Tarazona has been called Mudejar City; it’s unique in that the streets are laid out in tiers above the Queiles River quays. Because it was built at the foot of the Moncayo Mountain, there was little flat land to build upon anyway. The kings of Aragon lived here once. The Romans, as in most places in Spain, predated them. Today you can stroll the medieval streets fronted with tall facades in the barrios of the town.

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Moorish-influenced Calatayud

Calatayud was first founded by the Romans, but they abandoned the city in the 2nd century AD, and it stood empty until the Moors conquered Spain in the 8th century. They built the city up, and you can still easily see the heavy Moorish influence in the architecture. Later, when the Catholics conquered Spain, some of the Moors were allowed to remain in calatayud, though they were treated badly.

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Built on history – Zaragoza

Zaragoza’s history stretches back to the Iberian settlement Salduba, and the ground it rests on contains layer after layer of remains from its residents: Romans, Moors, and Christians. Today the ground is so dense with artifacts that builders complain; every hole dug reveals important archaeological remains, like the ancient Roman theater being restored off Calle Veronica.

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Sos del Rey Catolico – Birthplace of a prince

Long ago, the Cinco Villas of Aragon were established along the frontier with Navarre, and one of them was Sos del Rey Catolico (the other four less-famous towns are Tauste, Ejea, Uncastillo, and Sabada). Though it was a small town, its location guaranteed that it would be deeply historic. The kings of Aragon fortified it with a thick wall, and inside that wall a lovely medieval town developed. Today, the whole town is considered a national historical monument.

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