Alhama de Aragón and its castle

Alhama de Aragón is a SPA town located in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain.

It is located at 664 meters above sea level, on a small port through which the Jalón River penetrates, taking advantage of a line of tectonic fractures through which thermal waters flow. This has led to the installation of spas in the town.

Main attractions

The Church of the Nativity of Our Lady is a 17th century Baroque temple built in mud brick, and later expanded in 1714. Its tower is in the Mudejar style, with a square plan and is divided in height into three bodies slightly decreasing in height, the first in ashlar stone and the upper ones in brick. It has a nave with chapels between the buttresses, covered with lunettes, with a transept and a hemispherical dome.

Of special interest is the decoration of the plasterwork of Mudejar tradition that covers the vaults of the presbytery, arms of the transept, first section, transverse arches and girdle between the first and second and the dome of the transept.

The Castle of Alhama de Aragón, of Muslim origin, stands on the Serratilla hill, on the outskirts of the town.
The fortification is of modest dimensions, formed by an oval-shaped walled enclosure. It has a rectangular plan, adapted to the characteristics of its settlement, built on the rock and partly covered by a small slope. Only the keep, whose construction is later than the rest of the complex, remains standing. The fortress was built in the 12th century while the tower is probably from the 14th century.

Alhama has a picturesque urban area as a result of Muslim rule. In it there are good examples of popular architecture in the area, highlighting some buildings such as the Town Hall.

How to get to?

From Zaragoza 1 hr 10 min (111 km) via A-2

From Madrid 2 hr 15 min (225 km) via A-2

Main information

Area: 31 sq. km

GPS coordinates: 41°17′47″N 1°53′42″W

Language: Spanish

Population: 1011

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1, in summer +2

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