The capital of Aragon offers visitors and locals a rich architectural heritage, beautiful green areas and stories worth knowing. Not sure what to do on a Sunday in Zaragoza? Civitatis has some ideas for the perfect finishing touch to a weekend in this lovely city. There’s something for everyone!
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, a symbol of Zaragoza
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, located on the banks of the Ebro River, is the most important temple in the city. Home of the Patron Saint of Hispanidad, this basilica boasts Baroque architecture and has its origin in the 17th century.
Before the basilica was built as we see it today, however, other temples stood in this same spot. In fact, according to tradition, it was here where the Virgin Mary appeared to the apostle Santiago when he was preaching in these lands. After this event, 2,000 years ago, the first chapel was erected in honor of ‘Our Lady of the Pillar.’
If you’re wondering what to do on a Sunday in Zaragoza, we suggest learning the many curiosities of this monument by taking a tour. There are lots of other historic buildings you can discover as well, such as the Cathedral of San Salvador, the Roman theater and the Puerta Cinegia market. If you’re looking for an option to explore this vast architectural legacy in a more comfortable way, check out the tourist bus of Zaragoza, which includes an audioguide in English.
Parque Grande, a stroll through the lungs of Zaragoza
Still not sure how to spend your Sunday in Zaragoza? If you like nature and walking through green spaces, don’t miss a visit to the city’s main park, Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta.
Since it opened in 1929, this landscaped space has become a favorite spot for locals. Ornamental fountains in honor of kings and Greek gods, countless trees and one of the city’s most famous modernist buildings converge in this space. An authentic haven of peace where you can escape from the stress of everyday life.
Zaragoza Aquarium, exploring life under the sea
Colorful fish, alligators, freshwater sharks and many other species of aquatic fauna and flora from all over the world await you at the Zaragoza Aquarium.
Housing more than 6,000 animals, this center holds the title of the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe and is also one of the largest in the world. Here you’ll find recreations of the habitats of the Nile, Mekong, Amazon, Murray-Darling and Ebro rivers. An authentic journey through five continents!
Following in Goya’s footsteps
Although Francisco Goya was born in the town of Fuendetodos, he soon moved to Zaragoza, where he spent his childhood, adolescence and part of his adult life. For this reason, Zaragoza is an ideal place to delve into the life and legacy of this famous Spanish painter.
As you walk around the city, you can see the exteriors of buildings such as the Escuelas Pías schools and the Zaragoza Academy of Drawing, fundamental to understanding the origins of Goya’s training. You’re also bound to come across sculptures erected in his honor and, if you visit the Zaragoza Museum, you’ll find works that bear his signature such as Hannibal Crossing the Alps and portraits of the Hispanic monarchy, including those of Kings Charles IV and Ferdinand VII.
Monasterio de Piedra, a must-see in the province of Zaragoza
Located less than an hour and a half from Zaragoza, on the outskirts of the village of Nuévalos, the Monasterio de Piedra surprises all its visitors with its architectural beauty and idyllic setting. For this reason, we recommend an excursion to this monumental and scenic jewel of Aragon as another option for things to do on a Sunday in Zaragoza. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Waterfalls, lakes and caves await in this special place. It even made an appearance in one of the outdoor tests of the famous culinary talent show of Televisión Española (TVE), MasterChef! During your visit, you can also visit the actual monastery, built 800 years ago by the Cistercian monks. You’ll be able to visit various rooms such as the church, the monastic kitchen, the chapter hall and even its wine museum.
Balcony of San Lázaro, an ideal spot to catch the sunset in Zaragoza
We can’t talk about what to do on a Sunday in Zaragoza without mentioning the Balcony of San Lázaro. This spot is an absolute must for anyone trying to catch a magical sunset and, as an added bonus, it’s free.
Located next to the famous Puente de Piedra bridge, the Balcony of San Lázaro is undoubtedly one of the city’s most beautiful viewpoints. From this platform, you can enjoy incredible views of the Ebro River and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. And, if you go at sunset, you’ll be able to take breathtaking pictures of the colors that paint the sky. Afterward, we recommend waiting a few minutes to see how the monuments of Zaragoza begin to light up. A beautiful sight to see!