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Top 5 must-see, Zaragoza

Zaragoza is a city that especially impressed us by the vibrancy of this city.

The vibrant feel of Zaragoza

The streets are always full, even late at night. Shop till you drop is absolutely possible here and making a choice from one of the many restaurants is actually a real task. But in addition to the impressive vibe of this city, there are certainly some very beautiful historical attractions that are definitely worth a visit.

Zaragoza, a city with a rich history

With about 700,000 inhabitants, Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain and the capital of the Aragon region. Zaragoza is located on the River Ebro, which flows past some of Zaragoza's most remarkable structures. In the summer evenings the riverbanks are pleasantly packed and the sunset over the river is truly beautiful.

Suddenly there is Zaragoza, in the middle of nowhere

On the way to Zaragoza you certainly do not expect to encounter a big city like Zaragoza. The city is surrounded by mountains, forests and deserts and the road to it is therefore not very special. But then suddenly there is Zaragoza. A city with a rich history, precisely because of its central location in an area where there are few cities. Zaragoza used to be the main link between the Pyrenees and Castile and today it is still the main city and meeting point of Aragon.

The 5 most impressive sights of Zaragoza

There are of course many beautiful, historic buildings to see in Zaragoza. Hereby our top 5 with what we think are the most beautiful and most important sights of Zaragoza;

Our top 5 in Zaragoza

Plaza del Pilar, the largest square in Zaragoza

Plaza del Pilar is one of the largest squares in Europe. This square has a length of no less than 1,500 meters and contains some of the main sights of Zaragoza. Including the Basilica El Pilar, La Seo and La Lonja. On the square you can also admire some remains from the Roman period. And on the walls of these Roman buildings you can also admire the Torreón de la Zuda, an originally Moorish tower. Furthermore, it is one of the cleanest squares we have ever seen. Everything is neatly finished with trees on the sides for some greenery and some modern artwork, including a beautiful art object that forms a waterfall. In any case, it is certainly an impressive square in terms of size.

Adress: Pl. Ntra. Sra. del Pilar, s/n, 50003 Zaragoza

Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the most beautiful basilica of Zaragoza

El Pilar is a Roman Catholic Basilica in the center of Zaragoza. For many Spaniards, Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar is a popular pilgrimage site. It is said that Mary appeared here and asked James to build a sanctuary here. It is the largest Baroque church in Spain, designed by Sánchez y Herrera in the 17th century. However, in the 18th century, much of the design was modified by Ventura Rodríguez. According to many pilgrims, the main attraction of Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar is a column on which a small statue of the Virgin Mary was placed. Pilgrims can kiss part of this column in the back of the chapel. But actually, every part of this grand, baroque cathedral is impressive. You can certainly admire the outside from the square del Pilar, but you have the best view from the waterfront when you stand on the bridge.

The colors in the domes of this Basilica are especially striking when you admire it from the outside. I don't know what I liked more about this Basilica, the colorful exterior or the impressive interior. In any case, it is definitely worth a visit.

Adress: Plaza del Pilar, s/n, 50003 Zaragoza

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La SEO, an old cathedral in the center of Zaragoza

La Seo is an old cathedral that you will find next to the Basilica El Pilar. This cathedral was built between the 12th and 17th centuries. And especially the mix of different architectural styles is impressive. You can see both the Romanesque style, the Baroque style, the Roman style and the Moorish style in this cathedral, which makes it a very special combination. The interior of this cathedral is definitely worth a visit.

Adress: Plaza de la Seo, 4, 50001 Zaragoza

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Palacio de la Aljafería, an oriental palace in the middle of Zaragoza

This building is best known for the Moorish architectural style used here. Palacio de la Aljafería is even the oldest Moorish complex in Spain. Palacio de Aljafería was built in the 11th century and several Catholic kings also lived there after the Moors. One of the most famous Moorish buildings is of course the Alhambra. You can certainly not compare Palacio de Aljafería with this. The patio, vaults and ceilings of this Palacio are certainly beautiful to see, but unfortunately a very large part of this Palacio has already been modernized. On the other hand, the entrance fee is not that high and therefore certainly worth taking a look.

Adress: Calle de los Diputados, s/n, 50003 Zaragoza

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Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta, a place of tranquility in lively Zaragoza

In Parque Grande Jose Antonio Labordeta you can easily spend a whole day. An absolute resting place in the middle of the lively city of Zaragoza. This beautiful city park is 44 hectares and contains 2 lakes, 8 monumental fountains, 22 sculptures and 9 drinking fountains. Plus, there are loads of lovely places to wander through and find some shade in Zaragoza's hot summers. And of course, just like everywhere in Spain, you will also find cozy terraces here to have a drink, although a cozy picnic under the trees might be just as nice.

Adress: P.º Isabel la Católica, 75, 50009 Zaragoza

Zaragoza, what a beautiful city in Spain

A visit to Zaragoza is therefore very diverse with different cultures, shops and restaurants. Zaragoza is not very big and you can see most of it in a single day, but it is always more fun to make a weekend of it. Because in the evenings Zaragoza really comes to life.


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