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Zaragoza ( Saragossa ) Spain

Zaragoza ( Saragossa )  is the capital city of the Zaragoza Province and of the region of Aragon, Spain. It is situated on the Ebro river and its tributaries, the Huerva and Gállego, near the centre of the region, in a valley with a variety of landscapes, ranging from desert (Los Monegros) to thick forest, meadows and mountains.

Ice and snow sports in Zaragoza, are popular in the nearby Pyrenees, where many of Spain’s best ski resorts are located. The city is famous for its folklore, a renowned local gastronomy, and landmarks such as the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the The Aljafería Palace. Together with La Seo and the Aljaferia, several other buildings form part of the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fiestas del Pilar are among the most celebrated festivals in Spain. Zaragoza has more than 2.000 years of Historical-Artistic Heritage. In Zaragoza there were more than 200 palaces of the16th-century, some have been turned into museums and exhibition halls like the Pablo Gargallo Museum, Real Maestranza de Caballería Palace, Patio de la Infanta

After the Expo 2008, Zaragoza emerged as an innovative city. The buildings of the expo received important architecture awards such as the Spanish Pavilion, the
Pavilion Bridge or the Water tower. The Aquarium is the largest river Aquarium in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Renovated infrastructure for a city open to the future.

Zaragoza is easy to reach by car, coach, train, plane or even on foot, as part of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Route, since the city lies at a privileged crossroads between Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and the Basque Country. It is also the gateway to Europe through the Somport Tunnel.

Zaragoza is built on the foundations of the Roman camp established on the Iberian town of Salduie. It was named the Emperor Caesaraugusta. After the Muslim invasions it became an important urban center in Medina al-Baida called Saraqusta-Zaragoza la Blanca. Eventually became the capital of his Taifa.

After the Christian reconquest in 1118 it was renamed to Saragoça and later evolved into Çaragoça name, finally adopting its current name, Zaragoza.

Zaragoza and Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746‐1828), world‐renowned painter and engraver from Zaragoza. Discover this great artist, visit the collection of engravings in
the Museum of Goya – Ibercaja Collection and admire his works at the Museum of Zaragoza, la Basílica del Pilar and la Cartuja de Aula Dei.

Goya Museum

Places of Interest in Zaragoza

Enjoy strolling through the historic streets of the city and let yourself be amazed by the hidden spots which are there waiting silently for visitors to discover them. Museums, squares, buildings, sculptures… greet you and plunge you into past cultures and avant-garde trends.

Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

The Baroque basilica is one of the most important centres of Marian pilgrimage for Catholics. The Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. The Basilica venerates Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title Our Lady of the Pillar

Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

La Seo Cathedral

San Salvador Cathedral – La Seo It has been a Roman temple, Visigoth church, Mosque and finally a Cathedral, and thus showcases a range of contrasting artistic styles: Romanesque, Mudéjar, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. Mudéjar Art declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

The cathedral is located on the Plaza de la Seo and is commonly known as La Seo to distinguish it from the nearby El Pilar, whose name (pillar) is a reference to an apparition of Mary in Zaragoza.

La Seo Cathedral

Aljafería

Impressive 11th century Moslem palace, current headquarters of the Parliament of Aragón. It is one of the best preserved examples of Moslem palatial architecture. Mudéjar Art World Heritage declared by UNESCO

Aljafería Zaragoza

Pavilion of Aragon Zaragoza

The design of this pavilion is a throwback to one of the classic souvenirs sold in the city: wicker baskets full of Aragonese fruits. The project was completed by the Olano y Mendo studio, who achieved a weave effect through the use of contrasting opaque and transparent glass panels, creating a space full of natural light, thanks also to its six skylights.

Pavilion of Aragon

Calle Alfonso I

Calle Alfonso I is the ideal Access route to the Plaza del Pilar. Its historical buildings are the perfect frame for the basilica. The walk par excellence in Zaragoza: from Calle Alfonso I to the Plaza del Pilar to finish at one of the bridges over the River Ebro with their views. The Pasaje del Ciclón is one of the half concealed surprises of the Plaza del Pilar. A charming air-conditioned corner where you can recharge your batteries. The Plaza de San Felipe, with centenarian restaurants, Renaissance Palaces and Baroque Churches, is the entrance to the charming Museo Pablo Gargallo. In Plaza del Pilar, near the Town Hall, stands La Lonja, a lovely example of Renaissance architecture with original elements influenced by Mudejar and late gothic art. The Lonja is one of the most beautiful renaissance buildings in Zaragoza. At the present time, it is a prestigious exhibition hall.

Shopping with a soul

Zaragoza has enthusiastically joined the street market trend, with well-established options that provide a showcase for local design.

A city’s soul and personality can also be found in its shops. This is especially true of small retailers, markets and street markets, whose offerings have increased significantly in Zaragoza, particularly on Sundays. Plaza de las Armas has virtually become a weekend institution, with markets devoted to the best local design in clothing, accessories and décor, as well as used items, handicrafts, books, music and eco-friendly products. Nor should we overlook other more traditional choices, such as Plaza de San Bruno, an obligatory stop before going on to enjoy a Sunday afternoon vermouth. There is also Market Replace, devoted to vintage and second-hand clothing.

Shop opening hours tend to be from 10:00 to 13:30-14:00 in the morning and from 16:30-17:00 to 20:00-21:00 in the evening. Department stores are open all day from 10:00 to 21:00 and don`t close at lunchtime. Most shops open on Saturdays, whilst remaining closed on Sundays and public holidays, except for certain Sundays throughout the year

Puente del Tercer Milenio

Built in 2008 and designed by the Huescan arquitect J.J. Arenas de Pablo, it allows access from the Meandro de Ranillas area to the neighbourhoods around Delicias Station. Its most remarkable feature, visually speaking, is its bowstring arch, with stands at 270 metres, the longest in the world. Its design and structural aesthetics make it a flagship for the new millennium.

Puente de Piedra

This Gothic-style, 15th century structure is the oldest bridge over the Ebro River and has been restored on numerous occasions due to flood damage. One outstanding feature that has been added is the set of four bronze lions by the sculptor Francisco Rallo that appear at each end and side of the bridge.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of Zaragoza is based on excellent products, some with denomination of origin such as the lamb, the Teruel ham, olive oil, wines…

It combines tradition and innovation. The gastronomic offer of the city includes restaurants and a great variety of bars, cafés where to enjoy the typical “tapas”. Several gastronomic festivals or gastronomic tours (Chocotour and Saborea) take place in the city all over the year. In 1994, the 1st tapas competition in Spain took place in Zaragoza.

Enjoy new gastronomic spaces and traditional cuisine! Plaza Sta. Marta, Zona de la Magdalena, Zona San Miguel, Zona El Tubo, Puerta Cinegia Gastronómica and much more…

In 1534, in a Cistercian Monastery close to the city of Zaragoza, was prepared for the first time in Europe the recipe of the chocolate. The chocolate-making tradition started in the 16th century and lasted over the centuries. Numerous chocolate shops, cake shops and companies were founded in the city in the 19th century are still up and running.

Museums in Zaragoza

In Zaragoza there were more than 200 palaces of the16th-century, some have been turned into museums and exhibition halls like the Pablo Gargallo Museum, Real Maestranza de Caballería Palace, Patio de la Infanta

Museums

Festivals in Zaragoza

Zaragoza loves festivals and the Fiestas del Pilar are among the most celebrated festivals in Spain. The Holy Week of Zaragoza has more than 700 years of history and was declared as international tourist interest.

Festivals in Zaragoza

Getting to Zaragoza

Zaragoza is easy to reach by car, coach, train, plane or even on foot, as part of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Route, since the city lies at a privileged crossroads between Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and the Basque Country. It is also the gateway to Europe through the Somport Tunnel.

Zaragoza-Delicias Intermodal Station belongs to Spain?s AVE High-Speed Train Network and is used by travellers leaving or arriving into the city by train or coach from practically any point in Spain.

Zaragoza Airport, from which a number of different airlines operate regular flights to and from numerous cities in Spain and Europe, is located just 10 km from the city.

On foot

For aficionados of the Camino de Santiago, the province of Zaragoza offers an interesting part of the route including hostels, spots of cultural interest and various stretches of wonderful natural scenery.

Zaragoza is a stop on the Camino del Ebro or Camino Jacobeo del Ebro, which is the part of the route that begins at the Ebro Delta and finishes in Logroño, where it joins up with the French Way, which runs from Roncesvalles on the Spanish side.

Some 30 km before this route reaches Zaragoza, between Pina de Ebro and Fuentes de Ebro, the path meets up with the Catalan Way via Zaragoza, which comes in via Montserrat.

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