With its sun-baked hill towns, olive groves and terraced vineyards, Matarraña invites comparisons with Tuscany. But unlike its Italian counterpart, this remote corner of Aragon is blissfully off the tourist trail.
What to do
Hike, bike or horse-ride through the stunning gorges of the Puertos de Beceite national park, stopping to cool off in one of the many turquoise pools. Explore the beautiful towns of Valderrobres, Calaceite or La Fresneda. Visit the prehistoric settlements in Calaceite and the cave paintings in Cretas and Beceite. See vultures circling overhead at feeding time at the Mas de Bunyol observation centre.
"Our favourite swimming spots are El Salt waterfall in La Portellada, where you can swim and picnic surrounded by huge boulders, and Font Rabosa on the Matarraña river," say Jet Knijn and Joost Leeuwenberg, owners of La Fresneda campsite. "A fun thing to do is hire a bike and cycle the Vía Verde de la Val del Zafán, an abandoned and restored railway track that goes right through the Matarraña."