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Places in Spain - Aragon Region

 

In the north-eastern part of Spain, the region of Aragon is one of the most history-rich regions of Spain yet most of its surface area is arid, featureless land and off the tourist menu. See the ancient town of Calatayud for a mass of history.

 

 

 

This ancient land is divided into three provinces, Zaragoza, Huesca and remote Teruel. The most visited being the region's capital, Zaragoza, not least of all because it lies on the main route from Madrid to Barcelona.

 

Aragon is best known for two of its former residents. Catherine of Aragon who foolishly married Henry VIII and Ferdinand of Aragon who married Queen Isabella of Castille and Leon in the 15th century.

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Aragon prides itself on its bull-fighting traditions. In September many of the villages have their own festivities when bulls run through the streets.

 

The region may also be known for its energetic dance, 'The jota' which originates from the 1700's. A leaping dance performed by both men and women.

 

The people of Aragon are a friendly race and are happy with the simple things in life. They have an in-bred love of their country and their heritage. This is always reflected in their folklore and traditions.

You can watch our video of the Aragonese 'Jota' below. This is a perfect example of Aragonese folk dance with traditional music and genuine local costume.

Facts about Aragon

Aragon is a region of Spain, located in the north-east of the country

Aragon comprises of three provinces; Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel

The capital of Aragon is Zaragoza

Aragon covers around 47,719km2

Most of the land in Aragon consists of green valleys, rich pastures and orchards

Half of the population of Aragon live in Zaragoza

Spanish is the only language widely spoken and accepted in Aragon although Aragonese is still spoken in some rural areas

Much of Aragons' irrigation comes from the River Ebro

Aragon survives on agriculture and massive industries, mainly based around Zaragoza

Aragon is famous for: Elizabeth of Aragon (Queen consort of Portugal 1271-1336), Goya, 18th century painter, Ferdinand II of aragon, married Isabella I of Castille and united Aragon with the Kingdom of Castille

 

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