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Train journey from Madrid - Barcelona

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Train journey from Madrid - Barcelona

Going from Madrid to Barcelona this summer and I was thinking about stopping on the way a couple of nights. Is Zaragoza a place I should visit or are there other more interesting places?

Edited: 30 January 2011, 19:38
Oswestry, United...
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1. Re: Train journey from Madrid - Barcelona

Whether Zaragoza is interesting or not surely depends on your interests. See the Top Questions on the right hand side of the forum.

Madrid, Spain
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2. Re: Train journey from Madrid - Barcelona

IMO, Zaragoza is interesting. You can visit the Roman remains: forum, thetre, river port, thermal baths…


An unexpected Moorish palace-castle: the Aljaferia


La Seo cathedral


The Basilica of Our Lady of El Pilar


Also, Zaragoza is among the best cities in Spain for tapas. Recommended bars:

Antigua Casa Paricio at Coso 188. One of the most important bars in Zaragoza. Recs: vermut (sweet vermouth), anchoas (salted anchovies), bolas de bacalao (codfish balls).

Bonanza at Calle Refugio 4. Traditional bizarre bar. Recs: jamón (cured ham), tortilla (Spanish omelet).

Bar Estudios at Calle de los Estudios 14. Traditional bar. Recs: cheese, smoked fish and cold cuts.

Bodegas Almau at Calle de Estebanes 10. Wine-bar. Rec: salmuera (salted anchovie).

Taberna Pedro Saputo at Calle Antonio Agustin 19. Specialized in foie de oca (goose foie) and bolas de acelga (swiss chard balls).

La Republicana at Calle Castor Mendez Nuñez 38. Vintage taberna. Recs: migas (fried bread crumbs) and huevos rotos ('broken' fried eggs).

Casa Amadico at Jordan de Urries 3. Specialized in seafood.

Casa Juanico at Calle de Santa Cruz 19. Specialized in jamon con chorreras (cured ham).

Los Vitorinos at Calle José de la Hera 6. Small wine bar located in an alley. Sophisticated tapas. Closed on mid-day.

Marpy at Plaza de Santa Maria 8. Bullfighting decor. Rec: rabo de toro (oxtail stew).

El Calamar Bravo at Calle Cinco de Marzo 14. The place for a 'bocadillo de calamares' (fried squid roll sandwich).

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3. Re: Train journey from Madrid - Barcelona

Thank you very much for your reply. After reading this and some of the other questions/replies I think I need to book a hotel in Zaragoza.

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For me Zaragoza is a jewel.

Try the "frutas de Aragon", their special chocolates with different flavors.

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5. Re: Train journey from Madrid - Barcelona

The "frutas de Aragon" are candy fruit covered with chocolate.


The "adoquines" (literally, paving stones) are very hard big candies.


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