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Aragón's major attraction is its share of the enchanting and peaceful Pyrenees Mountains. Here sensational snow-capped peaks and verdant foothills attract adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers who hike and canyon, or ski and snowboard in winter. Picturesque alpine villages of stone houses and steep roofs provide food, lodgings and entertainment. Highlights are the awe-inspiring Parque Nacional de Ordes y Monte Perdido in the east and the emerald valleys of Echo and Ansó in the west. Benasque in the northeast is a lovely alpine village geared to outdoor pursuits. The villages of Ainsa and Alquézar are medieval jewels. ...

Aragón's major attraction is its share of the enchanting and peaceful Pyrenees Mountains. Here sensational snow-capped peaks and verdant foothills attract adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers who hike and canyon, or ski and snowboard in winter. Picturesque alpine villages of stone houses and steep roofs provide food, lodgings and entertainment. Highlights are the awe-inspiring Parque Nacional de Ordes y Monte Perdido in the east and the emerald valleys of Echo and Ansó in the west. Benasque in the northeast is a lovely alpine village geared to outdoor pursuits. The villages of Ainsa and Alquézar are medieval jewels. An outstanding example of Aragón's Romanesque architecture is Monasterio de San Juan de La Peña on the western side of Aragón's Pyrenees. In the center of the region on the Río Ebro, Aragón's capital Zaragoza is a thriving metropolis: enjoy its wonderful historic center laced with Roman, Muslim and Renaissance memories. The Aljafería, once a sultan's palace, has rich Alhambra-style decorations and a mihrab. In Aragón's dry south are the small towns of Daroca and Albarracín with castles and winding streets.

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John Noble is a coauthor of Lonely Planet's Spain, Andalucia, and Mexico as well as many other LP titles from Indonesia to Belize to Brazil.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northeastern Spain bordering France.
  • Language: Castilian (Spanish), Catalan, Aragonese, Galician, Basque
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Year-round in the entire region. Summer for walking, climbing, canyoning and sightseeing.