Image courtesy of the Asociación de Municipios del Camino de Santiago.
AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY: Aragon
DISTANCE TO SANTIAGO: 818 km
Plaza de San Pedro, 11-13
Tel.: [+34] 974 36 00 98
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Hotels & “hostales”
- Restaurants & bars
- Regular service Jaca-Astún
- Regular service Jaca-Pamplona
- Credentials: Church of Santiago
Municipal Pilgrim Hostel
Calle Conde Aznar, s/n
Tel.: [+34] 974 36 08 48
FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS
- Feast of Santa Orosia and San Pedro: June 25th
- Festival of the First Friday of May in Jaca: locals celebrate that, according to legend, in 758, Jaca was about to be conquered by a Muslim army. Local women armed themselves with kitchen utensils in aid of their husbands. In the distance the enemy took them for an army of reinforcement and fled in terror.
The ancient first capital of the kingdom of Aragon is today the capital of the Pyrenees and snow. Jaca is a municipality and a city in the province of Huesca, also the capital of the region of Jacetania in the autonomous community of Aragon.
- The Citadel of Jaca, also known as “Castillo de San Pedro” dates from the 16th-17th century. Military fortification on a pentagonal plan with arrow-shaped bastions on each angle (16th-17th century). It houses the Museum of Military Miniatures and the moat is home to some deer. Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), the complex also holds several exhibition halls.
- Church of Santo Domingo: dating from the 11th century, the church of Santo Domingo was built in Romanesque style over the ruins of an ancient 9th-century temple.
- Cathedral of San Pedro of Jaca: built in the 11th-12th century. One of the most important monuments of Romanesque style in the Iberian Peninsula. The Romanesque cloister of the cathedral holds a museum with valuable Romanesque paintings, stone and wood carvings, etc.
- Monastery of the Holy Cross - Royal Benedictine Monastery: dating from the 16th century, it is also known as “Las Benitas”. It was built next to the city walls and the old 12th-century Romanesque church. 11th-century sarcophagus of Doña Sancha.
- Clock Tower or “Torre del Merino” or Gaol Tower: dating from the 15th century.
- City Hall: Renaissance building built in 1544.
- Hermitage of Sarsa (12th c.): The remains of the hermitage were moved to Jaca from their original location in Villar de Sarsa.
- Fort Rapitán, erected on the mountain of the same name: viewpoint to the river Aragon valley.
- St Michael’s bridge: built in the late Middle Ages over the river Aragón.
Track Jaca - Arrés
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
- San Juan de la Peña: Natural and monumental complex. This Romanesque masterpiece consists of the old monastery and the new monastery; the former was founded in 920 and the latter in 1675. To get there we take a detour of about 8.5 km (A-1603) from Santa Cruz de la Serós, and go past the viewpoint of the same name.
- Santa Cruz de la Serós: Romanesque churches of Santa María and San Caprasio. Popular stone architecture with its “scare-witch” chimneys.