Zaragoza is rated one of Spain’s most desirable places to live thanks to its air quality, cost of living and population density. The rating system does not however take into account its suitability for people getting married in Spain. An oversight surely!

Situated in the region of Aragon and straddling the river Ebro this former capital of Spain can boast impressive examples of practically every type of architecture ever conceived in Europe. The Moorish Aljaferia (jewel treasury) shares ground with a Roman forum and thermal baths. Gothic churches rub shoulders with neo-classical pillars and still there is space left over for Art Nouveau buildings.

This provincial city also has more than its fair share of romantic walks. For the wedding couple there are a maze of back streets to explore and the medieval Puente de Piedra that spans the Ebro. You and your fiancée might also take the opportunity to view some of Goya’s fine works at the Museo Carmen Aznar or even, while the last minute arrangements are being made for the wedding reception, take a trip out to the maestro painter’s birthplace Fuentetodos.

Goya is everywhere in Zaragoza. Fresco’s in the baroque Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, affectionately known as La Pilirica are attributed to the young Goya. The basilica is home to the patron saint Virgen del Pilar. If you choose to get married in Zaragoza in October you will have a chance to witness festivities honouring the virgin including street concerts, bullfighting and traditional Jota dancing. They will add unforgettable colour to your own big occasion.

If you plan a winter wedding in Spain the resorts in the nearby Pyrenees can offer wonderful facilities for skiing honeymooners.

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