Zaragoza On a Budget
SightsAs stated previously, Basilica del Pilar is among the most sought-after landmarks in all of Spain. Described as a must-visit amidst travelers, Basilica del Pilar was built in 1681 by Felipe Sanchez and Herrera, but later remodeled in the 18th century by Ventura Rodriguez. It was only until the 20th century that the towers were completely finished. Basilica del Pilar has received wide acclaim from pilgrims throughout the globe and have been visited many, including Saints Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Ignatius Loyola, as well as some of the kings and queens of Spain. Basilica del Pilar holds guided tours, with its museum open daily from 9 AM to 2 PM and 4 PM to 6 PM. While touring, be sure to catch a glimpse of the star attraction, the statue of Our Lady of the Pillar located in the Holy Chapel and Museo del Pilar.
ActivitiesIf you are looking to shop, look no further than Zaragoza, also known as the city of shops. The first shopping district is located on the main street of Paseo de Independencia. There is a plethora of art and bookstores as well as major chains like Mango, Corte Ingles and Zara. The second shopping district that is just as popular is directly behind the large El Corte Ingles on Sargasta. Along this street, you will find a collection of stores in the widest variety. Nevertheless, keep in mind that these are top-rate stores that demand top-rate price! Lastly, be sure to check out the neighborhood "Actur" where the largest shopping district of the city is located, the "Gran Casa," What's more, unlike the other districts, you are able to find all types of stores with a wide range of prices.
Take advantage of the scenic beauty of Zaragoza, and visit the Ebro River. One of the most important rivers on the Iberian Peninsula, it is the second largest river in the peninsula after Tagus. With a length of 930 kilometers, travelers are free to fish and raft in the Ebro. The Ebro also has nature reserves to be explored along the river, such as the Ebro Delta. Ebro Delta is a 320-kilometer nature reserve that holds magnificent gardens, forests, and rice fields. Hike through the Ebro Delta while admiring the astounding Mediterranean wildlife, getting a taste of the true beauty that is Zaragoza.