center are nearby, making the hotel a
well situated hotel, ideal for guests on business or holiday trips. Totally
renovated in 2005. The hotel has 66 rooms, modern and functional
to satisfy the necessities of its clients. Rooms have air conditioning,
telephone, Television, Cribs (infant beds) available.
Reina Cristina, Teruel
Reina Cristina de Teruel is a traditional-style hotel featuring tall, shuttered
windows and ornamental balconies. The hotel is situated in the heart of
the historical quarter of the city, 250 metres from Plaza del Torico.
Guests can relax with a coffee in the café or watch television in
the lobby before heading out to explore the city. The restaurant
Reina Cristina is a traditional-style restaurant with white linen-topped
tables serving dishes made using fresh, locally-grown produce. After a
meal in the restaurant guests can dance the night away at the disco.
There are plenty of attractions within easy walking distance of the hotel,
including the Mudejar Towers 300 metres away, and the city cathedral 350
metres away. The nearest airport is Zaragoza Airport, which is 120 kilometres
from the hotel and takes around 90 minutes to reach by car.
de Teruel, Teruel
On the outskirts of historic
Teruel, the hotel is a perfect expression of the mixture of cultures and
styles of this interesting and monumental city, home to some of the most
representative buildings of the Mudejar style. The hotel, a mansion inspired
by this style, combines a plethora of styles and lines in its construction.
Marbles, tiling, ogive arches and arabesque details form part of delightful,
spacious rooms in pastel tones. There is also a large garden with
a swimming pool, tennis courts, and suites appropriate for holding conventions,
meetings and social events. Specialities and traditional dishes - Don’t
miss the local recipes served in the Parador’s restaurant: migas a la pastora
(breadcrumbs), lamb stew, soup ‘en perolico’, lovers’ sighs... cooking
for the most demanding palate.
de Alcaniz, Teruel Province
Built on the la Cumbre Cerro
Pui Pinos hill top, the 12th-13th Century castle-convent was converted
to the seat of the Order of Calatrava in 1179. The Parador, which dominates
the Maestrazgo landscape, has preserved the Tower of Homage, the belfry-sacristy,
and the section converted into an Aragonese Palace in the 18th Century.
The interior features gothic murals, a Plateresque sepulchre and baroque
façade decorated with red, ochre and green shades as well as oak
beams. There is also a peaceful garden area. The hotel provides a large
number of excursions and adventure sports activities. You must try the
huevos a la alcañizana (Alcañiz-style egg dish), ternasco
asado (young roast lamb), or the tortas de Alma y los almendrados (almond
tart). Somontano and Cariñena wines are the perfect accompaniment
for enjoying these culinary delights.
ZARAGOZA HOTELS - ARAGON, SPAIN
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- one of the great
monumental towns in Spain. It was founded some 2000 years ago, and the
Iberians, Romans, Goths and Arabians equally left their heritage. Zaragoza
includes important buildings of Spanish baroque. Today the town is
economically very active, and organizes several important international
fairs. Zaragoza is the culminant point in the valley of the river
Ebro, Spain's most water-bearing river, in an impressive landscape with
picturesque villages and very old traditions and popular customs.
Los Enlaces Zaragoza
AC Los Enlaces is a modern hotel located in the west of Zaragoza, three
kilometres from the centre of the city and just one kilometre from Delicias
railway station. The hotel's restaurant has innovative modern decor
and guests can enjoy a range of traditional Spanish dishes prepared with
fresh local produce. It is complimented by room service, which offers a
selection of drinks and snacks. Business users will benefit from a range
of onsite services, from secretaries and car rental to photocopying, printing
and fax facilities. The health-conscious can make use of the fitness
centre, and those arriving by car will appreciate the nearby parking facilities.
A number of the highlights of Zaragoza, including the Basilica of Our Lady
of the Pillar and the Arab palace of Aljaferia, are within three kilometres
of the hotel.
lovely hotel is strategically located in the heart of the historic city
center, next to Zaragoza's shopping district and only five minutes from
the Basilica del Pilar. It is also close to motorway links with Madrid,
Barcelona, Valencia, Logroño and Pamplona, and just 10 minutes from
the airport. Hotel Hesperia Zaragoza features 86 rooms, a cafe-bar, a car
park and the chance to sample the best Aragonese cuisine at the Al Punto
Restaurant. Located in a modern and functional building, the hotel
offers all the facilities you could wish for on your trip, whether it be
business or pleasure. 86 rooms fitted with: fully-fitted bathroom,
hair-dryer, heating, air conditioning, Wi-Free: free wireless Internet
access and background music
Via Romana Hotel, Zaragoza
The hotel is located right
in the commercial, cultural and business area, 30 metres from the Basilica
Del Pilar, the Seo Cathedral and town hall. It is within easy access to
the main roads to nearby cities and also a few steps away from shops, restaurants
and tourist attractions. Most of the rooms have balconies. The hotel
offers 78 comfortable rooms with complete bathroom. The rooms are nicely
decorated and have all the necessary facilities. The restaurant is
a welcoming area decorated in traditional style and functionally furnished.
Local and International specialities are available.
Zaragoza Royal Hotel, Zaragoza
Husa Zaragoza Royal is a four-storey city-centre hotel housed in a modern
corner building, within 500 metres of Primo de Rivera Park and the Pilar
Cathedral. The intimate Ascot Restaurant serves Mediterranean specialities
and international dishes, and guests can enjoy a wide range of drinks in
the American-style bar. The Primo de Rivera Park is 400 metres from
the hotel, and the Aljaferia, an 11th-century Arabic palace, is one kilometre
away. Zaragoza Delicias station is three kilometres from the hotel and
Zaragoza Airport is 15 kilometres from the hotel.
de Sos del Rey Católico, Zaragoza
Nature and history entwine
in the town of Sos del Rey Católico, a protected historic and artistic
site. Its medieval streets are remarkably well preserved, in a walled town
with seven gates, evoking the times of kings and conquests, nobles and
prosperity. The hotel was recently restored, conserving the features
of the typical Aragonese mansion. Its features include the rectangular
plan tower, balconies, a gallery with wooden railings and a large garden
next to the city wall. In the interior there is a stunning contrast between
the Castilian style furniture and the brightly coloured fabrics of the
remodel. The restaurant offers tradition and authenticity, the smells and
flavours of the cooking of the Villas, the area which gives its name to
the restaurant; here one can try cardoons from Muel with almonds and ham,
migas (breadcrumbs) with eggs and sausage, cod ajoarriero style, the Aragonese
lamb with D.O., cream cheese from Sos or almond cake. A treat for the senses,
to be accompanied by one of the 100 wines in our cellar.
Hotel Reino de Aragon Zaragoza
modern hotel with a light stone façade, the Silken Reino de Aragon
is located in Zaragoza's historical and commercial city centre, three kilometres
from Delicias railway station. Open for lunch and dinner, Los Fueros restaurant
serves typical Spanish cuisine and international dishes in elegant surroundings.
Tapas drinks and snacks are available in Tropical, the hotel bar.Guests
can browse the complimentary newspapers over a coffee, or work off some
energy in the fitness room, open around the clock. Zaragoza's historical
attractions are within easy walking distance from the hotel, including
the Seo cathedral (450 metres) and Aljaferia Palace (one kilometre).
This six-floor hotel features 117 air-conditioned guestrooms, all of which
include satellite television, telephones, free Internet access, minibars,
safes, refrigerators and marble bathrooms.
The Silken Zentro Zaragoza
hotel is located in the centre of Zaragoza, Spain, 500 metres from the
Basilica del Pilar cathedral. Steeped in history, the city of Zaragoza
is the site of Roman remains and an important Renaissance palace, destroyed
during the sieges of Zaragoza. This modern hotel features an early
20th century modernist façade and is set around a large enclosed
courtyard and a vertical garden with panoramic elevators. The Silken
Zentro Zaragoza includes a courtyard cafeteria, a bar and a restaurant
serving a range of international dishes. The hotel offers complimentary
wireless Internet access in public areas and guestrooms, and includes a
business centre and conference rooms. The hotel offers 92 guestrooms over
six floors. All rooms are air- conditioned and offers satellite television
minibars and safes.
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