In one hour driving you can be in the bimillennial town of Zaragoza (approaching 1 million inhabitants) (WEATHER). If you decide to go there, from Casa "El Molino" you have to drive down Barranco de Valdeolivo St to the road (A1505). There turn left and drive for 6 Km. to Santa Cruz de Grío. Just before arriving in the village, turn right into road A2302 which goes to the motorway more easily. Go past road N II direction Morata de Jalón and after 2 Km. take the motorway direction Zaragoza. On the way you'll find La Almunia de Doña Godina and La Muela which hosts a big eolic farm and also a Wind Museum and an Oil Museum.
The best way to get to the city centre is the one which is indicated in the map.
1.- Take motorway A2-E90 direction Zaragoza in La Almunia or Morata de Jalón.
2.- When you arrive in the town ring road, go ahead direction Zaragoza-Barcelona.
3.- Use exit 314 - Aeropuerto-Estación Delicias (orange signs) and follow direction Delicias.
4.- Exit Delicias-Portillo (orange), then driving on the lane on the right follow continuosly Aparcamiento Sur. You'll go past 2 roundabouts into a car park. Drive towards the city. You can park here and continue to the centre by taking bus 34, close to car park. If you prefer a paying controlled car park drive to the traffic light.
5.- Pass the crossing with the avenue and drive into Pablo Gargallo Avenue. (You'll see the white building of the railway station on your right)
6.- Go past the roundabout and go straignt on, cross Plaza Europa (obelisc in its centre) into Paseo Echegaray, parallel to the Ebro river.
7.- Just before the Pilar basilic, on your right hand side, it's the entrance to the underground car park. You can leave your car there and walk to see the main monuments in the old town just there.
8.- There are some areas you can park for free in the main shopping centers, no so central.
Once in Zaragoza, you can spend a day visiting its important monuments (Romans, Muslim, Mudejar, Renaissance, Baroque, ...) or shopping in its abundant shops, department stores and shopping centers. (WEB) The following are some of the most important historic monuments in town.
El Pilar basilic and the Alfonso pedestrian precint.
Muslim-Christian palace of La Aljafería
Patio de la Infanta from Renaissance palace.
In Zaragoza you can observe the first preserved paintings by Goya, in several frescoes in Pilar Basilica and Aula Dei monastery.
Very near the basilica, Camón Aznar museum offers a permanent exhibition of its famous etchings (Series Caprichos, Disparates, Tauromaquia and Desastres de la Guerra) with such a big influence have had internationally in the world of art.
After so much strolling, Zaragoza is a good place to try the famous Spanish tapas. There's an amazing variety, but you must know that the prices have gone up at the same time as their quality, even in very unpretentious bars. There are many bars where you can eat tapas, but I'll concentrate in a few in the old town within eay reach on foot. There are many in Estebanes St, in El Tubo area (between Plaza España and Plaza del Pilar) or in Plaza Santa Marta (behind La Seo Cathedral) and bar "Cervino" in Ainzón St. in La Almozara area (between La Aljafería and the river Ebro.
You must know that during Fiestas del Pilar (around 12 October) there's a tapas contest and you're offered an unexpensive 10-tapas ticket which entitles you to try any 10 tapas in any bar in the old town. Bon appetit!
In Zaragoza there are many shopping areas with a great variety of shops. It also has four shopping centers, where you can find any kind of shops: Plaza Imperial (out of the map but close to the town on motorway A2 direction Madrid, Puerto Venecia (B), Augusta (A) and Gran Casa (J).
Maps of shopping areas in town and shopping center Puerto Venecia
If you're a regular pub goer, in Zaragoza you can find a hectic night life with the abundant pubs, restaurants, cinemas or theatres throughout the city.
Night life in Zaragoza
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