Zaragoza is a welcoming city situated halfway between Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, and Toulouse. In people’s rush to explore the larger cities, this hidden treasure is often passed by without a second glance. Visitors are welcomed by the city’s rich culture, shopping, dining, and sightseeing. With almost 2,000 years of history, the city has one of the most significant historical and cultural legacies in Spain. It is located in Aragon, one of Spain’s former kingdoms.
Zaragoza has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, with most key streets lined with stores.
The shopping district extends from the Residencial Paraiso in Sagasta to the Plaza de Espaa. The most opulent stores may be found on Francisco de Vitoria, San Ignacio de Loyola, Cadiz, Isaac Peral, and the streets that connect them.
Anticuarios of la Plaza de San Brun has craft and souvenir businesses.
WHEN TO VISIT
Spring (April to mid-June) and fall are the finest times to visit Zaragoza (Sept-Oct). The days might be rather hot in late June and July, but the city comes alive in the evenings with people going out for dinner or having a beverage with friends on a patio. In August, the city is almost desolate, with most residents on vacation in the mountains or along the coast, and more than half of the taverns, restaurants, and small businesses closed.
El Pilar, the city’s largest festival, takes place every year during the week of October 12th, with several concerts, shows, and street animations. It is also the finest time to visit Zaragoza to attend a bullfight.
Although not in the same league as its equivalents in Andalucia or Calanda, the Easter week is highly picturesque, with multiple processions passing through the city center every day, complete with spectacular sculptures, black-dressed prayer ladies, and hundreds of hooded individuals pounding drums.
SWIMMING POOLS ON HEATED DAYS
Summer days in Zaragoza may be quite hot. Here are a few ideas if you’d rather rest by the pool than go on a sightseeing tour. Zaragoza’s public swimming pools are typically clean and well-kept. The entry charge for an adult is around €3. Open-air pools are usually open until 9 or 10 p.m.
Zaragoza Card provides:
- All museums and monuments are free to enter.
- The Saragossa Tourist Bus is available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Public transportation is completely free (depending on the type of card).
- This includes guided excursions as well as the services of “roving” tourist guides.
- A complimentary tapas and drink at one of our tapas bars.
- Discounts at over 50 places (hotels, car rental, cafés and bars, restaurants, etc.)