Camino Aragonés: Stage 2
Jaca – Arrés (25.4 km)
This stage offers the wonderful opportunity to pass through the monasteries of San Juan de la Peña. We recommend that those of you who are in good shape, opt for the possibility of going directly to the monasteries. Otherwise you have the opportunity to sleep in Santa Cilia de Jaca and visit these monuments in the following days.
We leave the village in front of the entrance to the citadel, in the direction of Santa Cilia de Jaca. Once you are at the roundabout with the petrol station, you should follow the road towards Pamplona, where a short while later, we will turn left, along the promenade of a recently-created neighbourhood. Follow the path, passing an industrialised area, until reaching the cemetery. A little later, we will exit along a path off to the right, and we will return towards the national road until we encounter the exit for San Juan de la Peña. Don’t worry, the exit is well-signposted.
Following the main path along the national road N-240, that depending on the moment, will be on the right- or left-hand side, we will arrive to Santa Cilia. Once there, we will go along Calle Mayor, and finally circle the village until we find the path parallel to the national road.
On the other side, we will find another path that will advance from the other side of the national road, where later on we will yet again cross the national road, along a forest path that finishes at Puente la Reina de Jaca. This region, on the other side of the River Aragón, isn’t included in our exact path, however we can take a detour to visit it if deemed opportune. In this case, once we have visited it, we should again cross the River Aragón and take the street to Huesca once again. Further on, in a secondary street, we will take the exit towards Arrés. Follow this path which passes along the hillside of Monte Samitier, with views of the Canal de Berdún.
What to see
- La Reina de Jaca Bridge
- San Pedro de Jaca Cathedral (Jaca)
- Arrés Castle
- Jaca Citadel (Jaca)
You should rest well between stages in order to complete your pilgrimage to Compostela at a good pace and without problems.
Don’t forget to try:
- Cauliflower with potatoes
- Santa Cilia de Jaca bread
- Roast lamb
- Typical cheese
- Garden vegetables
Bear in mind
Be careful crossing the River Aragón. Although the crossings are in good condition, you should always be aware of the potential for unexpected problems.
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- Population > 37
- Municipality > Arrés
- Province > Huesca