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Daroca is in the Aragon region of northern Spain in the Zaragoza province.

Daroca has a lovely medieval centre with lots of historic buildings set behind more than 3km of medieval walls. Some of the walls have deteriorated but the rest along with their 114 towers and fortified gates remain an impressive sight.

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Spain This Way comment: Walking through the streets of Daroca is a pleasure: swallows swoop overhead, balconies are decked out with geraniums and cafes and bars are open for leisurly meals or to sit outside and enjoy the quiet atmosphere.

The ancient streets of Daroca sit below a path that winds slowly uphill until you reach the remains of the fortified wall and the red cliffs that rise up above this delightful city. From here there are wonderful views over the surrounding hills and crops of sunflowers and cereals as well as over the terracotta rooves of the city below.

Wandering through the ancient streets of the city is a pleasure. Wander along the Calle Mayor and stop for a drink in the Plaza Mayor. The Calle Mayor runs between the two gates of the city. The 14th century lower gate used to be a drain for the river. The 16th century High gate is decorated with the coat of arms of Carlos I. As you wander along look out for the various Mudejar, Gothic and Romanesque churches in the surrounding streets.

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Particular sights to watch out for are the:

  • The Colegial de Santa Maria is an attractive 16th century church in the main square. Inside the oldest part of the church - the original Romanesque part - is kept the 'Corporal'. This was hidden during an attack by the Moors in the 13th century and when it was recovered the cloth in which it was wrapped was said to be miraculously soaked with blood.
  • The 14th century lower gate and the 16 the century High Gate.
  • The Jewish quarter with lots of 16th and 17th century Renaissance and Baroque buildings.
  • The remains of three castles.
  • The House of the Moon, (Casa de Los Luna) a 14th century palace with lovely Mudejar paneled decor and windows.
  • The Devil House (Casa Diablo), a 15th century palace with beautiful windows.
  • The church of Santo Domingo from the 12th century has a tower which is thought to be the oldest example of Mudejar architecture in Aragon. Both the San Juan church and the Santo Domingo church were begun in the 12th century in Romanesque style and completed in the 13th in Mudejar style.

sketch of Daroca in 1668

Mudejar architecture is a mix of Arab styles with those of Christian architecture in the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. The Mudejar style is very beautiful and is particularly prevalent in the Spanish Region of Aragon, so much so that the Mudejar Architecture of Aragon is UNESCO listed. The best examples in Aragon are in Teruel and Zaragoza (Saragossa) but there is much to admire in Daroca too.

Where to visit nearby?

Although about 75 km away the beautiful city of Saragossa to the north should not be missed.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Zaragoza guide and the Aragon guide.

See also: 

Map of Daroca and places to visit

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Daroca places to visit

Zaragoza

Zaragoza

Zaragoza, called Saragossa in English, is the capital of Aragon, fifth biggest town in Spain and an important centre of beautiful Mudejar buildings.

Zaragoza guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Aragon

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