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Aragón, Spain travel guide ??

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The next round of action from the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) takes place in Aragón, Spain this weekend. Aragón is one of Spain’s lesser known regions but is home to picturesque landscapes, medieval villages, and the lively regional capital of Zaragoza.

Aragón region

Aragón isn’t the most famous region in Spain but those that do know it, know it for its rugged landscapes and a culture that is steeped in tradition. The region’s pinnacle landscapes sit to the north of Aragón. Here you’ll find the Pyrenees mountain range which separates the Spanish from their neighbours in France. Hiking trails and ski slopes can be found all along the Pyrenees but the part that passes into the Aragón region is well known for offering some of the best activities and most beautiful rock formations, as it is the highest section of the mountain range.

In the rest of the region you’ll find plenty of small medieval villages and towns that are full to the brim with culture and historical significance. The rural countryside is dotted with Moorish architecture, Romanesque churches and ancient castles. And at the heart of each of these towns and villages is traditional Spanish cuisine with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation – the region is best known for its Morcilla (black pudding) and Aragonese garlic soup.

And if you’d prefer to explore the culture of Spain at a quicker pace, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the region’s capital, Zaragoza.

Zaragoza has a fantastic tapas bar scene and some lively nightlife but is also home to well-preserved Roman remains and a medieval Islamic palace built during the 11th century (Aljafería Palace).

Once you’ve done exploring the Aragón region, take in the remaining picturesque landscapes with a ride or drive down to one of Spain’s major coastal cities. Valencia and Barcelona are both around 3 hours’ drive from Zaragoza, making them within easy reach even on a short break.

Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant city break destination where you can combine the hustle and bustle of city life with relaxation on the beach and in the crisp blue waters of the Med.

Barcelona also offers great food and stunning architecture to admire in its Gothic Quarter. Plus of course, some historic and well-known attractions such as La Sagrada Família church and the Park Güell.

Head a little out of town for a hike up the Montserrat mountain range and enjoy the views from the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat.

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Valencia

Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and offers plenty of attractions for the whole family, along with several beautiful beaches to rival those found in Barcelona.

The city’s historic architecture (such as the 15th century gothic towers which formed part of the city walls) are juxtaposed by the futuristic planetarium and oceanarium. There are also plenty of green spaces on offer, perfect for a relaxing walk to build up an appetite for lunch in one of Valencia’s top restaurants.

Valencia is well-known for its fantastic food scene, with plenty of delicious fish dishes on offer, and its nightlife.

Currency

The local currency in Spain is the euro. Cards are widely accepted across Spain, so are an excellent way of carrying your travel money securely. Some establishments will occasionally ask you to show ID when using credit or debit cards.

Tipping is almost always optional. In restaurants, people leave small change and up to 5% tip is considered generous.

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Mariette Ferreira

Mariette Ferreira

Mariette heads up marketing at FairFX. She loves travelling, scuba diving and South Africa, but she's yet to combine all three in one.

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