Zaragoza – City of Four Cultures

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Zaragoza mesmerizes everybody with its colourful culture and beautiful urban landscapes. Each of cultures created a special ambience in the city. That is why it is a favourite place of millions of tourists.

Any building in Zaragoza is, in fact, a historical landmark. That is because the city has a very rich history.  Before planning your trip here do not forget to check the local weather forecast before arrival.

Holiday weather in Zaragoza

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The city experiences a mild semi-arid climate. The average annual precipitation is a scanty 322 millimetres with abundant sunny days, and the rainiest seasons are spring (April–May) and autumn (September–November), with a relative drought in summer (July–August) and winter (December–March). The average daily temperature can reach +40 °C in summer, and stay 0°C and +10 °C during winter. Frost is common and there is sporadic snowfall.

Spring is the best time for visiting Zaragoza. In July the weather is very hot so most of the tourists prefer to spend their time here between April and June. In August the city is practically empty because most locals leave for a vacation and many bars, cafes and restaurants are closed.

Attractions and places of interest

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Zaragoza is a city of «four cultures». To feel the whole special ambience of Aragon’s capital you should visit at least one masterpiece of each culture. Plaza del Pilar is the best place to start your journey. The main must-see places are located exactly here.

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar is a Roman Catholic church. The Basilica venerates Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title, Our Lady of the Pillar praised as “Mother of the Hispanic Peoples” by Pope John Paul II.It is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history.

Local traditions take the history of this basilica to the dawn of Christianity in Spain attributing to an apparition to Saint James the Great, the apostle who is believed by tradition to have brought Christianity to the country. This is the only reported apparition of Mary to have occurred before she believed Assumption.

Catedral de la Seo is another beautiful Catholic church in the city. It is part of the World Heritage Site Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon.

The cathedral is located on the Plaza de la Seo to distinguish it from the nearby El Pilar.

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Aljafería Palace is a fortified medieval palace, a wonderful example of Islamic architecture. It was built during the second half of the XI century. The palace reflects the splendour attained by the kingdom of the Taifa of Zaragoza at the height of its grandeur. The palace currently contains the Cortes (regional parliament) of the autonomous community of Aragon.

Muralla romana de Zaragoza are also an important historical landmark in he city.

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