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Aragon (Spanish: Aragón) is a region in the north of Spain.
National Parc Ordesa y Monte Perdido (Huesca)
Aragon is the heart of what was in the Middle Ages the Crown of Aragon, which also included regions like Valencia, Murcia, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Venice, the South of Italy, Sicily and some Greek colonies. In the Fifteenth century its King Ferdinand married Isabel of Castile and formed the Kingdom of Spain. Although it used to have its own lenguage, Aragonese, and laws, over the centuries most of them were lost and it became more like Castile. Nowadays, Aragon, despite its large size, has a population of only 1 million, making it largely uninhabited, with a capital, Zaragoza, that holds over half the population.
Spanish is spoken in Aragon by the whole population. Aragonese (Aragonese or Castilian: aragonés, also known as fabla), is spoken in the north, but is not recognized as an official language. This language is similar to Catalan and Castilian with some Basque and Occitan influences. Catalan is also spoken in the East of the region (Catalan: 'Franja de Ponent, literally West Strip, being West of Catalunya) though, it has no official status.
Aragon is connected to France by roads and Tunnnels and the Train. It has no coast, so it's not accesible by boat. There is an Airport in Zaragoza