You can spend the first day exploring the Plaza del Pilar square and all the monuments of which it is formed. A trip through the old town and a bite to eat or a drink in the popular Tubo neighbourhood will make your day all the more special.
Places not to be missed: The Basilica and the Seo
A good time to start our tour around Zaragoza would be about 10:30am. First we will explore the old town, which will take us towards the enormous Plaza del Pilar. It is well worth taking a few photos here, with the majestic Basilica of El Pilar, the Lonja building and the Town Hall along one side, La Seo Cathedral at the end (in Plaza de la Seo) and, in front, the monument to Goya next to the Caesaraugusta Forum Museum (also in Plaza de la Seo).
You have to visit the Basilica and La Seo Cathedral at the very least. First of all, you have to climb the tower to see the view of the whole city. The best photos of the exterior can be taken from the Puente de Piedra bridge. In La Seo, it is well worth visiting the interesting Tapestry Museum, as well as the interior of the Cathedral.If we have time during the morning, the Magdalena church (behind La Seo) is well worth visiting to see its Mudejar tower, and the Caesar Augusta Forum Museum, to see what the city was like during the Roman Empire.
Lunch in the historic centre
After a short walk, this is the ideal time to have lunch, and there are numerous restaurants in the area near the square, the Calle Mayor or the Calle del Coso. We can choose either a normal meal, where we can sample typical dishes such as borage, the typical fried breadcrumbs or lamb, with local fruit from Aragon for dessert; or else we can opt for the Spanish custom of "going out for tapas" in a classic tapas city like Zaragoza. If we wander around the areas near Plaza de Santa Marta and La Magdalena, San Miguel, and El Tubo, we'll soon understand the reasons why the locals enjoy this custom so much.
An afternoon of culture and local colour
Browsing through the historic centre of Zaragoza will remind us we're in a large city where the streets are always full of people. After lunch is a good time to visit the Caesar Augusta Theatre Museum, through which we can access the remains of the old Roman theatre.We continue our tour along the Paseo de la Independencia avenue, where there are numerous shops to buy souvenirs of the city. Moving on along the Paseo, we come to the Patio de la Infanta, one of the numerous Renaissance gems to be found in the city. If we return to the historic centre along Avenida César Augusto, we'll find ourselves in the perfect spot for having a rest and some mid-afternoon refreshment in a café or on a terrace while we enjoy the lively atmosphere in the streets.
Tapas evening in the El Tubo neighbourhood
After a whole day spent visiting Zaragoza, the best way to restore our strength is to visit a few of the bars in the El Tubo neighbourhood. This is an area of small alleyways packed with bars and restaurants, where the usual custom is to go from one bar to another sampling the speciality of each place, accompanied by a glass of wine or beer.
If we want to sample the city's nightlife, we can choose between the younger atmosphere to be found around the Central Market, in the Historic Centre; the more elegant venues in the area around the streets of Francisco de Vitoria, San Vicente Mártir or Cesáreo Alierta; or, if the weather is good, the outdoor terraces in the Plaza San Pedro Nolasco or Santa Cruz.