Welcome to Zaragoza
Welcome to Zaragoza – The city of “The Pilar Basilica” and the wind.
Zaragoza is the capital of Aragon region. It is located in the north, near Pyrenees mountain and just in the middle between Madrid and Barcelona (3 hours by car to each destination). Zaragoza is a very cultural city and the most important building is The Pilar Basilica, which you can see in the photo. This city is divided in two parts by Ebro river which is the biggest river in Spain.
Everybody in Zaragoza loves its virgin whose name is The virgin of The Pilar. People celebrate her on October 12th and this is the most important day in this City and around this date, there is a fantastic festival with a lot of activities in order to have fun. Architecturally, Zaragoza has a lot of influences from Roman, Arabian, and Christ people.
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The most important buildings to visit are the following: - The Pilar Basilica also called The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar was built from 1681 until 1872 and it has a Baroque style. - The Seo Cathedral which mixes different architectural styles like Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar. - Roman remains like The forum, The Wall and Baths. - The Alfajeria palace which was built by Arabic people and has a Mudejar architecture. - Central Market where you can buy all kind of aliments like people did a hundred years ago. - You also can enjoy walking around Ebro river shore.
The most typical dishes in Zaragoza are “Migas”, which are composed by small pieces of bread with vegetables, grapes and fry eggs, and different plates make of lamb because lambs from Aragon have a particular quality and are more tasteful than others. In the city centre of Zaragoza you are able to find narrow and small streets with a lot of bars and restaurants where you can eat the typical Spanish “Tapas” or “Pinchos” which are formed by a slice of toast bread with different ingredients in the top.
There are two alternatives if you want to do shopping in Zaragoza: On the one hand, you can go to the city centre where there are lots of small shops which are a little bit more expensive but you are going to receive an amazing service. On the other hand, you can also go to Puerto Venezia, which is one of the biggest shopping centre in Europe and is located outside the city.
The summer in Zaragoza is very hot because it does not have the sea influence and in winter the average temperature is around 10 degrees. But the most famous meteorological phenomenon is the wind which is called “Cierzo” and comes from the Northwest. Zaragoza is also called the City of the Wind.
Zaragoza is perfectly connected by bus or train with Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and cities from the north like Bilbao, Pamplona or San Sebastian. But the fastest way to go to Madrid or Barcelona is getting a special train whose name is AVE. Inside Zaragoza you can travel by bus, taxi or tram. The last one is the most famous, quickest and greenest and it is also very new and modern.
People from Zargoza support their football team whose name is “Real Zaragoza” and it won a European Cup in 1995. The Misericordia bullring is also very popular: it is where you can see the typical Spanish bullfight.