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Sanguesa is in the province of Navarra in the Basque Country of Spain.
Sanguesa is an attractive medieval town and a stop on the ancient pilgrim route, the Camino de Santiago also known as 'the Way of St James'. Sanguesa sits on the bank of the River Aragon.
Wandering around Sanguesa is like travellling back in time - much of its medieval centre has not changed over the centuries. Take time to amble around stopping occasionally at one of the lovely little bars or restaurants.
There are a number of churches and mansions to see as well as a medieval hospital and a royal palace.
The church of Santa Maria Real was built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style and contains many excellent examples of Romanesque artwork. Take a look at its beautiful arched doorway packed with figures from the bible as well as mythical figures.
There is another Romanesque church, the church of Santiago and there is a Gothic church, the church of San Francisco.
The town hall (the ayuntamiento) is housed in a 13th century palace, the Palace of Viana, which was once lived in by the kings of Navarra. It has a Gothic and a Baroque facade.
The Palacio Vallesantoro is another impressive mansion with its large carved doorway.
Places to visit near Sanguesa
Just north of Sanguesa is a wonderful narrow gorge, the Hoz de Arbayun, where colonies of vultures live.
Pamplona, famous for its annual bull running festival is nearby. The running of the bulls takes place each year in July. For an unusual sight visit Aguero at the foot of the strange boulder like mountains of Los Mollos.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Navarra, La Rioja, Basque Country guide.