Date: 2-3rd October 2019
Travelled: 167 kms from Medinaceli to Zaragoza in the Aragon Region
Stayed: Zaragoza municipal aire, free with services. N41.68310, W00.89035
Budget: 116 days @ €74 per day
We have reached that uncomfortable time when we need to think about ferry bookings and timing our last few days. We have an overnight ferry booked from Bilbao (Spain) to Portsmouth (GB) departing at 10 am Tuesday the 8th.
No point rushing to Bilbao to park up for days with nothing to do. So we scan our guide looking for a couple of interesting places to fill in some time as we make our way north.
Having departed Medinaceli at a reasonable time we arrive at Zaragoza some two hours later. Zaragoza is the provincial capital of Aragon.
Map of Zaragoza, the icon on our parking spot
Once we are parked up, we have a late lunch and relax for an hour. We are planning on two nights in Zaragoza, so this afternoons mission is fact finding. A trip on the tram (€1.35pp) into the centro and find the tourist office and some good oil.
It’s a 15 minute walk along the river front to the Palace. The wind has picked up now and the walk seems longer in the wind. The Aljafería Palace originates with the Moorish Beni Kasim dynasty in the 10-11th century. Although much of what we see today reflects the Kings of Aragon in the 14-15th centuries.
We left a little disappointed, there is no audio tour only the odd information sheet in a few of the rooms, but is was only a €1 pp.
We make our way back to the tram line finding a tapas bar for a refreshing beverage on the way.
One round led to another and a few plates of tapas. We make it back to the Hymer to find the aire rapidly filling with motorhomes.
After breakfast we make our way back into Zaragoza. There is a tram every 6 minutes, so there’s no need to rush. Our focus today will be the Casco, the old centre of the city.
Our next stop is the Goya Museum and Gallery (€3 pp). Goya was a native of Aragon, although his more famous works were painted in Madrid.
Our next stop is the old cathedral, Catedral de San Salvador known locally La Seo.
La Seo is gold this and that, lots of baroque plaster and a little dusty. Two churches in one day was a mistake, we find ourselves churched out.
The museum centres on a Roman theatre accidentally un-earthed some 50 years ago. It has since been extensively excavated and many of the finds are in the museum. It’s far from the biggest or best Roman theatre we have visited but it’s an interesting half hour.
Eventually common sense prevails and we start looking for a tapas bar. As there are several to choose from in any street, so it doesn’t take long. Two rounds of drinks and four tapas plates €14. We continue on to the tram with a glow.
So that was Zaragoza and what an interesting place it is…
Michael and Pam