The northern region of Spain, Aragon, is one of the least known regions for travel. However, it is a very large region, its territory is one and a half times the size of a country like Belgium. This can give us an idea of what it can contain inside.
It is a region rich in culture and extraordinary beauty, full of contrasts.
From north to south we can find natural parks, mountains, medieval villages and castles, and mudejar towers.
In this article we are going to focus on the natural secrets it contains. They are sure to fascinate you.
The main attractions are:
What places of interest are there in Huesca, Aragon?
- Montfalco footbridges
- Bujaruelo Valley
- Finestres Chinese Wall
- Torrollones de Jubierre
What places of interest are there to see in Zaragoza, Aragon?
- Aguarales de Valpalmas
- One of the most famous sights: Pozo Pígalo pool in Luesia, Aragon.
- Pool of Pozo de los Aines
- The archaeological site of Los Bañales and its attractions in Aragon.
What places of interest are there to see in Teruel de Aragón?
- Cañart Caves
- Views of the nature in the natural park of Pinares de Rodeno, Aragon
- Salt de la Portellada river
- Parrizal de Beceite
Between the provinces of Huesca and Lleida lies one of the most impressive routes in Aragon and certainly in Spain, not to be missed. The Montfalcó footbridges take you over dizzying cliffs and grandiose gorges, over bridges and along paths that offer spectacular views of the gorges. A perfect route for nature lovers – but not for those with vertigo! It is important to wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear and to avoid midday in July and August. It is also possible to walk the first section and return by kayak along the river!
Valle de Bujaruelo
When you enter the heart of the Ordesa National Park, you can enjoy the unique landscape of the Bujaruelo Valley and the best range of mountain activities in the Central Pyrenees. In this valley there are waterfalls, rivers, high mountain flora and fauna, aerial trails and incredible black pine forests. It is also known for some of the last glaciers in the Pyrenees, the remains of the Hermitage of San Nicolás de Bujaruelo and the San Nicolás Bridge, the landmark of the valley. Another place in Aragon with sights that must be seen when visiting Spain.
Finestres Chinese Wall
The Finestres Chinese Wall, although not as long as its namesake, is spectacular and a true geological wonder. It forms one of the landmarks with a natural border between Aragon and Catalonia and is made up of completely vertical rock layers, created by the tectonic forces that have brought the rock to this curious position. Its real name is Roque de la Vila, and it can be observed from viewpoints or from the abandoned village of Finestres, but also during a boat trip on the Canelles reservoir.
Torrollones of Jubierre
The Monegasque Desert is an arid region where it is difficult to adapt to the rigors of the climate. It is not a destination to observe flora or fauna, but Jubierre offers an incomparable landscape, the result of intense wind erosion that shapes the terrain into all kinds of unique reliefs and formations. Here you will feel like you are on another planet, but we assure you that the Torrollones de Jubierre are very close to your home. The most famous natural monuments in Jubierre are the Tozal de la Cobeta, the Tozales de los Pedregales, the Tozal de Colasico, the Tozal Solitario, the Mirador Oriental and the Peña Altar. In Aragon there are many of these monuments to visit!
Aguarales of Valpalmas
You don’t have to go all the way to Cappadocia in Turkey to see the Göreme Valley, because in Zaragoza there are these famous chimneys on a smaller scale two kilometers from Valpalmas. The Aguarales de Valdemilaz are geological formations formed by water erosion and known as “piping”: Over thousands of years, the clay soil was eroded and lowered by the action of water and wind, creating stalactites of earth. In any case, these mysterious figures will immediately captivate you, creating a landscape that gives the feeling of walking through a dream. You can do the route on foot or by car.
One of the most famous sights: Pozo Pígalo swimming pool in Luesia, Aragon
This swimming pool is one of the most famous sights in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon. It is located in the Arba de Luesia River and is very popular in the summer, as it is an ideal place to swim after making your way there. The pool with its waterfall is surrounded by huge walls of folded rock, in a setting of pine forests with picnic areas. Nearby is a campsite, so you can count on its services if necessary.
Pozo de los Aines Basin
This large basin, 23 meters deep, has a temperature several degrees cooler than the surface of the water. Therefore, the interior of the basin is covered with creepers and plants that hang down the walls, as well as a layer of water lilies above the water. The small microclimate of this lagoon is home to a variety of unique animals and plants. It looks like a place from a fairy tale, and it is not surprising that the fountain also has many legends surrounding its name and origin. Next to it, there is a network of caves and a staircase that leads down to a viewpoint with a beautiful view of the fountain.
The archaeological site of Los Bañales and its attractions in Aragon
Los Bañales is an archaeological site located in the municipality of Uncastillo. It covers an area of more than 20 hectares. It also contains the remains of a Roman aqueduct, thermal baths dating back to the 1st century AD. And also a Roman bathhouse. In 2003, it was declared a cultural heritage site. Therefore, archaeologists here study urbanization, cultural change, imperialism, trade and exchange, landscape and social history. The site can be visited by anyone interested, and for the curious there are explanatory panels.
Caves Cuevas de Cañart
The Cañart Caves were built in the Middle Ages as a defensive structure on the southern border. They have been declared a Cultural Property and preserve their medieval historical core. El Portal de Marzo is the only witness to the wall that once surrounded the city. There was also a castle perched on a hill above the village, but there are no remains of it today. Here you can feel the atmosphere of the past and the ghosts of lost times!
Sights of nature in the protected landscape area Pinares de Rodeno, Aragon
And what else is there to see in Aragon? The Pinares de Rodeno Landscape Reserve consists of an extensive pine forest of oaks or resinous trees that grow in the red sandstone. In addition, prehistoric man lived in this unique place and we can see evidence of his life in the magnificent rock art that is part of the UNESCO Natural Heritage. It is possible to visit the dwellings where they produced their works of art, which represent daily life between 12,000 and 6,500 years ago.
River Salt de la Portellada
The waterfall of the Tastavins River, a tributary of the Matarraña River, is a spectacular waterfall 20 meters high. The flow of the Salt de la Portellada depends on rainfall, so the water can disappear in periods of drought. In spring, the waterfall is very strong thanks to the rains that have increased the flow of the river Tastavins – a real spectacle. Below the waterfall there is a beach where you can swim in the refreshing water. In summer, when the amount of water is reduced, from the top of the waterfall you can observe the strange shapes created by the erosion of the rocks.
Parrizal de Beceite
The Parrizal de Beceite is a mountain route that allows you to discover the great variety of vegetation. Although it is a relatively easy route, it offers the hiker unbeatable views from the vertiginous paths that cross the Matarraña River. The landscape that the river has carved into the 60-meter high stone is one of the most traveled routes in the province of Teruel.