Zaragoza is a city and municipality in Spain, capital of the Zaragoza region, the homonymous province and the autonomous community of Aragon.
It is located on the banks of the rivers Ebro, Huerva and Gállego and the Canal Imperial de Aragón, in the centre of a wide valley. Its privileged geographical location makes it an important logistics and communications hub; it is located about 300 km from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Toulouse. Part of its municipal district is occupied by the Natural Reserve managed by the Sotos and Galachos del Ebro.
The city boasts the titles of Very Noble, Very Loyal, Very Heroic, Very Charitable, Ever Heroic and Immortal, granted mostly after its resistance to the Napoleonic army in the Sites of Zaragoza during the War of Independence. All these titles are reflected in their coat of arms, through the initials of each of them. It celebrates its main festival in honour of the Virgen del Pilar on October 12th. The patron saint of the city is San Valero (29 January). Between 14 June and 14 September 2008, the bicentennial year of the Zaragoza Sites and the centenary of the Hispano-French exhibition of 1908, Zaragoza hosted the international Expo Zaragoza 2008 exhibition dedicated to water and sustainable development. In 2010, Zaragoza was the fifth Spanish city with the most tourism, and the city of Zaragoza is the headquarters of the United Nations Secretariat for the 2005-2015 Water Decade.