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Zaragosa, Spain is located between Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, and Toulouse. It is one of Spain’s biggest cities. With its rich history, Zaragoza is known for its folklore, local gastronomy and landmarks like the Basilica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral, and the Aljaferia Palace. We really can’t get enough of this wonderful city, it has a lot to offer for tourists who are craving for a relaxing and adventurous trip. 

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Explore Zaragoza’s Roman ruins, art museums, and Baroque cathedral while learning its culture and history at the same time. In this article, we listed things that you can do while you’re having a blast in Zaragoza, Spain. 

10 Things that you should do and visit in Zaragoza, Spain

1. Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar

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This cathedral is undoubtedly huge. You definitely need to spend a lot of time to explore the whole cathedral. Be amazed by the murals, architecture and majestic interiors. This stunning cathedral is definitely beautiful inside and outside. Never miss one of the most gorgeous Cathedrals in Spain. 

2. Palacio de la Aljaferia

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Considered one of the oldest castles in Spain, Palacio de la Aljaferia was built in the 11th-century by a Muslim ruler. In the 12th-century, it became the Palace of the Kings of Aragon. With its picturesque architecture, the castle was expertly restored. Today, it is home to Aragon’s regional Parliament. All tours are available every day. 

3. La Seo del Salvador

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When we say Gothic, this cathedral would be the best representation of what Gothic is. La Seo del Salvador is also a huge cathedral, because of its size, you will be amazed when you get inside to find other smaller chapels. You will also see stunning stone works and carvings that make this cathedral more beautiful. 

4. Museo de Los Faroles y Rosario de Cristal

This museum is a must-visit when you’re in Zaragoza. You don’t need to be religious at all to admire this place. For as long as you love art, you’d definitely enjoy seeing colored glasses, and religious relics. These beautiful works of art are enough reason to visit Museo de Los Faroles y Rosario de Cristal.

5. Museo Pablo Gargallo

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If you’re a fan of sculptures then you should include this place to your bucket list. Pablo Gargallo is known as the master of Bronze casting. By visiting this place, you will see his collections of sculptures that are truly magnificent.

6. Monasterio de Piedra

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Monasterio de Piedra is the perfect park for a relaxing walk. Have peace of mind while looking at the stunning waterfalls. Not only that, but you’ll also find a historic monastery on your trip to this park. This place is truly a hidden gem. Located 105km from Zaragoza, your trip will be all worth it.

7. Plaza del Pilar

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A good place to visit in your spare time. There are a lot of things to do since it has restaurants, cafes, shops, and boutiques. During the evening, the view is really stunning as you look at beautiful street lights and the night market is a must-see.

8. Torre del Pilar

Enjoy a trip by a lift to see stunning views of the city and the river at the top. If you’re not afraid of heights, then this place is really recommended. Another good thing is, it’s not too expensive so you don’t have to worry about the price. 

9. Puente de Piedra (Zaragoza)

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Puente de Piedra is an old Roman bridge. If you love taking pictures, then you shouldn’t miss this one. With its awesome view of the river, it also has a unique design that is very picturesque. It is advisable to visit in the early morning or evening.

10. Patio de la Infanta

Visiting this place would be worth it as you will learn a lot about history and you’d be able to see plenty of arts and exhibitions. This beautiful Renaissance patio is small but definitely a must-visit. 

Sample Weekend Itinerary to Zaragoza, Spain 

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Three days is worthy enough to see and explore the stunning place of Zaragoza, Spain. Either with your friends, family or even if you’re a solo traveler, this city will surely give you a nice experience even just for a short time.

Day 1:

La Seo del Salvador This Gothic cathedral will leave you in awe on the first day of your trip in Zaragoza. With its marvelous design and magnificent architecture, this cathedral will surely give you a glimpse of Zaragoza, Spain.

Day 2:

Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar Your Zaragoza getaway won’t be complete if you will not visit this enormous and popular cathedral. Be prepared to see beautiful murals, and architecture that this cathedral has to offer. 

Puente de Piedra (Zaragoza) An old roman bridge located in Zaragoza, Spain. It is recommended to visit this site in the early morning or evening as it offers a stunning view of the river and the bridge which perfectly fits the relaxing vibe of the night.

Day 3: 

Torre del Pilar (Zaragoza) Before you end your trip and before you go back home, we recommend you to visit Torre del Pilar. It offers a magnificent view of the city of Zaragoza and the river. You will have to ride an elevator as you go up the tower, but the ride will be all worth it. If you’re afraid of heights, then you can visit Plaza del Pilar instead. You can buy souvenirs and relax at a cafe or a restaurant while having a good time in this cheerful and busy place of Zaragoza.

Where to Stay in Zaragoza, Spain

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(Prices are subject to change depending on the dates that you preferred. These prices are available on Oct.25-26, 2019. Visit the official website to check more accommodation and price)

Where to Stay in Zaragoza, Spain if you’re a Backpacker

Hostal Plaza 

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Centrally located, just 50 m from Zaragoza’s impressive Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, Hostal Plaza offers air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Featuring tiled floors, all rooms are heated and come with a desk and wardrobe. Each has a private bathroom with a shower. The family-run guest house has vending machines and a shared TV lounge. There is a tour desk and luggage storage is offered. 

Price: Starts at $34 per night for Single Room including taxes and charges, free cancellation, and no-prepayment needed, you can pay at the property. 

Hotel Hispania

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Hotel Hispania is in central Zaragoza, next to the city’s Roman Walls and just 3 minutes’ walk from El Pilar Basilica. Its air-conditioned rooms offer free Wi-Fi and most have a balcony. All rooms at the Hispania feature parquet floors and light wood furniture. Each one is equipped with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. There is also a free internet terminal that guests can use. 

Price: Starts at $43 per night for Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, add $4 for breakfast (optional), and it’s non-refundable.

Hotel Rio Arga

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Hotel Río Arga is on one of central Zaragoza’s main shopping streets, just 3 minutes’ walk from the Pilar Basílica. It offers a 24-hour reception and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The soundproofed rooms at the Río Arga feature flat-screen satellite TV and a private balcony. The private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer. There are vending machines for snacks and drinks in the lobby.  There is a tourist information office next to the Pilar Basílica.

Price: Starts at $47 per night for Single Room including taxes and charges, add $5 for breakfast (optional), and it’s free cancellation.

Where to Stay in Zaragoza, Spain if you’re on a Budget

Hotel and Spa Real Ciudad de Zaragoza

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Located beside the A23 Motorway, Hotel & Spa Real Ciudad De Zaragoza is 7 km from central Zaragoza. It features a spa and gym. Air-conditioned rooms feature a safe, minibar and satellite TV. There is a desk and the private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. The on-site spa, available at an extra cost, offers various beauty treatments and includes a sauna and Turkish bath. It also has a hot tub. Guests can also relax in the hotel’s small garden area. A buffet breakfast is available and the hotel has an à la carte restaurant and a bar.

Price: Starts at $64 per night for Single Room including taxes and charges, add $9 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.

Hotel Boutique Maza

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Hotel Boutique Maza is situated in the very center of Zaragoza, only a stone´s throw away from the historic old town, museums, and famous baroque Basilica.  Rooms feature air conditioning, heating, a desk, and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom comes with free toiletries, shower, and hairdryer. Every morning the hotel serves a buffet breakfast. Guests have access to a shared lounge area. 

Price: Starts at $65 per night for Single Room including taxes and charges, and it’s non-refundable.

El Balcon de Aguadores

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Located within a short distance of Roman Forum and Market Theater, El Balcon de Aguadores offers free WiFi, air conditioning and household amenities such as a fridge and kettle. With city views, this accommodation features a balcony. This apartment features 1 bedroom, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom. Guests wishing to travel light can make use of towels and bed linen for an extra charge. The nearest airport is Zaragoza Airport, 16 km from El Balcon de Aguadores.

Price: Starts at $77 per night for Apartment, add $22 for taxes and charges, and it’s free cancellation.

Where to Stay in Zaragoza, Spain if you want Luxury

Catalonia El Pilar

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Catalonia El Pilar is located in Zaragoza’s old town, 2 minutes’ walk from the central market and the Basilica del Pilar. It offers a modern gym and rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. All rooms at Hotel Catalonia El Pilar have air conditioning and heating. They feature a private bathroom with hairdryer, as well as a work desk and free safety deposit box. The hotel has a restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast and traditional Aragonese food for dinner.  La Seo Cathedral is 5 minutes’ walk away, and it is a 15-minute walk to Zaragoza bullring. The medieval Moorish palace of the Aljafería is 20 minutes away. 

Price: Starts at $85 per night for Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, add $16 for breakfast, it’s free cancellation, and no-prepayment needed, you can pay at the property. 

Hotel Reina Petronila

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This luxury hotel is next to Aragonia shopping and leisure center. Hotel Reina Petronila offers free Wi-Fi access and an adults-only spa with an indoor pool and fitness area. The Reina Petronila offers excellent services in a superb location. The University of Zaragoza and Romareda Football Stadium are within walking distance. There is also a concert hall nearby. Every room at the Reina Petronila comes with a large flat-screen TV. Some rooms also offer a seating area. The modern bathrooms include a bathtub, free toiletries and a bathrobe. Suites feature a Magic Mirror in the bathroom. 

Price: Starts at $97 per night for Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, add $23 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.

Hotel Palafox 

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Located just 5 minutes’ walk from Zaragoza’s Old Town, Hotel Palafox offers a seasonal rooftop pool with great city views. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout, and its elegant, air-conditioned rooms come with satellite TV. The rooms feature carpeted floors and classic-style décor. Each room has a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Some include a bathrobe and slippers. Leisure facilities at the Palafox include a sauna and a fitness center. Staff at the 24-hour reception can provide information about what to see and do in Zaragoza. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Aragonese food and has a varied wine cellar. There is also a café where you can get a snack or a drink.

Price: Starts at $100 per night for Double or Twin Room including taxes and charges, add $23 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.

List of restaurants that you can try while in Zaragoza, Spain

Bar Hermanos Teresa

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Serves the Mediterranean, Spanish and European cuisine. You shouldn’t miss Bar Hermanos Teresa’s Tapas. 

Operating hours: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM / 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM (Mon – Sat)

Address: Calle General Ricardos 11-13, 50013 Zaragoza, Spain

Casa Unai

Serves Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. Good food at a reasonable price. 

Operating hours: 

  • 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Tue – Sun)
  • 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Tue – Sat)

Address: Calle Luis del Valle 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain

Taberna El Sardi

Serves Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. If you want a portion of authentic Spanish food, then this restaurant is the place for you. 

Operating hours: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM / 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM (Tue – Sat)

Address: Calle Dato, Eduardo 23, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain

La Bodega de Chema

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A steakhouse that serves Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. For a meat lover, the steakhouse is a paradise. 

Operating hours: 

  • 1:30 PM – 3:45 PM (Sun – Sat)
  • 8:45 PM – 10:45 PM (Wed – Sat)

Address: Calle Latassa, Felix 34, 50006 Zaragoza, Spain

Distrito Mexico

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Serves Mexican food. If you’re into Mexican cuisine and want to try while you’re in Spain, then this restaurant is for you.

Operating hours: 

  • 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Sun)
  • 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM (Tue-Wed)
  • 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Thu)
  • 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM / 8:00 PM – 2:30 AM (Fri – Sat)

Address: Calle Jose Pellicer Ossau, 1, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain

How to go to Zaragoza, Spain from the UK

Via Ryanair: (one way)

*From London Stansted to Zaragoza Airport

Oct. 12 (Saturday) 06:50-10:05

Ticket Price: £25.69

Via Easyjet: (one way)

(There is no direct flight available from London to Zaragoza via Easyjet. Valencia airport is the nearest airport to Zaragoza and is the only existing flight available in Easyjet.)

*From London Luton to Valencia Airport 

Oct. 17 (Thursday) 07:10-10:40

Ticket Price: £58.48

* Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.

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