Luxury holidays in Matarraña

Taking its name from a north-flowing river in Spain’s sparsely populated north east, Matarraña is arguably more Don Quixote country than La Mancha, with mediaeval villages – invariably with three-figure populations – dotted among forest-carpeted hills, meadows and groves of fig, almond and olive trees. It lies in an eastern portion of Aragon with close ties to Catalonia and Valencia, without the urban sprawl of those two autonomous communities. The closest Matarraña comes to a city is the mediaeval town of Valderrobres, with its Gothic and Renaissance spires, cobbled alleyways and crenellated castle.

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When to go

If hiking is your MO, visit during spring, autumn or even winter, as summers can be scorching. Spring is most preferable, when this semi-arid region makes a fleeting concession to blossoms of geraniums and buttercups.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Zaragoza International Airport is an hour and 45 minutes to the west; Reus International Airport is the same distance in the other direction – halfway towards Barcelona.
  • Automobiles

    A car would be useful to hop from village to village along the winding, hilly roads of this remote Spanish comarca (county).