ZaragozaZaragoza, the capital of Spain's Aragon region, has a privileged location, equally distanced from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao. The city is connected by an international airport and a high-speed railway line (AVE). Visitors can expect a delicious gastronomy and a rich heritage of historical monuments: Basilica del Pilar, Cathedral of San Salvador, Aljafería Palace, the paintings of Goya or the Mudejar–UNESCO Heritage of Mankind. Local architecture combines Islamic and Gothic styles — an absolute must-see.
The CityIberians, Romans, Muslims, Jews and Christians left their mark in the city along more than 2,000 years of history. The Baroque grandiosity can be admired in the Basilica del Pilar; Aljafería Palace, the most northerly Arab Palace in Europe, magnificent examples of aragonese Mudéjar art, a World Heritage Site; the height of the Gothic period can be seen in the Cathedral of San Salvador… From the paintings of Goya to the latest expressions of urban painting, from the Roman Theatre to contemporary dance, from centenarian retail establishments to alternative approaches to retailing can be found in the city. After the 2008 International Exposition “Water and sustainable development”, Zaragoza has emerged as an innovative city with modern and renovated infrastructures. Art, theatre, tapas, concerts, shopping, design, history, the banks of the Ebro river, … Zaragoza has a lot to offer.
Top 5If you are stopping over in Zaragoza, make sure not to miss these 5 key sights.
Cultural EventsIn Zaragoza, there is a great range of cultural events that take place all year long. Therefore, on visiting Zaragoza, it is worthwhile setting apart time for enjoying its varied cultural programme. Theatres such as the Principal, the Theatre of the Mercado, the Theatre of the Estación and the Theatre of Las esquinas, dozens of concert halls and even the last Singing Café remaining in Europe, El Plata, together with International Urban Painting Festivals such as Asalto or Trayectos. As the cutting edge of the most exported and dearest Zaragoza are the Fiestas del Pilar, which are celebrated in October in the streets fervently. Another festivity that can not be missed is the Holy Week, declared as an International Tourist Interest.
Fun For FamiliesZaragoza is an ideal Spanish tourist destination for a holiday for all the family, a source of entertainment, culture and fun for visitors. Theatres with exclusive programming for children, an Amusement Park, the largest River Aquarium in Europe, museum activities, a Water Park with a plenty of leisure activities for kids or a unique centre in Europe dedicated to origami make Zaragoza a perfect place for the family to enjoy together.
AccommodationsZaragoza counts on a wide accomodation offer to find the right establishment you are looking for: whether you are just passing through the city or you are coming on Holidays, to make business or to take part in a Congress or Conference, you have a great list to choose. Check it out here: https://www.zaragozahoteles.com/es
Do & See
Throughout the year, Zaragoza is a hive of cultural activity, hosting festivals such as Asalto, International Urban Art, and Trayectos (contemporary dance). The most important celebration occurs every October, when the city hosts Las Fiestas del Pilar - over 500 cultural and recreational events welcome participants from near and far. The Semana Santa (holy Week) of Zaragoza has more than 700 years of history and was declared of international tourist interest. At any time of the year, visitors can enjoy interesting cultural and architectural sites, as well as leisure activities.
The gastronomy 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. http://bit.ly/GastroEn
If you are a shopping-lover, Zaragoza is a perfect destination for you!! Small shops with years of history, special stores, shopping centres, department stores,... You will find everything you are looking for!. Shop opening hours tend to be from 10 am to 1:30-2 pm and from 4:30-5:00 pm to 8-9 pm. Department stores are open all day from 10 am to 9 pm and they are usually open at lunchtime. Most of the shops open on Saturdays.