Zaragoza is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain and the capital of the Aragon region which is located on the banks of the Ebro River, halfway between Madrid and Barcelona.
In this city, a spectacular agenda awaits you throughout the year. It is full of culture thanks to its many beautiful venues and the artistic features you can find in every corner which will amaze you.
Another reason to discover this hospitable city is that its streets have such a rich, impressive, and amazing heritage that touring the city to see the most important things requires time and a good tourism itinerary.
Enjoying Zaragoza’s art is delightful. The Romans, Muslims, Jews, and Christians left their mark on this emblematic place which with 2,000 years of history is rich in cultural wealth.
In Zaragoza, Roman ruins such as the Caesaraugusta Theatre, the Aljafería Palace, and the Forum Museum are must-sees. Mudéjar-style churches that were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, baroque gems such as the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and the work of the renowned artist Francisco de Goya are also must-sees. In addition, you will come across the Ebro river where the world’s largest and most accurate solar clock is located.
Start your tour by visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, a temple that is a universal symbol of Zaragoza. You can see clear Renaissance influences on its exterior and inside you can admire its Renaissance choir and paintings by Goya and Bayeu on its domes.
Continuing your tour, near Plaza del Pilar you will find Patio de la Infanta with a must-see collection of oil paintings by Goya that are worth admiring.
San Salvador Cathedral—also known as La Seo and which dates back to the twelfth century—is located in the same area. Romanesque, Mudéjar, Baroque and Neoclassical influences are very noticeable both inside and outside. We recommend visiting the outer wall of the parish, which is located on one of the sides of the Seo, to see Zaragoza’s Mudéjar masterpiece.
Another place you can’t miss is La Lonja de Mercaderes or the Palacio de la Lonja, one of the main examples of Aragonese renaissance and the most important civil construction of the sixteenth century; it hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year for culture lovers.
Spend some time in the Caesaraugusta Theatre Museum and admire what the most spectacular and popular building in the Roman city was like. There is a lot of evidence of Zaragoza’s imperial past, which we can see with its walls, the Forum, the River Port and the Public Baths, all with their respective museums.
Regarding its gastronomy, you must try some of its culinary delights at any of the many restaurants that are in the downtown area. We recommend ordering ternasco de Aragón (roasted lamb) or Zaragoza-style rice with an Ámbar beer which is from this region.
Of course, going for tapas or going from bar to bar to have tapas is one of Spain’s great traditions. In Zaragoza, you can do it on the street known as El Tubo, where you can easily taste some migas (fried breadcrumbs), salmorejo (cold tomato soup) or roasted ternasco (lamb). For dessert, we recommend some adoquines (traditional candies) or maraschino cherries, a delight for our palettes.
Later, you can start your route again by visiting the Parque Metropolitano del Agua, which is a large recreational area, the lungs of the city, and an authentic outdoor museum. This place was built for the International Expo 2008 and is full of possibilities when it comes to recreation, sports and cultural activities for visitors and locals.
Stroll along its avenues and enjoy its Aquatic Gardens, golf course, river beach, the Arbolé Theater and José Antonio Labordeta Park, commonly known as Parque Grande, with wide landscaped avenues where you will discover monuments such as the one dedicated to “Alfonso I el Batallador” or lovely corners like the Botanical Garden.
If you want, Zaragoza also has a wide range of shopping options with all types of stores for every taste, from big department stores to outdoor markets where you can buy traditional products or a nice souvenir to take home.
At night, fun is guaranteed in this vibrant city thanks to its wide range of bars, pubs, nightclubs, and terraces that open their doors until the wee hours, practically all year round. Visiting some of these places is perfect for feeling the locals’ festive spirit and finishing the night on a high note.
If you have extra time and want to keep exploring the areas around Zaragoza, a place you can’t miss is Fuendetodos, the town where the wonderful painter Francisco de Goya was born. You can also visit Calatayud, where the Monasterio de Piedra is located in a natural setting, and follow the route along the Moncayo, the highest mountain range in the province. A few kilometers away is Tarazona, a Mudéjar city full of art, and the Cinco Villas region, which has a medieval feel.
Without a doubt, these plans are great alternatives since all these excursions are less than an hour and a half away.
As an Exclusive Traveler Club member, you have the option of staying at the maravilloso Catalonia El Pilar, in a building from the early twentieth century with a modernist style you will love. Plus, it is located a few meters from the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, right in the heart of the city.
We invite you to plan your next vacation to this extraordinary Spanish destination. We are sure that it will be a magnificent trip that you will remember forever!