Daroca is one of the most important historical and cultural sites in Aragon. While actually founded by the Arabs in the 8th century, Daroca's roots go back to Roman and even Celt-Iberic times. Situated at the strategic centre of an ancient network connecting the Atlantic with the Mediterranean coast, and Northern with Central Spain, this town has been at the crossroads of important historical, cultural and economic developments in Spanish history. The fortifications, the massive gatehouses, the city wall (one of the largest in Europe), the churches and palaces are a reminder of its former might and glory. At the heart of it, right at the entrance to the former Jewish quarter and below the ruins of the once mighty fortress lies "La Casa de las Aldeas". Together with the local tourist office we are happy to advise you on the best ways to discover this unique place.See Website
The castle and the city walls
Approaching Daroca the first thing that will catch your eyes are its medieval fortifications and in particular the ruins of the fortress situated upon a massive rock overlooking Daroca. With its 114 towers, arranged along the more than four kilometers of the surrounding wall, this is one of the biggest fortifications in Europe and certainly the most varied and complex of Spain. Built over a period of many centuries, using many different types of construction and building materials, Daroca's walls present themselves today in different stages of preservation, which also adds to its attraction. One of the highlights when visiting Daroca is the walk to the fortress and once around the city walls. You will get wonderful views of Daroca itself and the surrounding area. The walk to the castle and around the walls starts right at "La Casa de las Aldeas".
Daroca and Gothic art
Daroca has a superb heritage of Gothic art. This has much to do with the fact that, during the Middle Ages, its was one of the most important towns of Aragon, taking part in and even hosting Parliament-like medieval assemblies with the king and the highest nobility.
The ability of nested urban city resulted in the installation of a remarkable cultural and artistic atmosphere. Sheltered by the ecclesiastical revenues which were imposed on the villages, Daroca was embellished with numerous churches and convents. As a cultural center, Daroca decided, since 1136, a church school
La capacidad de jerarquizaron urbana de la ciudad se plasmó en la instalación de un notable ambiente cultural y artístico. Al abrigo de las rentas eclesiásticas que se impusieron a las aldeas, Daroca se embelleció con numerosas iglesias y conventos. Como centro cultural, Daroca dispuso, desde 1136, de una escuela eclesiástica