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  • Zaragoza: The Forgotten Spanish City

    Zaragoza, Spain

    zaragoza spain farm view

    This is the view and the moment, I feel in love with Spain.

    zaragoza spain la cartuja baja

    La Cartuja Baja, a former monastery.

    zaragoza spain augustus statue

    Given by Mussolini’s Italian government to Zaragoza in 1940 and is a bronze copy. Zaragoza was founded in 24 BC under Augustus.

    zaragoza spain islamic details

    Islamic details present all around.

    zaragoza spain pavilion aragon

    Pavilion of Aragon built for Expo 2008 designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid.

    zaragoza spain basilica our lady pillar

    Top attraction: Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar.

    5th Largest City in Spain

    Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain. When people think of Spain the Top 3 are usually Barcelona, Madrid, and “Running with the Bulls” in Pamplona.

    I spent two months in Spain. A few day trips, a month in Madrid, and a month in Zaragoza. Zaragoza was my first stop and the place where I fell in love with the country.​

    How did I choose it? Very simple, while traveling I prefer to use Airbnb for an authentic experience. I searched the entire country for a house under $400 for the month. Just outside Zaragoza, in the La Cartuja Baja suburb, I found a three-bedroom apartment on a farm.

    The suburb is easily connected to the city by a 15 minute bus ride.

    The city has a diverse history from Caesar Augustus and the Peninsular War against the Napoleonic army. History and the modern era collide in architecture.

    Learn more about Zaragoza.

    Lisa McTigue

    About

    Homelessly Home: Wandering. I take my coffee with a side of sunglasses. Prefer short conversations and verbose thoughts. Co-founded MINIvivo.com, recommended by travelers. As a freelance writer, I cover travel, small business, and buying local. For over ten years, I developed film, television, and new media content in Hollywood. Featured in The New York Times, AmericanExpress OpenForum, Intuit Small Business Blog, and The Washington Post.