Aragón

The Ebro river will be the pilgrim’s companion through part of Aragon, an extraordinary region with an extraordinary history.  The Ebro makes its way to the Mediterranean Sea, and has transported not only goods and people, but also cultures. Pilgrims will sometimes see “Moorish style” ornaments and architecture, the imprint of North African Muslim cultures that once dominated parts of this region.

But Aragon is associated even more dramatically with the coming of the Christian tradition to Spain. It’s told that St. James the apostle came through this region to evangelize Spain and near Zaragoza, while he was in a moment of discouragement, the Virgin Mary appeared to encourage him. Even today, in Zaragoza’s cathedral, you will find the shrine of La Virgen del Pilar (Our Lady of the “Pillar”), which commemorates this appearance to St. James. Perhaps you too will find encouragement from Our Lady at this moment in your pilgrimage.

 

Fortify yourself before you leave Zaragoza, and consider taking a rest day here to relax in this wonderful city. Because soon after Zaragoza you will enter the most lonely and difficult part of the Camino Ignaciano, the desert of “Los Monegros,” named for the black-looking hills you will see in the distance as you journey along. Los Monegros are the closest thing to desert landscape to be found anywhere in Europe.  The region is scorching hot during the summer and subject to brutal windstorms during the winter. There are few hostels or shops. A pilgrim must not to underestimate this inhospitable environment. This is absolutely not the moment for foolish heroism. If you decide to walk, be sure to carry enough water, avoid walking during the hottest parts of the day, and plan your rest stops ahead. For many pilgrims, a better choice will be not to walk Los Monegros but to take a bus from Zaragoza or from Pina de Ebro to Fraga (Intermodal Bus Station, Tel: 902 490 690).

But if you choose to continue on foot, God’s blessing be with you, and know that one pilgrim—Ignatius himself– has walked this very way before you, during an era when it was even more lonely and difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

LODGING

Alagón

Taxi Angel . Tel: 657 529 269
Taxi Angel . Tel: 657 529 269
Taxi Aguilar . Tel: 653 706 707
Taxi Aguilar . Tel: 653 706 707
Pensión Mª Carmen . Calle Portillo, 3. Tel.: 670 76 25 54
Pensión Jarea . Méndez Núñez 45, Tel.: 629 489 776
Pensión Jarea . C/ Méndez Nuñez, 45 Tel.: 669 74 57 29
Pensión Jarea . Méndez Núñez 45, Tel.: 629 489 776
Hotel Los Ángeles . , Plaza Alhóndiga, 4. Tel.: 976 611 340.
Hotel Los Ángeles . , Plaza Alhóndiga, 4. Tel.: 976 611 340.
Hostal Baraka . , San Pedro, 13. Tel.: 976 616 011
Hostal Baraka . , San Pedro, 13. Tel.: 976 616 011
City Hall . Tel.: 976 610 300.
Autotaxi Ferruz . Tel: 976 854 063
Autotaxi Ferruz . Tel: 976 854 063

Bujalaroz

Taxi Carlos . Tel: 608 782 616 (taxi for 5 and 8 pilgrims)

Bujaraloz

Hostal Las Sabinas . Tel: 976 179 328. (discount for pilgrims)
Hostal La Parrilla Monegros II . Tel: 976 173 230.
Hostal El Español** . (reduced fare for pilgrims and breakfast from 6:30 am). Tel: 976 173 192 / 976 173 043.
City Hall . Tel: 976 173 175

Cabañas de Ebro

Hostal Cubero . Av. Alagón 23, Tel: 976 611 720
Hostal Cubero . Av. Alagón 23, Tel: 976 611 720
City Hall . Tel.: 976 611 086.
Casa Rural Guadalupe . (capacity 24 people) Callizo de la Jota, 3. Tel.: 637 524 363.

Candasnos

Taxi Carlos (Bujaraloz) . Tel: 608 782 616 (taxi for 5 and 8 pilgrims)
Pensión La Colina** . (Saturdays closed). Tel : 974 463 051.
Pensión El Pilar . (Sundays closed). Tel: 974 463 017.
Hotel Cruzanzana** . 2 kilometres out of town, according to the itinerary of the next stage Tel: 974 463 044.
City Hall . Tel: 974 463 001.

Fraga

Pensión Olles . Avenida de Madrid 33, Tel: 974 453 834
Hostal Trébol . Avenida de Aragón, 9. Tel: 974 471 533
Hostal Oasis . Ctra. Nacional II km 442, Tel: 974 470 654
Hostal Aribau . Avenida de Madrid 25, Tel: 974 471 887
Hostal Aribau . Avenida de Madrid 25, Tel: 974 471 887
City Hall . Tel: 974 470 050. With a pilgrim’s certificate available in the parish office (Tel: 974 470 183 / 974 470 865) it is possible to stay in bungalows at the Fraga camping-restaurant, which is 1 kilometre outside the town, walking up Soses Street.

Fuentes de Ebro

Taxi Taxiva . 627 57 42 90
Taxi Taxiva . 627 57 42 90
Taxi Sonia Rubio . Tel: 627 574 290
Taxi Sonia Rubio . Tel: 627 574 290
Hostal Texas . Tel: 976 160 419.
Hostal San Miguel . Tel: 976 169 071
Hostal Patio** . Tel: 976 160 640
Hostal Elena** . Tel: 976 160 267.
City Hall . Tel: 976 169 100.

Gallur

Taxi Zueco . Tel: 976 857 318
Taxi Zueco . Tel: 976 857 318

Luceni

Pensión Alejandro . , Calle del Horno 1, Tel.: 679 441 838
Pensión Alejandro . , Calle del Horno 1, Tel.: 679 441 838
Hotel Reino de Aragón**** . Tel.: 976 468 200.
Hotel La Imperial** . Ctra. Logroño, km 37. Tel.: 976 652 111.
City Hall . Tel.: 976 652 003.

Monzalbarba

Pensión Los Gultis . Tel.: 976 771 398.
Pensión Emilio . Plaza España, 8. Tel.: 976 770 137 / 615 414 758
City Hall . Tel.: 976 721 100.
Ayuntamiento . City Hall Tel.: 976 721 100.

PEÑALBA

Casa Rural El Balsetón . c/ Carmen 24. Tel: 649 545 450
Casa Rural El Balsetón . c/ Carmen 24. Tel: 649 545 450

Pina de Ebro

Venta de Santa Lucía . No lodging available. Check AGREDA bus stops from Venta Santa Lucia to Bujaraloz: Bus daily at 15:30. www.agredasa.es http://www.fraga.org/docs/agredaFR_LLyZR.pdf
Taxi José M Franco . 618 54 37 67
Taxi José M Franco . 618 54 37 67
Pensión Los Valles . Magisterio Nacional, 7. Tel.:976 165 553 / 675 721 711.
Ayuntamiento . 976 165 007
Ayuntamiento . 976 165 007

Torres de Berrellén

Pilgrims’ Hostel . (8 places). City Hall: 976 653 101. Aroa Café (Avenida Goya, 8) also have the keys of the hostel. Tel: 976 653 866.

Utebo

Pensión Silvio . Paseo Berbegal, 22. Tel.: 976 770 503.
Pensión Nueva Avenida . Tel.: 976 770 503.
Pensión Don Juan . San Lamberto 14, Tel.: 650 770 575
Pensión Don Juan . San Lamberto 14, Tel.: 650 770 575
Pensión Arade . , Las Parras 4, Tel.: 616 997 358
Pensión Arade . , Las Parras 4, Tel.: 616 997 358
Hotel Las Ventas*** . Ctra. Logroño, km 10,5. Tel.: 976 770 482.
Hotel Europa . Ciudad de Ponce 4, Tel.: 976 792 900
Hotel Europa . Ciudad de Ponce 4, Tel.: 976 792 900
Hotel El Águila*** . Ctra. Logroño, km 13,4. Tel.: 976 771 100
City Hall . Tel.: 976 770 111
Ayuntamiento . City Hall Tel.: 976 770 111.

Venta de Santa Lucía

Taxi José Mª Franco (Pina de Ebro) . Tel: 618 543 767
Taxi José Mª Franco (Pina de Ebro) . Tel: 618 543 767
Taxi Carlos (Bujaraloz) . Tel: 608 782 616 (taxi for 5 and 8 pilgrims)

Zaragoza

Youth Hostel Zaragoza . C/ Predicadores, 70. Tel.: 976 282 043.
Youth Hostel Baltasar Gracián . C/ Franco y López, 4. Tel.: 976 306 690
Radio Taxi 24h . Tel: 976 424 242
Radio Taxi 24h . Tel: 976 424 242
Pensión Manifestación . Tel.: 976 295 821 / 666 114 096.
Pensión Iglesias . c/ Verónica, 14. Tel.: 976 293 161
Hotel Sauce . Calle Espoz y Mina, 33, Tel: 976 205 050 / 900102146
Hotel Sauce . Calle Espoz y Mina, 33, Tel: 976 205 050 / 900102146
Hotel Las Torres*** . Plaza del Pilar, 11. Tel.: 976 394 250.
Hostal San Jorge* . Calle Mayor, 4. Tel.: 976 397 462.
Hostal El Descanso . (24 rooms) C/ San Lorenzo, 2. Tel.: 976 291 741.
Cooperativa de Auto Taxi . Tel: 976 751 414
Cooperativa de Auto Taxi . Tel: 976 751 414

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