Zaragoza Vacation Packages
Zaragoza is a sophisticated and welcoming capital, home to 75 percent of Aragón’s population. Stroll down wide boulevards, browse chic shops and enjoy some of the province’s best tapas. See the city’s fascinating history in its Mudéjar churches, Roman ruins and Renaissance architecture, adding depth to this bustling, modern city.
Bordered by some of the city’s top architectural attractions, Plaza del Pilar is a natural starting point for exploring. Investigate the gorgeous 17th-century Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, built on the site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in A.D. 40. Inside, look for a 16th-century alabaster altarpiece by Damián Forment.
On the square’s eastern side, visit the equally impressive La Seo Cathedral. The building is a striking mix of architectural styles, ranging from a Gothic altarpiece to a beautiful Mudéjar façade. Don’t miss the 14th- to 17th-century tapestries found in the adjoining museum.
At Avenida de César Augusto, see the longest remaining stretch of the Roman Wall that once encircled the city. Although this piece of wall is only 260 feet (80 meters) long, the original 1st-century wall once extended for over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) around the city.
Don’t leave Zaragoza without seeing Aljafería, considered to be one of Spain’s finest Moorish palaces. Constructed in the 11th century, the building initially served as a royal residence for Islamic leaders. Look for intricate floral motifs, as well as a remarkable Mudéjar coffered ceiling.
See the city’s well-restored Roman amphitheater at Museo del Teatro de Caesaraugusta. In addition to admiring the massive 6,000-seat theater, study objects in the associated museum that were recovered during its excavation. Look for Roman hairpins and theatrical masks among other items.
Explore the narrow streets around the city’s El Tubo, where you’ll find fascinating street art, as well as several excellent tapas bars. Try a traditional hearty, meat-based Aragonese dish.
Zaragoza is 190 miles (300 kilometers) west of Barcelona and connected to Madrid and Barcelona by air and regular high-speed trains.