While far from unknown, Zaragoza is easily one of Spain’s best kept secrets that should be on any world travelers to-do list. If you’re like us and prefer to avoid the more heavily trafficked tourist destinations, then you’ll want to check out why this absolutely stellar Spanish city easily rivals its more well known sister-cities like Barcelona and Madrid.
Zaragoza can easily compete with some of the best in Europe when it comes to culture, history, and ambiance
- The city is home to an abundance of amazing and timeless Moorish architecture which will be impossible to miss. There are glorious palaces and beautiful cathedrals featuring some of the most brilliant structural design that offers a refreshing perspective on historical building from the other European cities that carry Victorian, Gothic, or Renaissance themes. For art lovers, the Collection Ibercaja Museum Zaragoza Goya features an extensive collection of Francisco de Goya’s masterpieces.
- If you are interested in even more historic offerings, there are ruins from the Roman Empire that date back a couple millennia to one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen. To really experience Zaragoza to the fullest, we suggest visiting in October when the annual Fiestas del Pilar ignites the city in celebration of its history and culture and there are festivities everywhere you turn.
- When it comes to dining in Zaragoza, it’s hard to even know where to begin, but the region is known for its unique and flavorful cuisine and there is no shortage of options. There are currently eleven Michelin-Starred restaurants in the city that cater to a variety of tastes and styles. Our favorite restaurant in the city has to be Novodabo, where the decor is as tasteful as the superb dishes.
- The ornate woodwork on the walls, the twinkling chandeliers, the vast and reaching ceilings, and the award winning menu will not disappoint. There’s also the mouthwatering Crudo, which features simply divine fusions of tastes from all over the world with influences from Japan in the East, Latin America in the West, and the Mediterranean in between and offers a top-notch wine list that can tie together any meal.
- While the city features plenty of splendid accommodations, our first choice is easily Hotel Sauce. Situated within walking distance of The Cathedral of La Seo and The Basilica del Pilar, this quaint little boutique is just oozing charm and charisma and loaded with the warm and hospitable culture that makes us love this city.
- If you prefer something a bit more grandiose or conducive to business travel, the Hotel Reina Petronila offers a world-class, luxury 5-star experience complete with spa and sleek, modern design. The suites overlooking the city offer spectacular views, which will likely have you feeling a bit more ‘over the city’ than ‘in the city’ like Hotel Sauce.