1) Why visit Sos del Rey Católico?
Why visit Sos del Rey Católico?
Few adjectives can sum up the tranquil beauty of Sos del Rey Católico. With its winding streets and jaw-dropping views this tiny village is one of the highlights of Aragón. Life here moves at a snail’s pace and expect the friendly locals to make you the third party in their two way conversations. The village was also the birthplace of Fernando II of Aragón and as such retains a historical significance too. Beauty, history, what’s not to love?
Sos del Rey Católico: the facts
Founded in 907 as a border town during the Reconquista, Sos, as it is called by its population of below 1000 people, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in all of Spain, retaining many of the 15th century features that would have been familiar to the Catholic king Fernando, after whom the town was renamed.
Sos was also the home to the Spanish film La Vaquilla, which used many of the townsfolk as extras. Monuments to the film are strewn around the town in the form of director’s chairs and plaques.
In the summer the average temperature is between 14oc–28o C and in the winter 2oc–9oC. R It is possible that it might rain be prepared and it is also extremely windy in the town.
Sos del Rey Católico Now!
For a town of less than 1000 people, Sos del Rey certainly has a lot of town festivals. Fiestas Mayores is celebrated on the 3rd weekend of August and is marked by wine and a bull run through the town. Feria Medieval is a relatively new festival, established in 1995, and takes place the 1st weekend of August and celebrates all things medieval. The religious Día de la Cruz is held on the 14th September and involves the celebration of mass followed by local foods.
Sos del Rey Católico: Monument & Sights Guide
(Iglesia San Esteban)
(San Esteban Church)
Monument Type: Church
Address: Plaza de la Iglesia s/n.
Opening Times: from Sept 15 – Jun 14: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. from Jun 15 – Sept 14 : Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Price: General Admission: 1 €
Information: Situated next to the castle, San Esteban’s is a church/fortress constructed on the site of the crypt of St. María del Perdón. It is built in the Romanesque style and in its interior can be found three apses with Gothic mural paintings from the 14th century.
(Casa de la Villa)
Monument Type: Town Hall
Address: Plaza de la Villa, 1
Opening Times: –
Information: Sos del Rey Católico’s Town Hall was originally built for the Sosiense council in the Renaissance style at the end of the 16th century. It has been remodelled in the 19th century and 1980’s in order to be used for the administration of the town.
(Castillo y murallas medievales de Sos del Rey Católico)
(Castle and Medieval Walls of Sos del Rey Católico)
Monument Type: Castle & defensive walls
Address: Calle del Ejército Español, s/n
Opening Times: –
Information: The Castle dates back to the 12th century and was built as part of the defensive structure between the kingdoms of Navarra y Aragón. Seven of the ancient gates of the city still survive in some form: Fuente Alta or Reina (the most imposing, under a tower with battlements); Jaca and Nador, each under a defensive tower; Zaragoza, accompanied by two towers; El Mudo (the only with a pointed arch), flanked by a tower; and Unicastillo and Bueno, of which only the arches remain.
(Palacio de Sada e Iglesia de San Martin de Tours)
(Sada Palace & Church of St. Martin of Tours)
Monument Type: Palace & Church
Address: Calle Madrigal de las Altas Torres, s/n
Opening Times: Wed – Sat: Centro de Interpretación: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Villa: 12 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Price: Centro de Interpretación: General Admission: 2.90 €, Children: 1.90 € Villa:, General Admission: 2.90 €, Children: 1.90 €, Centro de Interpretación and Villa: General Admission: 4.90 €, Children: 2.90 €, Iglesia San Martín de Tours: 1€
Information: Built by the Aristocratic Sada family in the 14th century, the Palace was the birthplace of the future King Fernando of Aragón, a venerated figure in Spanish history. Today it has been turned into a museum (Centro de Interpretación) celebrating the Catholic monarch. It is now also the home of the Tourist Information Centre. Please note that you must take a guided tour to visit the exhibitions.
If you want o avoid paying 60 € for a room. The cheapest place in town is the youth hostel, in Spanish Albergue Juvenil (c/de las Encinas). It is extremely difficult to find without a map but if you can find the Ayuntamiento, walk up towards the castle and take the first left, follow this round asking everybody on the way, and you might get lucky. For over 26’s it costs €18.90 and for under 26 €17.50 for a bed in a dormitory. A simple meal is provided for an additional €7. It was clean, comfortable but be prepared that children’s summer camps may also be staying there.
As is the case with many towns, finding working internet can be a problem. If you are desperate to get online, the aforementioned Albergue Juvenil has Wi-Fi but we can attest that it is very slow. Many more upmarket hotels, as well as a few bars, also offer connections.
Sos del Rey Católico is 30km from the N-240 which connects Pamplona to Jaca. There are two roads from the N-240 which connect to the town. The busier A-127 towards Pamplona and the smaller A-1601 towards Jaca. There is a bus that goes to/from one a day to Zaragoza at 7 a.m and cost 9 €. The bus does not run at the weekend, however. There is also a bus to Sangüesa on Mon, Wed and Fri at 7.30 a.m., Tues and Thurs at 10a.m.
Sos is easy to hitchhike out of, being as it is so small. Most of the traffic will be heading to the north (Pamplona). Simply walk out of the edge of town and down the hill a touch and stick your thumb out.
written by: Jon
This travel guide was also published by Albergue de Juventud de Sos del Rey Católico on 9th November 2012.
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