Zaragoza (Saragossa), capital of Aragon, is an exciting centre for art, architecture and monuments, shopping, nightlife and and festivals. Compact and easily explored on-foot, Zaragoza has its own airport just 10km south-west of the city. You're only an hour and a half away from the Aragon Pyrenees in Zaragoza, and the city has excellent highspeed train links to other main Spanish cities. A perfect receipe for a Spanish city break. Zaragoza is certainly a central Aragon hub as over the last two centuries mass rural migration into the city has taken place. The full spectrum of architectural remains are here in Zaragoza, including Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian. The Roman Circus, Aljafeira Palace and Mudejar churches in Zaragoza are now all under Unesco World Heritage banner. The Pilar Basilica, Goya's masterpiece in Zaragoza is just one of the city's many highlights. Plans are afoot for Zaragoza's hosting of Expo 2008 with a focus on Water and Sustainable Development.
Zaragoza Tourist Information Office, Calle Eduardo Ibarra, (Auditorio), 3 - 50009 Zaragoza Spain. Tel. (0034) 976721333.
A tour of Zaragoza's old town, just south of the River Ebro, ranks up there with the best of the Spanish old town tours in Barcelona's gothic quarter and Girona's narrow medieval streets. Checkout Zaragoza's Tourist webguide right for details on how to purchase the Zaragoza discount card for discounts to many of the city's monuments and museums. Find also details on Zaragoza tourist bus tours and information on guided walks available around the old town.
Zaragoza's two main squares Plaza del Pilar and Plaza de la Seo are framed by a host of historic buildings. Plaza del Pilar makes for a good starting point for here is Zaragoza's iconic prize - the Pilar Basilica. Other notables around Plaza del Pilar include the 16th century La Lonja Palace and the striking San Salvador Cathedral - Le Seo. Look to the Le Seo's walls to see a mix of architectural styles including Renaissance, Baroque and on the side of the Parroquieta Chapel Mudejar.
Move on to Zaragoza's Roman theatre and museum on Calle de San Jorge, to see some of the Roman Theatre's remains and reconstructions of what it looked like complete. Public baths and Roman wall remains are other Roman sites within Zaragoza.
Crown your Zaragoza walking tour off with a visit to the spectacular Moorish Aljaferia Palace dating from the 11th century. Several days really are demanded to appreciate Zaragoza's many historic sights and museums, including the Museu de Zaragoza, an archaeological and fine arts museum tracing the city's history from prehistory to Muslim to contemporary and you'll find a fair few Goya paintings in here! Goya of course heralded from Aragon, born in Fuendetodos just to the south of Zaragoza in 1746. View also a selection of Goya etchings in the Museo Camon Aznar alongside El Greco works. For more history on Zaragoza pay a visit to the Centro de Historia de Zaragoza on Plaza San Agustin.