A river, bridge and church with towers at night
The Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar is a spectacular sight at night

Inspiring Destinations – Zaragoza, Spain

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Zaragoza is the capital of northeastern Spain’s Aragon region. The city is known for fascinating museums, grand cathedrals and fortresses.

We entered the city driving over the Puente de Santiago, a bridge over the River Erbo. The sight of the colorful cupolas and towers of the magnificent Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar lit up in the evening sky will not be forgotten.

A couple with a bridge and palace in the background
We were blown away by the stunning basilica. Puente de Piedra is a stone bridge from the 15th century.

The Goya Museum features works from artist Francisco de Goya who was born very near to Zaragoza. Nearby, in the Plaza la Seo is the 17th century Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza with its medieval tapestry museum.

The ornate Aljafería Palace is regarded as the finest example of Moorish architecture outside of Andalusia. Built by Islamic rulers in the 11th century it is now the home of Aragon’s regional parliament.

A palace with walls and large square tower in Zaragoza, Spain
The UNESCO-listed 11th-century Aljafería Palace

Zaragoza has examples of its Roman history including the Teatro Romano de Caesar Augusta, which is believed to date back to 14 BC. At the other end of the time scale are some stunning modern architecture.

A modern building with turquoise walls
The IAACC Pablo Serrano displays contemporary works by painters and sculptors

There are lively tapas and wine bars along the streets of El Tubo in Zaragoza’s old town. As well as the eateries there are interesting buildings in the area, such as the San Gil Abad Church and the Prior Ortal, Torrero and Canal Houses.

A narrow lane with cafes at night in Zaragoza, Spain
One of the lanes in the El Tubo area of Zaragoza

At the start of 2019 we did a two-month road trip around Spain which started in Zaragoza. Read about our roadie here – How to see Fabulous Spain: Ideas for a Road Trip.