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Guide to Zaragoza

Zaragoza      Teruel      Huesca and the Aragonese Pyrenees      Albarracin 

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Guide to Zaragoza…Introduction

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Zaragoza has a strange relationship with the average Spaniard. Tales of dull high rises and cold sombre locals abound, yet those stereotypes come from the many who haven’t visited the Aragonese capital. Surprisingly, Zaragoza is one of Spain’s largest cities and once you do get past the rather grey suburbs what opens up in front of you is a pleasant city, complete with a vital trading history, a vibrant cultural scene and a popular university.

The main attractions in a guide to Zaragoza are of course the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar and the remarkable Muslim edifice of Aljaferia – a spectacular monument to the elegance and aptitude of the Muslim architects who inhabited the Iberian Peninsula. The raucous festivities in October to celebrate the cities’ patron saint – Pilar – are well worth your time if you’re planning on being in the area, a celebration of Zaragoza through parades, colour and a whole lot of partying.

Guide to Zaragoza…Don’t Miss

  1. Stroll to the Plaza Pilar and visit the iconic Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, home of the legend of Santiago – and look for the famous pilar where the Saint was said to have seen the Virgin Mary.
  2. Visit the sumptous Aljaferia – a relic of Muslim Spain with airs of the Alhambra.
  3. Be around for the 12th October whe the city’s Fiestas de Pilar to commemorate the famed vision are in full swing.
  4. Head to El Tubo (the old town) in the evening and hop from bar to bar, sampling tapas and drinks – focus on the Plaza Santa Marta and Calle Alfonso I.
  5. Take a day trip out to see the Medieval village of Tarazona or to the pleasant Monasterio de Piedra monastery and park.

Guide to Zaragoza…What to look for on the Menu

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Zaragoza

As the capital of Aragon, Zaragoza is a great place to try the wonderful regional cuisine that Aragon has to offer:

Jamon de Teruel – Not just famous in Aragon, but in all of Spain – you mustn’t leave Zaragoza without trying it.

Bacalao al ajoarriero – Spectacular Cod with peppers, slow cooked.

Pollo a la chilindrón – Chicken Stew with Jamon de Teruel, Garlic, Peppers and White wine.

Lomo de cerdo a la Zaragozana – Slow cooked pork with tomatoes, ham, garlic and parsley.

Tapas, Tapas, Tapas – Head to the El Tubo district and sample the myriad of tapas on offer.

Somontano wine – From Huesca in the North of Aragon, will accompany your feasts wonderfully.

Guide to Zaragoza – Where to Stay

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 Reader’s Tips

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