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Zaragoza trip: Las fiestas del Pilar

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“Zaragoza trip”


Las Fiestas del Pilar

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TO ENJOY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS PARTIES OF SPAIN:
LAS FIESTAS DEL PILAR!

It’s a big party on the streets, with thousends of visitorsactivities all day longmusic on the streets, and we can drink and dance until late in the night before coming back to Valencia.

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But International VIP Valencia will do much more than taking you to the party, we will also show you the city, you will know all its nice corners and know all its history (it was a very important city since Roman times)

 We will take a coach from Valencia and visit the most important and symbolic places with a local guide who will tell us  the secrets of the city and its monuments. We will also have some time to wander around the streets, try the delicious cuisine (you have to try the lamb or the chicken!) and to buy some souvenirs. 

The history of Zaragoza dates back over 2,000 years and still has many traces of the past. Inhabited since the bronze age, it has Iberian origins dating from the third century and throughout the centuries it has been home to Romans, Muslims, and almost all civilisations that have occupied the Iberian Peninsula. 
It was the capital during the Aragon reign (which upon joining the Kingdom of Castille gave rise to the current Spain) and the headquarters where they crowned all of the kings of Aragón for hundreds of years.

Today Zaragoza is the fifth most populated city in Spain and it joins modernity, tradition and history with elegance and pride. It is situated along the river Ebro, the largest river in Spain whos beauty reflects the beauty of the two cathedrals (the Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, and the Seo o Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza) and the city. It’s group of Moorish monuments consists of the Patrimonio de la Humanidad, the impressive basilica of Pilar home to one of our most famous and well known painters: Goya and the Plaza de la Hispanidad is a place immortalized through pictures. It will be a very special day!

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A professional guide will give us a complete tour of the city, will tell us all of its history and will show us the main monuments.

You will be impressed by the Basílica del Pilar nestled in the gigantic and wonderul square with the same name. It’s enormous and elegant but at the same time light and delicate. Its eleven domes and four bell towers make it seem even larger. It’s Baroque style and the Marian shrine (dedicated to the virgin Mary) is the oldest in Spain and possibly in the world. Inside you can see paintings from none other than Goya, as many from his early days as his more mature work. The basilica is dedicated to the Virgin of Pilar, who is the patron of Spain. In fact, the 12th October is the día de la Hispanidad (Columbus day in America) and we dedicate this same day to the Virgin of Pilar. Make a note of this day in your diary because there are celebrations throughout Spain and no classes! The tradition is that the Virgin (when she was still alive) was presented to the apostle James who was preaching in these lands. The Virgin, next to a column (a pillar) asked him to build a church in the same place.

The first dates of this church are from the fourth century. Today it is home to this pillar and near it you will find a statue of the Virgin and which is shockingly only 38cm! It’s cloak covers almost the whole pillar. It’s tradition in Spain for parents to bring their children to Zaragoza, to the basilica, to walk below the cape of the Virgin to protect them. This basilica is a symbol of Spain. Almost all Spanish people have been the children that visit Zaragoza and walk under the cloak of the Virgin. And it’s free entry! Although you will see many tourists taking photos with their phones, you’re technically not allowed to photograph the inside of the basilica, which supposedly protects the Goya paintings from the damage of camera flashes. In times of mass, the basilica asks for respect for worship and silence.

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During the walking tour we will see many Mudejar monuments which are sure to impress because some are World Heritage sites. Mudejar art is a medieval architectural style that comes from the coexistence of Muslims and Christians in the Iberian Peninsula, so it’s likely that this is the first time you will have seen it. You will be amazed for example by the Palace of Aljafería, built in the eleventh century by the Muslims, and passed over to the Christians in the twelfth century when it was completed with this Mudejar style and housed the majestic throne room of the kings of the Crown of Aragon. Nowadays this palace is the headquarters of the Aragón government. Some other mudéjar buildings are the Catedral del Salvador, (la Seo) which harmoniously combines the gothic and Mudejar style, and the Casa y el Arco del Deán, the Zuda tower and much more…

It is the city that borders the wide river Ebro. The rivers in Spain are not usually very big, so we are always impressed by the width and majesticity of this river. There are various bridges crossing the river such as the Puente de Piedra from the fifteenth century with seven beautiful arches and the current and modern Puente del Tercer Milenio which leads to the most fururistic part of the city.

Throughout the day we will enjoy the famous Aragón cuisine. If you like trying new dishes you will have the opportunity to try the ham from the nearby Teruel, and a huge number of different tapas dishes that we don’t have in Valencia, such as las migas (made using leftover bread with spices and meat), el ternasco (the best cuts of lamb from a local breed of Aragón), and el chilindrón (a rich tomato and pepper sauce on chicken). The pork dishes such as the cold meats or pork loin are typical of the area but if you don’t like meat then you can try bacalao a la baturra or bacalao al ajoarriero, two cod dishes which are also typical of the area and delicious! The wine sold here is only available in Zaragoza so it’s a good idea to get some as a souvenir, either a Cariñena or a Somontano.

You will also have some free time to wander around (it’s worth having a look around the old town) and to do some shopping before getting back on the bus to Valencia. What are the typical souvenirs that people buy when they visit Zaragoza? For Catholics, necklaces and pendants with the Virgin of Pilar. And for those with a sweet tooth, los adoquines which are giant caramels, some of which weigh 500g and they are wrapped in packets with the Virgin of Pilar on and on the inside you can read the verse of a typical Aragon song, for example:

When you hear this verse
and you are far away from Aragon
it is a dart that penetrates
sweetly in your hear.


Travel with “International VIP”, more than five years creating unforgettable memories!

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Time and place of depart:
Saturday 05/10/19 at 10:00h 

International VIP Valencia: C/ Actriz Encarna Mañez #3

Time and place of return:
Sunday 06/10/19 at 01:30h from Zaragoza

International VIP Valencia: C/ Actriz Encarna Mañez #3

The return schedule may be subject to possible variations dependent on external factors such as traffic on highways, shipping, etc… 

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->INCLUDES<-

√ Private Bus from Valencia to Zaragoza
√ Official tourist guide to Zaragoza City.
√ Free time to visit the city at your leisure.
√ Free time party
√ Photography
√ International VIP Coordination
√ Private Bus from Zaragoza to Valencia

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->SPECIAL PRICE<-

★Individual price: 41€★

With the card of International VIP Valencia
*Only students.

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->PRICES<-

★Group price 10 people: 42€ for each one★
★Group price 5 people: 43€ for each one★
★Group price 3 people: 44€ for each one★
★Individual price: 45€★

Group prices are only applied in the office. Only cash.

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Information:

1) The weather in Zaragoza is less warm than in Valencia, do not forget to bring a jacket.
2) It is advisable to bring a portable charger for the mobile.
3) It is allowed to bring water and food. Also alcoholic beverages but in plastic bottles.

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:::: POINT OF SALE ::::
International VIP Valencia office
C/ Actriz Encarna Mañez #3 (Plaza del Cedro)
WhatsApp info: +34 633 651 124
*Google Maps: https://her.is/2oS18qg

:::SCHEDULE 2019:::

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: from 18:00h to 22:00h
Wednesday: from 18:00h to 22:00h
Thursday: 
from 18:00h to 22:00h
Friday:
 from 18:00h to 22:00h

Saturday: from 18:00h to 20:00h (Special schedule, confirm opening by WhatsApp)

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:::: ONLINE SALE ::::
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Go to the shopping cart

Before boarding the bus you can show the payment receipt in the phone.
You can pay by credit card, debit card and PayPal.

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