Aljaferia Castle interior

It took us a while to find this 11th century Moorish castle (Aljaferia) in the heart of Zaragoza.  But it was certainly worth the trouble.  It is one  of the most beautiful palaces we have seen on this in Spain. And we have certainly seen a lot of them.  There is something both mystical and magical about Islamic art (see below; you’ll see even more of it in Cordoba).


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Spain 2014 mapI was actually quite surprised to see the Moorish (Arab – Islamic) presence and influence this far north in Spain. If you look at the map of our Tour of Spain, you will see that Zaragoza is actually close to its northernmost point in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range that separates Spain from France. We actually reached that later on this day – May 22 (see the next travelogue).

Anyway, on our way in, while walking around the former medieval moat, we noticed a Chinese plum tree, brimming with ripe fruit. That’s one of Elizabeth’s most favorite fruit, and something we are lucky to have also here in Hawaii (our neighbor has several trees).

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After the visit to the palace, I snuck down and picked a dozen or so plums for Elizabeth. She was too shy to do it. But you can see her above making her get-away with her plum loot afterward. 🙂

And now, here are the rest of the pictures we took at this magnificent Moorish palace…

Aljaferia Castle staircase IMG_3347

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Aljaferia Castle grand hall

And then it was time to say goodbye to beautiful Zaragoza and hit the road again, heading toward Burgos.

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Aljaferia Castle


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