The birthplace of King Ferdinand of Aragón, the village of Sos del Rey Católico is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Spain.
The sleepy town of Sos (as it is affectionately known by its locals) is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Spain, maintaining the look and feel of Ferdinand's time- as well as his name.
Sos del Rey Católico sits at the foothills of the Pyrenees in the northern region of Aragón, Spain. Map.
|Ferdinand II, The Catholic King.|
WHAT'S IN A name? The birthplace of King Ferdinand of Aragón in 1452, the village of Sos added the appendage 'del Rey Católico' (of the Catholic King) in honour of the man who had helped to unify Spain through his marriage to Isabella I of Castile in 1474. (He also found time to send Columbus on his way to the New World)
Despite its small size Sos is surprisingly rich in culture and events. The Fiesta Mayor, held on the 3rd weekend of August, is celebrated by letting bulls run through the town and much drinking of wine. For the more pious, the Día de la Cruz (14th September) is a calmer day marked by eating local foods and attending mass. Sos was also the location of the cult Spanish film La Vaquilla (which used many locals as extras) in case you were wondering why there are director's chairs all around town.
Things to visit include the 12th century medieval castle and walls (with seven of the original gates still remaining), the Town Hall, originally built in the Renaissance style but renovated in the 18th century, and the San Esteban Church: constructed atop the crypt of St. María del Perdón decorated in the interior with Gothic murals from the 14th century.
Sos is easy to hitchhike out of, being as it is so small with most drivers heading north towards Pamplona.
Budget travel guide to Sos del Rey Católico on Hitch-hikers Handbook.
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