a day in Zaragoza ?

Feb 12th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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a day in Zaragoza ?

I will be in Barcelona six full days
My seventh visit...I love the city and always find something new to
see ( in addition to revisiting the old favorites)
I am considering a day trip to Zaragoza....it is about an hour and 25 min.
I have done day trips to Girona and Sitges.
..have not been to Trragona or Vic
would one of the two be a better choice?

thanks
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Feb 12th, 2013, 03:17 PM
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Feb 12th, 2013, 05:29 PM
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I've been to both Tarragona and Vic as overnights (2 nights) - the same with Zaragoza. I prefered Tarragona of these 3 places. Vic was interesting as it was basically free of tourists. Zaragoza was probably my least favorite but I had just developed a bad cold so my view may have been slightly tainted.
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Feb 12th, 2013, 07:51 PM
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thanks Cathy,
one hears very little about a big city like Zaragoza
I may squeeze in 2 day trips...Tarragona is only 30 min train ride from Barcelona.
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Feb 13th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Zaragoza, the capital Aragon is interesting, a university town with 2000 years of history, but it can be rather warm during the summer months. Unlike CathyMs experience (she has to make another trip one day), we've enjoyed Zaragoza on a few brief occasions, and need to return when the weather is a little milder.

There have been a lot of improvements the last few years. You'll want to visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, considered a jewel of Baroque art, and the Catedral de San Salvador from the 12th century. There are dozens of museums to visit, including the Pablo Gargallo Museum, as well as the Luis Buñuel Metropolitan Water Park, built for the International Exhibition in 2008. And don't forget to sample the great Aragon cuisine and tapas in the Tubo district.

Zaragoza also has some decent flamenco venues, if you're interested.
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Feb 13th, 2013, 07:49 AM
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thanks Robert.
I am going at the end of April, but would like to buy AVE tickets now ( discount !).
The Basilica looks wonderful ,so does Aljaferia.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 01:38 AM
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Do not miss the Palacio de la Aljafería.. my goodness.. one of the most important pieces of architecture from the 11th century/muslim/Spanish. It is amazing. Sounds lie a fun trip and now with the Ave a breeze.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 06:54 AM
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tanks, Lin
I have decided to stay overnight , hotel and Renfe already booked.

Wish there was a faster train Barcelona - Valencia!

We are already planning a return to your wonderful city for next spring.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 07:02 AM
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The Euromed used to be called high speed... but we are getting spoiled zooming around everywhere else.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 07:28 AM
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yes, AVE has spoiled us..
It has come to my attention how often Valencia has been "skipped " by Fodorites visiting Spain.
Perhaps, if there was AVE from Barcelona (as there is from Madrid) more travelers would stop in beautiful Valencia.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 07:42 AM
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Danon, thanks for asking about Zaragoza, I've frequently asked myself the same question. So now I'm putting it in my short list to visit next time.

Agree about Valencia, I visited it for a few short hours as a cruise stop and have been trying to get back ever since. I really liked it.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 07:58 AM
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When I return ( May) , I will post my impressions of Zaragoza.

Like many posters , we skipped Valencia for years; when we visited last October we were absolutely enchanted.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 08:32 AM
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This post is good fot us as we(a group of 8 persons) will be in Zaragoza for 1 and a half day.
We will spent some days in Barcelona(after Lisboa and Oporto), then we will go to Zaragoza; Logroño(anothe 1 and a half day) and finally Bilbao(all displacements with a car starting the moment we leave Barcelona).Any good places to lunch going from Barcelona to Zaragoza and from Zaragoza to Logroño?
Danon: all the best for you in this trip!
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Mar 14th, 2013, 08:40 AM
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thanks,jelopez and kimhe
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We've been back to Valencia twice in the last 10 years, once on our own to check out the Carmen district and City of Arts and Science, and once as a guest of the tourist office for Fallas, which was great by the way.

There have been a number of changes since first arriving in Valencia in what now seems a hundred years ago, taking the train from Madrid just for a great Valencian paella‎, only to miss being one of the first in line. By the time we reached the restaurant they were sold out and told us to come back tomorrow. Now you can order decent paella just about everywhere.
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