Valpalmas

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Sheltered by the Cerro de las Tres Cruces, Valpalmas -located 70 kilometres from Zaragoza- it surprises the visitor for many reasons. First, because it hosted in its infancy one of the most famous scientists from Aragon who was awarded a Nobel Prize: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and lived in this town from 1856 to 1860 when his father was the doctor of the village, and where two of his sisters were also born: Pabla and Jorja.

Today there is a museum about this great scientist, which exhibits many curiosities about his life and also of the town.

Still, this town is also very famous and attracts many visitors for a very peculiar geological formation, unique in Aragon called the Aguarales, also known as Aguaral de Valdemiraz.

This interesting, fragile and dynamic formation, is the result of water flows on stony material of little resistance, from which tubes like formation emerge in a process known as piping that gives the stone of Valpalmas a unique aspect with an almost lunar appearance.

The Aguarales are located close to the village and can be visited. One may even walk through these formations that also respond to the name of ‘Chimenea de hadas’, and offer visitors an almost magical experience.

Route 3: Valpalmas-Piedratajada


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