Spain (Kingdom of Spain)

Languages: Spanish

Currencies: EUR · Euro (€)

Capitol: Madrid

Continents: Europe

Borders: France, Morocco, Gibraltar, Portugal, Andorra

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Area: 505,992km2

Population: 47,351,567

Traffic/driving side: right

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: Yes

United Nations member: Yes

IDD Prefix: +34

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Last updated on April 22, 2024

The ancient Kingdom of Aragon was the only region I haven’t been exploring in Spain. The last 15 years I have traveled throughout Spain via many road, train and hiking routes. Aragon region with majestic Pyrenees was on my list for a long time. But with such dramatic mountain peaks reaching up to 3404 meters, I needed to secure enough time to explore this land of huge heritage, magnificent natural wonders and food delights.

I hiked number of Pyrenees trails, took one of the most scenic road trips through Pyrenees from Spain to France, visited old medieval towns and flagship cities of the region and here is my recommendation on best things to see on a road trip in Aragon region, chose from best routes and hiking trails to live a magnificent exploration adventure. 

Lifetime road trip in Aragon region.

It’s hard to say which is the most captivating part of the Aragon’s region, as it differs so much with breathtaking landscapes and heritage.

There are 17 Autonomous regions in Spain (including Canary Islands Archipelago), each extremely rich with its unique culture, topography and centuries-old traditions – feels like visiting separate countries. 

Aragon is situated in the northeastern part of Spain, it is blessed with diverse geographical features, from dramatic mountain range – Pyrenees to lush river valleys and picturesque plains. It comprises three provinces: Huesca, Zaragoza, and Teruel – with Zaragoza its capital city.

1. Drive the scenic road through majectic Pyrenees from Spain to France.

Aragon is famous for its unique natural wonders with top sites and activities. I explored both sides of the mountains – Spanish and French, and I highly recommend:

  • Scenic road trip through Pyrenees from Spain to France via Col du Pourtalet – READ MORE HERE. 
  • Stunning Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, showcasing jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, and abundant wildlife – CHECK MY HIKING TRAILS IN PYRENEES,
  • Intriguing Monegros Desert with its otherworldly landscapes,
  • Visit Medieval mountain towns.
Travel through the most scenic road in the Pyrenees from Spain to France.

Best car rental in Spain.

If you are looking for best rental deals, I always use RENTALCARS.COM, the world’s largest online car rental service, comparing offers from majority of rental companies. 

There are two countries you are allowed to drive to from Spain: France and Andora. You need to communicate this while collecting the car and purchase extra insurance of Euro 20/per each trip. 

Best road trips in Aragon in Spain

I used for all my trips over the last 3 years. I always go for a full protection insurance but the car quality was great and I had zero problems during my long car rental. 

There are number of routes to take for an amazing road trip in Aragon – one in Ordesa National Park, visit the mountain towns or take a spectacular road trip via the Pyrenees to Lourdes (France)- world famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes and pilgrimage destination.

Discover the sacred city of Lourdes at the foot of French Pyrenees.

2. Stay in one of the medieval mountain towns.

Staying in one of the charming villages of the Pyrenees should be on your road trip itinerary in Aragon region:

1. BROTO – charming small town located in Broto Valley. Broto is a great tourist hub ideal place if you are staying over for few nights and a fantastic gateaway for number of hikes in the area. Best accommodation options HERE.

2. TORLA-ORDESA – highly popular mountain town in the heart of the Aragonese Pyrenees. 

3. SALLENT DE GALLEGO – lovely town located on the foot of dramatic mountain range. It’s a perfect gateaway for hiking trails across one of the highest peaks in Pyrenees but also for some skiing adventure. Choose accommodation HERE. 

4. BIELSA – an amazing village with 500 inhabitats surrounded by incredible nature. Check accommodation options HERE.

Lifetime road trip in Aragon Mountains in Spain.
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3. Go on hiking or skiing adventure in Pyrenees Mountains.

Great 1-day hikes in Spanish Pyrenees.

Aragon offers an array of outdoor activities to thrill adventure lovers. Hike through the mesmerizing Ordesa Valley, ski down the slopes of Formigal or Candanchu in winter, or indulge in water sports on the Ebro River.

If you prefer more active style of traveling – check amazing one-day hiking trails in Pyrenees Mountains – including magnificent Ordesa National Park with popular rock climbing and over 20 hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels.

Pyrenees are the tallest limestone massif in Europe, spreading along Spanish and French border for almost 500 kilometres. With Aneto – the highest peak reaching 3404 metres, it’s a great destination for hikers and climbers wilderness enthusiasts. 

4. Visit Zaragoza - Aragon's capital city.

Zaragoza is a must stop on your road trip through Aragon. Zaragoza is the region’s bustling capital, where modernity merges seamlessly with historical charm. Visit the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, an iconic symbol of Zaragoza. Discover the rich collection of art at the Museo Goya, showcasing the works of the famous painter Francisco Goya.

Top things to see in Zaragoza – a historical and cultural gem of Aragon, Spain.

Majestic Basílica del Pilar.

The Basílica del Pilar, founded in the 12th century, is extremely important religious site in Zaragoza and the whole Spain, dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, the patroness of the city. If you are lucky you can experience the vibrant festivals of Aragon, such as the Fiestas del Pilar in Zaragoza, a celebration of the patron saint of the city. 

Visit breathtaking Aljafería Palace.

Witness the grandeur of the Aljafería Palace, a stunning Islamic fortress in Zaragoza. Check my post from visiting Aljafería Palace for useful tips and ticket information. 

The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses a museum showcasing its rich history, as well as an array of beautiful courtyards, gardens, and ornate rooms of stunning Moorish architecture.

5. Try Aragon's traditional dishes.

Aragonese cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh and local ingredients, it will be difficult to find fresh sea food or vegetarian dishes. Majority of traditional dishes would be meat –  savor the culinary treasures of the region, including hearty stews like the lamb-based ternasco and escudella – a flavorsome meat and vegetable stew. However, Aragon culinary experience has to play a part of the road trip in Aragon!

Best road trips in Aragon in Spain

Traditional Dishes – Try the hearty Lamb Chilindrón, flavorful Trucha a la Aragonesa (Aragonese trout), or various tapas dishes that capture the essence of the region’s culinary traditions.

The region has exeptional cheese and famous olive oil from Bajo Aragon, known for its exceptional quality. Huesca olive oil I bought has light green colour and tastes incredible. Sample Migas – a mix of fried bread, sausages, and garlic. The renowned jijas de buey, bull meat sausages marinated in spices.

If you are a meat eater you can’t miss extremely popular Teruel’s cured ham, which owes its unique flavor to the region’s cold, dry climate. Indulge in fragrant truffles harvested from the hills of Sarrión.

6. Huesca

I stayed in Huesca for a week to discover it boasts numerous historical landmarks showcasing its ancient past.

Huesca offers a truly memorable experience and is a mus stop in your road trip in Aragon – I would never expect to find such magnificent historical sights – see yourself below. This overwhelming historical city was the capital of the Kingdom of ARAGON between 1096 and 1118.

Iconic Huesca Cathedral.

Huesca Cathedral, a magnificent masterpiece of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Dating back to the 13th century, this religious gem enchants visitors with its intricate details, stunning stained glass windows, and a majestic altar. 

The cathedral’s tower offers panoramic views of the city, making it a treat for history enthusiasts and photography aficionados alike. Opening times are from 2024. 

San Pedro el Viejo Abbey Monastery.

Abbey of San Pedro el Viejo – A captivating Romanesque church with traces of Mudéjar influences. Admire the elegant cloister and the crypt with its unique frescoes from the 12th century.

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