Other 10 must-see squares in Zaragoza

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Posted May 18, 2018 by zaragozaturismo in Zaragoza today
Squares in Zaragoza

In a previous post we shared the most beautiful squares in the old town. But Zaragoza is much more! Today you will discover other 10 squares that you can’t miss if you want to live the authentic day-to-day experience in our city.

 

1- Plaza España

While the Plaza del Pilar is the heart of Zaragoza, Plaza de España is the true epicentre of urban activity. It acts as a link between the two main city areas: the old town, bounded by the Coso, and the city centre. Stroll along this emblematic square and merge into the busy or idle crowd that walk through it from one side to another. The choices are many: shopping by Paseo Independencia, tapas in the gastronomic market Puerta Cinegia, or a coffee or beer in the lively terraces. Any activity will have the beautiful views of the facade of the Diputación Provincial and the Martyrs Monument which dominates the square.

 

2- Plaza Aragón – Plaza Paraíso

These two squares lie between Paseo Independencia and other important axes: Paseo Constitución, Paseo Sagasta, Gran Vía and Paseo Pamplona, all great for a nice walk. The most noteworthy element is the Justicia de Aragón Monument, with the figure of Juan de Lanuza and the flag of the region. Sit on the benches that surround both squares or on the stairs of the Paraninfo (which hosts the Natural Science Museum) and witness the bustle of Zaragoza. It is also common to find books or crafts stalls that liven up the Plaza de Aragón.

 

3- Plaza San Miguel

Walk along Coso to the East and you will find Plaza San Miguel, named after the mudejar church. In this square you will see a mural that depicts one of the ancient gates of the city. If you continue along these streets you’ll be in the neighbourhood of la Magdalena, a perfect area to enjoy some tapas during the Juepincho on Thursdays. In the other direction you can stroll along Calle San Miguel, a pleasant pedestrian street with shops that takes you back to the Paseo Independencia.

 

Plaza de los Sitios4- Plaza de los Sitios

Halfway between a square and a park, the Plaza de los Sitios is a whole haven of peace in the centre of Zaragoza. Lie on the grass in the shade of the trees or sit on the benches at the foot of the impressive Siege of Zaragoza Monument. This way you will recharge your batteries for a cultural day in the Museum of Zaragoza, located in the same square. And don’t forget to stroll about the streets surrounding it, with elegant shops and restaurants.

 

5- Plaza Salamero

This cozy little square is perfect to relax after a shopping afternoon by Paseo Independencia, with continuous benches hollowed on the ground and surrounded by vegetation.

 

6- Plaza del Carmen

From Plaza Salamero take Calle Azoque you will run into a small square full of terraces: Plaza del Carmen. The good vibes will surely make you feel like having some tapas! The nice pedestrian street is Calle Cádiz, full of shops, restaurants and bars, and will take you back to the hustle of Paseo Independencia.

 

Plaza Mariano de Cavia7- Plaza Mariano de Cavia

We move away from the downtown area and return to San Pablo quarter, commonly known as “El Gancho”. Recently it has become a must to discover the more alternative Zaragoza. Any time is good to experience the intense cultural life that surrounds Las Armas cultural centre. However, if you want to see the Plaza Mariano de Cavia in full swing, go on Sundays, as there are many street markets during the month.

 

Plaza del Portillo8- Plaza del Portillo

Let’s discover a little more in this quarter: go along Calle Conde Aranda with its characteristic palm trees and arrive to Plaza del Portillo. This square had a main role during the Siege of Zaragoza and pays tribute to one of the most famous figures in this conflict, Agustina de Aragón, with her statue in the middle. Don’t miss the Iglesia del Portillo: inside there is the Chapel of the Heroines, dedicated to Agustina and other heroic women that fought back against the French occupation.

 

9- Plaza Europa

Nearby, towards the quarter of Almozara, lies this big square. Certainly the huge obelisk in the centre will catch your eye. Take a look at its base and you will see a 12-pointed star representing the members of the European Union at that time. And if you go a little further by Calle Diputados you will find the emblematic Aljafería Palace.

 

10- Plaza San Francisco

Tired of such a walk all around the city? It is the time for a well-deserved rest and there’s no better place that on the quintessential University quarter: Plaza San Francisco, in front of the campus, with the  Fernando el Católico Monument in the middle. Always full of students chatting, reading or having some drinks, this square overflows with activity, so immerse yourself in this young environment and discover the bars and bookstores that surround it. But don’t just focus in this square: you’ll see that it extends by two tree-lined boulevards that invite you to stroll. To the North, Paseo Fernando el Católico and the Gran Via take you back to the city centre, and to the South, Paseo Isabel la Católica takes you to the gates of the Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta.

What other squares would you add to this selection? Tell us what is your favorite square in Zaragoza!


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