Castle of Loarre
This emblematic fortress, built between the 11th and 12th centuries, is located very close to Ayerbe. Loarre is the grandest and most spectacular castle in Aragon and is considered the best preserved Romanesque castle in Europe. The fortress defended the border line of the kingdom of Aragon to later become a royal palace and then a monastery.
From an architectural point of view, it is one of the most perfect examples of Romanesque art in Spain and Europe. It occupies a spectacular settlement on a high cliff and is surrounded on its south side by a 13th century wall, the rest being protected by the same rock on which the fortress sits. A walk through its interior, more than one thousand metres high, is a true journey back in time to the Middle Ages. A tour of its passageways, towers and dungeons will make us dream of legends of medieval knights, queens looking out from their lookout towers and times of a harsh and austere life in an impressive setting. From the Mirador de la Reina viewpoint there is a fantastic view of the Hoya de Huesca.