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Hotels in Zaragoza & Surrounding Area - Aragón, Spain

Zaragoza - one of the great monumental towns in Spain. It was founded some 2000 years ago, and the Iberians, Romans, Goths and Arabians equally left their heritage. Zaragoza includes important buildings of Spanish baroque.  Today the town is economically very active, and organizes several important international fairs.  Zaragoza is the culminant point in the valley of the river Ebro, Spain's most water-bearing river, in an impressive landscape with picturesque villages and very old traditions and popular customs.
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AC Hotel Zaragoza Los Enlaces, a Marriott Lifestyle Hotel

AC Hotel Zaragoza Los Enlaces, a Marriott Lifestyle Hotel, Zaragoza
The AC Los Enlaces is a modern hotel located in the west of Zaragoza, three kilometres from the centre of the city and just one kilometre from Delicias railway station.  The hotel's restaurant has innovative modern decor and guests can enjoy a range of traditional Spanish dishes prepared with fresh local produce. It is complimented by room service, which offers a selection of drinks and snacks. Business users will benefit from a range of onsite services, from secretaries and car rental to photocopying, printing and fax facilities.  The health-conscious can make use of the fitness centre, and those arriving by car will appreciate the nearby parking facilities.  A number of the highlights of Zaragoza, including the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and the Arab palace of Aljaferia, are within three kilometres of the hotel.
Hesperia Zaragoza Hotel Hesperia Zaragoza
This lovely hotel is strategically located in the heart of the historic city center, next to Zaragoza's shopping district and only five minutes from the Basilica del Pilar.  It is also close to motorway links with Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Logroño and Pamplona, and just 10 minutes from the airport. Hotel Hesperia Zaragoza features 86 rooms, a cafe-bar, a car park and the chance to sample the best Aragonese cuisine at the Al Punto Restaurant.  Located in a modern and functional building, the hotel offers all the facilities you could wish for on your trip, whether it be business or pleasure.  86 rooms fitted with: fully-fitted bathroom, hair-dryer, heating, air conditioning, Wi-Free: free wireless Internet access and background music
Meliá Zaragoza Hotel Meliá Zaragoza Hotel, Zaragoza
The hotel is centrally-located, very close to the commercial area and the monuments of Zaragoza, 900 m from the Basilica of the Virgin of the Pillar and La Seo, the Cathedral of the Savior, 1.8 km from the Auditorium and Convention Center, 5 minutes from the train station and 20 minutes from the airport.  In Hotel Meliá Zaragoza you will be able to enjoy all the features of a five-star hotel: 247 recently-renovated rooms and suites, Royal Service, a varied breakfast buffet with show-cooking, a restaurante à la carte, spa, Business Center, and other things.
NH Ciudad de Zaragoza NH Ciudad de Zaragoza Hotel, Zaragoza
Located in historical centre of the city. NH Ciudad de Zaragoza, building of recent construction is located a few meters from the 'Basilica del Pilar'.  This hotel is designed for business and, also due to its location, for tourists as well. Easy access from the A2 motorway, airport and Fair of Zaragoza.  Our kitchen is splendidly located on the borders of Ebro, offering a new kitchen full of market fresh produce, with the raw materials being dealt with the maximum respect.  Our kitchen splendidly located on the border of the Ebro, offers a new kitchen of market fresh products in which the raw materials are dealt with the maximum respect. 
NH Collection Gran Hotel de Zaragoza NH Collection Gran Hotel de Zaragoza, Zaragoza
The NH Gran Hotel, opened in 1929 by HRH D. Alfonso XIII preserves the flavour of that era and offers you its sumptuous and luxurious installations.  Located in the heart of the city in the shopping and cultural district, next to the Paseo de la Independencia and close to the Basilica del Pilar and the historic district.  One of today’s top examples of creative Aragonese cuisine. The restaurant is under the direction of Enrique Martínez, the prestigious restaurateur and NH consultant, and is host to the well-known culinary conferences he has organized each fall for a decade, making La Ontina a reference point both inside and outside the culinary world.
Parador de Sos del Rey Católico Parador de Sos del Rey Católico, Zaragoza
Nature and history entwine in the town of Sos del Rey Católico, a protected historic and artistic site. Its medieval streets are remarkably well preserved, in a walled town with seven gates, evoking the times of kings and conquests, nobles and prosperity.  The hotel was recently restored, conserving the features of the typical Aragonese mansion. Its features include the rectangular plan tower, balconies, a gallery with wooden railings and a large garden next to the city wall. In the interior there is a stunning contrast between the Castilian style furniture and the brightly coloured fabrics of the remodel. The restaurant offers tradition and authenticity, the smells and flavours of the cooking of the Villas, the area which gives its name to the restaurant; here one can try cardoons from Muel with almonds and ham, migas (breadcrumbs) with eggs and sausage, cod ajoarriero style, the Aragonese lamb with D.O., cream cheese from Sos or almond cake. A treat for the senses, to be accompanied by one of the 100 wines in our cellar.
Silken Reino De Aragon Silken Reino de Aragón, Zaragoza
A modern hotel with a light stone façade, the Silken Reino de Aragon is located in Zaragoza's historical and commercial city centre, three kilometres from Delicias railway station. Open for lunch and dinner, Los Fueros restaurant serves typical Spanish cuisine and international dishes in elegant surroundings. Tapas drinks and snacks are available in Tropical, the hotel bar.Guests can browse the complimentary newspapers over a coffee, or work off some energy in the fitness room, open around the clock. Zaragoza's historical attractions are within easy walking distance from the hotel, including the Seo cathedral (450 metres) and Aljaferia Palace (one kilometre).  This six-floor hotel features 117 air-conditioned guestrooms, all of which include satellite television, telephones, free Internet access, minibars, safes, refrigerators and marble bathrooms.
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Zaragoza Tourist Information   by Gary Marshall

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Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain and capital of the Aragon region. It is situated in the northeast of Spain, roughly halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. The city has been relatively untouched by tourism, although this is now likely to change with the recent opening of a new high-speed rail link from Madrid. Zaragoza has some notable historic monuments, including a Moorish palace and several fine churches. There are also many tapas bars, cafes and restaurants, while Zaragoza's 40,000 students help to give the city a lively feel.

The Romans founded Zaragoza around 2,000 years ago, and the city takes its name from the Roman emperor Caesar Augusta. Zaragoza was ruled by the Beni-Hud dynasty in the 11th century. Despite having a reputation as a Christian hero, the legendary El Cid was in fact a mercenary leader who fought for the Islamic Beni Huds during this time. The city is also famous for resisting Napoleonic forces during the great sieges of the early 19th century.

The majority of Zaragoza's tourist attractions, including La Lonja, El Pilar and La Seo cathedral, are situated around the Plaza del Pilar. Between this large public square and the River Ebro is the huge Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. This impressive Baroque church has a large central dome surrounded by 10 smaller domes, with four tall towers in each corner.
 
Basilica of Nuestra Senora Del Pilar at Sunset, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Basilica of Nuestra Senora Del Pilar at Sunset, Zaragoza
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 It was built to honour the Virgin of the Apostle who, according to legend, appeared before St James on this site in AD40. The basilica's interior is notable for its carvings and elaborate frescoes, with the highlight being a series of paintings by Francisco de Goya within the central dome. One of Spain's best-loved painters, Goya was born in 1746 in a small village just outside Zaragoza. 

A couple of bombs were dropped on the church during the Spanish Civil War but fortunately they failed to explode.

The Gothic cathedral of La Seo was built on the site of Islamic mosque. Its museum contains many treasures, such as paintings, tapestries and sculptures. A short distance from La Seo is the Renaissance exchange of La Lonja, constructed from thousands of small bricks. La Lonja's interior is notable its magnificent stone ornamentation. 

The Palacio de la Aljaferia, built during the 11th century, is located to the west of the city centre. Although it has been modified many times over the years, this Moorish palace still retains its original mosque and courtyard. The elaborately carved ceiling on the first floor contains images of the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella.

There are some great views of the city from the much-photographed bridge, Puente de Piedra, which spans the River Ebro. Constructed in 1813, the bridge contains elements of Basque, French and Italian architecture. Other historic attractions in Zaragoza include the 18th century Puerta del Carmen, once part of the city walls, and the Arab Baths dating from the 13th century. Children will enjoy the science museum and the amusement park, which is set within attractive pine groves.

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Top Attractions in Zaragoza - Spain   by Seb Jay

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Zaragoza is the regional capital of Aragon - the 'bread basket' of North East Spain. It resides of the River Ebro, which flows from the mountains to the north of the La Rioja wine region and out into the Mediterranean at the Costa del Azahar. The city is a beautiful place to visit no matter what the time of year. It also has some rather unusual attractions.
 
La Seo

La Seo is a spectacular multi-turreted cathedral that was built on top of an Arab mosque in the 12th century. It is one of Spain's architectural wonders, its three naves revealing a multitude of styles including additions and alterations of Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and neo-classical design. The outer Mudejar wall and the detail it supports is well worth the visit alone!

Arab Baths

Arab Baths are found all around Spain. The ones at Zaragoza though have a unique history. It is thought by scholars that they were built on the site of Jewish Baths. The Baths' proximity to the Zaragoza synagogue seems to support this theory.

Bronze Figures Part of the Goya Monumnet, Plaza Del Pilar, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, Europe
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The Bullring - La Misericordia

Bullrings are undeniably one of Spain's most recognisable symbols, and there are certainly more famous bullrings than the bullring in Zaragoza. No other bullring though is likely to match the one at Zaragoza for its sheer drama and architectural magnificence. If you're not impressed by the retractable Teflon roof over a structure that draws parallels with the Coliseum in Rome, I'll eat my hat!
 
 
Wind Farm, La Muela, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, Europe
Wind Farm, La Muela, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
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Zuda Tower

Zuda Tower is the only surviving piece of the magnificent Zuda Palace from 10th century Zaragoza. It was built on the site of the Roman wall, and built from Roman materials. Many of Aragon's kings have resided at Zuda Palace down the centuries. Today Zuda Tower is a tourist office.

La Lonja

La Lonja is an important addition to Zaragoza's architectural heritage. Built between 1541 and 1551 it was originally designed as an exchange (contracting exchange) in which farmers, growers and dealers would meet to trade agricultural produce. At the time it was undoubtedly one of the most important buildings in all of Aragon.

On entering La Lonja you will find an impressive building that oozes Gothic and Renaissance charm. The vaulted ceilings are truly magnificent and the detail in the carvings on the columns and on the walls of the Exchange exquisite.

Getting to Zaragoza

Zaragoza airport is situated some 12km from the city centre. 

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Latest update: March 21, 2017