Old Belchite for many is moving to a ghost town and discovering the Spanish Civil War, a war that for many of us is far away and for others it is only remote if not pure ignorance. You can walk down the street and ask anyone about this past, about this war so ours, and you will surely find many people who do not know who fought, when and how many lives were lost. However, if you ask about the Second World War, I have no doubt that there will be many more people who can talk and tell you a lot of things about it. Belchite is one of the most important living values of the Spanish Civil War, a place where you can learn from something that should never have happened.
A little history
The Battle of Belchite is situated in 1937. Belchite was a town coveted by the Republican front, a stronghold that waited bitterly for the Republican offensive, with nests of machine guns, mortars and more than 3,000 combatants. But the XV International Brigade, formed mainly by Canadians, Americans and British, and with the help of Republican aviation ended any hope Francoist. Belchite, despite his resistance, was almost devastated, so devastated that today it is preserved exactly as a memory of that battle and one of many wars that should never have happened.Belchite Map
Today we have two Belchite, the new Belchite, where the population moved, and the old Belchite, place of battle.
A perfect weekend
Old Belchite being near Zaragoza gives us the opportunity to enjoy a perfect weekend if you visit places like the Stone Monastery, just 1h 30min from Belchite, or the capital of Aragon, Saragossa. In a weekend you can see these three places, so different from each other, giving you two days of the most varied.
Waterfall the whimsical
Visit old Belchite
To cross the ruins of Belchite is to enter the horror of a war, that of The spanish civil war, an episode to forget, an episode that should never have happened.
When we entered Belchite we were given a little chill. Those houses, those churches, with the impacts of shelling and of the bullets. We were able to walk through its streetsobserve the rooms of the houses, with those paintings, the bathrooms or the kitchens. In the churches, some without roof, we could see the altars or the holes produced by the impact of some mortar. Impress everything that is seen, and the truth, we do not remember the same people in the Spanish geography.
The ravages of the republican aviation They are visible throughout the old town. You can perfectly imagine the situation, the pain, the escape, how it was or how it lived. It seems incredible that the human being, regardless of the side, has produced such devastation. There was no mercy even with the churches.
It is said that in Belchite you can hear economics with shouts of some of the more than 5,000 people who left their lives After 14 days of fighting. Visiting Belchite should be mandatory, sometimes we complain so much about what we have that we still don't know what consequences any dictator can have or political confrontation. Do not forget to visit Belchite, do not stop soaking up our history.
How to get?
Since Madrid The best way is to take the Barcelona road and turn off at the exit 271, at the height of the Almunia of Doña Godina. There take the A220 to Belchite.
Since Saragossa take the A23 in the direction Villafranca del Ebro and exit at exit 1B to join the ARA-A1 to the A222 until Belchite.
Where to sleep?
We leave you several charming hotels near Belchite.
- Oleum Belchite Hotel. Modern hotel with well-kept rooms. From € 60
- Sicily spa. A really special place to spend the weekend.
- Hotel Castillo de Ateca. A most original hotel as it is located in an Arab castle
- More hotels in the area
Shcedules and prices
The visits to Belchite are guided and these start at 12pm until 6 or 7 in the afternoon, depending on the time of year. The ticket price amounts to € 6 for the daytime visit€ 10 for the nocturnal and € 12 if you want to visit day and night. In any case, the visit lasts about an hour and a half.
For more info consult the Belchite town page.
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