Altitudine
1640
Accommodation in Somport
Private
Altitudine
1510
Accommodation in Candanchú
Private
Altitudine
1045
Altitudine
826
The camino splits shortly after passing through Jaca. The longer of the routes, which visits the monasteries of San Juan de la Peña is the most original of the two. Pilgrims being pilgrims, a shortcut was made which for its shortness has become a well-worn path parallel to the national road. If you can manage an additional 11.5km, you are advised to take the more southern route to the monasteries. Both paths rejoin in Santa Cilia. NOTE: The Jaca to Puente la Reina stage splits just before Puente La Reina. Puente is actually on the Northern Route to Sangüesa. Crossing the bridge and entering Puente is not a large detour if you wish to follow the road to Arres (returning over the bridge), and there are services in Puente but no albergue.
Altitudine
797
Altitudine
758
Altitudine
649
Accommodation in Santa Cilia
Municipal
The distance to Arres (on the Southern route) is about 4km from the Puente la Reina bridge.
Altitudine
693
Accommodation in Arrés
Association
Altitudine
630
Accommodation in Artieda
Municipal
Altitudine
552
Accommodation in Ruesta
Association
Altitudine
626
Accommodation in Undués de Lerda
Municipal
Altitudine
399
Accommodation in Sangüesa
Altitudine
455
Altitudine
709
Altitudine
703
Altitudine
560
Altitudine
545
Accommodation in Monreal
Altitudine
549
Altitudine
532
Altitudine
520
Altitudine
590
Altitudine
579
Accommodation in Tiebas
Municipal
Altitudine
568
Altitudine
584
Altitudine
427
Off Camino
2.60

Octagonal 12th century Iglesia de Eunate.

The history of this ermita is still up for debate, and like most things in Spain are divided into two camps. Some believe it is of Knights Templar origin, and the rest believe it was a funeral chapel. Separate yourself from that intellectual debate and you will find a countryside setting with a small gem of architecture for you to contemplate.

SUMMER HOURS:

March 24th to June 30th

MON - SUN 10:30-14:00 / 15:00-19:00

July 1st to August 31st

MON - SUN 10:30-14:00 / 16:00-20:00

September 1st to October 14th

MON - SUN 10:30-14:00 / 15:00-19:00

→ 2.5km.
To end of camino
676.60
Altitudine
350

There are a pair of churches in town that are worthy of a peek. They are the Iglesia del Crucifijo (with a rather distinct crucifix) and the Iglesia de Santiago (with its black Santiago).  The best view of the old bridge is from the new bridge.

Storia

The name of this town is rather romantically attributed to the benefactor of the bridge over the río Arga. It is a nice sentiment, but not an altogether accurate one. In fact, historians quibble over which 11th century Queen had it built. One thing is for certain, banditry continued to present a problem to the growing town, and in the 13th century a wall was built to protect it.

It was rectilinear in shape and was not much bigger than the current town, and little remains: 

1. Calle Cerco, ‘cerco’ being the word for wall. Of the 26 original towers most have become part of private homes, the best visible example is the stonework inside Hotel Cerco. 

2. The city gate which opens to the bridge. Of the original 4 doors, it is the only one that remains.

Festività

Puenta la Reina celebrates Santiago as their patron, from July 24th to July 30th. They also have a few harvest festivals in September, including one which celebrates the red peppers that are grown in the hills between here and Eunate.

Il cammino

The camino leaves Puente la Reina by passing over its namesake bridge. From there it turns left, crosses the main road, and follows a footpath. Shortly, it begins a short but steep ascent on slippery-when-wet terrain. It is not uncommon to find cyclists pushing their gear upwards. 

Photo of Puente la Reina [Gares] on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Puente la Reina [Gares] on the Camino de Santiago