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Aragon - The Land of Moors and Romans   by Mark Buckingham

Featured Aragon Hotels

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.

Landscape in Autumn, Near Teruel, Aragon, Spain
Alquezar Town, Alquezar, Aragon, Spain 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

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.

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. 


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 - 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 traditions.
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Barcelo 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 and coffees. 
Exterior Views Parador 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 - 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.
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Hospederia de Arguis, Arguis, Huesca (20 kms)
The 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. 
Hotel Era Conte, Bierge, Huesca (30 kms)
Hotel 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
Hotel La Posada de La Luna, Huesca
Posing 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 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.

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Hotel Civera, Teruel
The 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.
Hotel Isabel de Segura, Teruel
Hotel 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.
Hotel Reina Cristina, Teruel
Hotel 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. 
Parador 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. 
Parador 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 - 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.
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AC Los Enlaces Zaragoza
The 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.
Hotel Hesperia Zaragoza
This 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
Husa 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.
Husa Zaragoza Royal Hotel, Zaragoza
The 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.
Parador 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.
Silken Hotel Reino de Aragon Zaragoza
A 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.
Silken Zentro Zaragoza
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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