Weekend Breaks to Zaragoza
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Top 10 Things in Zaragoza on a Short Break
This incredible structure dominates the huge square Plaza Del Pilar and is the first stop on any tour of the city. The exterior is awe inspiring with its brightly coloured tiled domes, and the interior does not disappoint either and the frescos by Goya, Gonzalez, Valazquez and Bayeau are a delight.
On show at the museum are The Virgins Jewels among other exhibits. There is also an elevator to the top of one of the towers that commands a fine view.
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Also in the main square is a marble and glass cube that marks the entrance of the underground ruins of the old city. Visitors are welcome to watch the short movie (Its commentary is in Spanish, but you get the drift anyway) that gives one the areas history. There is evidence of shops, houses and the sewage works.
C Aliaferia, The remains of a Moorish fortress and principal relic of the time when Spain was divided into Tafia states. This double story building is impressive inside and out. Although it has been renovated since first built in the 8th century, it must have been some fortress in its heyday. You can see the Moorish influence on the ground floor, and the first floor is more Gothic. The tower was the inspiration for Verdis opera Il Trovatore.
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This annual party is celebrated around October the 12th. The fiesta originated from the Catholics to honour the virgin and they are part of the processions and there is mass. But thats been mostly forgotten in the big parade. Festivities include regional dances, theatre shows, concerts, fireworks and bull fights. Held mostly in the old part of town, but many venues hold events.
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This popular nightlife venue offers live concerts on Thursday nights and is a hit with locals and visitors alike. Top Spanish groups, R & B, funk and golden oldies are the popular choices. The decor has a sort of circus feel (But the clowns behind the bar don't throw drinks at you). Weekends buzz here as it becomes a lively disco.
This restaurant is a treat and located in the central zone. The villa that houses The Chalet has a lovely beer garden for those warm summer nights. The menu offers a wide choice and the extensive wine list is a joy to behold. Mostly Spanish style home cooking with constant menu changes, good portions and friendly service.
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La Romareda, the perfect place for a few hours peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park covers an enormous area and is landscaped with fountains, a waterfall, formal hedges, ponds and trees. The park is very pleasant to stroll and offers plenty of shade. Unfortunately the park is named after a former dictator.
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Treat the children with this great attraction located in the Torrero area in a beautiful pine grove. Over 35 rides including Gran Tikal ( water slide), the Revolution, the Quetzal and the Ramss which are all new. White knuckle rides galore and for the not as adventurous there are swimming pools, restaurants and they cater for birthday parties. There is also an area for the little ones.
Junta Municipal Delicias, this annual fiesta takes place in nearby suburb of Delicias in the middle of September. The town hosts the fiesta that includes concerts, theatre, community events and much more. This is worth planning your break around and provides entertainment for all. Its all ended with a big fireworks display.
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Plaza del Pilar, 16, This hotel was built in the 50s and has not changed an awful lot, but if you are looking for somewhere in the heart of the old city and are on a tight budget, then this is the place for you. This has been a popular venue for years and many travellers have stayed here;
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