From Apartmentos Plaza España Deluxe, located in the historic center of Zaragoza, we can easily walk to places of maximum tourist interest. Zaragoza is a cultural city, which brings together a remarkable history and monuments, which are listed as World Heritage. Its mixture of architectural beauty is due to Roman, Christian and Arabic influences who have lived in the region and left buildings of different styles.
Basílica del Pilar
Only 500 meters away from Apartmentos Plaza España Deluxe sits the splendid Basilica del Pilar, one of the most important monuments in Spain. This Marian sanctuary is a place of pilgrimage of devotees from around the world and highlights by its great architectural beauty, which mixes Gothic and Mudejar styles. Are also remarkable the great value art works from different periods, such as the frescoes of Goya.
Hours: Winter: 6:45 am to 8:30 pm on weekdays and Sundays from 6:45 am to 9:30 pm. October 12 from 3:45 am to 9:30 pm. Summer: 6:45 am to 9:30 pm.
Prices: Basilica Entrance: Free. Visit the Tower: 3 euro. Visit Pilarista Museum: 2 euro
Cathedral de la Seo
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it’s Mudejar style and was built between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries. This is the first Christian Cathedral of Zaragoza, built over a Roman temple and the Muslim mosque. Highlights include the baroque tower and classicist portal, built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Inside, we find the altarpiece, and the sculptures of Pere Johan and Ans Piet d'Anso.
Hours: Summer: from June 15, Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm (last entry 8:30). Winter: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 1:30 pm and from 4 to 5:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 12 noon and from 4 to 5:30 pm and Sundays from 10 to 11:30 am and from 4 to 5:30 pm.
Prices: Combined ticket Cathedral and Museum of tapestries: 4 euros.
Declared a World Heritage Site, it’s one of the most important monuments left to us by Spanish-Muslim architecture. Dated in the eleventh century, has impressive examples of Mudejar architecture, such as the palace of the Catholic Monarchs and the chapel of San Martín. Currently, some of its premises are home to the Cortes (Parliament) of Aragon.
Hours: Every day from April to October: 10 am to 2 pm and 4:30 to 8 pm. From November to March: 10 am to 2 pm and 4 to 6:30 pm. Visits 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30, afternoon 4:30, 5:30.
Prices: General: 3 euros Senior / Student: 1 euro Groups (min. 10 people): 2 euros. Free admission on Sundays and children under 12 accompanied.
We can review the Roman heritage of the city by visiting its walls, dated in the second and third centuries AD. Here lies the statue of Emperor Augustus, a copy made in bronze of the famous Augustus of Prima Porta.
Its importance lice in being the epitome and the first Renaissance building in the city, and the main civil construction of the sixteenth century in the whole community of Aragon. The façade catches the eye with its eaves and arches gallery. Inside, the large hall is the central axis and has banded columns and vaults. Now used as an exhibition hall of the City of Zaragoza.
Hours: Open to the public only during exhibitions. Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 to 9 pm, and Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm.
Price: Free admission.
In 2008, Zaragoza held an International Expo devoted to water. That left new buildings and a rationalization of the city with the creation of recreational areas. The Expo area brings together some key avant-garde buildings, like the Torre del Agua, 76 meters in height, which offers a transparent glass body which represents a drop of water. Another interesting place is the Fluvial Aquarium, the largest in Europe and third in the world, ideal for visiting with children.