Spain rich in texture, art and culture
This Mediterranean gem seems both a dream and a myth come to life. Its diverse landscapes create a whirlwind of colour and imagery imitated in the eyes of some of the greatest artists of our time Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa rise and fall like the bright orange sunsets that bring this nation to life. From Andalucía to bustling Barcelona there is no time to stand still in a place that is always moving.
Zaragoza is the capital of northeastern Spain’s Aragon region
You will find a stunning legacy of monuments in the streets of the city, vestiges of the Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian communities who left their mark on the place: Roman ruins such as the Circus; Aljafería Palace; Mudejar-style churches, with the UNESCO World Heritage designation; Baroque gems like the Pilar Basilica; the work of brilliant artist Francisco de Goya… And also the Expo 2008 site. If you like art, then Zaragoza is the perfect destination for you. A range of activities. Theatres, cinemas, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, fairs… In Zaragoza a spectacular year-round cultural programme awaits you. The cultural life of the city is intense. See for yourself in the city streets or at venues like the Auditorium, the Principal Theatre or the Aragon Conference Centre. You can find all the different artistic styles in this city. Savour typical regional dishes and, of course, take part in one of the city’s great traditions – going out for tapas: small gastronomic creations that delight all those who try them.
Where to stay in Zaragoza
NH GRAN HOTEL ****
Originally designed by Madrid architect Antonio Rubio in 1929, it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. Later it became known as ‘the house of the famous’, and with good reason: Ava Gardner and Walt Disney are among the Hollywood elite who stayed here. For Ernest Hemingway it was a home away from home, while King Juan Carlos I lived here in his early days as a cadet – he always stayed in room 105.
Decorated in a contemporary style, rooms are designed to be both peaceful and relaxing. Simple, minimal furnishings and an all-white palette make them a Zen-like retreat after a busy day. Bathrooms are large and luxurious, with features like rain effect showers and professional hairdryers.
With its traditional French mouldings, magnificently high ceilings and acres of marble, the NH Collection Gran Hotel de Zaragoza, formerly known as NH Gran Hotel, is every bit as grand as its name. Located in the commercial heart of Zaragoza, all the best shops, restaurants and sights are within easy walking distance.
The hotel has 133 rooms, recently decorated in calm, sophisticated shades of white. The Jacuzzi suite is perfect for honeymooners, while the Junior Suites work well for families.
NH CIUDAD DE ZARAGOZA ***
The NH Ciudad de Zaragoza hotel, completely renovated in 2017, has a great location in the city’s historic centre, 250 meters from Basilica of the Pilar and Seo as well as Zaragoza’s main shopping area.
There are 124 rooms here, spread over 7 floors. They’re bright and decorated in a modern style. Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and minibars come as standard, as do 40-48″ flat-screen TV’s, heating and air conditioning.
The hotel has a modern restaurant, which boasts high ceilings and plenty of natural light. Here you’ll find a daily breakfast buffet, which includes fresh pastries, cereals and eggs, along with local specialities like embutido, a Spanish sausage. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, with a menu that offers a combination of international and traditional Spanish dishes.
Where to eat in Zaragoza
Located in the heart of the “Tubo” is the Casa Lac restaurant. Its name comes from its founders, the Lac family of French origin, who back in 1825, arrived in Zaragoza. Cooks of French nobles left their country after the revolution to found restaurants throughout Europe, including this one.
From the simplicity and freshness of the ingredients, Ricardo Gil has managed to raise this seemingly “humble” raw material to the category of delicacy. It is capable of changing our point of view about vegetables, exalting the traditional flavours of the earth with audacity, respect and wisdom, combining the traditional and ancestral production of the product with the most innovative and totally personal techniques. The evolution of his kitchen has even led him to invent tools and techniques to extract all the nuances of each ingredient.
LA RINCONADA DE LORENZO
Almost from the beginning, they won several awards for their gastronomic work and thanks to that, they have achieved recognition in the field of traditional food, and there are many people who come successively to enjoy their Aragonese dishes. In this field, they have maintained a close link with the classic Aragonese cookbook, although they have made some additions of dishes that their customers demanded, such as Fresh fish from the Bay of Biscay, homemade foie gras, chickpeas with lobster etc.
What to do in Zaragoza
CIRCUIT DE ARAGÓN – MOTOGP
Enjoy Circuit de Aragon!
MotorLand Aragón is a multifunctional complex consisting of three dedicated areas: sports, technology and leisure and culture. This diversity of spaces and contents provide the facilities with their own identity, based on a model that turn them into something unique, the essence of which is always the passion for motoring.
History, culture and passion for motorsports. These ingredients merge in Alcañiz and turn this town in the Lower Aragón region into a must-see destination for all those who love the smell of fuel and feel passion for speed.
Half a century has passed since Joaquín Ripollés promoted the first City of Alcañiz Grand Prix (1965), held on the unforgettable urban circuit known as Circuito Guadalupe. The streets were the venue of exciting races that turned the city into a pioneering organiser of sports events. In a short period of time, Alcañiz became an emblematic benchmark in the history of urban circuits.
Marilyn Pentz – Programme Manager Touvest IME
Rafaela Freitas – Wedgewood Spain DMC www.wedgewood.es