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Sangüesa
A border post on the Pilgrim's Way and a hospitable and monumental town, Sangüesa is a mixture of the mountains and the plains, a place to see and experience.

Located 44 kilometres from Pamplona and with a population of just over 5,000, the most important town in medieval Navarre is well known thanks to the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela and its architectural treasures, particularly the facade of the church of Santa María, a superb example of Romanesque architecture that has been declared a National Monument.

Its interesting civil buildings, churches and convents evoke epochs of splendour and reveal a town that is very closely linked to its traditions. On January 6th every year the Auto Sacramental de los Reyes Magos (allegorical religious play about the Three Wise Men) takes place, one of the five that has been conserved in Spain.

Stroll through the old streets of Sangüesa and stop to take a look at every one of its splendid buildings; take part in its medieval traditions and try its famous pochas (succulent white beans).

In a land of transition between the first peaks of the Pyrenees and the plains along the river Ebro, Sangüesa stands on the banks of the river Aragón on slightly raised ground in the eastern part of the Central Zone of Navarre, 44 kilometres from Pamplona.

The primitive city stood on a rocky outcrop, the present Rocaforte, which served as a frontier post against Muslim invasions. However, it was the Pilgrim's Way to Compostela that led to the birth of Sangüesa la Nueva on the plain below in the 12th century.

The town became an important stopover on the Pilgrim's Way on the route from the Somport pass in the Pyrenees. Sangüesa's prosperity and activity attracted merchants, pilgrims and artists to the town in the Middle Ages, and proof of this splendour is its rich artistic and historical heritage.

Enter Sangüesa by crossing the metal bridge over the river Aragón. Immediately after, on the left, you will come across the greatest treasure of the town, one of the best exponents of Romanesque architecture in the world: the church of Santa María la Real. Its facade, which depicts the Day of Judgement, also has scenes from the Old and New Testaments, monstrous animals, legends and figures from different levels of medieval society. The church, declared a National Monument in 1889, was built between the 12th and 15th centuries.

A stroll through the old quarter reveals the monumental nature of the town through such beautiful examples (all in the calle Mayor) as the family noble houses of Añués (15th century), Iñiguez-Abarca (18th), the Town Hall (1570) -which has a beautiful gallery of porches- and the houses of the París Iñiguez Abarca and Sebastian families.

Calle Alfonso el Batallador, which starts in calle Mayor, takes you to the Palacio Vallesantoro, currently the town's Casa de Culture (cultural centre), crowned by one of the most spectacular wooden eaves in Navarre; and then on to the church of San Salvador (14th C.), the house of the Iñiguez-Medrano family with its Baroque entrance; and to the convent of the Carmelites (15th C.) with its 13th-century cloister.

There are also other artistic treasures to be seen, such as the church of Santiago (Romanesque and Gothic), the convent of San Francis of Assisi (XIII) or the Fortified palace of the Prince of Viana, which evokes the era in which Sangüesa was the seat of the Court of the Monarchs of Navarre. If you have time, the Romanesque church of San Adrián de Vadoluengo is also worth a visit, 1.5 kilometres away on the road to Sos del Rey Católico.

The town also has pleasant spots to walk around, such as "Entrambasaguas" (literally, "between two waters"), where the rivers Irati and Aragón converge.

Sangüesa is also a land of traditions. The patron saint's day festivities take place from September 11th to 17th, with a livestock fair and bull runs through the streets. On January 6th the Auto Sacramental (allegorical religious play) of the Misterio de los Reyes(Mystery of the Three Wise Men) re-enacts the arrival of the Magi to worship the Child. Dozens of local people take part in the play, one of the five events of its kind that are conserved in Spain.

Every summer (in August) Sangüesa is home to concerts and activities of the Cultur programme.

The town is also a good example of traditional Navarrese cuisine, particularly for its pochas (succulent white beans) and confectionery such as the huesos de Santo ("saint's bones") or virutas de San José ("St. Joseph's chips").

The area is also ideal for sports in contact with Nature such as parapenting, hang gliding, horse riding and canoeing.
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Location

Wifi zone: en la Biblioteca pública (948871417) y en la Casa de Cultura (948870251)

Outstanding events

Site of cultural Interest Festival of Regional:

. The Mistery of the three kings (6th of january).

Guided visit

Description: por el conjunto monumental de Sangüesa.

Price of the visit: consultar.

Service provider: Gesartur (622 305052) y  Sangüesa Tour (620 110581).

Opening hours - Primavera:

  • Gesartur: domingos de junio, a las 12:00. Punto de encuentro, ayuntamiento. Otros horarios, concertar con antelación.
  • Sangüesa Tour: concertar con antelación.

Services

  • Accommodation
  • Bank
  • Cashpoint
  • Child-park
  • Cinema
  • Fronton
  • Guided visits
  • Health centre
  • Internet
  • Medical centre
  • Outdoor sports area
  • Petrol station
  • Pharmacy
  • Picnic spot
  • Pub
  • Restaurant / coffee-houses
  • Spa
  • Sports centre
  • Supermarket / shop
  • Swimming area
  • Swimming-pool
  • Theatre
  • Tourist Office

Observations

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Observations

El mercado semanal se celebra los viernes.

How to get there and move around

salir de Pamplona por la AP-15 dirección Imarcoain hasta la salida 82 hacia Noain/Sangüesa/Huesca que enlaza con la A-21. Continuar por la autovía hasta tomar la salida "Sangüesa/Liédena". En la rotonda de Liédena tomar la NA-127 dirección Sangüesa.

Opening hours, dates and guide prices. We recommend you confirm with the entity in question.

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