2016 GW Spain Trip No.9: Visiting castles No.1 “Castillo de Loarre” (Loarre Castle)

Spain Basque journey 2016 GW
Spain Basque journey 2016 GW

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Date and Time of Visit: April 27, 2016 at approximately 1:00 p.m.

We had some time to kill, so we were looking for a place of interest…

Well, it’s been a little while since I updated my last diary. This time I’d like to introduce the Castillo de Loarre in Aragon. It’s in a slightly different genre from Spain’s most beautiful villages or World Heritage Sites. That’s why I gave it the subtitle of “tour of castles”. Actually, I have only two castle tours including this Loarre Castle.

We spent the day exploring the beautiful village of Alquessar. For a beautiful village? It took longer than I expected, but it was still only 12 noon.

As a matter of fact, after this, I only decided to go to Zaragoza and stay here for one night. However, that was not enough time for me. So I was looking for a good place to stay while looking at the tourist brochure of Aragón, which I got at the tourist information center in Arquesal, and I found a nice old castle nearby.

It was about 50 minutes away from here when I checked with Google, so I decided to visit it because it was a good time allocation including sightseeing time and travel time to Zaragoza afterwards.

Medieval castle in Aragon

It took us about 50 minutes from Arquesal through the almost flat Aragonese wilderness to reach our destination. It was indeed flat until just before the castle of Loire, but since the castle is built on a cliff, it was a steep climb for the remaining 2km. The scenery is very quaint, so we took some photos before we arrived.

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Now to the parking lot, because the back side of the castle was equipped with a large parking lot, parked without difficulty. Free of course. There was a general audience there, but there were also several tourist buses parked. It seemed to be a group of junior high school students who came from France. Is it a field trip?

We walked to the castle from the parking lot. After entering the castle grounds, we bought tickets at the shop on the left.

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From there it’s a short walk to the castle.

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Well, this is the Castle of Loire. It’s not so major, but it’s a very well-proportioned old castle, and it’s a good tourist spot in Aragon. It was built around the 11th century.

From the castle, you can see the land of Aragon that you have just followed. You can see that it is really flat.

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The inside of the castle is basically ruins, but there are some churches and other parts that are in place. But to be honest, I felt that there was not so much to see inside.

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I saw a group of French junior high school students (or high school students?) who came in a sightseeing bus at the parking lot. They were guided by a French guide. They were being led by a French guide.

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By the way, there is also an audio guide. I think I turned it down – I forgot about it lol.

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The view from the castle was very nice. This kind of castle wall is very nice for medieval lovers. I’ve seen many of them.

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It was a nice castle with a rather plain but neat appearance.

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