Marcus Travel Journal

2024 - Aragon, Spain

Tarazona, Aragon, Spain


The autonomous community of Aragon has three provinces: Huesca Zaragoza Teruel


Plaza Santa Ana in Madrid

The autonomous community of Aragon has three provinces: 

  • Huesca
  • Zaragoza
  • Teruel

 Places being considered to visit include:

  • Calatayud: A historic town with a rich cultural heritage, about an hour from from Zaragoza

  • Huesca: A picturesque town with a charming old quarter, about an hour from Zaragoza

  • Daroca: A medieval town with a well-preserved historic center, located approximately 72 kilometers southwest of Zaragoza

  • Paracuellos de Jiloca: A small town with a beautiful church and a castle, located approximately 70 kilometers southwest of Zaragoza.

  • Ablitas: A small town with a beautiful church and a castle, located approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Zaragoza

  • Tudela: A town with a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene, located approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Zaragoza

  • Santa Eulalia de Gallego: A picturesque town with a beautiful church and a castle, located approximately 71 kilometers north of Zaragoza

  • Ayerbe: A small town with a rich history and a beautiful old quarter, located approximately 71 kilometers north of Zaragoza

  • Loporzano: A small town with a beautiful church and a castle, located approximately 69 kilometers northeast of Zaragoza



Zaragoza is the capital of the autonomous community of Aragon and is the 4th largest city in Spain and noted for the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljafería Palace.

There are also remains of Roman Caesar Augusta who established the centre as an important Roman city.  

From its ancient roots through Roman and medieval times the city did very well. But in 1564 the bubonic plaque decimated the city killing about 10,000 of the population of 25/3000.

Cathedral of San Salvado - built in the 12th Century, faces north, instead of east, so as not to coincide with the direction of Muslim prayers towards Mecca. The Cathedral contains elements of Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica, built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside there is the Santa Capilla, by Ventura Rodríguez. The Basílica del Pilar is one of the most important spiritual destinations in Spain. 

Third Millennium Bridge is the largest concrete tired-arch bridge in the world, and has an arch span of 216 metres. The deck is 279 m long, 43 wide and weighs 24,000 tons, and has six lanes for road traffic, two bike lanes, and two glass-enclosed walkways to protect pedestrian from bad weather.

Caesaraugusta Forum Museum - shows the history of the old Roman city of Caesa Augusta, which once stood where Zaragoza stands today.

Palacio de la Aljafería - is a fortified Islamic palace, and considered one of the best examples of Hispano-Muslim architecture in Spain. Built in the 11th century it is decorated with elegant Arabic arches and intricate carvings and contains some of the best Mudéjar elements outside of Andalusia. It has been used as the palace of the Catholic Kings, and then as a military barracks. Today, it’s the headquarters of the parliament of the autonomous region of Aragón and can be visited on a guided tour.

Caesaraugusta Theater Museum - The Caesaraugusta Theatre stood in the ancient Roman city of the same name and could seat 6,000 people. Today, visitors can see the ruins of this theatre, which was excavated in 1972. On the ground floor, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the excavation process, while in the basement, audiovisual presentations and 3D models illustrate what the theatre would have been like back in Roman times. On the top floor, another audiovisual presentation offers visitors information about the various cultures that have lived around the theatre throughout its lifetime.

Zaragoza Museum - The Zaragoza city museum is housed in a grand neo-Renaissance building built for the Hispano-French Exposition of 1908. The museum is one of the oldest in Aragón and features collections on archeology, fine arts, ethnology and ceramics.

Goya Museum - The Museo de Goya in Zaragoza, showing the work of Francisco de Goya, born not far from the city. There are 15 of his most prominent paintings that range from his life in Zaragoza (1762–1774) to his time in Bordeaux, where he died in 1828. The other part of the collection features 48 famed works by other artists.

Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza - more commonly known as La Seo, was built on the site of the temple of the Roman forum, a Visigoth church and a Muslim mosque, and features elements of all these styles and more. These include Mudéjar, gothic, Renaissance, baroque and neoclassical. La Seo was finally completed in the 16th and 17th centuries with the addition of a elegant baroque tower and a classical doorway. The beautiful altarpieces, date back to the 15th century.

Museo de las Termas Públicas De Caesaraugusta - The Museum of the Public Baths of Caesar Augusta sits between the Forum Museum and the Caesaraugusta Theatre Museum, and was part of the ancient Roman city which once stood here. The public baths are thought to date back to the 1st century BC, and visitors can still see remains of structures such as latrines and pools. There is an audiovisual tour of the baths. The museum also displays some of the original old marble tiles that were once in use around the pools.

Zaragoza Central Market - Zaragoza’s Mercado Central is the city’s main public market. The grand space os filled with columns, archways. It opened in 1903 and has since been declared a National Historic Monument. There are stalls with seafood, vegetables, cheeses and baked goods.

Sala de Exposiciones La Lonja - built between 1541 and 1551, was the city’s centre for commercial exchange. It is a example of Renaissance style influenced by both Florentine and Mudéjar architecture. Since the beginning of the 20th century, however, it has been Zaragoza’s most important exhibition space, hosting the biggest and best art exhibitions from all over the world.

Cinco Villas - is north of the city is listed as a spectacular cobblestoned village.

Scenic Drives 

  • Monasterio de Piedra: drive through lush parkland and along the banks of the Piedra River, located approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Zaragoza

  • Aguarales de Valpalmas: through a beautiful natural reserve with stunning rock formations, located approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Zaragoza

  • Barranco de la Hoz Seca: a picturesque canyon with stunning rock formations, located approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Zaragoza

  • Castillo de Mesones de Isuela: stunning views of the castle, located approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Zaragoza

  • Reserva Natural de Los Galachos de La Alfranca: stunning views of the Ebro River, located approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes away from Zaragoza.

Bardenas Reales Nature Reserve

Bardenas Reales Nature Reserve, Spain

The "semi-desert" of La Ribera.

To the south-east of Navarre, the 41,845 hectares unfold that make up this Nature Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in the year 2000, and which includes three Nature Reserves.

Where is it.

Zaragoza (Aragón): Ejea de los Caballeros Sádaba Tauste Navarre (Autonomous Community of Navarre): Arguedas Buñuel Cabanillas Cadreita Carcastillo Fustiñana Tudela Valtierra


 Tarazona is the fourth city in the Zaragoza region. It is situated at the foot of the Moncayo mountain and at a crossroads of Aragón, Navarre, Castilla y Leon and La Rioja.

Tarazona is an episcopal and Mudejar city. Its cathedral is one of the most unusual of the nine in Aragón, since added to the original Gothic structure are Mudejar towers and a dome base, as well as a Renaissance façade. Some distance from the cathedral are the Episcopal Palace and the church of La Magdalena. Tarazona also has a polygonal bullring from the 18th century formed by houses which are still lived in today. 

Also well-established is its international photography cours.

  • Tarazona Cathedral 
  • Old Tarazona bullring 
  • Parish Church of La Magdalena 



Pen, Paper Stores

Avenida Francisco de Goya 23,
50006, Universidad, Zaragoza, Zaragoza

 PapeleríasAvenida Francisco de Goya 23,
50006, Universidad, Zaragoza, Zaragoza

La Estilográfica Moderna C. de Casto Méndez Núñez, 27,
Casco Antiguo,
50003 Zaragoza,

While in Zaragosa

Our roof-top apartment gives us a large patio to enjoy our time in Zaragosa. The apartment is well located in the old town of, about a five minute walk to the Palaza de Espana and 8 minutes to the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.