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The Zaragoza municipality of Almonacid de la Cuba offers the traveler many hooks to discover its heritage. From discovering its important historical infrastructures, such as the highest Roman dam of the Roman Empire, to knowing the wonderful fauna and flora that surrounds the municipality thanks to the ecosystem generated by the Aguasvivas River.

You are in a paradise of water in the middle of the steppe of the Campo de Belchite region, one of the few steppe landscapes that are preserved in Europe and of great interest for its geological characteristics. Therefore, the municipality is one of the main tourist destinations in the province of Zaragoza.

More than 34 meters of irregular wall cut the Aguasvivas River since the time of splendor of the Roman Empire. The La Cuba dam, colloquially called, has a route of 120 meters long and 27 meters wide. This, together with its height, allows it to house six cubic hectometres of water, the annual consumption of a population of about 90,000 people, almost like Santiago de Compostela or Lorca.

Its careful conservation led the Government of Aragon to declare it an Asset of Cultural Interest and the City Council of Almonacid has worked to make it visitable: it has recovered a section of 103 steps that go down to the foot of the dam and has created a route of footbridges that connect the dam with the town to enjoy it from all perspectives.

The Roman dam La Cuba.SHUTTERSTOCK

The visit to the dam can be done for free through two viewpoints, but the municipality offers guided tours from Tuesday to Sunday to learn about the history of the dam through a tour of footbridges that allow you to know the infrastructure and history of the dam, the natural environment, as well as other heritage elements such as the flour mill of the thirteenth century restored with the help of the University of Zaragoza, the suspension bridge or the village. The guided tour lasts an hour and a half and starts at the Tourist Office (Tel. 684271669) located in the Roman dam until ending in the center of town.

In addition to the Roman dam and its visits, the City Council encourages visitors to know its heritage by walking through its cozy corners and narrow streets of Muslim origin that lead in the direction of the river and the remains of the castle, leaving in the center the church and its imposing square. Muslim remains such as the Torre del Moro or the Mudejar tower coexist with churches such as Santa María la Mayor or peri-urban hermitages such as San Jorge, the Virgen de las Nieves or Los Dolores.

The other two routes invite you to enjoy the nature of the area through hiking routes to other towns in the region, such as Letux or Belchite, passing through the Pozo de los Chorros.

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