Did you know that Zaragoza offers guided tours aimed at tickling the taste buds for you to enjoy during your visit? Discover these and other ideas for enjoying the local cuisine in Zaragoza and get ready for a delicious getaway to one of Spain’s great cities. Zaragoza is the capital of Aragón, and its excellent transport links make it a good destination for a European city break. You can reach the city in under two hours from either Madrid or Barcelona by taking the AVE high-speed train, and the international airport has frequent flights to and from various European cities. Choose Zaragoza for your getaway - here are some ideas for discovering the best of local cuisine:
1. The chocolate tour
In the city centre there are more than 20 establishments specialising in chocolate. Zaragoza has a great chocolate tradition, and today you can still visit chocolate shops and patisseries that were originally founded in the 19th century. Sampling some of the delights prepared by these bakers and confectioners is an absolute must. If you want to learn more about them, the Chocotour is a good option. These tours are organised by the tourist office, and involve visits to chocolate shops together with a taste of some of the products on offer. You could also opt for the Chocopass (a voucher that allows you to taste samples in different establishments).
2. Guided tour: A Taste of Zaragoza
This is a journey through the cuisine of Zaragoza, following the trail of the taste and smell of the dishes that define it, and learning something of their history. It takes in places like the Central Market, the Agroecological Market, the Puerta Cinegia food court and traditional places such as Casa Montal and Bodegas Almau. As well as picking up all sorts of interesting snippets of information, you’ll be able to taste some of the most typical products.
3. Tapas in the city
Zaragoza is a favourite among Spanish cities when it comes to going out for tapas, especially the El Tubo district. The most popular spots are Estébanes and Libertad streets and the surrounding area. Migas (a traditional dish made with breadcrumbs), mushrooms (cooked in lots of different ways) and croquettes are some of the most popular dishes. Another area of the city that’s a favourite for tapas, is the Magdalena district, also located in the old quarter. Every year (usually in November) the city holds a tapas competition. A great many restaurants from both the city itself and the rest of the province of Zaragoza take part, creating some deliciously tasty dishes.
4. Try some typical dishes
Zaragoza has a great variety of restaurants, and you’ll find something to suit every taste. If you want to explore the most traditional cuisine, you should try dishes such as migas, ternasco (local lamb) and stews made with borrajas (a kind of green vegetable). If you travel when there’s a festival on, you’ll have the chance to enjoy all sorts of traditional eats. For example, at Christmastime there’s the famous turrón de guirlache (made with almonds and honey or sugar, it’s similar to almond brittle); at the festivities in honour of San Antonio (in January) and San Juan (in June) barbecued meats are the typical fare; on the day of the city’s patron saint, San Valero, a traditional sweet treat called roscón de San Valero is made; at carnival time longaniza (a kind of charcuterie meat) is popular, and on the Thursday of carnival week longaniza sausage is handed out free.