Resting along the banks of the Ebro River in eastern Spain, the ancient city of Zaragoza continues to be the centre for commerce and culture. The city was the site where St. James saw the first recorded apparition of the Virgin Mary, making its religious significance unprecedented. Over 2,000 years of history is evident in the architecture of the historic arcades and the scattered Roman ruins. Just a few Euros a day will afford you the opportunity to access all of the monuments and museums, in addition to tapas and drinks at local restaurants. Book your car hire in Zaragoza and discover the rich culture and extending history of the influential Spanish city.
Of all the things for which Zaragoza is known, the Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar has to be the most profound. Shortly after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, St. James was in Zaragoza on a mission of which turned out to be unsuccessful. Disheartened, the saint walked the edge of the River Ebro to pray. It was there that he saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary who bestowed upon him a wood carving of herself atop a jasper pillar, she then instructed him to build a church in her honour. He did so and throughout the 1st, 10th 15th and 17th centuries the cathedral formed into the remarkable building it is today. The Baroque style building also bears features that are Romanesque and Gothic, giving it a unique appearance. Comprised of 8 chapels, the church dominates the skyline, visible from miles around. The interior is adorned with countless intricate carvings of biblical scenes among high vaulted ceiling. Such beauty cannot be described by words alone, book your car hire in Zaragoza and see for yourself.
It's just a short drive down Highway A-23 in your car hire to the Sierra y Canones de Guara Nature Park. 47,450 hectares of jagged mountainous terrain stretches from the small village of Huesca, north to the rolling foothills of the French Pyrenees. Four rivers traverse through the crags, providing the perfect location for hiking, biking, fishing or even canyoning (an extreme sport that involves leaping from and climbing up large gorges and canyons). Trekking up the tallest mountain, Tozal de Guara (reaching over 3,000 meters), proves to be a daunting task and is not for the faint of heart. As you discover the park on foot, you will find many rock dwelling birds and unique vegetation. Whether it's an overnight adventure or a short day trip with the family, the Sierra y Canones de Guara Nature Park offers endless opportunities to see the natural side of Spain.
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