12 September 2021
The laid back atmosphere of Aragon typifies this relaxed corner of Spain, which is juxtaposed with the high pace of the MotorLand Aragon circuit, home to the Aragon MotoGP.
The venue first hosted a Grand Prix in 2010, when it was awarded the IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year - the very first time a circuit received the accolade on debut.
The track is longer than most, at 5,1 kilometres with 17 corners and the longest straight just under 1 000 metres. MotorLand Aragon is now the sixth circuit in Spain to host MotoGP racing, alongside Valencia, Montjuic, Jarama, Jerez and Catalunya. The region is also well known for its rich heritage of street racing, which was hosted in the nearby town of Alcañiz between 1963 and 2003.
Alcañiz provides a delightful foray into traditional Spanish culture, with numerous cafes, bars and restaurants spilling out onto the streets. Your MotoGP Aragon package includes some time in this relaxed little town, but the focus of your time here will be to witness some excellent racing at one of the Championship’s favourite Spanish venues.
Aragon is well known for its ornate, Moorish-influenced architecture, which can be seen in Zaragoza’s Basilica of Nuestra Senora del Pilar (Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar). The area is also filled with a variety of experiences: outdoor adventures such as canyoning are popular, and art lovers will enjoy the ever-present influence which Spanish artist Goya continues to have on architecture.
Nearby Alcañiz is the high-altitude town of Teruel, which surprisingly is the only provincial capital not to have a direct railway link to Madrid. The town’s remote location seems to be its greatest attraction, as it has retained its distinctive architectural style. The small, welcoming Spanish town sits along the Guadalupe River in the Teruel province, part of the wider community of Aragon. The region itself is one of the most geographically diverse in Spain; deserts find themselves alongside orchards, waterfalls run into canyons and glaciers overlook fertile pastures.
Aragon is certainly a million miles away from the Spain of sangria and sunburnt beach bodies, but its appeal is in its cultural heritage and deeply fascinating history.