If this is your first time in Zaragoza, spend the first day getting to know the old town and the surroundings of Plaza del Pilar.
Places not to be missed: The Basilica and the Seo
Among the many must-see sights, there are two you simple cannot miss, the two cathedrals of Zaragoza: the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar and the Cathedral of El Salvador.In the Basilica of El Pillar, pay attention to the details of the 16th century main altarpiece, the works of Goya, the lookout tower of San Francisco de Borja and, of course, the beautiful carving of the Virgen del Pilar.
Close to the basilica, you can find other iconic buildings: the building of the Zaragoza city council, the Lonja of merchants, the Goya cenotaph, the archbishop's palace with the Alma Mater Museum and the Caesaraugusta Forum Museum. The Cathedral of El Salvador, the city's main temple and a jewel of Aragonese Mudéjar art, is your other unmissable stop. Inside, you can also find the magnificent Museum of Flemish Tapestries.
The pleasure of eating in Zaragoza
In Zaragoza, you can choose from a multitude of restaurants, taverns and bars to enjoy the local gastronomy, from the most traditional tapas to the most innovative creations. You can also choose between a traditional meal or a tapas crawl through the most famous areas: Tubo, Plaza San Miguel, Magdalena, Plaza Santa Marta, the Central Market, Plaza San Francisco and many more. Zaragoza is a great city, with a lot of social live and constant animation. Its always vibrant streets invite you to enjoy the rich taste of tapas in the outdoor sitting areas.
An afternoon of culture and local colour
Without leaving the old town, you can keep enjoying the history of Zaragoza by visiting the Roman remains of the ancient Caesar Augusta in the museums of the Port, the Theatre, the Forum and the Baths. But you can also opt for other artistic styles in author-themed museums: the mastery of Francisco de Goya at the Goya Museum, the avant-garde art of Pablo Gargallo at the Pablo Gargallo Museum, located in the Renaissance palace of the counts of Argillo, or the genius of Pablo Serrano at the Aragonese Institute of Contemporary Art and Culture, IAACC Pablo Serrano. You can also choose among the many cultural venues, exhibition rooms and museums/monuments found in the city to satisfy our cultural curiosity: the Museum of Zaragoza (with archaeological items from the province of Zaragoza and an important Goya collection, among other pieces), the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Patio de la Infanta (room of the old Zaporta house-palace), the Caixaforum or the Real Maestranza de Caballería, among others. Now take a tram or go for a pleasant stroll away from the city centre, until you reach the Grande Jose Antonio Labordeta park, Zaragoza's main park. A space that stands out for its diverse settings designed in detail, as well as its fountains, outdoor sitting areas and viewing points. Its streets and gardens showcase events, live music, temporary exhibitions or even festivals like Zaragoza Florece.
In Zaragoza, you can choose between different areas to have a succulent tapas dinner. Whether in the beautiful Plaza San Francisco, on Calle Bretón, in the Delicias neighbourhood or in La Bombarda, in San José, in Torrero or even back in the old town with the Tubo, Magdalena, San Miguel, etc. In any of these areas, you can enjoy the nightlife of the outdoor areas and the gastronomic fusion of tradition and avant-garde.