In Zaragusta we like that all kinds of groups can get to know the city, in this case we wanted to bring our guided tours to elderly people with reduced mobility, and the truth is that it was a great experience. We start from the balcony of San Lázaro, on the other side of the Piedra bridge, where you can see a spectacular view of the city. Once you cross the river, you will pass by the Caballito de la Lonja, and then you will be able to see the wall of the parish church, one of the most important works of Mudejar architecture, then in the Plaza del Pilar we saw many monuments such as the Monument to Goya, La Lonja or the Town Hall, without forgetting the Basilica and its interior, to finish in the Fuente de la Hispanidad, a refreshing map of Latin America. An adventure without architectural barriers that we are proud of.
A different visit that we make every Saturday at 19h (winter time) 20h (summer time) with departure from the Church of Santa Engracia. The Crypt of this incredible church will serve as a starting point for us to discover surprising stories that not everyone knows. We will go back to the time of the Christian persecutions in the Roman Caesaraugusta, we will talk about relics and murders, then we will visit Independencia to talk about underground villages, Puerta Cinegia will be the entrance to the Old Town where we will stop in Plazas with disappeared buildings such as the New Tower, others with charm such as the Plaza del Justicia, and then visit the historic district of San Pablo, and end up in the Hostel of Zaragoza where an Inquisitor lived who later made him a Saint. These and many more stories in almost 2 hours. Price 7€.
Today May 18th the international day of museums is celebrated and we have a lot of reasons to celebrate it in the city of Saragossa. In the last years a large offer of museums have been incorporated to the city, starting with the Saragossa Museum, a jewel from the French and Spanish exhibition of 1908, and passing through those which are located in historical buildings as the Palacio de Sastago, the Real Maestranza, the Lonja, the Palacio of Arjillo or Pablo Gargallo. Others are promoted by the social work of Banks as Ibercaja with its newly Museum of Goya and before this Camon Aznar, the Caixa Forum which has given a new dimension to the huge exhibition in the city and also the buildings which can’t be unnoticed as the Pablo Serrano dedicated to contemporary art, an artistic field which until the construction of this building could be found only in the galleries of the city. There are also others which don’t take part of the conventional classification because of their topic or because of the diversity of their field, this is the case of the History centre located in the former convent of San Agustin and the original Origami Museum which is unique at international scale.
San Valero is the patron saint of the city and he deserved a thematic route, so we wanted to inaugurate it on January 29th, starting at the Museum of Zaragoza, seeing its Roman context in the Rome hall, then we talked about the persecutions of the martyrs that took place outside the walls, especially in Puerta Cinegia and Santa Engracia, and then we talked about the relics of our patron saint in the Seo, along with the sculptures in the Plaza del Pilar. Finally we will end up with a doughnut in Tierra Maña, what better way to end a very sweet day.
A stroll through the Roman Osca means to know what Huesca was like in the Roman Empire. To do this we have followed the layout of its ancient wall to visit places that are not normally visited, so we will begin in the Museum of Huesca explaining the historical context with the archaeological remains that are still preserved, and then we will visit 12 establishments of the city that keep treasures inside, while we see how the Romans lived Huesca culminating with thematic gastronomy. A different guided tour that coincides with the anniversary of the two thousandth anniversary of Augustus’ death and is another way of discovering our heritage.
We dedicate this post to the group from Puertollano (Ciudad Real) who visited us on June 11th, an adult education association with whom we shared a sunny and somewhat warm afternoon in Zaragoza. It was a challenge for us to be able to serve 110 people. But once the groups were divided, we visited the Cathedral of La Seo, the Basilica of El Pilar and the Roman walls among other places. We would like to thank the leader of the Ladis group for her coordination, the guides Luis and Lorenzo, and above all the people who discovered the city and took a good image of Zaragoza with them, because every day we feel more proud to show our heritage.
Zaragoza, the city of the spirits is a route that reviews the mark left by illustrious people in our city. We will take advantage of sculptures hidden in the façade of the Pilar, behind the Lonja, we will talk about tombs, we will visit some singular bar, we will pass by the house of a Nobel Prize winner, we will enter in the middle of the Tube to talk about a Cabaret and as today the figure of a film director still flies over it, finally we will end up in Puerta Cinegia, the southern door of the Roman city that keeps the secrets of the martyrs who died throughout the history of the city. If you want to share this experience with us for only 7€, every Friday at 7pm in front of the tourist office in Plaza del Pilar. Get in touch on Tel 635 577 772 by email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for the event on the social networks #ZaragozaLaCiudadDeLosEspíritus
On the bridge of December we were able to enjoy an unprecedented route. #Zaragozamagica is a visit to the most mysterious places in the city. We started in the Museum of Zaragoza to discover an Egyptian piece, we saw some details of the Hispano-French Exhibition in the Plaza de los Sitios, we went down to the crypt of Santa Engracia, we passed by Puerta Cinegia and talked about the secrets that the Basilica of Pilar holds. Finally, we visited the Templar caves of the Tierra Maña Tavern where a mysterious drink was waiting for us.
If you want to share with us this experience with the help of the researcher Angel Briongos, please contact us by phone at 635 577 772 or send us an email to info@zaragusta, you will have a great time. More info on the event #Zaragozamagica
From 22nd to 26th September we were lucky enough to accompany the Cultural Association of Women Juan Diego, located in Bormujo (Seville), as guides. As good Andalusians they knew how to transmit all their energy and sympathy to us during the 5 days of the route. We start on Sunday at the Aljafería Palace, ending the morning at the Expo in Ranillas. In the afternoon we visit the Seo and the Pilar, ending with a first contact with the capital of the Ebro.
The next day was very full. In the morning visiting a winery in Cariñena, passing through Fuendetodos, and ending the morning in Belchite Viejo. This last visit reminded us of the black history of the Civil War, a testimony engraved on the ruins of its buildings. The afternoon promised with a visit to Tudela and Tarazona, two essential destinations to visit the old town and confirm that Navarre and Aragon played an important role in medieval times, when the peninsula was an amalgamation of cultures.
Huesca is formed around these two cities. Your capital is an essential stop to understand Aragon. The cathedral and the town hall are enough claims to observe the importance of the city during a time characterized by clashes between Muslims and Christians. As a complement we visit the Provincial Museum, which reviews the history of Huesca from Prehistory to the present day. In the afternoon, after getting our strength from the hotel, we visit the village of Jaca, one of the most important points of the Aragonese Pyrenees, capital of the Aragon Valley, a strategic place due to its proximity to France, and an important centre in the medieval period of the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago. We visit the Citadel, the Rapitan Fort and its wall as examples of the military past, but the jewel in the crown is its cathedral, a reference of the Aragonese Romanesque and the peninsula.
Our last day in Jaca was going to be dedicated to the valleys. First it would be the Valley of Hecho, we visited the town that bears the same name, characterized by its monumental streets, its unique houses with its covered chimneys, and its church with Romanesque vestiges. After a small incursion, we started from the sculpture of the couple of Chesos in their typical costume, heading for Ansó and its valley. Ansó received us with the hangover from his parties held a week earlier, but this was no excuse to walk down the slopes, enter the stupendous church, and after a picnic contemplate the museum of the Ansotano costume, a singularity that has remained until very recently. The afternoon was reserved for the third valley, Zuriza’s valley, with its cuts and mountains mixed with the cattle, and under this spot the comments of Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente sounded in the distance, explaining the flight of the harrier.
The last day I invited to the farewell, but before we had a small surprise, the city of Calatayud, its walled enclosure and its Muslim castle on the top, give name to a city, which also had a Roman past under the name of Bilbilis. But what really impressed us were its Mudejar towers, the result of this crossroads of cultures that the city breathes.
Finally, this excursion through the living history of Aragon gives us a small lesson as guides, the affection and trust transmitted by this group of people, which left us with the feeling of having done our job well.
The students of the Jose Antonio Labordeta School were able to enjoy the city of Zaragoza on their end-of-cycle excursion. Students of 11 and 12 years old discovered ancient Zaragoza, starting at the Monument to Goya, the starting point for discovering the figure of the genius of Fuendetodos, we continued with the neighbouring buildings, La Lonja, the Town Hall and the Pilar. We show interesting sculptures such as the Caballito de Lonja, the sculptures of Pablo Serrano in the Town Hall, as well as the saints and martyrs of the Pilar façade. We finish the review of this ancient city with the Fuente de la Hispanidad.
After a short break for lunch, we walked along the banks of the Ebro River, passing under the Almozara Bridge until we reached the Volunteer Footbridge, where we explained the importance of water, the sustainability of resources and entered the Expo site. Here begins the new or more modern Zaragoza, a new infrastructure that has changed the city, with buildings such as the Spanish Pavilion, Aquarium, Aragon Pavilion and Bridge Pavilion. Finally, the sculpture The Soul of the Ebro embraced all the students to bid farewell to a fun and educational day.