ESCAPE TO ZARAGOZA FOR A WEEKEND

Zaragoza is one of the most important cities in Spain, located at one hour and a half from Madrid and from Barcelona with our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains. A city bathed by the waters of the Ebro River, where time and history have created a cultural and architectural mixing which is a must to visit. Have a walk in its streets and taste a few tapas in el Tubo, go shopping to the historic city centre and visit the area of the International Exhibition 2008.


Basilica of Pilar

View of the facade and the exterior of the Pilar



Located next to the Ebro river in the city centre, the Basilica of Pilar is Zaragoza’s symbol. This huge baroque church, the biggest in Spain, has a 9000m2 floor. Its construction began at the end of the XVII century and finished in the middle of the XX. The fresco paintings, like the Regina Martirum chapel, painted by Francisco de Goya, are sublime. We recommend you to go up to the top of the towers to get a beautiful view of the city. According to the Christian tradition, this basilica was the first Marian temple of Christianity as it is believed that “el Pilar”, a jasper column placed by the Virgin Maria, is kept inside.



Expo

Expo 2008 zone and the Third millennium bridge



In 2008, Zaragoza took a step forward in the classic architecture and design. Because of the International Exhibition, a group of buildings with a futuristic style were constructed to house the headquarters of the Expo. Some of them are the Tower of Water, a true futuristic minaret, or the Bridge Pavilion, made by Zaha Hadid.



The SEO

Overview and facade of the SEO


Next to the Basilica of Pilar, more specifically at one end of the Square, is placed the other big Cathedral of Zaragoza. Known as El Salvador Cathedral, it was build in the XII century, where the roman forum and the main mosque of the city, of which the minaret still exists in the present tower, were before. The cathedral has various styles like the Romanesque one, the Mudejar one, the Gothic one, the Renaissance one and the Baroque one. The Mudejar part has been listed as World Heritage since 2001.



El Tubo (The Tube)

Next to Plaza del Pilar, the Historic Centre begins. There, you can find The Tube, the perfect place to enjoy one of the Spanish traditions: go eating tapas, from bars to bars. We recommend this place if you want to know the best of mini-cuisine in Zaragoza. It has a particular charm with its narrow streets full of people, many of them sitting on stools, tasting the tapas of its many establishments. It is placed between Mártires, Estébanes and Cuatro de Agosto streets and each one of its bars is generally specialised in one tapa. Moreover, there are also restaurants where you can enjoy a more traditional lunch or dinner.



Roman Theatre

Roman theatre ruins



Of the old Caesaraugusta, the city still has the ruins of the roman theatre, that you can see in the Roman complex of the Theatre Museum. This theatre had capacity for 6,000 spectators and was constructed with Marcelo’s Theatre style.



Independence Promenade

Next to the historic centre, this promenade is one of the busiest areas. The many shops has converted this avenue in one of the main ones to go shopping in the city.



Aljafería Palace

Exterior and interior of the Aljaferia Palace



Declared UNESCO Heritage Site in 2001, it was constructed in the XI century to show the magnificence of the Taifa Kingdom in Zaragoza. It is one of the most beautiful and subtle exponents of the Islamic palatial art in Spain and houses the current headquarters of the Aragon Court.




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