What to Do on a Rainy Day in Zaragoza

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If you find yourself in the Aragonese capital of Zaragoza in the rain, then don’t worry as there are plenty of places you can visit to stay dry. From fortresses and museums to eating in legendary restaurants, here’s what to do on a rainy day in Zaragoza.

1. Tour the Aljafería Palace

Going on a tour of the magnificent Aljafería Palace is one of the top things to do in Zaragoza, whether in rain or shine. A huge castle-like fortress from the outside and an ornate Islamic-style palace from the inside, it’s one of the best places to see Mudéjar architecture outside of Andalusia. Built in the 11th century, it is now the seat of Aragon’s parliament and can be visited on a tour.

Calle de los Diputados, Zaragoza, Spain +34 976 28 96 83

Aljafería Palace, Zaragoza | ©GFreihalter / Wikimedia Commons

2. Admire the artwork at the Goya Museum

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Hide out from the wet and drizzle at the Goya Museum – the best place dedicated to the artist Francisco de Goya in Spain. Goya was in fact born not far from Zaragoza, in the town of Fuendetodos, and his museum houses 15 of his most important works.

3. Stop for churros at the Gran Café de Zaragoza

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Gran Cafe Zaragoza
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A perfect place to escape the rain is the Gran Cafe de Zaragoza – a historic city cafe, which is housed in a beautiful old jewellery boutique. It’s a beautiful place decorated in gold, coffered ceilings and elegant pillars. Their tasty cakes, coffees and excellent churros with hot chocolate are sure to cheer you up.

Calle de Alfonso I, 25, Zaragoza, Spain +34 976 29 08 82

Gran Cafe Zaragoza | © AdriPozuelo / Wikimedia Commons

4. Dine at one of the oldest restaurants in Spain

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What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than by dining at one of the oldest restaurants in the country? Casa Lac was opened in 1825 by the chefs of French noblemen escaping after the French revolution. On the ground floor was a pastry shop and on the first floor an elegant restaurant. Today, the restaurant is run by chef Ricardo Gil and serves tapas, rations and main meals, using ingredients from its own garden.

Calle Mártires, 12, Zaragoza, Spain +34 976 39 61 96

Casa Lac, Zaragoza | © SimónK / Wikimedia Commons

5. Learn all about the history of the city at the Museo de Zaragoza

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Museo de Zaragoza, Spain
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You can spend hours staying dry and out of the rain in the fascinating Museo de Zaragoza, following the city’s history, all the way from prehistoric times until the 20th century. It’s split into various sections such as antiquities and fine arts, and ceramics and ethnology.

Plaza los Sitios, 6, Zaragoza, Spain +34 976 22 21 81

Museo de Zaragoza, Spain | © Escarlati / Wikimedia Commons

6. Hide out in the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

The grand Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar is a great place to escape the rain for a while. This Basílica attracts thousands of pilgrims every year, and is one of the most important churches dedicated the Virgin Mary in the world. A mix of Baroque, Gothic and Mudejar styles, it’s filled with frescoes by the artist Francisco de Goya, which you can admire.

Plaza del Pilar, Zaragoza, Spain +34 976 39 74 97

Zaragoza, Spain | © Jiuguang Wang / WikiCommons

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