Living a journey to the full. No hurry. No stress. Looking at every detail through the car window. Stopping at every viewpoint. This is what you will be able to do on any of the 16 routes, to be completed at your own pace, in this inland area of northern Spain. You will find everything, from some of the largest steppes in Europe to deep forests. You will visit the famous Piedra Monastery and other natural areas, such as the Pyrenees and the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.
There are several routes designed to help you learn about the region's past. For example, the "Kings of Aragon” route, which crosses the territory from north to south through all the towns that were incorporated into the old kingdom: Jaca, Huesca, Zaragoza, Daroca and Teruel. The "Origins of the Kingdom of Aragon" route passes through the green valleys of Hecho and Ansó, and a stop at the impressive San Juan de la Peña Monastery with its royal pantheon is highly recommended.
How about going to see fortresses on the "Castles” route through towns like Sos del Rey Católico and Uncastillo? You also have the option of taking the "Goya and the Vestiges of War" route, following in the footsteps of one of the great geniuses of painting, who was born in this part of Spain.Another option is to explore the regions of Matarraña and Bajo Aragón on the "Aragonese Tuscany" route. Here, relaxation and the concept of slow travel take on a whole new meaning, as you pass through medieval and stone villages where the best thing to do is simply enjoy the area. This route includes interesting trails for learning about the history of the ancient Iberians or the cold vaults: ancient ice wells dug under the ground.
"La Ronda de Ordesa" is one of the most impressive routes of all, as it passes through the spectacular landscapes of the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park and the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. Peaks of over 3,000 metres, incredible gorges, glaciers... Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful areas in southern Europe, with cave paintings that have been declared a World Heritage Site.But there are many more routes and they are very varied. For example, the "Secrets of the Pre-Pyrenees” route, which includes the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park. On the other hand, the "Heart of Moncayo” route offers you the chance to discover this imposing mountain, which the Romans called "Mons Caius". It is surrounded by legends and has one of the southernmost beech forests in Europe. You can also complete the "Silent Ports” route through the walled and medieval villages of Gújar-Javalambre. Or change scenery completely to take the "Desert and Carthusian” route through the Monegros region: one of the largest steppes in Europe, where erosion has created shapes and colours that seem to be from another planet.
If you are looking for a place with countless hiking and cycling routes, the place for you is Alto Gállego, with its beautiful Lanuza and Búbal reservoirs. This is the "Wonders of Tena and Serrablo" road route. On the route, you will visit villages with Pyrenean architecture. If you are travelling with your family, we highly recommend the semi-free-range animal park of Lacuniacha or the spectacular Hoz de Jaca Tyrolian traverse. It is the longest double zip line in Europe and also operates at night. If it is winter, you can also visit the ski resorts of Formigal and Panticosa. The "Wild Pyrenees” route takes you to the area where the last glacial extensions dominated by the Aneto still survive: Ribagorza. Here you can try your hand at "taming" the white waters of the river Esera, or go downhill skiing at the Cerler ski resort, go mountaineering (there are 45 peaks over 3,000 metres high), try caving in the Cueva de Alba or go to Castejón de Sos, one of the largest paragliding centres in Spain.
Routes through beautiful villages
For example, the "Montes Universales" route passes through a village that is always described as one of the most beautiful in Spain. This is Albarracín. Situated at the top of a steep slope, a stroll through its narrow cobbled streets opening onto charming little squares is a highly recommended experience. In addition, its natural surroundings hide important examples of rock art that have been declared World Heritage Sites.
The “Magical Corner of Teruel" route offers different travel plans, such as following in the footsteps of the brilliant filmmaker Luis Buñuel, discovering what the spectacular Holy Weeks in this area are all about, admiring the beauty of the Grutas de Cristal de Molinos or experiencing what life was like for the miners in Escucha by going deep down into a real coal mine.The "Off the Beaten Track Pre-Pyrenees" route offers you the most exotic route to discover two medieval villages, a Chinese wall, a Buddhist temple, walkways through a rock wall, a Renaissance village and a Templar castle in Monzón.Finally, we could not miss the well-known Piedra Monastery which is part of the "Water and Mudejar” route. It is a historic garden full of picture-perfect waterfalls. In the vicinity, there are also the beautiful nineteenth-century spas of Alhama de Aragón, perfect for a relaxing end to a road trip.
On the slowdrivingaragon.com website, you will find detailed information on each of the 16 routes including distance, recommended stages, estimated time and services you will find along the way.