Accommodation is a reason to visit Zaragoza in itself – if you plan to visit both Madrid and Barcelona taking advantage of the fast train connection, you can choose to stay here, halfway between them. And all the attractions of Zaragoza are an added bonus on top of it!
Near the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (map) on the banks of the Ebro are located the city hall, the Lonja (old currency exchange, map), La Seo (Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, map). Museum of Tapestries (map) near the Roman ruins of forum and port city wall. >> *List of tourist attractions in Zaragoza
Some distance from the centre of the old city is the Moorish Aljafería Palace (map), the most important Moorish buildings in northern Spain and the setting for Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il trovatore (The Troubadour).
The churches of San Pablo (map), Santa María Magdalena (map) and San Gil Abad (map) were built in the 14th century, but the towers may be old minarets dating from the 11th century; San Miguel (map); Santiago (San Ildefonso) and the Fecetas monastery are Baroque with Mudéjar ceilings of the 17th century. All the churches are Mudéjar monuments that comprise a World Heritage Site.
Other important sights are the stately houses and palaces in the city, mainly of the 16th century: palaces of the count of Morata (map) or Luna (Audiencia), Deán, Torrero (colegio de Arquitectos), Don Lope or Real Maestranza, count of Sástago, count of Argillo (today the Pablo Gargallo museum), archbishop, etc.
Zaragoza Museum (map), with paintings by early Aragonese artists, 15th century, and by El Greco, Ribera and Goya. Museo Goya – Colección Ibercaja – Museo Camón Aznar (map) with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Velazquez and Goya to Renoir, Manet and Sorolla.
Mercado Central (Lanuza Market, map). On a site which has been a market place since the Middle Ages. It is the perfect place to buy Zaragozan products as well as observe the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish market. Go there if you are looking for food and fresh produce.