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This medieval center of great historical significance is worth a visit for the inquisitive traveller. There is an especially interesting Romanesque cloister. The stone carvings are fascinating.
Written Oct 7, 2006
La Catedral de San Pedro (St. Peter's Cathedral) is a amazing building, taking into account its size, and its location in a remote valley of the Pyrenees. It was build from XI to XVII centuries, so you can find architectural and decorative characteristics from different constructive periods. The importance of the site was in a great part due to being at the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
You can see there some paintings from Manuel Bayeu (aragonese painter from XVIII century, brother-in-law of Goya). The Diocesan Museum has some interesting art pieces as well.
Updated Mar 3, 2006
Impressive!! You have to see it!!
A great place for nature walks as well. See their website for detailed info (below)
Updated Mar 3, 2006
Address: Near Santa Cruz de la Seros town
Wander around the old town and take in the architecture. Jaca is ancient and there are many different styles to see.
Written Feb 14, 2004
We’d spent a week in Spain. Zaragoza was a beautiful city, the Pyrenees were breath-taking, the hotels were lovely. Everything was as promised – everything except the food. Every bar we’d been to for tapas – sent willingly by the guide books – had a half-full bar, topped with cold, deep-fried, salty stodge, which was then thrown into a microwave. Now you could add chewy to the adjectives. We had come to believe that great tapas, in a friendly, fun, exciting bar was a myth … and then we found La Tasca de Ana, in Jaca. Things looked promising when we walked in, not only was the food on show the best looking we’d seen, but the girl behind the bar looked like Katie Holmes. When we ordered, we found that everything we tried was not only fresh, but that it was all delicious. As the bar began to fill more and more, the atmosphere became a veritable theatre of a happy, buzzing place to eat. The staff were all great, a truly talented team, and the owner ran the place with an easy geniality. Suffice to say, that we went back the following two nights, and everything we tried was great – the prawns, the rabbit, the duck – everything. Each night we sat at the bar, in awe of how quickly the food flew out, how satisfied the customers were, how enjoyable the evening was. From doubting that I’d find any good food in this part of Spain, I found what I believe to have been the best restaurant experience I have ever had. (What’s more, having watched with admiration, the efficient, attentive, and genuinely funny way that beautiful waitress worked, for three nights solid, I can safely say that she knocks spots off Katie Holmes.)
Favorite Dish: Everything was great - I remember the rabbit cooked in vinegar, the asparagus wrapped in ham, and the langoustines, with especial fondness.
Written Jun 14, 2007
Address: Ramiro I , nº 3 22700
Phone: 974 36 47 26
A great Tapas Bar in a excellent location, just in front of the Cathedral. Nice outdoor terrace (if weather permits)
Favorite Dish: Many different local delicacies to taste as "Tapas" (small portions), for instance:
- “Montaditos”: something yummy on top of a loaf of toasted bread. They have many of them, some depending of the season. If unsure, just go to the bar and point the ones you fancy most!
- "Raciones”: local cheese and cured ham are delicious
- "Cazuelitas”: a small pot whit hot dishes (mushrooms, cod…)
- delicious fresh salads
Be careful as “small portions” can be not so small, better have just a couple of them per person (to share, of course). You can ask for more later.
To drink: local wine, of course. I would recommend you a red “Somontano crianza”. They serve it per glasses as well.
Updated Sep 29, 2005
Address: Plaza de la Catedral 3, Jaca
It’s worth to go to Confiteria Echeto if even just to see it: a fine shop from 1890!!
What to buy: However... I really doubt you can go there and resist to buy something. My favourite is the traditional cream-filled cake (“Jaqueses”). But there are so many delicious temptations!! You can buy as well great gifts for family and friends… or just to spoil yourself: sweets with funny names as “Besitos” (Little kisses), “Coronitas de Santa Orosia” (Saint Orosia crowns), “Lacitos” (little bows) any many other typical treats.
Updated Jan 25, 2007
Address: Plaza de la Catedral 4 y 5. Jaca
Phone: +34 974 36 03 43