Zaragoza is also known as Saragossa. This is a city located on the Ebro River in an area with mountains, valleys, a desert, and a forest. The city is the capital of the province of Zaragoza and the self-governing region of Aragon, in Spain. Zaragoza provides visitors with historical sightseeing, great shopping, and wonderful restaurants. The city boasts a population of over 783,000 residents which contains more than half of the Aragonese population.
Originally, Zaragoza was a rural agrarian community but manufacturing has moved into the city. Zaragoza is near an Opel automotive manufacturing plant which is one of the region’s main employers. Other companies with office space and other facilities in the area include Balay which makes appliances, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA a manufacturer of railway engines, Imaginarium SA, Lacasa, Pikolin, and Torraspapel.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Zaragoza provides a wonderful base to see the architectural history of the region. From 16th and 17th century buildings, to Roman remains of public buildings that date from 2,000 years ago, Zaragoza has a fascinating history. The city was originally named for the Emperor August and there are visible ruins of the Roman Forum, Baths, and Great Theatre to intrigue a visitor. The Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar is a cathedral that dates back to the 16th century and contains a museum which is open daily. Located on the edge of the Ebro River the Basilica features domes and towers, a painting by Goya and a famous statue of the Virgen de Pilar. In October, the church is the centrepiece for the Festival dedicated to the Lady of the Pillar featuring parades, fireworks, and dancing. For traditional Spanish seafood the restaurant Plaza Aragon provides a fixed price menu of seafood prepared with a Spanish flair. You will find entrees such as dorada in a salt crust, turbot, hake, or grilled squid. There are also non-fish entrees for the meat eaters such as beefsteak with a variety of sauces. Los Barrachos is a more formal restaurant serving items such as roasted pheasant, wild boar, and asparagus mousse. Located in the centre of town, the restaurant also offers a tasting menu.
There is a small Zaragoza Airport which provides both international and domestic flights and is also home to the Spanish Air Force 15th Group. There is a high speed railway which connects to both Madrid and Barcelona in a little over an hour. Getting around the town on foot is probably the easiest way to travel although there are a number of public transport options.