Albarracín (Aragon)

Villages of unknown Spain: Aragon


Peace and quiet, nature, rural charm… a more relaxed kind of tourism discovering the villages of the Aragon region. These are some of the treasures of inland Spain, off the beaten track but with a lot to offer. One good way to explore the region would be to visit at least one of these villages in each province of Aragon: Teruel, Zaragoza, and Huesca.

Albarracín (Teruel, Aragón)

Any time of year is good for visiting this village in southern Aragón, which always appears on the lists of the prettiest in Spain. Albarracín is less than two hours’ drive from Zaragoza and about half an hour from the city of Teruel.Walking around its steep streets and its old town walls and taking photos of its russet-painted medieval houses, you feel as if you’re in a different time, where nobody is ever in a hurry. You can take a guided tour or set off by yourself from the Plaza Mayor, and discover its cathedral, its castle, and interesting places, especially for kids, like the Toy Museum and Mar Nummus, where you’ll find fossils from the sea that once covered this area, 150 million years ago.A 10-minute drive away is the Protected Landscape of Pinares de Rodeno, where you can see World Heritage cave paintings.Some more villages in Teruel worth visiting:Valderrobres, Calaceite, Puertomingalvo, Rubielos de Mora, Cantavieja, Mirabel…

Cantavieja (Aragon)

Daroca, in Zaragoza

A fortified medieval town, very easy to visit thanks to its proximity to the city of Zaragoza, with high-speed train connections to Barcelona and Madrid.Daroca has an interesting historic quarter, surrounded by over three kilometres of 13th- and 14th-century town walls. A short walk brings you to several noble mansions (such as the Casa de los Lunas) and churches like Santo Domingo de Silos and San Juan de la Cuesta, notable for their Mudéjar architecture. You can complete your visit with a tour of the former Jewish quarter, Barrio Nuevo.Some more villages in Zaragoza worth visiting: Anento, Moros, Biel, Uncastillo, Sos del Rey Católico...

Castillo Mayor castle, Daroca (Aragón)

Aínsa (Huesca, Aragón)

Next, we visit the north of the region, and the medieval town of Aínsa. A wander through its historic centre is a great cure for stress. You’ll find beautiful Romanesque churches and cobbled streets, and balconies with pots of colourful flowers.The old castle and the Plaza Mayor are must-sees. The 11th-century castle keep is well preserved and is now an Ecomuseum. In July, the village is the setting for the Castillo de Aínsa International Music Festival. And its Plaza Mayor, a porticoed square, is a great place to enjoy the traditional cuisine of the Pyrenees. Aínsa is also a paradise for nature lovers thanks to its proximity to Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, and to the natural parks of Posets-Maladeta and Sierra de Guara.Some more villages in Huesca worth visiting:Alquézar, Ansó, Benasque, Roda de Isábena, Sallent de Gállego...

Aínsa, Huesca (Aragón)
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