Aragon, birthplace of the famous painter Francisco de Goya, is a place with a lot to offer: from famous ski resorts to an important historical and cultural heritage, where you can discover castles, monasteries, examples of Mudejar architecture, natural parks of great beauty ... Of course, tasting the gastronomy of this place is always a real pleasure.
Today we move to Aragon to talk about their parks Cultural, territories that contain important elements of cultural heritage integrated into an environment of unique landscape and ecological value, which enjoy global protection and promotion. Would you like to discover them?
Río Martín Cultural Park
First of all, we want to talk about the Río Martín Cultural Park, which is located around the middle course of the Martín river, where along cannons and ravines are grouped more than 40 shelters with prehistoric rock art. In addition, here you can find important Mudejar monuments, Iberian towns and fortifications, historical-artistic ensembles, castles, hermitages ...
Of course, the park also surprises with its rich geological and paleontological heritage. Also, in the place you can find a great variety of protected species of flora and fauna. In this sense, we must highlight the observatories of raptors from Alacón and the wetland of the Cueva Foradada reservoir.
San Juan de la Peña Cultural Park
We should also talk about the San Juan de la Peña Cultural Park, which is organized around the whole monastic of San Juan de la Peña, one of the main monuments of Aragon, which was the first Aragonese royal pantheon. In addition to being located in a place of great beauty, it hides several surprises, such as the cloister or the old Mozarabic church.
The park is located in the northwest of the province of Huesca and encompasses 6 municipalities. By sharing territory with the Protected Landscape of San Juan de la Peña and Monte Oroel, the place unites nature and culture in a unique way.
Maestrazgo Cultural Park
In Teruel, covering 43 municipalities spread over six regions, we find the Maestrazgo Cultural Park, which is configured around the Guadalope River. It's about a vast territory with a broad heritage heritage both culturally and naturally, being able to find here an impressive geology, archaeological sites, examples of Levantine Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture ...
Without a doubt, one of the main attractions of the park is its heritage natural and, especially, the source of the Pitarque River and the Natural Monuments of the Crystal Grottoes of Molinos.
Albarracín Cultural Park
To the east of the province of Teruel we find the Albarracín Cultural Park, which is located in the heart of the Sierra de Albarracín, among impressive formations geological rodeno and lush pine forests.
In the five municipal areas that the park houses, we find rock art manifestations that have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In addition, the park hides interesting urban complexes, remains of the Civil war and traditional buildings (ovens, mills, laundry…), all in a privileged natural environment.
Rio Vero Cultural Park
Finally, we must speak of the Río Vero Cultural Park, a perfect exponent of the confluence of cultural and natural values. It is located north of the Ebro valley, serving as a prelude to the Pyrenean mountain range. Here you can enjoy beautiful historical towns, a nature privileged, World Heritage cave paintings and a rich and varied gastronomy, highlighting, how could it be otherwise, its wines.
Beyond the prehistoric rock art that gave rise to the park, we must highlight its important monumental ensembles, such as the Urban Complex of Alquézar, its castle and the Collegiate Church. We are talking about one of the most beautiful towns in Aragon.
Archives of the Crown of Aragon. European Heritage Label (December 2020)
- Aragon, Huesca, Teruel