50 kilometers from the city of Zaragoza, the small town of Fuendetodos saw the birth of one of the most important painters in the history of Spain. On March 30, 1746, Francisco de Goya He was born in this Aragonese town, where today we can visit his birthplace, converted into a museum.

And beyond the figure of this universal artist, the town offers an interesting heritage, starting with its traditional architecture housesits exhibition halls and its curious “refrigerators” from the 18th century, without forgetting its natural environment and its trail network.

Castle of the King in Villaroya de la Sierra.

The town of Zaragoza with two medieval castles, walls and an 18th century palace

Fuendetodos in the footsteps of Goya

A visit to the town of Fuendetodos must begin with Goya’s Birthplace, a house built at the beginning of the 18th century that belonged to Miguel Lucientes, brother of the painter’s mother, Gracia Lucientes. The artist “lived here for his first six years of childhoodwhile his father, José Goya, worked gilding the main altarpiece of the parish church,” they explain from the Fuendetodos Town Hall. Later, the family would return to the city of Zaragoza.

Bust of Goya in Fuendetodos.
Bust of Goya in Fuendetodos.

During the Civil War, the house was looted and partially destroyed, as is the church’s Cupboard of Relics. Thus, the house had to be restored in 1946, while in 1982 it was declared a National Historical Monument in 1982. Today, transformed into a museum, it exhibits objects and furniture from the period. Another cultural center in the town related to Goya is the Engraving Museumwhich has an important set of engravings made by the artist.

Art and nature

Francisco de Goya is not the only painter whose works can be seen in Fuendetodos. The town also welcomes the Zuloaga Room, which opened in 1996 with a temporary exhibition dedicated to Ignacio Zuloaga, one of the most prominent Spanish painters of the 20th century. From then on, the room has specialized in graphic artwith exhibitions of figures such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Gutiérrez Solana, Ricardo Baroja and Jaume Plensa, among many others.

Nevero in Fuendetodos.
Nevero in Fuendetodos.

On the other hand, we can delve into other aspects of the town, discovering, for example, its old snowfields. These pits were used to store winter snow and turn it into ice. Likewise, another option to enjoy the town is to get to know its natural environment, and for this the best thing is to stop by the Fuendeverde nature space, a center that organizes everything from children’s workshops to guided excursions with routes such as ‘Grandes Hoces’ and ‘Huellas de the Civil War’, and the municipality has a network of more than 100 kilometers of trails.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Jaraba.

The impressive sanctuary of Zaragoza built into the walls of a cliff

How to get to Fuendetodos

He car ride from the city of Zaragoza to Fuendetodos is approximately 45 minutes via the A-23 and the A-2101. From Teruel It is 1 hour and 30 minutes on the A-23.

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