Zaragoza is an interesting city to visit due to its wide offer of business, conferences and conventions, cultural, religious, sports and gastronomic and incentive tourism,... The city has an adequate infrastructure to satisfy the most demanding visitor. in a neuralgic centre of communications, Zaragoza has a millenarian history that can be seen in its innumerable corners and beautiful buildings. A city of services with the highest quality that surprises the visitor at every step. Zaragoza enjoys unique qualities: hospitality, the proximity of its inhabitants, their open character, their innovating spirit and having a project for the future. All this has put Zaragoza in a special place within European cities.
Over the old Iberian-Sedetan fortress of Salduie was founded the only Roman city with the privilege of having received the full name of its founder, Caesaraugusta.
The remains from this age are two paleochristian sarcophagi kept in the Crypt of Santa Engracia Basilica, and also the Roman Walls next to the bronze statue of Caesar Augustus, reproduction of the famous Augustus of Prima Porta, and also archaeological sites such as the museums of the Public Thermae, Forum, River Port, and Caesaraugusta Theater, a marvellous archaeological surprise that brings to mind the city when it was founded.
Mudéjar, world heritage
Visiting Zaragoza you have the privilege to be in the centre of the Aragonese Mudejar art, declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. By yourself or by guided visit, the Mudejar route is always advisable. And the time is not important. By night, the lighted Mudejar towers have also its charm. The towers of la Magdalena, San Pablo, San Gil and San Miguel are also enjoyable.
During the 16th century, the view of Zaragoza changed completely. The palaces of nobles and the houses of many citizens reflected the financial development of the Kingdom of Aragon and its capital. Many examples remain, such as la Lonja, the most important civil construction of the 16th century in Aragon, the Courtyard of La Infanta, the House of Miguel Donlope also known as Real Maestranza de Caballería, and the Church Basilica of Santa Engracia with its magnificent portico.
The religious monument "par excellence" is theBASÍLICA DEL PILAR, built on the primitive Mozarabic church. This is the symbol of Spanish pilgrimages in honour of the Virgin Mary and a reference point of the European Christian tradition. It contains an impressive Renaissance altarpiece made by Damián Forment and frescoes by Goya.
Goya, the genius and his work
Zaragoza, for several reasons, is a fundamental city to know one of the most important painters of history. Goya was born in the nearby village of Fuendetodos, where he carried out his artistic training and left his first works (especially mural paintings), and excellent paintings and engravings.
Zaragoza has an excellent array of hotels essentially based on quality and diversity. Quality as a result of a highly professional offer and the long experience characteristic of a city born and conceived as a crossroad and place of meeting, used to receive a kind of tourism interested in culture, business, and the scientific and university fields.
Diversity showed in the wide variety of establishments, from hotels with a long history offering to visitors the flavour and charm of nineteenth-century places with the most advanced infrastructures and services, hotels that put at the disposal of clients the most advanced technology and the most modern architecture.
Within the necessary infrastructures for the organization of conferences and concerning Conference Centers, the city has a complete array related to means, magnitude, qualities and location of the facilities, both public and private, which adapts to the needs of everybody. Among them, the Auditorium -Conference Center, a very versatile equipment with many possibilities to be used for conferences and conventions, and able to host from 100 to 2,000 people; and Aragon Conference Center, located in the Expo venue and with a capacity for 1,500 people.
From the most modest meeting to the biggest conference can find in Zaragoza its ideal venue, counting with extraordinary technical services and a highly qualified staff.
The mighty Ebro river flows past Zaragoza that has a special place in the Spanish heart. Zaragoza is the model of a large, modern city, regional capital of the old kingdom of Aragon. Its avenues and buildings are, by Spanish standards, of fairly recent vintage. In fact, much of the city was rebuilt after being destroyed in a particularly ferocious siege by the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Zaragoza is inextricably linked to the Virgin of the Pillar, the patroness of Spain. Competing for attention with Zaragoza’s cathedral, the Seo, the sumptuous Basílica del Pilar is a place of pilgrimage for the Spanish faithful. It opens out onto the Plaza del Pilar, an airy space where a thousand pigeons swirl. The square and its surroundings are a condensed history of the city: a remnant of the old Roman walls here, a tower that was once part of a Moorish palace there, the Gothic-style Lonja where trade was conducted in the 16th century, the city hall. The exquisite Aljafería Palace is a reminder that Zaragoza was an important city in Moorish times. The Moorish presence is still felt here, and in the city of Teruel to the south, with fine examples of Mudejar architecture (mudéjar being the term used to describe the style favoured by the Moorish minorities).