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Zaragoza in two days



  • Plaza del Pilar square with the Basilica of El Pilar on the right. Zaragoza

Famous for its basilica and the festivities of El Pilar, in this city you'll find monuments from four civilisations: Roman, Muslim, Jewish and Christian. You'll also be able to see the avant-garde structures that were built for the international exhibition in 2008.


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Zaragoza in two days


DAY 1: THE BASILICA AND THE SEO

The best idea is to start the day at the Puente de Piedra bridge and head for the Plaza del Pilar square. This is a view that's well worth capturing with your camera, as it includes the basilica of El Pilar, the Exchange building, the Town Hall, the Cathedral and the Seo and a monument in homage to Goya beside the Caesar Augusta Forum Museum. You choose, but if you're short of time, the basilica (you can climb up the tower) and the Seo are visits not to be missed. At lunchtime, you'll find numerous restaurants in the area around the square, in the Calle Mayor and the Calle del Coso. What are the typical dishes? Borage, 'migas' (fried breadcrumbs) and lamb. An afternoon of culture and an evening of tapas Then you can visit the Caesar Augusta Theatre Museum and the Courtyard of the Infanta's Palace (containing paintings by Goya). And if you want to pick up a souvenir, take a stroll down the Paseo de la Independencia. The best idea for restoring your energy is to drop in to some of the bars in the El Tubo quarter, and follow the custom of 'going for tapas'. This is a chance to sample the specialities in each bar accompanied by a glass of wine or beer. At night, you can choose between the youthful atmosphere in the area around the Central Market or the more upmarket venues in the streets of Francisco de Vitoria, San Vicente Mártir and Cesáreo Alierta.

Zaragoza in two days


DAY 2: FROM THE ARAB WORLD TO THE ZARAGOZA EXPO

You can start the second day by a visit to the Aljafería Palace. Inside you'll find a mosque, an orange tree courtyard and architecture dating from Muslim times. In the evening, a good option is to visit the site of the Zaragoza Expo 2008. To cross over you'll need to take the Puente del Milenio bridge, with views onto the gorgeous Bridge Pavilion shaped like a giant gladiolus, and the curious Water Tower. You can also visit the famous Aquarium and the Luis Buñuel Water Park, offering a range of activities (it has a whitewater canal, facilities for bike routes…) Although if you prefer to take your leave of Zaragoza with a more urban image of the city, you can also spend your last few hours of the day in its historic centre and the surrounding area.

Zaragoza in two days


THINGS TO REMEMBER

You can book guided tours of the city at the tourist offices. The sightseeing bus is an excellent option for getting around the main attractions. You can purchase a sightseeing card to explore the city. http://www.zaragoza.es/ciudad/turismo/es/servicios/zaragoza-cards/zaragoza-cards.htm