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Slow Driving routes in Aragon
Discover the 7 unique routes where you can enjoy Aragon and its surroundings.
Aragon Kings Route
Aragón is a unique destination offering attractions difficult to ignore: An unrepeatable experience in a unique destination. You can discover this by taking the Aragon Kings Route, which crosses Aragon from north to south, evoking the historical advance of the formation of the territory of Aragon.
From the mythical Somport Pass, the historical entrance to the Kingdom, opened in 1035 in the Pyrenees valleys by its first king, Ramiro I, this exciting route extends through spectacular mountain landscapes, high Pyrenean peaks, valleys, crop fields, extensive countryside and vineyards, vibrant cities and some of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
The second king, Sancho Ramírez, founded the first city of Aragón, Jaca, where you will find incredible Romanesque architecture. The Kingdom expanded to the south, as you will discover on your trip: Pedro I incorporated Huesca; Alfonso I, the cities of Zaragoza and Daroca; and Alfonso II, the first King of the Crown of Aragon (son of Queen Petronilla and Prince Ramon Berenguer IV), who incorporated Teruel, the city of love, modernism and Mudejar.
In Aragon, the living history of Christians, Jews and Muslims, forms an air of hospitality and harmony. Escaping the routine and travelling through Aragon is to enter an endless world of sensations, as each location hides a different story where tradition, adventure and modernity are the stars.
Origins of the Reino Route
This route leads us to the greenest valleys of the Aragonese Pyrenees: Hecho and Ansó. The Atlantic influence on the climate, with more rain and milder temperatures, together with the lower altitude of the mountains, give these valleys a softened aspect that contrasts with the rest of the Aragonese Pyrenees.
The leisurely tour of these beautiful places will also allow us to discover the origins of the Reino de Aragón, by visiting places such as the impressive Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña with its royal pantheon and the valleys that resulted in the birth of Aragon.
Secrets of the Pre-Pyrenees route
The Pre-Pyrenees charms everyone who visits it and on this route we will discover some of the secrets of the Aragonese Pre-Pyrenees. This mountainous strip is not only the prelude to the emblematic peaks of the Pyrenees, but an area of great scenic and cultural value in itself that should not have any envy of the Pyrenees, because the beauty of its landscapes combines a great historical, cultural and artistic heritage.
Here, history has left its mark on medieval towns, Romanesque churches, walls, towers… and nature has done the rest by leaving behind canyons, gorges, rivers, creating varied landscapes for those who seek something different. In its expanse, natural areas stand out, such as the River Vero Cultural Park or the Natural Park of the Mountains and Canyons of Guara, and a small inclusion in the UNESCO World Geopark of Sobrarbe-Pirineos, which consists of natural surroundings of great beauty and variety harbouring history and art in equal measure with examples such as the rock art of the River Vero, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Route of the Castles
This route runs through the heart of the regions of Las Cinco Villas and La Hoya de Huesca. The mountains of Biel, Luesia, Luna and Santo Domingo are the pre-Pyrenean foothills that extend between the provinces of Huesca and Zaragoza, framing the beautiful villages full of art and history. It is a land of borders between Christians and Muslims, and, later, between Christian kingdoms.
Typical corners, churches, castles, medieval routes or popular architecture, here Romanesque features shine in all their splendour, like in places such as Sos del Rey Católico and Uncastillo. Beautiful and unsuspected spots, cereal plains, mountains, valleys, rivers and forests in surroundings that are dominated by the force of nature. And the Santuario de Monlora, raised upon the plain of a hill, it becomes the perfect balcony to look out over these lands. No place escapes the variety of colours and shades that are so typical of a diverse landscape that changes with each season.
Heart of Moncayo Route
This route is dominated by the imposing mass of Moncayo, a lofty and isolated mountain that the Romans called “Mons Caius”. This giant, with its almost perpetual snow, stands as a visible border between the Castilian plateau and the Aragonese steppes of the Ebro depression and is the maximum height of the Iberian system. Standing more than 1,500 metres in altitude, the vegetation varies from Mediterranean species to the high mountain ones.
This amazing gradation of different bioclimatic levels, turn this mountain into an authentic manual of geobotany. Municipalities such as Tarazona, San Martín de la Virgen del Moncayo or Santa Cruz del Moncayo, can be points of departure to discover this beautiful Natural Park. Its surprising beech forest is one of the southernmost in Europe and makes autumn the most spectacular time of year to appreciate the multi-coloured richness of its forests. Towns such as Calcena or Purujosa give their name to the southern slope or “the hidden face”, which is the least known of the Moncayo.
Universal Mountains Route
The region of the Sierra de Albarracín is a territory of recondite landscapes and architectures with a strong presence. These mountains hide impressive landscapes arising from a difficult orography, which are articulated around a varied set of ravines, canyons, rocks, valleys and extensive forests of conifers, junipers and holm oaks. This beautiful natural space was the cradle of primitive prehistoric communities, which expressed their lifestyles in a graphic way in important samples of rock art, the remains of which are grouped in the collection of Rock Art Coverings of Levantine style of the Mediterranean Arc, and have been declared World Heritage, forming the Cultural Park of Albarracín. Also in its municipalities we can discover the traces that the Roman Empire left behind on its way through the region. A quiet and pleasant tour to enjoy the peace that nature offers.
Silent Pass Route
This route explores the wild lands of the Maestrazgo and the mountains and valleys of the Gúdar-Javalambre region. These lands are home to remarkable historical legacy and a rich architectural and cultural heritage that gives the region its own unique character. The towns and villages of the Maestrazgo are perched on a rugged terrain marked by mountains, ravines, formidable buttes and narrow, fertile meadows. Its extensive pine groves, highlands, narrow riverbanks and bare rocky cliffs create an ample range of natural spaces with significant ecological and scenic value. The Gúdar-Javalambre region is marked by a mountain massif that belongs to the Iberian System: the Sierra de Gúdar and the Sierra de Javalambre. This is a truly stunning region home to picturesque walled medieval villages, Romanesque and Gothic churches and chapels, castles, and medieval bridges. A route along which every discovery is an unforgettable experience.