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The Autonomous Community of Aragon is one of the seventeen communities that constitute Spain and is made up by the provinces of Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza, with a total of 739 municipalities (202 in Huesca, 236 in Teruel and 291 in Zaragoza). Aragon covers an area of 47,650 square kilometres. The province of Zaragoza is the biggest one, with 17,252 square kilometres, followed by Huesca, with 15,613, and Teruel, with 14,785. Aragon is the fourth biggest autonomous community in Spain and constitutes 9.42% of the Spanish territory.

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Aragon is bordered by France to the north; by Navarra, La Rioja, Soria, Guadalajara and Cuenca to the west; by Valencia and Cuenca to the south; and by Castellon, Lleida and Tarragona to the east. So their bordering communities are Catalonia, Castile-La Mancha, Castile and León, La Rioja, Navarra and Valencia.

The Technological College of Huesca is located 3 kilometres away from the urban centre of Huesca, at the junction of the Zaragoza-Huesca E-7 motorway, the N-330 highway and the local road of Cuarte.

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0.- Vice-Chancellor’s Office (Campus of Huesca)

1 and 2.- Faculty of Education and Human Sciences

3.- Faculty of Huesca

4.- Higher Polytechnic School

5.- School of Business Studies

6.- Ramón Acín Hall of Residence

The city of Huesca, with an altitude of 460 metres above sea level, is located in the south of the Pre-Pyrenees; the Sierra de Gratal and the Sierra de Guara are on the way to Los Monegros, in the south.

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Huesca has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters; however, its winters are milder than in lower areas in the valley of the Ebro. Rainfall reaches up to 500mm and the average temperature is 15 degrees. Northerly wind and fog, common in the valley of the Ebro, are mitigated here by the proximity of the Pre-Pyrenees and by its altitude. It rarely snows, but when it does, the snow sometimes stays the whole winter on the top of the Sierra de Guara’s peak.

 

The city is situated in the valley of Huesca, on a small hill where we can find the Cathedral and the Town Hall, and where the Iberian city and then the Roman and the Arab cities used to be, surrounded by the Walls of the Cosos.

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Beyond these walls, we find the modern city, a series of neighbourhoods from different periods: from the medieval towns to different urban expansion areas of the 20th century.

The Miguel Servet Park occupies an extensive area in the centre of the city. Some other green areas are the Perpetuo Socorro Park, the Isuela Park, and the pine forest of the Hill of San Jorge.

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This environmental offer is complemented by an extensive variety of possibilities in its surroundings. Thus we can mention the castles of Montearagón and Loarre, the medieval city of Alquézar, the mallets of Riglos and Vadiello or the old reservoir of Arguis.

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Ornithology is an important chapter in Huesca. Some bird-watching posts and recommended places are Valdabra, the pools of Cortés and Loreto and the mallets of the Salto de Roldán.

Huesca is a quiet and friendly city with a high quality of life, as shown by the proximity and quality of many basic services. It now has a population of about 50,000 people. Its economy focuses on administration, agriculture and the tertiary sector, with an industrial sector which is gradually recovering. As an entrance to the Pyrenees, the city is situated in a junction of communications, between the valley of the Ebro and the Pyrenees and between Navarre and Catalonia. It is connected to Zaragoza through the motorway and, in the future, it will be also connected to Lleida and Pamplona in the same way. The Canfranc railway, today in decline, connects the valley of the Ebro to the French border.

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Despite its limited population, it has intense cultural activity, with two museums and several exhibition rooms, as well as a conservatory of music. Among the activities that are organized every year in the city, it is worth highlighting the International Short Film Festival (which has already organized twenty-seven editions), the Theatre Show, held in autumn, the International Theatre Festival, with substantial participation of groups from various countries, recitals of ethnic and ancient music and other activities organized by the Peñas Recreativas Oscenses: movie association, concerts, etc.

From ancient times, Huesca has been characterized by a great educational vocation. For several centuries, it had its own university (the Sertorian University) and now has several university institutions with clear aspirations to increase the quality and quantity of their degree courses.

From the point of view of agriculture, Huesca is located around the canal of the Cinca and constitutes an area with a strong dry cereal production and irrigated crops that supply several flour factories. In its outskirts, there is extensive growing livestock activity in pork and poultry.

Within the tertiary sector, besides those supporting the farming sector, it is worth highlighting the catering industry and adventure sports. There is a series of restaurants in the city with an attractive cuisine. On the other hand, Huesca is the perfect place for those who like nature and adventure sports.

You can go gliding near Monflorite, rafting in the Gállego and the Ara rivers, sport climbing on the climbing wall of Huesca’s neighbourhood of El Perpetuo Socorro and in the schools near Riglos and Vadiello, golfing in Nueno, and paragliding in Loarre and Tiacuto. In the province of Huesca, it is also possible to fly an ultralight aircraft or to go horseback riding, camel riding, trekking, etc.

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