Aragón encompasses a vast tract of mountainous landscape in Spain’s northeast, and its roots go deep into the history of Spain as we know it today.
Explore this region’s dramatic scenery, where high mountain valleys are speckled with tranquil lakes and medieval villages. Learn about Aragón’s unique confluence of Iberian, Roman and Moorish cultures, which shaped the province over centuries.
Discover Zaragoza, the provincial capital in the valley of the Ebro River. See the monumental Baroque masterpiece, the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, and check out its neighbor, the Cathedral of San Salvador. The city’s Moorish heritage can be seen in the architecture of the Aljafería Palace.
Discover the distinctive style of Goya in a museum within the renowned artist’s former home, Casa Museo de Goya.
Zaragoza’s modern attractions include the enormous Zaragoza Aquarium and the fantastic dining on its El Tubo strip. This neighborhood is ideal for indulging in some local tapas and wines in the lively bars and restaurants.
Make your way to the southern city of Teruel to see some of the region’s best examples of Mudéjar architecture, created over centuries of Islamic and Christian rule. Visit the Santa María de Mediavilla Cathedral or head to Cervera de la Cañada for the Parish Church of Santa Tecla.
Be sure to put aside time to explore Aragón’s monumental landscapes. The Western Valleys Nature Park and Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park are great places to discover hiking trails and mountain scenery. Go canyoning in the Mallos de Riglos or ski in the Aragón Valley’s winter resorts. Popular choices are Candanchú, Formigal and Astún.
Reach Aragón by flying into Zaragoza’s international airport. The region has a good bus and rail network. Rent a car to explore its far-flung mountain vistas and preserved medieval villages.
Aragón’s metropolitan cities and architectural treasures are year-round destinations, but if you are planning an adventure in the mountains be sure to check the weather conditions for your trip.