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Route in the Cinco Villas region

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  • Street in Sos del Rey Católico © Turespaña

    Street in Sos del Rey Católico © Turespaña

  • Uncastillo Castle © Turespaña

    Uncastillo Castle © Turespaña

  • Church of Santa María, Uncastillo © Turespaña

    Church of Santa María, Uncastillo © Turespaña

  • View of Sos del Rey Católico © Turespaña

    View of Sos del Rey Católico © Turespaña

  

A land of castles and fortresses

The route covers five historic villages in the region of Aragón: Tauste, Ejea de los Caballeros, Sádaba, Uncastillo and Sos del Rey Católico. On the way we'll see castles and fortified towns that speak of the struggles waged between Moors and Christians in northern Spain. We'll also discover a diverse natural setting, like the Ebro River plain and the valleys that lead up to the Pyrenees.
 

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Our route can be done comfortably over a weekend, any time during the year, although it is recommended for spring and autumn. We start in the village of Tauste, south of the region, next to the Ebro River plain, and we'll head north throughout the entire route. In Tauste we'll visit the Mudejar churches of Santa María (13th-18th centuries) and San Antón (12-13th centuries).


The second village we'll visit is Ejea de los Caballeros. There we'll see the Romanesque-Gothic collegiate church of San Salvador (13th century); the Romanesque church of Santa María de la Corona (12th century), with Mudejar elements; and the Baroque Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Oliva (18th century).
The next stop on our route will be Sábada (about 20 kilometres away). We'll visit a magnificent French proto-Gothic medieval castle, erected in the first third of the 13th century. The façade of the Gothic church of Santa María also stands out. On the outskirts we can find one of the most interesting sites with Roman remains in Aragón: Los Atilios mausoleum (early 3rd century AD) and La Sinagoga mausoleum, situated next to a rural village with remains of thermal baths and a couple of rooms (4th century AD)


Another important Roman settlement can be found in Los Bañales, in the municipality of Uncastillo, our fourth stop. Here we'll discover the thermal baths, the aqueduct, villas and other remains of this interesting site.
Uncastillo is one of the most important Romanesque sites in Spain thanks to its six Romanesque churches: the collegiate church of Santa María la Mayor (with a 14th-15th century tower and a mid-16th century Renaissance cloister); and those of San Miguel, San Martín de Tours, San Juan, San Felices and San Lorenzo. It also preserves a splendid medieval farmhouse, dominated by the remains of the castle, where the keep stands out (13th century) and the small Gothic palace of Pedro IV (mid-14th century). Other interesting monuments in the town are the Town Hall (16th century), the palace (15th century), the market (13th century) and several manor houses (16th-17th centuries).


The route ends with a visit to the fifth village: Sos del Rey Católico (about 20 kilometres away). It is situated in the Sierra de Santo Domingo Mountains and is another splendid medieval village. It stands out because of its Romanesque site, made up of the castle and its old chapel, which is the Church of San Esteban Protomártir today. Other beautiful spots are the Town Hall, the Casa de Gil de Jasa house, the Market and the site made up of the Sada Palace, Plaza Mayor square and the Church of San Martín de Tours.


Other medieval villages
If we wish to extend the route, we can always carry on north to visit the picturesque valley of Val de Onsella, with its medieval-style towns, and then continue up to the Yesa reservoir, where the Way of Saint James crosses on its way through Aragón.
Other medieval villages in the area are Luna, with the churches of Santiago and San Gil de Mediavilla; Luesia, with its castle and Church of El Salvador; Biota, with the Palace of the Counts of Aranda and the Church of San Miguel; and Biel with its castle.

 

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