Daroca

Daroca, Zaragoza: Address, Daroca Reviews: 4.5/5

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GlobeUK
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We wished we had planned our stay for more days. Amazing rich history. Don't miss out a walk around the town and the ancient walls. We got very good info in the tourist office. We started the walk around the walls and discover lots of interesting small sites: all the ancient wall gates, the towers, the old moorish castle. We couldn't stop walking and did it all from end to end. A bit of steep paths at times but the views are amazing. Thinking of coming back to the area
Written July 22, 2010
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PedroWorth
Ashford, UK616 contributions
You will probably whiz past Daroca on the brand new motorway from Valencia to Zaragoza. Shame, but you could take a little detour to Daroca and maybe the Monesteria de las Piedras, because there are many little gems in this area that are not generally visited by foreigners. Daroca is known as the red town because of the distinctive red tiled roofs that nestle amongst the old defensive walls. History here is immense, with some evidence of Iberian settlement. The Romans settled here because of its strategic importance being at the head of the Jiloca valley. It was also the capital of the area in the Middle Ages, and important for its law and government. Napoleons destroyed the town on a couple of occasions. The main attractions are the High Gate and the Low Gate, the Valencia portal, all built into the medieval walls. Very impressive. You will come across the fountain of twenty spouts and wander through the old streets to the Basilica of Santa Maria, famed for the miracle of the Eucharist. There are loads of cafes and quirky shops but I don't think I would buy a leg of dried ham from the ones hanging by the main road, next to the garage. This part of Spain is stiflingly hot in August, but a nice drive down the valley, following the river, will take you through some pretty villages and relaxing greenery and you can join the motorway a little further down. Enjoy.
Pedroofpobla
Written March 6, 2013
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,303 contributions
Couples
We made a detour on our way to Toledo. It added about an hour to the overall trip, not counting the two hours we spent walking around the village on a Sunday morning.

And “walking around” is the correct term since we followed the walk that follows the Moorish walls that once circled the village. The walk was 2.5 miles and took about 70 minutes. It was not easy! The Garmin says we had 54 floors climbed, and 55 declined, but we felt it was well worth the effort.

The path is mostly well marked, with many descriptive signs, and it offers some great views.
Written October 10, 2017
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ARodriguezP
Miami, FL1,583 contributions
Solo
On my return from Albarracin I decided on stopping by Daroca to have a look before heading back to Zaragoza. And it was a decision I didn't regret! The town has many physical reminders of its' ancient history. It was later in the day so I didn't have the time to walk the walls as others have suggested but I did walk the Calle Mayor (the town's main street) from one gate to another, Puerta Alta to Puerta Baja. Of particular note is "La Fuente de los Veinte Canos" a fountain with 20 spigots just outside of the town's lower gate or Puerta Baja. I also walked up to a shrine (La Ermita de Nazaret) just below the castle to get some nice views over the town. The town's tiny Jewish quarter was also worth checking out. It was nice to see outside tables filling up as evening approached proving that the town still has a certain vibrancy. I've discovered that Aragon has a plethora of interesting towns worth visiting, places like Albarracin, Calatayud, Alcaniz,etc. and Daroca should be on the top of that list. I used Zaragoza as a base to visit some of these towns and look forward to returning some day to revisit some and also visit new ones.
Written July 21, 2019
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Felixstowe2016
Felixstowe, UK4,643 contributions
Couples
The Arabs gave it the name Calat-Darawca (862), and possessed it for 400 years, until Alfonso the Battler conquered it in 1120, and in 1141 issued a primitive legal code, which is unknown today.
Daroca has a lovely medieval centre with lots of historic buildings also 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. The climb and wall walk is well worth the effort.

The 14th century lower gate used to be a drain for the river.
To the right of the gate is a fountain and many spouts but on this visit it was dry. The 16th century High gate is decorated with the coat of arms of Carlos I.
Written November 25, 2017
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Agml66
Torrevieja, Spain51 contributions
Couples
Daroca is a bit off the average tourist map, about an hour south of Zaragoza. But if you can go there. It is just so beautiful a great old town with lovely old churches and windy old streets to amble around. We were there as the town was preparing for a music festival and as we walked around the streets all we could here was music. We went into the churches to find groups of musicians singing and practicing. It was really magical. However even without the music it would still have been beautiful. Highly reccommended
Written August 11, 2014
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peterschof1
UK16 contributions
Family
Going back after twenty years or so was simply a delight. As well as fantastic churches, little patios and bars the sympathetic restoration of the town and the city walls provided an enchanting way to really sense the history and beauty of this place.

If you visit do take walking shoes and hike around the murallas - if only for the views!
Written July 12, 2013
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ANB50
Perth, UK108 contributions
We arrived at this town as an overnight stop with our motorhome. What a beautiful place and an unexpected sight was a festival taking place. It appeared to be celebrating children and the whole township had turned out. That evening there was a free folk concert which was very entertaining and we were made to feel very welcome.
Written July 12, 2018
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JoseGines
Puig, Spain77 contributions
Business
It is worth to stop a while in this old town in the centre of a valley sorrounded by hills. Midle age walls, hills and old houses with the same colour....red-brown.
Written July 22, 2014
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Paolina436
Shrewsbury, UK84 contributions
Couples
This attraction was much much smaller than we thought but when we eventually realised we had found it we understood why it had been built - nice little bar nearby.
Written June 26, 2016
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