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  • Aerial view of the Citadel, Jaca

Known as “the pearl of the Pyrenees”, this is a key stopping point on the famous Way of Saint James. The old city centre takes you back in time through many periods of history and architectural styles.Read more...

What to see While in Jaca, be sure to visit the cathedral, a fine example of 16th century military architecture. It has a pentagonal layout. You will also find such monumental buildings as the Romanesque cathedral, Santiago church, Sarsa chapel, San Miguel bridge, the ClockTower and the City Hall. The museums in Jaca include an unusual one of particular interest: The Pyrenees Ecomuseum, which runs tours that not only teach you about the local environment, but also reveals ancient customs such as “espantabrujas” (literally, witch-scarers: talismans left in fireplaces to ward off evil) and symbols on doors to protect those inside. At the tourist offices, you can get information about guided tours around medieval Jaca. And, of course, set aside some time to explore the nearby beauty spot of San Juan de la Peña y Monte Oroel Protected Landscape, home to a beautiful monastery called Monasterio Viejo de San Juan de la Peña. Festivities On the first Friday in May, a medieval battle is commemorated with tournaments, jousting and ancient games from Aragon. Trips. Active tourism The mountains of the Pyrenees are perfect for hiking, climbing, canyoning, gliding... In winter, Jaca is a great base camp for visiting nearby ski resorts such as Astún, Formigal and Candanchú. And, throughout the year, Jaca is a popular stop on Aragon's French route on the Way of Saint James pilgrim trail to Santiago.


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