In a week’s time in Zaragoza, visitors and locals may be able to relax after a ‘ruff’ day of work or tourism by taking the time to visit Aradog Agilitiy and Frisbee’s obedience, Frisbee and agility exhibition at the Verdecora Zaragoza garden centre. The complimentary event aims to promote the canine training company in its goal to exercise the minds and bodies of dogs and their owners, celebrating the close link between the species and offering the opportunity for group interaction and leisure between dog owners and their pets. Aradog Agility and Frisbee is a profit-free organisation which sets out to create a family friendly atmosphere in which the bond between people and their dogs may be maximised and praised, and runs several events throughout the year to these ends.
One of the main attractions for tourists to go to Zaragoza when visiting or travelling across Spain may be its convenient location between Madrid and Barcelona; however it stands as a travel opportunity in itself. The Aragonese history of the city spans over 2,000 years, with its foundations influenced by nations and practices such as the Roman, Jewish, Moorish and Christian occupation, and each culture left its unique mark on the city’s streets. An example of the diverse history of the cities architecture may be the Palacio de la Aljafería, an 11th century Arab palace in the heart of the city, whose halls frame the picturesque courtyard and the open air. Throughout the Mediterranean, high ceiling rooms are also a variety of historic articles varying from books and clothes to weapons and kitchenware, as well as eloquently documented descriptions and details of each item.
Other examples of the architectural miscellany may be the 17th century Baroque Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica or the 16th century renaissance Santa Engracia church, whose 4th century paleo Christian tombs have been recently restored. However, Zaragoza’s historical architecture and construction are far from redundant, as now many have been converted for commercial use whilst retaining many of their original features and integrity. One such example of this utilisation may be the Lonja de Zaragoza, a renaissance 16th century marketplace, which is now used as an exhibition room by the Zaragoza City Council.
Also available to entertain guests are various cultural structures and organisations, such as the Aragonese Institute of Art and Contemporary Culture, which through 140 works, celebrates the life and art of Pablo Serrano, as well as a set of works by Juana Francés, Serrano’s wife. If organic matter is more to the taste of tourists, the Acuario de Zaragoza is the largest river aquarium in Europe, housing species from the five most prevalent rivers on Earth – the Nile, the Amazon, the Mekong, the Darling Murray and the Ebro. As well as hosting a variety of fish and entirely underwater species, the aquarium is also home to mammalian and amphibious creatures, offering to educate families of the dense and in depth nature of these rivers as natural habitats through dynamic and varied exhibits and activities.
Whilst it is evident there is seemingly boundless historical, architectural and cultural value in Zaragoza, there may also be many modern and contemporary attractions to the city beyond its beneficial location. With the apparent increase of domestic events such as the dog exhibition in addition to family oriented attractions of various calibers, Zaragoza may be the ideal location for the backpacker or those travelling as a family.
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