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This former kingdom, which once ruled the Mediterranean, is currently of great interest and marked by contrasts and magnificent countryside. It is a region rich in folklore and is home to the highest peaks on the Iberian Peninsula, surrounded by Spains best ski resorts.
Arrive in Zaragoza.
Full day in Zaragoza. Once capital of the Taifa in the 11th Century, still preserves superb examples of the mudejar art, such as the Castle-Palace of Aljaferia, the Cathedral of San Salvador or La Seo and the Churches of; San Pablo, La Magdalena, San Miguel and San Gil. Also worth visiting, although not of mudejar style is the impressive Basilica de El Pilar (open daily from 5.45am-9.30pm), an impressive 17th-century church like no other in Spain. Inside there is much to admire including eleven finely tiled cupolas. Zaragoza has a lively night scene which terrific tapas bars each featuring their own speciality of the house.
Day trip to the Monasterio de Piedra (Stone Monastery) in Nuévalos which stands in a beautiful park full of grottoes and waterfalls. This monastery was built in 1195, and although it was rebuilt in the 19th century some of the original buildings still survive.
Accommodation in ARA 08.
Travel north to the Ordesa and Monte Perdido (Lost Mountain) national park, to enjoy the natural wonders of this area. Stop en-route to visit Huesca. Founded in the 1st century BC, it was capital of Aragon until 1118. This pleasant old town and provincial capital, has a gothic Cathedral, with some Mudejar features. Opposite the Cathedral lies the town Hall, in Renaissance style.
The Ordesa and Monte Perdido park is a great example of typical Spanish Pyrenees scenery. Within the park there are four glacial canyons giving the area spectacular cliffs and chasms. In winter you can find several popular sky resorts in the area, and in the summer an abundance of hiking routes to explore.
Full day to relax and enjoy Jaca, an ancient city (2nd century AD) which has an 11th century cathedral, one of Spains oldest, containing an interesting Diocesan Museum. Also worth seeing here is the 16th century pentagonal Citadel, a fort on the edge of the town. explore the area west and south west of Jaca including the Monastery of San Juan de la Peņa which has two interesting churches inside dating from the 10th and 13th centuries. The l3th church has an especially interesting main pantheon, considered the most complete Romanesque pantheon in Spain, but the cloister is even more so: it is covered by a vault hewn out of the rock and its capitals depict different religious subjects. Visit also Loarre, the most important Romanesque fortress in Spain, which became a monastery at the end of the llth century.
Drive south to Alcaņiz, stop en-route at Huesca capital of the Aragonese Pyrenees; it stands on a hill overlooking the lands of river Isuela, In Huesca we can find examples of art of all ages and styles Romanesque in the churches of San Pedro el Viejo and San Miguel, Gothic in the Cathedral, the Renaissance and the Town Hall, Baroque in the church of Santo Domingo, modernisim in the Casino Enjoy here "ajoarriero de Huesca" (based on cod, oil and garlic).On the way to Alcaņiz we can stop in Hijar where you can enjoy the rest of three civilizations at Jewish district, Morisco District and Christian District.
Full day in Alcaņiz one of the main cities of the kingdom of Aragón. Alcaņiz has great amount of monuments of historical character, like the castle Calatravo, ex-colegiata or the market among others. Beautiful collections of medieval buildings at Plaza de Espaņa, Renaissance architecture of the city hall. Baroque features and Mudejar influences at the neighbouring former collegiate church of Santa María la Mayor. Military constructions, such as the castle of Los Calatravos.
Accommodation at the parador in Alcaņiz.