What are the absolute must-sees on your first trip to Zaragoza?

The capital of Aragon, Zaragoza is a small city packed with must-see treasures. It has the advantage of concentrating most of its monuments and must-see places in its centre, so you can find your way around very quickly and discover its beauty easily.   

Don't wait another minute to plan your trip to Zaragoza. Book your Renfe tickets and set off on a wonderful journey through this magnificent city steeped in history.   

Plaza del Pilar  

This is the city's nerve centre. Strolling around the Plaza del Pilar and/or stopping for a drink to enjoy the atmosphere is always a pleasant experience.   

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar  

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and well-known buildings in the whole city, and of great historical and cultural value. 

A visit to Zaragoza inevitably includes a visit to this Baroque-style basilica, whose construction began in 1681. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared here in 40 AD on a column more commonly known as the "pilar", the origin of its current name.   

Aljafería Palace 

Unquestionably one of the most beautiful places to visit in Zaragoza. Dubbed "the little Alhambra", this Taifa-era palace was built in the second half of the 11th century. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this palace will certainly amaze you. 

Aljafería Palace

Stone Bridge

Take in the magnificent views of the basilica and the Ebro from the 15th-century Roman stone bridge. Drop in again and again; the colours change throughout the day and you'll love the view every time.   

The Cathedral of the Saviour or La Seo

Also located in Plaza del Pilar, La Seo is a must-see part of the city. Originally built in the Romanesque style in the 12th century, other styles have been added over the centuries: Gothic, Baroque, Mudejar… It is the city's most important cathedral, along with the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar.  

Arch of Deán  

The Arch of Deán, built to link the residence of the Prior or Deán to La Seo, is located on Calle Ramón Cuéllar. Legend has it that anyone who passes under this arch will have their soul stolen by the Devil…   

Zaragoza was built on the ancient Roman city of Caesaraugusta, itself built on the Iberian city of Salduie. To find out all the details, four ms are opening their doors to visitors: the Museum of the Roman Fort, the Museum of the River Port of Caesaraugusta, the Museum of the Public Baths and the Museum of the Theatre of Caesaraugusta.    

La Lonja

This former covered market now houses the city's most important exhibitions. As you enter, look up to the rooftops and admire their beauty!  

The Bastion de la Zuda and the walls  

The Bastion de la Zuda is the former tower of the city's Muslim alcazar. It stands on the ancient Roman walls, which were up to 3 kilometres long and had over 100 defensive towers. You'll be rewarded with a magnificent viewpoint if you climb to the top!

The central market 

The Mercado de Lanuza, better known as the Central Market, is Zaragoza's most famous market. Built entirely of iron, this central market dating from 1903 is well worth a visit. It's also an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the town and discover local produce.  

El Tubo  ​

For a taste of the city's atmosphere and gastronomy, head to the El Tubo district in the evening, the meeting place for the city's residents!  

After days of intense sightseeing and lively evenings, the best way to get home is on board our Renfe trains, of course! Onboard services mean you can relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery as it passes before your eyes! 

Travel to Zaragoza by train

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