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Plaza del Pilar

Home to many of Zaragoza’s most important sights, this square is also a popular gathering place and the setting for the city’s biggest annual festivals. 

Plaza del Pilar, one of the largest pedestrian plazas in Spain, is surrounded by pretty cafés and historic buildings. Make this an excellent starting point for exploring Zaragoza’s attractions. The square frequently buzzes with performances, festivals and other lively events. 

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, on the north side, gives the square its name. This towering Baroque church dates back to 1681, although it was heavily renovated in the 18th century. Inside, find two stunning frescoes by Francisco Goya, as well as a small statue of the Virgen del Pilar, which attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. Take the elevator that runs to the top of one of the towers to see beautiful views over the city. 

Look for Ayuntamiento (City Hall) near the basilica. The original Renaissance building was damaged during the Spanish Civil War, with the reconstruction you see today completed in the mid-20th century. Notice the sculptures on either side of the main entrance, representing San Valero and the Angel Custodio (Guardian Angel) of the city. These were designed by abstract sculptor Pablo Serrano. 

Head to the opposite side of the square to see La Seo Cathedral, constructed between 1380 and 1550. An attractive blend of Gothic, Baroque and Mudéjar architectural styles, the cathedral was originally designed as a mosque. Look at the exceptional French and Flemish tapestries in the cathedral’s adjacent museum.

Watch for Fuente de la Hispanidad, a fountain set at the west end of the square. Erected in 1991, the fountain is designed to represent a map of Latin America. Look for a waterfall, which symbolizes the northern part of South America, as well as a hole in the upper left section said to represent the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America. 

Plaza del Pilar is located near the River Ebro. Visit during the Fiesta de la Virgen del Pilar, which takes place in mid-October each year. This lively 9-day festival features street concerts, processions and folk dancing, with the Plaza del Pilar as its focal point.


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Lodging Near Plaza del Pilar

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$56
Zenit Don Yo

Zenit Don Yo

Calle Juan Bruil, 4-6, Zaragoza
4.0
of 5, from 230 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zaragoza Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antigua School of Medicine, Zaragoza Museum, and Plaza de Espana. Plaza del Pilar and Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$52
Exe Zaragoza WTC

Exe Zaragoza WTC

María Zambrano 31, Zaragoza
4.6
of 5, from 26 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Zaragoza, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grancasa Commercial Center, Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and Plaza del Pilar. Aljaferia Palace and Plaza de Espana are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$35
Hostal Cataluña

Hostal Cataluña

Calle Coso 94-96, Zaragoza
3.6
of 5, from 102 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zaragoza Old Town, this hostal is within a 5-minute walk of Roman Theatre, Zaragoza Museum, and Plaza de Espana. Plaza del Pilar and Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar are also within 15 minutes.

$107
Hotel Palafox

Hotel Palafox

Calle Marques de Casa Jimenez, s/n, Zaragoza
4.2
of 5, from 205 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Zaragoza Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Puerta del Carmen, Plaza de Espana, and Zaragoza Museum. Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and Plaza del Pilar are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$33
YIT Ciudad de Zaragoza

YIT Ciudad de Zaragoza

Camino de los Molinos 42, Zaragoza
3.9
of 5, from 257 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Plaza Villafranca, Plaza del Pilar, and Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. Plaza de Espana and Zaragoza Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$64
Hotel Silken Reino de Aragón

Hotel Silken Reino de Aragón

Calle del Coso, 80, Zaragoza
4.3
of 5, from 251 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zaragoza Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Principal, Plaza de Espana, and Zaragoza Museum. Plaza del Pilar and Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar are also within 15 minutes.

$43
Hotel Avenida

Hotel Avenida

Avenida Cesar Augusto , 55, Zaragoza
4.3
of 5, from 58 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Zaragoza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Paul's Church, Plaza de Espana, and Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. Plaza del Pilar and Zaragoza Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$75
NH Ciudad de Zaragoza

NH Ciudad de Zaragoza

Avenida Cesar Augusto, 125, Zaragoza
4.3
of 5, from 193 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Zaragoza Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torreon de la Zuda, Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and Plaza del Pilar. Plaza de Espana and Zaragoza Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).