Situated 44 kilometres from Pamplona, Sangüesa is known for the Way of St James and one of its architectural jewels: the doorway of the Church of Santa María, Romanesque architecture at its finest and a Spanish National Monument. The church, declared a national monument in 1889, was built between the 12th and 14th centuries.
Strolling through the old streets of the town, you can admire interesting civil buildings, churches and convents which take you back to times of splendour. In Calle Mayor, you will find the palaces of Añués (15th century), Iñiguez-Abarca (18th century), the Town Hall (1570) with its arcade and the houses of Paris Iñiguez Abarca and the Sebastianes.
On the way you can appreciate other architectural gems like the Church of Santiago, the Convent of San Francisco de Asís and the Palace of the Prince of Viana.
Near Sangüesa, there are plenty of villages and spots you just have to visit: Javier castle, Monastery of Leyre, the Lumbier and Arbayún gorges and picturesque villages like Sos del Rey Católico, Gallipienzo, Cáseda and Aibar.
Discover every corner of the Sangüesa region and the surrounding area
In border country and sitting on the pilgrims’ route, hospitable and monumental, Sangüesa lies on the boundary between mountains to the north and plains to the south, a town to see and experience. Interesting civil buildings, churches and convents evoke times of splendour and justify the well-deserved epithet of Monumental City.
In Central Navarre, just 8 km from Sangüesa, stands a mediaeval fortress built on top of solid rock. Its crenelated towers frame the sky, adding to its mediaeval charm. Birthplace of Saint Francis Xavier.
Sos can boast of being one of the finest mediaeval villages in Aragón. It has been declared a Historical-Artistic Site. At the top of the village stands the keep of its 12th century castle.
The Lumbier gorge is a deep, narrow chasm, just over a kilometre long and with a maximum height of 120 m, through which the Irati river flows. A Nature Reserve where you can enjoy an impressive landscape and see varied vegetation and griffon vultures.
WHAT TO DO
A long list of cultural events are held in the area around Sangüesa which you should not miss.
For a fortnight, the best dramatic works of all time, by playwrights such as Shakespeare, Moliere, Calderón de la Barca and Tirso de Molina, come back to life against the backdrop of the walls of the beautiful Royal Palace. The festival has two open-air stages, one of them in La Cava.
From 11 to 15 August, the Pyrenean village of Jaurrieta in the Salazar valley celebrates its patron saint festivities. The 15th is the big day in honour of the Virgen Blanca. The locals take their Virgin on a pilgrimage to her chapel. After the ceremony, a ‘hamarretako’ (mid-morning meal) is shared out.
Central Navarre is a delight to the senses. You can hear it, feel it and see it, and all thanks to events like this. Just before the Sanmiguelada, when thousands of sheep enter Bardenas Reales, Carcastillo gets the celebrations under way with the activities held on this festive day. Bike rides, contests, etc.
An ideal area for hiking and cycling. Sangüesa is wonderfully located in an area where you can do a variety of activities.