|Popular hotel||Hotel Pilar Plaza|
|Popular area||Zaragoza City Center|
|Nightly rates from||NZD 46|
I really enjoyed the town, only had one full day and wished I could have stayed a couple more. Lots of exhibitions, history, tapas and shopping at reasonable prices with out being too touristy.
Have heard the aquarium is pretty good although ran out of time. Really enjoyed my stay and the vibe. . . .
Zaragoza is a pleasant surprise with a beautiful old city including a huge cathedral. The city centre is flat and easily walkable with many reminders of other major cities such as Paris or Barcelona.
There is now a major new shopping centre at the edge of the city which is one of the biggest in Europe. Public transport by bus is clean, timely and very easy.
I didn't know that Goya was born here - and the Goya museum has all his Disparates, Caprichos, Desastres and Tauromachia - brilliant! There are other interesting art museums as well.
The Aljaferia palace is marvellous (and made me want to visit the Alhambra, which was inspired by it); the Roman amphitheatre is fascinating and beautifully presented (and the Roman remains elsewhere in the city very atmospheric), the Plaza with the cathedral is beautiful, and the view of the cathedral itself from the nearby bridges is breathtaking. The people are very friendly; nice atmosphere, lovely streets in the old part with some really appealing buildings, and there are some marvellous places at about an hour and a half away by car (though I think there are also buses) - Teruel (full of amazing Mudejar architecture: a little gem) and the Monasterio de Piedra (stunning park with waterfalls). The landscape of Aragon is austere and dramatic, and the region has a peculiar charm that grows on you. Not too far away is the truly astonishing Loarre castle, which is seen in the Kingdom of heaven - but no film can encompass the extraordinary sweep of that huge plain surrounding it. I'd go back to Zaragoza more than happily!