At Nativics we have prepared this 3-day itinerary for you to discover as a family the fifth Spanish city, with a population of no more and no less than 700,000 inhabitants and more than 2,000 years of history. history: Saragossa. But, in addition to being a city full of history and culture, Zaragoza is also a city full of life, parks and green areas that make it an ideal destination for traveling with children. This plan includes 2 nights of accommodation in a hotel in the center of Zaragoza, tickets to the largest river aquarium in Europe, some recommendations for restaurants to go with children and an itinerary thought out in detail so that adults and adults alike can enjoy this city. On this route, you will visit places of interest such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, you will see the Roman Walls and you will pass through the Stone Bridge. In addition, you will have enough time to walk and have fun as a family in the Parque Grande de Labordeta and in the Expo Water Park, where the largest river aquarium in Europe is located. 

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Travel guide of 3 days in Zaragoza as a family with entrance to the river aquarium

Day 1:

Arrival in Zaragoza and first contact with the city

As soon as you arrive in Zaragoza, you can take the opportunity to get to know the Old Town of the City. The first stop will be the Roman Wall and the Torreón de la Zuda, attached to it. These walls, declared a Site of Cultural Interest, were built by the Romans, who gave the name of Caesaragusta to the city in honor of its founder Caesar Augustus. After the passing of the centuries and after years of conquests by Visigoths, Muslims and Christians, this name led to the name we know today: Zaragoza. For this reason, we believe that it is the best way to start your trip to Zaragoza. Also, just to the left of the wall, stands a large tower. It is the Torreón de la Zuda, built during the Muslim invasion in the 8th century. Continuing towards the river, you will find the Stone Bridge, from where you can see some views views of the city, with the Ebro River and the Basilica del Pilar in the background. If you go at sunset the views are even more wonderful. Crossing this bridge, along it there are several viewpoints and, at the end of the route, is the Balcón de Lázaro, where you can take some of the most beautiful family photos. If you want to continue taking mythical photos, the Caballito de La Lonja is another historic place and a favorite for children to take pictures of, since to do so you have to climb on the back of a horse sculpture. To end the day, you can stroll through the Plaza del Pilar, the nerve center of the city where the most important monuments of the city are located, such as the Basilica del Pilar and the Cathedral of Zaragoza, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. Without a doubt, it is an essential place for Zaragozans and tourists as it houses the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar and it is where the biggest festivals and events of the Aragonese capital are held. We already told you that you won't be able to stop taking photos and videos... In its surroundings they sell the typical sweets of the area such as cobblestone or chocolate fruits. I'm sure the boys and girls in the house will love trying them.

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Day 2:

Discovering El Pilar and Parque Grande Zaragoza with the family

Today you will visit the most representative monuments of the city. The first visit will be the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, one of the largest cathedrals in the world and whose tradition says that it was the first Marian temple in Christianity. Located in the Plaza del Pilar, the interior of this basilica is a must and free to visit. Upon entering you will find the Holy Chapel, where the Patron Saint of Hispanity, Zaragoza and the Civil Guard is found: the Virgen del Pilar. So called because it is located on top of a pillar that is actually made of jasper. In addition to the Virgin, inside you can find different works of art by Goya and paintings by the painter Antonio González Velázquez, a major altarpiece made of alabaster, as well as other sacristies and several more chapels dedicated to Santa Ana, San José, San Antonio de Padua, San Braulio, San Agustín, Santa Rosario, San Pedro Arbués, San Lorenzo, San Joaquín and the apostle Santiago. As a historical note, on the walls are the missiles that were launched during the Civil War and that did not explode so they did not manage to destroy the Basilica. These missiles left some holes in the walls and roof of the temple. You have to look closely so you can play with the children to find them. Once you finish the visit, don't forget to stop by the little shop at the exit. There they sell the famousribbons with the measure of the Virgin, as a symbol of protection for the sick and travellers. In fact, you will hardly see a person from Zaragoza without this tape in the car, motorcycle, baby stroller...

Once you have seen the Pilarica, if you want you can go up to the Mirador del Pilar Tower . The ticket is purchased at La Seo, right next door and includes a visit to both monuments for a modest price. The Mirador del Pilar Tower does not have access from inside the Basilica, but the entrance is made from one of the sides of the Pilar, specifically in the tower of San Francisco de Borja. From there, a panoramic glass elevator will take you up 62 meters in about 20 seconds. The kids are going to love it! That yes, later you will have to do the rest of the ascent (18 meters) by the spiral stairs. Don't worry because there are two sections where you can stop to rest before reaching the large glass-enclosed viewpoint, located 80 meters high and with spectacular 360º views of the city, with the Ebro river on one side and the domes of the Basilica, to the other. 

If it's time to eat, our recommendation is that you go to the Santa Marta or El Tubo area, where you'll find different restaurants, bars and cafes. They are not restaurants with a playground area but they are traditional and perfect for trying some of the tapas, pinchos and typical dishes of Zaragoza. After eating, a bit of exercise and games are not bad. In the Parque Grande you won't be short of rides, entertainment and fun. This park brings together families from Zaragoza and visitors from all over Spain as it is a green area in the middle of the city, famous for its fountains that light up at nightfall. In addition, this park has a train that runs through it and they love it. to the kids. This is the Chuchu train, a very lively little train with children's music that goes around the site several times. The ticket is bought at the same point where it leaves and it is very affordable. In the surroundings of the Parque Grande you will find cafes, bars and restaurants, in case you feel like having a snack or something to eat. If you prefer to dine near the center, there you will find several restaurants with a children's area for children to play and adults can relax a bit . Among them are the Dídola Don Jaime, a cafeteria restaurant and bookstore ideal for the little ones, and the Davia Gulabar, with a children's playground with a wooden castle. 

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Day 3:

EXPO Water Park and Zaragoza Aquarium

This day you are going to have a great time at the Zaragoza Expo Park. Built in 2008, this complex - next to the arrival of the AVE-  promoted the city, making it a benchmark in the organization of events and congresses. In addition, this park is part of the lives of the residents of Zaragoza. You can see families and couples walking on Sundays, children playing and friends of all ages chatting. The enclosure is made up of different buildings of great beauty and originality: the Water Tower, the Bridge Pavilion and the Spain Pavilion. Next to it is where the Luís Buñuel Water Park is located, the largest urban park in Zaragoza with a large green area that surprisingly has a river beach. In this 120-hectare park, you can do a wide variety of family activities, including renting bikes, kayaks or swans to explore the park by water. It even has a train and a multi-adventure park! Also take the opportunity to walk along its botanical paths, contemplate the water gardens and the Ferris wheel-solar clock.  

To end the weekend, the plan that we propose includes tickets to the Zaragoza Aquarium, the largest river aquarium in Europe. This aquarium is located in the same area as the Expo and is sure to delight the whole family with its huge river fish, otters, marmoset monkeys  and reptiles: arapaima, catfish, Malayan sharks, freshwater puffer fish, sturgeons, piranhas, Nile crocodiles, iguanas, turtles, chameleons... A most entertaining visit! Also, if it's time to eat, the aquarium has a restaurant with a terrace on the top floor. It opens every day of the year and has a daily menu, a holiday menu  and children's menu. 

We hope you enjoy this weekend in Zaragoza with your family!

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