Zaragoza Travel Guide, Spain
Zaragoza Travel Guide – Climate and Location
The city of Zaragoza is the capital city of the Zaragoza province and it belongs to the autonomous community of Aragon. It is located on the river Ebro and its area has a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from thick forests to dry deserts. Like the city of Bilbao, located in the north of the country, Zaragoza has variety to offer and everyone is invited to join in. The Mediterranean vegetation is sure to fascinate you and the permanent warm climate makes it an ideal destination both in winter and in summer. While in the summer period temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, in winter they seldom go below zero.
Zaragoza Travel Guide – Culture and Economy
Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain according to the 2008 census, having a population of 682.000. It is a strong economic centre and home to the General Motors Opel factory, which is a regional economic pole. It also has a strong air force base, known as the Zaragoza Air Base and hosts the main headquarters for the Spanish Land Army. The University of Zaragoza is another key element of the city, being a major research and development centre with great tradition.
Zaragoza became internationally known in 2008 when it hosted the official World’s fair, Expo 2008, with the theme of water and sustainable development. It was held from 14 June to 14 September, with the participation of 104 countries and it attracted an average of 50.000 visitors a day. The town also hosts an annual festival which attracts important crowds, Las Fiestas del Pilar. It is celebrated on 12 October and it lasts for nine days, with dances, concerts, exhibitions and bull fights. The fiestas are a common habit in Spain, each town having its own local party once a year.
Zaragoza Travel Guide – Cuisine and Surroundings
When visiting Zaragoza you must definitely try some of the local food specialties, from Bacalao al Ajoarrieo (cod fish with garlic and eggs) to Recao (a combination of beans, potatoes and rice). The Spanish are also known for their wines, do don’t hesitate to have a go at one of the excellent regional wines: Borja, Paniza and Lecera.
There are lots of picturesque villages around, where you can explore local traditions and very old customs. You can also plan a trip to the capital city, Madrid, which is only 320 km away from Zaragoza and can easily be accessed by train. A high speed AVE will take you there in 1 hour 20 minutes and the ticket price is about 50 euro. Within the same distance you can visit Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao, which are sure to give you a full satisfaction for the time and money you invest.
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