Aragon City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 17, 2007

The Aragon region in Spain is comprised of three provinces: Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza, with Zaragoza being the capital of the region. In a census taken on January of 2006, the region registered a total of almost 1.3 million inhabitants, the bulk of which were in Zaragoza, which registered more than 900,000 people.

Considering that Aragon occupies more than 9% of Spain, the population density of the region is actually quite low, with many of the residents being concentrated in and around the capitals of the provinces.

Aragon is bordered by the Pyrenees to the North, forming a natural border with France. In the East, the region shares borders with Cataluña and Valencia to the South. Towards the West are Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, La Rioja and Navarra.

Residential Places in Aragon

Without any coastline to speak of, Aragon has remained largely untouched by the hordes of tourists who flock all over the rest of Spain. While this may be a bit disappointing to those who wish to frolic in the sand and surf, this has also ensured that much of the region retains the unspoiled beauty that has been its trademark for hundreds of years. This is one of the reasons why Aragon is a good alternative to the more urbanized cities of Spain as far as residential property goes.

The real estate market in the region–particularly in the provinces of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel–has in fact remained strong in spite of the relatively sluggish real estate market in Spain. Of all three Aragon provinces, Zaragoza province has the highest property prices, with the median value about 13% higher than the national average. Compared with the national average, property prices in Teruel are actually about 37% lower than the rest of the country making it a good choice for affordable housing in Spain. With all the developments planned for the region in the coming years, demand for property will surely increase. You can expect to pay from €12,000 to €18,000 for a house in Aragon.

Hospitals and Universities of Aragon

Spain is of course known for having some of the best doctors in Europe, and the medical care establishments are generally of excellent quality, particularly the larger, more established ones. Many of the doctors have also been trained abroad, so you should have no trouble finding a doctor who can speak fluent English.

Some of the better hospitals in the region are the Hospital San Jorge Insalud in Huesca, Hospital Obispo Polanco in Teruel, Hospital Clínico Universitario ‘Lozano Blesa’ in Zaragoza, and the Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet also in Zaragosa.

The only public university in Aragon is the University of Zaragoza. It is quite a respectable university however, having produced Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who is widely considered to be one the world’s foremost figures in neuroscience. The University of Zaragoza is also one of the oldest higher education institutions in the world, with a history that dates back to the Roman period. The university currently has more than 40,000 students spread out over 22 faculties. Aragon is also home to the Universidad San Jorge.

Commercial Places in Aragon

Being the capital and largest province of the Aragon region, much of the commercial activity is centered on Zaragoza. All three provinces however– Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza–are excellent places to sample the local cuisine, and to enjoy the excellent wine for which the region is famous.

In Huesca, you can either go to Peppe’s at Benasque, or to Las Torres at Calle Maria Auxiliadora 3, where you can choose from an extensive seasonal menu with unique Aragonian touches. Highly recommended is the crispy grouper served with a raisin and pine nut sauce.

La Menta in Teruel is the home of the traditional Aragon delicacy, pastel ruso, as well as several Basque and Catalan dishes.

As we mentioned earlier, Zaragoza is where you can find the most restaurants, and the standouts in this are Gayarre, La Rinconada de Lorenzo, and La Venta del Cachirulo.

Shopping is also where Zaragoza comes out the clear winner, with an extensive network of shops and specialty stores to be found in the area between Residencial Paraiso in Sagasta all the way to the Plaza de Espana, and even in the smaller streets in between. Here, large and modern department stores stand side by side with the smaller shops, and they enjoy a healthy flow of customers all throughout the week.

Service Establishments of Aragon

The primary distributor of electricity in Aragon is Endesa, who also supplies electricity throughout most of Spain. In fact, the company has a distribution network of almost 200,000 square kilometers covering more than 20 provinces all over the country. Plans are also currently underway to invest €3,300 million over the period from 2004 to 2008, with 45% of it being earmarked for expanding electrical distribution services in Spain.

Endesa is involved with the distribution of gas in Spain, with two gas lines having been recently constructed in Aragon. This will finally allow the availability of natural gas to many regions that formerly had to rely on bottled gas services, and also negate the need to build additional fuel storage centers.

Endesa can be reached at their Headquarters in C/ Ribera del Loira, 60, (Campo de las Naciones), 28042 Madrid, Spain. You can call them at (+34) 91 213 10 00 and fax them at (+34) 91 563 81 81.

Embassies in Aragon

For consular assistance while you are in Aragon, you can contact the British Embassy in Madrid. You can reach their office at C/ Fernando el Santo, 16, 28010 Madrid, and you can call them at the following numbers: (34) (91) 700 82 00 and (34) (91) 524 9700 for consular services. You can also fax them at (34) (91) 700 8309 chancery, (34) (91) 700 8307 defense, (34) (91) 700 8329 EU/economic, (34) (91) 700 8311 commercial, (34) (91) 700 8272 press & public affairs, and at (34) (91) 700 8210 management.

Residential Places in Aragon

Without any coastline to speak of, Aragon has remained largely untouched by the hordes of tourists who flock all over the rest of Spain. While this may be a bit disappointing to those who wish to frolic in the sand and surf, this has also ensured that much of the region retains the unspoiled beauty that has been its trademark for hundreds of years. This is one of the reasons why Aragon is a good alternative to the more urbanized cities of Spain as far as residential property goes.

The real estate market in the region–particularly in the provinces of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel–has in fact remained strong in spite of the relatively sluggish real estate market in Spain. Of all three Aragon provinces, Zaragoza province has the highest property prices, with the median value about 13% higher than the national average. Compared with the national average, property prices in Teruel are actually about 37% lower than the rest of the country making it a good choice for affordable housing in Spain. With all the developments planned for the region in the coming years, demand for property will surely increase. You can expect to pay from €12,000 to €18,000 for a house in Aragon.

Hospitals and Universities of Aragon

Spain is of course known for having some of the best doctors in Europe, and the medical care establishments are generally of excellent quality, particularly the larger, more established ones. Many of the doctors have also been trained abroad, so you should have no trouble finding a doctor who can speak fluent English.

Some of the better hospitals in the region are the Hospital San Jorge Insalud in Huesca, Hospital Obispo Polanco in Teruel, Hospital Clínico Universitario ‘Lozano Blesa’ in Zaragoza, and the Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet also in Zaragosa.

The only public university in Aragon is the University of Zaragoza. It is quite a respectable university however, having produced Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who is widely considered to be one the world’s foremost figures in neuroscience. The University of Zaragoza is also one of the oldest higher education institutions in the world, with a history that dates back to the Roman period. The university currently has more than 40,000 students spread out over 22 faculties. Aragon is also home to the Universidad San Jorge.

Commercial Places in Aragon

Being the capital and largest province of the Aragon region, much of the commercial activity is centered on Zaragoza. All three provinces however– Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza–are excellent places to sample the local cuisine, and to enjoy the excellent wine for which the region is famous.

In Huesca, you can either go to Peppe’s at Benasque, or to Las Torres at Calle Maria Auxiliadora 3, where you can choose from an extensive seasonal menu with unique Aragonian touches. Highly recommended is the crispy grouper served with a raisin and pine nut sauce.

La Menta in Teruel is the home of the traditional Aragon delicacy, pastel ruso, as well as several Basque and Catalan dishes.

As we mentioned earlier, Zaragoza is where you can find the most restaurants, and the standouts in this are Gayarre, La Rinconada de Lorenzo, and La Venta del Cachirulo.

Shopping is also where Zaragoza comes out the clear winner, with an extensive network of shops and specialty stores to be found in the area between Residencial Paraiso in Sagasta all the way to the Plaza de Espana, and even in the smaller streets in between. Here, large and modern department stores stand side by side with the smaller shops, and they enjoy a healthy flow of customers all throughout the week.

Service Establishments of Aragon

The primary distributor of electricity in Aragon is Endesa, who also supplies electricity throughout most of Spain. In fact, the company has a distribution network of almost 200,000 square kilometers covering more than 20 provinces all over the country. Plans are also currently underway to invest €3,300 million over the period from 2004 to 2008, with 45% of it being earmarked for expanding electrical distribution services in Spain.

Endesa is involved with the distribution of gas in Spain, with two gas lines having been recently constructed in Aragon. This will finally allow the availability of natural gas to many regions that formerly had to rely on bottled gas services, and also negate the need to build additional fuel storage centers.

Endesa can be reached at their Headquarters in C/ Ribera del Loira, 60, (Campo de las Naciones), 28042 Madrid, Spain. You can call them at (+34) 91 213 10 00 and fax them at (+34) 91 563 81 81.

Embassies in Aragon

For consular assistance while you are in Aragon, you can contact the British Embassy in Madrid. You can reach their office at C/ Fernando el Santo, 16, 28010 Madrid, and you can call them at the following numbers: (34) (91) 700 82 00 and (34) (91) 524 9700 for consular services. You can also fax them at (34) (91) 700 8309 chancery, (34) (91) 700 8307 defense, (34) (91) 700 8329 EU/economic, (34) (91) 700 8311 commercial, (34) (91) 700 8272 press & public affairs, and at (34) (91) 700 8210 management.

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