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Aragon and Navarra Profile

August 28th, 2007

Aragon and Navarra are located in the north east of Spain and neighbour the Pyrenees mountain range. Navarra is a Basque region and the capital Pamplona is known worldwide for Los Sanfermines festival, which takes place every June. For the uninitiated, individuals attend the festival from around the world to “run with the bulls” down the cities narrow streets.

To the eastern side of Nararra is Aragon, which stretches for much of the country from the Pyrenees Mountains in the north to the small town of Teruel in the south. Aragon is one of Spain’s most geographically interesting regions and the Ordesa National Park in the north is a very popular area for visitors wanting to experience the splendour of the Pyrenees with its gorges, waterfalls and above all else spectacular walks. A great deal of the area is only accessible during the summer months when the snow has melted sufficiently to allow access. Towards the south of Aragon is the regions capital city, Zaragoza. The city is currently the fifth largest in Spain and there are over 700,000 inhabitants.

Aragon and Navarra are easily accessible and are served well by airports such as Zaragoza, Reus and Barcelona (which is just over a 2 hours from the region).

The economy in Navarra is primarily driven by agriculture, although Pamplona is becoming a cosmopolitan city with well regarded convention facilities and very good universities. In the Aragon region, Zaragoza is the main economic centre and it is estimated that over 1 million workers migrate into the city on a daily basis.

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