The chocolate-making tradition started in Zaragoza in the 16th century. Chocolate or “The food of Gods” according to the Aztec mythology, appears for the first time referred in our culture in a letter of Hernán Cortés (October, 30th 1520).
The history tells us that a monk of the Cistercian Order, who accompanied Hernán Cortés to Mexico, Fray Jerónimo de Aguilar, sent the first cocoa with the recipe for the chocolate to the Abbot of the Monasterio de Piedra, Don Antonio de Álvaro.
The monks of this monastery were the first to taste this delicacy in 1.531, for the first time in Europe. This explains the great chocolate tradition of the Cistercian Order. Monasterio de Piedra (Nuévalos – Zaragoza) is one of the most special places to enjoy it. Since the 16th century and over the centuries it has taken root, as evidenced by the numerous chocolate shops, cake shops and companies that exist in the city, some of which were founded in the 19th century and are still up and running.
Zaragoza Turismo is the official tourist board that works to promote the city as an international destination.
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Among the charms which give character to this city, is the gastronomy combining tradition and innovation.
Concerning the chocolate tradition of the city, Zaragoza Turismo offers some tourist services:
The Chocopass is the sweetest way to discover Zaragoza. This voucher entitles the holder to enjoy 5 specialities from their choice of 21 partner establishments, as well as the sampler offered at Piedra Monastery. A true chocolate experience!
With this tour you can get acquainted with the sweeter side of Zaragoza. Learn about the history of chocolate by visiting some of the most iconic chocolate establishments and sampling it in all of its forms: liquid, solid, hot, ice cream…
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