- Calling Code: 1,062.64 k
- Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
- Population (EST): 699,755
- Official language: Spanish
- Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
Zaragoza – Overview
Zaragoza, Spain’s fifth largest city is situated on the banks of the river Ebro in the north east of the country. Founded in roman times the city is proud of its nickname; “The City of Four Cultures” which comes from the varied rulers and the different titles the city has had, from the Iberian “Salduba,” to the Roman “CaesarAugusta,” to the Muslim “Saraqusta” to the current Christian “Zaragoza.” The quiet cousin lying between Barcelona and Madrid, Zaragoza is steeped in history and it won’t be long until visitors realise this and come in their numbers so why not visit while there is still a country feel to this ancient and majestic city?
With so much history there is much to see in Zaragoza, in particular the many churches in the city. As well as the more famous churches of the Basilica del Pilar and the Cathedral of El Salvador (see below) the churches of San Pablo, Santa María Magdalena and San Gil Abad are a must see for lovers of architecture. All built in the 14th century their towers are thought to have once been the minarets of mosques dating back to the 11th century. Collectively the churches are Mudéjar monuments and form a World Heritage site.
For visitors to the city that want to discover more of its history there are several very informative and interesting museums and art galleries. From the Roman Public Baths Museum to the gallery dedicated to the famous Aragon artist Pablo Serrano there is something to entertain every taste. If staying outside is more appealing head to one of the city’s many parks and gardens. The Primo de Rivera Park is huge and hours can be lost wandering around the beautiful landscaped gardens dotted with sculptures and fountains. For more organised outdoor fun take a trip to Parque de Atracions, an outdoor amusement park featuring fairground rides as well as swimming pools, gardens and restaurants, perfect if you’re travelling with children in the hot summer months.
Spanish cuisine is famous the world over and Aragon and Zaragoza do not disappoint in their offerings to visitors. Try any of the regions signature dishes in one of the atmospheric tapas bars in the old town known as "Casco Viejo". As well as the traditional tapas bars visitors to the city can find eateries and restaurants catering for every budget and taste from international fast food outlets to high end fine dining.
After dinner entertainment in Zaragoza is second to none, there are a fantastic variety of bars and clubs offering up music to suit everybody. From chic wine bars serving the excellent local produce to big nightclubs to dance all night in visitors will not be left wanting. If dancing isn’t your thing why not catch a show at the theatre, the matadors performing at the bullring or if you’re feeling lucky a flourish at one of the casinos in town?