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, the Hoz 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.
Where to eat in Sangüesa?
In Sangüesa you can try a wide variety of different local products and quality recipes. Among the most popular dishes of the region we must mention the menestras and the pochas, which are served with vegetables or game meats. Some of the most popular restaurants and best rated by visitors are:
Beti Jai Restaurant
A place famous for its local cuisine where seasonal products have a special place. It offers an a la carte service and also many different menus for every day, weekends and for special occasions.
This hotel has a restaurant that has become one of the most popular dining options in Sangüesa. Its cuisine is based on meat, fish and vegetables from the fertile orchards of Navarre. It has large dining rooms where it is possible to organize banquets for weddings, communions and other special occasions.
It offers several menus based on a well-prepared home cooking, which specializes in the purest tradition of Navarre.
It is considered by its visitors as an excellent place to have a few beers or a drink with tapas and enjoy a great dinner.
Bar Restaurant Labrit
Here you can have a wine and enjoy spectacular dishes with a first class service. Many of their visitors praise their fried foods, commenting that besides being tasty they are very affordable.
Where to sleep in Sangüesa?
You will be surprised by the number of excellent places to rest that you will find in Sangüesa. Among the highest quality services we find:
This place offers you a modern, comfortable and pleasant space with WIFI service and private bathroom. Also, you will be able to enjoy delicious typical dishes in its restaurant.
This medieval boutique hotel has very elegant rooms, period decor and includes a delicious breakfast.
Hotel Nobles de Navarra
Enjoy an excellent room in this medieval style stone building. This place includes restaurant and bar.
This hotel is described as simple and refined. It has a restaurant and individually decorated rooms.
In general it is easy to stay in Sangüesa, as there are many hostels for pilgrims, where you will be kindly attended.
How to get to Sangüesa?
To reach this place from Pamplona you must take the AP-15 towards Imarcoain until exit 82, which goes to Noain, Sangüesa and Huesca and connects with the A-21. Then you must continue along the motorway until you take the exit and then the NA-127 towards Sangüesa. You can take a taxi, bus or go in your own car.
If you are a pilgrim on the Aragonese Way you can reach this beautiful village from Artieda and then travel in the direction of Monreal.