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47 thoughts on “Zaragoza: Spain’s Hidden Gem”

  1. To tell the truth this is my first time hearing about this city but it looks amazing! And I didn’t know there was European countries where you DON’T have to wave for the bus driver 😀

    1. I don’t know about other cities in Germany but in Hamburg and Berlin, you don’t have to wave them 🙂 For other countries, I haven’t tried yet because I mostly used Tram or Metro 😉

    1. No no, this is material from last year 🙂 My resolution or I should rather say my obligation for the first half of 2017 is: “staying at home and finishing your damn thesis”. But there would be enough material for a dozen more posts 😛

      1. Like you said, it is related to travel 😉 But travel for medical treatment, or so called “medical tourism”. It might be joyful, but can also be very painful 🙂

  2. It is indeed one of our gems, but I wouldn’t say it’s hidden, hehehe. We’re very proud of this city and “la Virgen del Pilar” is one of the two Saint Patrons of Spain!! We celebrate our national day on her day, October 12th.
    Anyway, I’m glad you like this great city from my country! You took really nice photos there! 🙂

    1. Many thanks! As Spain’s fifth largest city, I don’t think Zaragoza can be hidden as well 😉 But when I speak to my friends (mostly Asian), many have asked where it is. They know about Barcelona and Madrid, some can tell the name Seville, but most have never heard of the name Zaragoza. They don’t even know that they have missed a huge gem 🙂

  3. Wonderful post. I, too, haven’t heard of it. But now that I have, it is on my list. Thanks for introducing us to this fascinating city.

    1. My pleasure! 🙂 Although it’s not popular among tourists, Zaragoza is definitely worth a detour. Another advantage of being unpopular is the price Everything is much more affordable than in Barcelona or Madrid.

  4. Amazing photos! I definitely will add this to the bucket list when visiting Spain!

    1. Highly recommended! Aside from the beautiful architecture, food in Zaragoza is delicious. In fact, the best tapas I have ever tried was in the city. The price is also more affordable than in Barcelona or Madrid 🙂

  5. I didn’t realize that Moorish palaces existed in this part of Spain. I love the architecture…reminds me of the Alhambra in Granada. I definitely want to go back to Spain. There’s so much to see in the beautiful country. Great photos!

    1. Totally agree! I really want to see the palaces in Andalusia. I guess they must be more impressive than Aljafería in term of scale and style. Thank you for your compliment 🙂

      1. I had to take another look at your beautiful post. It’s making me dream of international travel. I’ve only scratched the surface of Spain on our trip to Andalusia. Zaragoza is definitely on my list. The Alhambra in Granada may be larger and more famous, but as far as style goes, Aljaferia looks equally impressive based on your great photos.

      2. Another plus point of Aljaferia is the crowd. Even before the pandemic (and on weekend), I only saw a handful of visitors 🙂

    1. Well, the food scene in Zaragoza is also very good 😛 And less pricey than overhyped Barcelona.
      Btw, happy new year, Alison! Wish you and Don a healthy 2022 🙂

  6. Beautiful pictures, however I feel the need to make a correction. You say that the Moors where in Spain for 800 years, but that’s incorrect. They only remained in the very southern city of Granada for 800 years. The north, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, was never conquered and remained Christian. Navarre and La Rioja and Castilla-Leon were under a very short Moorish control, ranging from 50-100 years. Catalonia (where Barcelona is located) was under moorish control for a mere 70 years then it became part of the Frankish Kingdom. The central areas of the peninsula (Madrid, Toledo, etc) where under Moorish control ranging from 200-300 years. It’s only in the south (parts of Andalucia) that the Moors remained in control. Not trying to be obnoxious or anything but Spain back then wasn’t the Spain we know of today so you one can’t just generalize and say the whole country was under Moorish control for 800 years when in fact it wasn’t. Zaragoza is indeed a beautiful city with great food. Cheers.

    1. Thanks a lot for correcting me, Charles! I really appreciate this information. I couldn’t find the exact period when Zaragoza was under Moorish control. But as you said, it might be the same time with other central cities, from 200 to 300 years.

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