Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spanish Holiday: Zaragoza

Basilica Square 2

The main square in Zaragoza is a large space enclosed by the Basilica, the Roman Forum and other impressive looking buildings. It was beautiful. Zaragoza was named Caesaraugusta in Roman times and it's still home to a Roman Port, Forum, Baths and Theatre. Unfortunately, the Baths were closed while I was there (boo!) but I got to visit the other sites and even took in a few Spanish informational presentations, which were good, even for myself, who knows no Spanish.

Basilica Square 6

I stayed at the Palafox Hotel in Zaragoza, 5 stars and incredible! The room was large, sophisticated and well equipped. The breakfasts were so tasty and with so much available – bacon, sausages, cured hams, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, juice - I was full until lunch every day. And the best part was the swimming pool on the roof. I spent all Friday and Saturday evenings there, reading and relaxing. Such a treat!

Zaragoza Basilica 8

The food in Zaragoza was really lovely. I’m a big fan of tapas and there was this one place just down the road from the hotel that bowled me over with tastes! The first night we were there, I had octopus legs in the most creamy sauce. They also served chorizo and small green peppers, fried to perfection.* Tapas are such a nice tradition and I found that I was full much sooner than if I had a big dish in front of me. I also generally found that the tapas in not-so-touristy Zaragoza were much better than in overrun-with-tourists Barcelona, but maybe I just wasn’t finding the good places in Barcelona.

Zaragoza Basilica 22

I met Andrea of Mystery Moor on my last day and we went to a flea market just outside the city centre. It was really good to meet another blogger and chat about common interests and blogging. It was also nice to learn more about the interesting Spanish culture, which is quite different from Irish culture.

Zaragoza 27

Spontaneous tango dancing - quite awesome!

Zaragoza was a really nice city and although I won’t be planning another holiday there, I’d be happy if I passed through again. This trip made me realise that big cities really aren’t my thing. I love small buildings and green spaces, rivers and parks.



P.S. This sounds a lot more like a travel review than I had intended. Oh well.

*Those small green peppers are a secret Spain has been holding onto for too long, they’re so fu*kin’ tasty!

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