Zaragoza, capital of Aragón, is the most important city in the Ebro Valley. The climate is Mediterranean-Continental and its more than 700,000 inhabitants make it one of the most densely populated cities in Spain.
The historic capital of the Ebro valley
Zaragoza is a 2000 years history city, and many cultures have left traces of a brilliant past, preserved in its streets and beautiful palaces and buildings.
The visitor who comes to Zaragoza, will enjoy remains from the Romans, Muslims, Christians and Jews also the Mudejar Art declared World Heritage, the wonderful Aljafería Palace, the Cathedral of San Salvador, masterpiece of European art, The Basilica “El Pilar”, the most outstanding religious monument in Zaragoza, in which paintings from Goya can be found.
But Zaragoza is also an open door to a prosperous future. Zaragoza has consolidated its commercial upper hand, and increased its markets, holding prestigious trade fairs, and establishing a strong industry based on local products, and a renewed modern infrastructure.
Zaragoza is a city full of cultural life where visitors can find new events to attend every day, and many outdoor possibilities for incentive travellers without leaving the city, adventure sports in the River Ebro, or Golf for a fun relaxing day out.
intact to this day. But this area is not just a preserved open-air museum; it is the functional and friendly heart of the city, where locals and visitors alike create a vibrant energy.
The Roman theatre, remains of Roman culture in the Museum of the Forum of Caesaraugusta, The caesaruagusta River port Museum and The Cesaraugusta Roman Baths Museum.
Saragusta or Medina Albaida,
During the latter part of the Moslem domination (11th C.) the wonderful Aljafería Palace, today, the Aragonese Parliament.
A Gothic Mudejar City
The masterpiece of local Gothic architecture is the San Salvador Cathedral , “La Seo”.
El Pilar, the heart of devotion
The most outstanding religious monument in Zaragoza is without doubt the Basilica of the Pilar, “El Pilar”. Worth seeing the impressive Renaissance altarpiece in alabaster by Damien Forment, the Holy Chapel where the image of the Virgin is venerated, and the cupolas painted by Goya.
Renaissance, baroque and neo-classical
Other religious monuments the visitor should see are the church of Santa Engracia, the ancient Seminary of San Carlos and the churches of Santiago, San Felipe, etc.
With Zaragoza Expo 2008, Spain and Zaragoza became the focus of attention in a highly ambitious project with stand- out constructions, worthy of an International Exhibition.
The Bridge Pavilion is the work of Zaha Hadid Architects. The Water Tower is 76-metre high and the most recognisable element in the Expo compound. A River aquarium, set to be the biggest river aquarium in the world, with over 300 species of the world’s river fauna spread over 50 tanks.
To relax and enjoy leisure time, visitors can go to the park created in the Water Park Luis Buñuel. This area is in full Expo 2008, you can walk or take part in various activities such as walking, water sport activities, horseback riding through the Grove, enjoy the Spa Ranillas, or play golf.
Culture and Entertainment
Zaragoza has produced greatest artist of international relevance such as Goya. Goya’s birthplace is Fuendetodos, a small village nearZaragoza. That’s why the presence of Goya is so extend in the city in which he lived during the first 25 years of his life. The visitor can admire the Coreto vault and the Regina Martyrum in the Basílica del Pilar. Zaragoza Museum shows different portraits and religious paintings, Camón Aznar Museum is dedicated to Goya with his full collection of engravings and, Cartuja del Aula Dei, located in a lovely and picturesque place, offers impressive frescos by Goya.
Pablo Gargallo is another great artist originated in Zaragoza. The Pablo Gargallo Museum contains over a hundred works by this foremost Aragonese sculptor. In Zaragoza there are theatres (T. Princial and Mercado), cinemas, and an auditorium for classical
music. Pop and jazz music is played in bars, pubs, and halls. There are many attractive “zones” of pubs and bars to enjoy at night, and terraces in summer that become ideal place for loving talkers and staying out late.
Shopping and Strolling
A stroll through the Historic old part of the town and the center, there are plenty of shops for the visitor who has shopping in mind to enjoy. Shops full of presents, fine quality clothing, and typical souvenirs, jewelleries and antiques shops.
One of the city’s major features is the variety of restaurants, of different styles in thetraditional and international cuisine. This quality cuisine is complemented by a “mini-cuisine”, the Zaragoza habit of taking “tapas”, small snacks of infinite variety. The mountains and valleys of Zaragoza province provide the city with international prestigious wines from Cariñena, Borja or Somontano.