Explore Chocolate City: Zaragoza Spain

I took a coach from Barcelona to Zaragoza, because it was the most affordable and convenient way. And because I love traveling by coach. It is 4 hours, from coastal Catalonia through the great plains of Spain to Chocolate City.

On the way you will cross the Greenwich meridian, but without changing time zones. You will see Europe’s Wild West. I honestly was waiting for the tumble weeds! The likes of this I had only ever seen in the Southwest of the US before.

There are abandoned rural villages along the road, Cardiel for example, which lies on a hill about an hour outside of Zaragoza. All that is left are the ruins if a church and a few stone houses around it.

Siesta time in Zaragoza

When I first arrived in Zaragoza on Saturday around 3 in the afternoon I hardly saw any people at all. All the shops were closed. Nobody on the streets. I am not used to that from Barcelona. But here, they take their siesta seriously. Then, at 8pm I had no words to describe the MASSES of people on the streets and squares, all locals, young and old. It turned into a city full of life at night.

Chocolate City

Yes, Zaragoza has a lot of churches and museums, and yes, some of them I highly recommend seeing. What sets it apart from all the other Spanish cities I have seen so far though, is its affinity to chocolate. And this what I want to tell you about, with my own suggestion for a self guided chocolate tour.

Place España and Palacio de Sástago

To see a lot of the city and still get all your chocolaterias in, I suggest you start at Placa España. There is a tourist office at the corner where you can buy the Chocolate Pass for 9 Euros. It is only two doors away from Bombonera Oro on Coso, 48. While you are on Coso, peak into the Palacio de Sástago, to see the courtyard and feel royal for a moment.

Calle de Alfonso

Turn right: You will want to walk down Alfonso street for the view of the cathedral. On the way, you can stop at Montal Alimentación on Torrenueva street just off Alfonso (unless you come on Sundays), which is located in a well preserved historic building and has one of those oldtimey storefronts, that many of the chocolaterias have here.

Calle de Alfonso, Zaragoza
Calle de Alfonso, Zaragoza

On the other side of Alfonso street you’ll Plaça Sas with all the cafés and outdoor seating areas. With your pass you can get a cup of chocolate with churros at Chocolateria Valor at the corner of the square. Enjoy a few minutes of rest here before you continue your walk towards the cathedral.

Plaza del Pilar, Cathedral, Puente de Piedra

Once you reach Plaza del Pilar you’ll have to decide which view of the cathedral you prefer: go up in the tower and see it from above. Or go left towards the tourist office and climb the stairs to the 5th floor of its tower to see the river and cathedral from the side.

Or, pass the cathedral on the right to cross the streets towards the stone bridge, Puente de Piedra. This is what I recommend you do anyway just before sunset, so you can get the best view Zaragoza has to offer, right from the bridge, across the Ebro river, looking towards the well lit cathedral.

Basilica del Pilar
Basilica del Pilar

Mercado Central Market

If you chose to turn left, towards the tourist office, you can then walk up Avinguda César Augusto, past the old market to get your treats from Tupinamba and Horno san Valero.

La Seo and Goya Museum

Otherwise, turn right and see La Seo cathedral, from the inside and outside! You will not be able to miss the signs pointing you towards the Goya museum in that area. It is located just one block away from Don Jaume I street, and surely worth it if you like paintings. Personally, apart from the religious themes, I found most of his art too gruesome and dark, but if you can handle that then it’s worth a visit. They have audio guides in different languages.

La Seo Cathedral
La Seo Cathedral

Don Jaime I and Fantoba Chocolateria

Back on Don Jaime I, you will find many places that give you chocolate, like Fantoba Hermanos S.L., Capricho Taller de Chocolate, Tupinamba and la Alacena de Aragón. I highly recommend you put Fantoba on your list. According to the ladies behind the counter, it is the most historic chocolateria in Zaragoza and it sure looks quirky. At the end of the street you will find yourself at Plaça España again, where you started your tour.

In case you have more time to explore I recommend you take some of the sides streets off of Alfonso street. Not only, because the cakes at Pastelería Lalmolda on Méndez Nuñez street are amazing, but also because these streets are filled with cute little bars and street art.

If all the walking made you hungry, check out Ellie’s guide to places to eat in Zaragoza.

Museum of Contemporary Art Zaragoza
Museum of Contemporary Art Zaragoza

On the second day of my visit, on the way back to the bus station, I added two more attractions. Firstly, the Museum of Contemporary Art, because I heard the view from the top was stunning. And secondly, even closer to the station the Palacio de la Aljaferia. Whatever you do, you have to see this. It is one of the 7 World Heritage Sites in Zaragoza. And it is free on Sundays, so you really have no excuse. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

arches in Aljaferia Palace
arches in Aljaferia Palace
courtyard at Aljaferia Palace
courtyard at Aljaferia Palace

Hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you ever make it to Zaragoza and how you like it! I am also curious if you know of any other Spanish towns famous for a certain food or drink, that I still need to explore 😉 comment below and don’t forget to subscribe for more travel stories!

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20 thoughts on “Explore Chocolate City: Zaragoza Spain

  1. I love the idea of planning a visit to a certain town in Spain to celebrate the food that it’s known for – thanks so much for sharing! I would love to go on a self-guided tour here. As a self-proclaimed chocolate addict, I think I would get on pretty well!

    1. Zaragoza makes it so easy to combine food and sightseeing. And who knew they made chocolate? Usually Spain is all about Tapas, Paella and wine. I was thrilled when I found out about their long history with chocolate 🙂

  2. I stopped off here for a quick lunch when I road tripped from Barcelona to Bilboa—I so wish I had stayed for longer! I had no idea Zaragoza had so much to offer. The cathedral and palace are both absolutely stunning, more in the style of what I saw in Andalusia. I’m itching to go back to Spain now!

  3. Oh YES! A chocolate tour, I absolutely love it 🙂 never heard of this place before, even though I’ve been to Spain many times. Thanks for putting it on my radar, it makes me craving chocolate already!

  4. Yes to a chocolate tour!!! I love your photos of Spain. Travel envy! Been wanting to visit Spain for so long. I was only planning on visiting Barcelona but Zaragoza looks so like such a chill place.

    1. Thank you! I am based in Barcelona at the moment, so you’ll find a lot of content from around here on my blog. There are a definitely a few places I highly recommend outside of Barcelona and Zaragoza is one of them!

  5. You have got some really beautiful pictures of Zaragoza. I had a short trip there, but couldnt visit all the places. Looking forward to visiting Zaragoza again and touring all these places.

  6. Spain is on top of our bucket list. Hope to visit sometime soon. I’d love to visit Zaragoza when in Spain. My daughter is a real chocolate addict and she’d be jumping in joy hearing about the chocolate tour. Lovely pics 😍

  7. Spain is still a bucket list country for me and now with the word Chocolate, you have convinced me that I need to visit Zaragoza when I go to Spain 🙂

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