The town of Sangüesa is located in the middle of the Region of Aragon, on the banks of the river Aragon, 44 kilometres from Pamplona. Of this place we must emphasize its medieval historical-artistic heritage, which you can not miss during your stay in Santiago de Compostela.
In the Middle Ages, Sangüesa experienced a period of popularity and splendour, largely due to the fact that it was an important place for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The wonderful streets of this city will take you back in time, you will be able to visit many medieval religious and civil buildings and appreciate the beautiful architecture and magnificence of palaces, churches, sanctuaries, monasteries and more.
In this article we bring you a compilation of the main things you can do, where you can eat, where you can sleep and how to get to Sangüesa in order to make your plans and tour easier. Keep reading this article and continue to enjoy the best adventure of your life as you travel this magical path.
What to see and do in Sangüesa?
Many say that walking around Sangüesa is like travelling back in time. One of the main reasons is its medieval centre, which has not changed over the centuries. When you visit this mythical place you should take some time to wander around and appreciate its beautiful buildings and landscapes, and stop from time to time in one of its many charming bars and restaurants.
You can also visit a number ofchurches and mansions, as well as a medieval hospital and a royal palace. One of the most recommended visits is the church of Santa María Real, which was built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style and contains many excellent examples of Romanesque art. Admire its beautiful arched door full of biblical and mythological figures.
Another impressive church of Romanesque construction is the church of Santiago, but if you prefer the Gothic style you can also appreciate the church of San Francisco.
For its part, the town hall is located in a thirteenth century palace, the Palacio de Viana, in this spectacular enclosure lived the kings of Navarre. It has a Gothic and a Baroque façade. You should also take the time to visit the Vallesantoro Palace, which can be described as an impressive mansion with a splendid carved door.
In Sangüesa you will not only enjoy the art and history in the streets, but you can also enjoy beautiful works of nature. For example, just to the north there is a wonderful gorge, theHoz de Arbayun, where colonies of vultures live. Plus, we assure you that it’s worth exploring the surroundings of this historic place, as just a few kilometres away you will find monuments such as the Castle of Javier and the Monastery of San Salvador de Leire, together with impressive landscapes such as the gorges of Lumbier and Arbayún, and the valleys of Roncal and Salazar.