Calatayud is a city in the province of Zaragoza, in Aragon, Spain. It is located 85 km from Zaragoza and approximately 230km from Madrid. It is the fourth largest city of Aragon, after the provinincial capitals, Zaragoza, Teruel and Huesca. The population is around 18,000 and Calatayud is at an altitude of 530 metres on the river Jalon.
The city has a wide range of shops, bars, restuarants and accomodation. The mudejar towers of churches in the old city heart or casco are renowned. Dominating the skyline is a castle, parts of which date back to 850 AD. The Roman town, Bilbilis, lies four kilomteres from the modern town.
The nearest airports are Madrid (Barajas) and Zaragoza.
Calatyud is served by regular high speed trains (AVE) from Madrid and Zaragoza.
The city is quite small and it is possible to walk to all parts.
There is a city bus service operated by Aragon Tours, who also offer services to surrounding towns and villages.
RENFE offer a local rail service to towns between Ariza and Zaragoza.
Many of the old churches are in the mujedar style. This style was devloped by Muslim craftsmen who stayed in Aragaon after the reconquest.
There is a small market in Plaza Espana, several supermarkets and a range of other shops.
A wide range of restuarants are available. Amongst the most notable are:
A wide range of pensions are available: