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Top Choice Church in Zaragoza

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

Brace yourself for this great baroque cavern of Catholicism. The faithful believe that here on 2 January AD 40 the Virgin Mary appeared to Santiago (St James the Apostle) atop a pillar (pilar) of jasper, and left th…
Top Choice Palace in Zaragoza

Aljafería

The Aljafería is Spain's finest Islamic-era edifice outside Andalucía. Built as a fortified palace for Zaragoza's Islamic rulers in the 11th century, it underwent various alterations after 1118 when Zaragoza passed …
Top Choice Museum in Zaragoza

Museo Goya – Colección Ibercaja

Apart from Madrid’s Museo del Prado, this exceedingly well laid-out museum contains arguably the best exposé of the work of one of Spain’s most revered artists. Each of the three floors has a different focus, the se…
Top Choice Museum in Zaragoza

Museo del Teatro de Caesaraugusta

The finest in Zaragoza's quartet of Roman museums was discovered during excavation of a building site in 1972. Great efforts, including an entertaining 15-minute audiovisual, have been made to help visitors visualis…
Top Choice Cathedral in Zaragoza

La Seo

Dominating the eastern end of Plaza del Pilar, La Seo is Zaragoza's finest work of Christian architecture, built between the 12th and 17th centuries and displaying a fabulous spread of styles from Romanesque to baro…
Top Choice Religious in Zaragoza

Fiestas del Pilar

Zaragoza's biggest event is a week of full-on celebrations (religious and otherwise). Festivities peak on 12 October, the Día de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, when a veritable mountain of flowers is piled up around the …
Tapas in Zaragoza

Casa Lac

The grande dame of Zaragoza dining, Casa Lac opened in 1825 and is reputedly Spain's oldest licensed restaurant. The cuisine today is tastily contemporary whether you go for 'gastro-tapas', a set menu or à la carte.…
Museum in Zaragoza

Museo de Zaragoza

Devoted to archaeology and fine arts, the city museum displays artefacts from prehistoric to Islamic times, with some exceptional mosaics from Roman Caesaraugusta. The upper floor contains 19 paintings by Goya and m…
Tapas in Zaragoza

Méli Melo

The creative tapas at this tightly-packed spot are arrayed very temptingly along the bar: you can just select those that appeal most, maybe prawn-stuffed squid, or artichoke with ham, or a mini fish-and-shrimp burge…
Vegetarian in Zaragoza

Birosta

Birosta is an excellent, cooperatively run vegetarian restaurant-cafe-bar with, like most of the Magdalena barrio (neighbourhood) in which it's situated, an alternative, animal-rights, ecological vibe. Lunch is serv…