Located on the banks of the Ebro, the largest river in Spain, Zaragoza is one of the biggest cities on the Spanish mainland by number of inhabitants. Renowned for its commitment to sustainability, this city in north-eastern Spain is also known for its annual October festivals. In addition to bullfighting festivals, there's also beer festivals that rival the German Oktoberfest. For those catching the train to Zaragoza, the final port of call on any journey will be Zaragoza-Delicias railway station. This modern station is incredibly accessible, with convenient links to the local rail services and metro connections too. The train to Zaragoza from Madrid is an incredibly quick journey, with services taking approximately 1h30mins and requiring no connections.
Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, has a history stretching back hundreds of years. It was once the seat of the kings of Aragon and was also a major Islamic city until the 11th century. Some of the most magnificent pieces of architecture from this era still stand today, with the Palacio de la Aljafería lying just a few steps from the main train station. The Paseo de Echegaray, roughly 30 minutes away on foot, provides one of the most rewarding walks through the city, with fantastic views of the Ebro and the Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. From the Plaza del Pilar, travellers will be able to marvel at fabulous views of this Baroque-style temple. Many exhibitions and monuments still exist from the Expo 2008, providing sightseers with plenty to do during their stay in the city.
In this vicinity, visitors will also be able to treat themselves to a host of maritime wonders at the city aquarium. After a long day spent exploring, it's time to venture towards the harbour. Here there is one of the largest retail and leisure venues in Spain, providing the best place to shop, as well as being a nice area to spend an evening. Tourists will be able to enjoy the latest blockbusters, indulge in a spot of climbing, or even take the whole family go-karting. Once the excitement is over, visitors can take their pick from an amazing range of restaurants to sample the local delicacies. Roasted pork, chicken with tomatoes and pepper, and fresh cod with garlic, eggs and potato are all popular choices.