Huesca

THE CITY OF HUESCA

With more than 50,000 inhabitants, Huesca is a dynamic and modern city that offers endless possibilities to all sorts of visitors. During the Middle Ages, Huesca had an active intellectual and academic role in the Kingdom of Aragon. On 12 March 1354, Peter IV of Aragon founded in it the Sertorian University, aimed at the development of classical studies along the lines set by the Academy of Latinity founded by the first-century Roman scholar, Sertorius.

 

Historical Heritage

The City of Huesca is full of history and legends. The oldest traces of human settlement in the area that Huesca occupies today date from the Neolithic Period. Huesca was an important Roman city (called Osca, hence the demonym “Oscense”). It was Muslim for four centuries until it was reconquered by King Peter I of Aragon and Navarre, who set the bases for its development into the Aragonese city that we know today.

Its most important monuments are the Medieval walls (9th century), the Romanesque church and cloister of St Peter the Old, the Royal Palace of the Kings of Aragon (where tradition locates the legend of the Bell of Huesca), the Medieval churches of Santa María de Salas, San Miguel and Santa María in Foris, the Gothic cathedral, the Town Hall (15th century), the Baroque churches of San Lorenzo and Santo Domingo, the octagonal building of the Sertorian University and the Modernist social “Casino.”

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Cultural Activities

Huesca has an intense cultural activity: festivals, conferences, performances, exhibits, talks and conferences. It also hosts a film festival (June), an International Theater and Dance Fair (October), and an Art Festival (“Periferias,” in October). The city also holds a number of museums and sport events that attract many visitors.

Huesca is also well-known for its wines (D.O. Somontano) and its cuisine. Particularly famous is its national award winning confectionery.

Last but not least, the “Fiestas Mayores,” celebrated every year from the 9th to the 15th of August in honour of St Laurent, its patron-saint. As a form of celebration, the inhabitants of Huesca take to the streets dressed in white and green and with basil plants pinned on their lapels as a symbol of love.

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THE REGION OF HUESCA

Nature

Huesca’s privileged location—only an hour away from the incomparable landscapes of the Pyrenean system to the north and thirty minutes away from the austere Monegros steppes to the south— provides its visitors with a wide range of free time activities in its great outdoors: skiing in the best Spanish snow resorts, playing golf in Arascués-Nueno,gliding in Monflorite, windsurfing in Arguis or Tormos, rafting down the Gállego river, rock climbing in Vadiello, canyoning in Guara, or simply going for a nice hike in one of its many Natural Parks.

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Places to Visit

The region also holds an important cultural heritage, with numerous examples of Romanesque art, as well as the architectural treasures that often marked the Aragonese rout to Compostel, to be found in towns such as Jaca (with its citadel and cathedral), Graus (with its Plaza Mayor), Alquézar (with its collegiate church), Roda de Isábena (with its cathedral), and so many others. The Castle of Loarre, the Romanesque monasteries of San Juan de la Peña, Santa Cruz de la Serós, Obarra, Aínsa, and Alaon, and the ancient stone bridges over secluded rivers are some of the sites that attract thousands of visitors every year, offering them the unadulterated beauty of times past.

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