First time in Zaragoza
Spain

First time in Zaragoza

Chrisa Lepida
Chrisa Lepida

Last weekend I had the chance to visit one of the most beautiful Spanish cities I’ve lately been to, and yes that’s Zaragoza! To be honest I didn't expect it to be that beautiful but it instantly stole my heart and inspired me to write this page, so I'd say that it's a city really underestimated!

Zaragoza is one of the biggest cities in Spain - I think it’s the 5th biggest, after Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia & Sevilla. It is located on the banks of the Ebro River, halfway between Madrid and Barcelona.  

If you feel like following my advice, enjoy strolling through the historic streets of the city and let yourself be amazed by the hidden spots which are there waiting silently for visitors to discover them. Museums, squares, buildings, sculptures... greet you and plunge you into past cultures and avant-garde trends.

Dress comfortably and explore as much as you can! Extra advise; Warm clothes! Yes, it's still Spain but IT'S COLD! Believe me. Anyway, this city is compact, ideal to wander on foot, and its boulevards, avenues and pedestrian areas are perfect for a stroll. This is also the best way to admire its monuments.

Here are the 3 musts, that shouldn’t be missed out while in Zaragoza!

1) BASÍLICA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PILAR

Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Plaza Ntra. Sra. del Pilar, S/N, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain

The Basílica del Pilar is the symbol of the city par excellence. It is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared herself to Santiago (St James the Apostle) atop a pillar (pilar) of jasper, and left the pillar behind as testimony of her visit. A chapel was built around the it, followed by a series of ever more impressive churches, culminating in the enormous basilica.

The ethereal image of the multi-domed Basílica del Pilar reflected in the Río Ebro is a potent symbol of Zaragoza, one of Spain’s most underrated regional capitals.

2) Puente de Piedra

Puente de Piedra
Puente de Piedra
Stone bridge, 50014 Zaragoza, Spain

Extremely beautiful views you may find at the Puente de Piedra, which is bound up with the history of the River Ebro and the Basílica del Pilar. Enjoy a sunset right over there and do not miss the chance to take impressively sunset coloured  pictures with such a background!

3) The Aljaferia Palace

The Aljafería Palace in Zaragoza, built in 11th century
The Aljafería Palace in Zaragoza, built in 11th century
Calle de los Diputados, s/n, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain

The beautifully restored Palacio de la Aljafería rises up majestically near Zaragoza-Delicias Station. The palace reflects the splendor attained by the kingdom of the taifa of Zaragoza at the height of its grandeur. The palace currently contains the Cortes (regional parliament) of the autonomous community of Aragon. It is said to be the only conserved testimony of a large building of the Spanish Islamic architecture of the era of the Taifas (independent kingdoms). Still impressive!

Zaragoza is a city with some well hidden surprises waiting to be revealed! 2000 years of history are being spread upon Zaragoza’s streets and culture. Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian communities have left their mark on the place!

Ready to explore such a city? What I tell you is that it’s definitely worth it ! Cheers!

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Chrisa Lepida

Chrisa Lepida

My name is Chrisa and I come from Greece. As nature lover, winter sports addict and Erasmus obsessed, I’m always writing about these topics.


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