Caminho Francês

Section 3 from Somport: Arrés-Ruesta

28 km Difficulty
You leave Arrés with two options for this complete section, a longer option to Ruesta or a 18-kilometre shorter option with a sleepover in Artieda. In both cases, there is hardly any shade along this part of the Aragón variant, a matter you need to consider during the summer.

The first 7 kilometres of the Camino go from Arrés to Martes, mostly along paths through fields. You leave the province of Huesca behind and the route goes into Saragossa through the ravine of Sobesechos, and that of Calcones. You can cross both of them through their respective footpaths.

The route continues with ups and downs until you get to Artieda, where you can either sleep or just take some rest, as this is the last village before Ruesta. Here you can visit the palace of Los Pagos and the church of San Martín.

Pilgrims continuing have to follow the A-1601 to the signpost for kilometre 6, where they may take a detour towards the Yesa dam, almost in Ruesta already. This village used to be where the dam is now, the old village was demolished when the dam was built, but in recent years it has been involved in a renovation process that has helped it regain its Camino charm.

Tips from our postmen and women

“The Way of St James as it goes through the town of Artieda runs along the old Roman villa of the Valeria Family. I recommend visiting the surroundings of the chapel of San Pedro and the archaeological site of Forau de la Tuta, where you may see some ancient remains. Inside the tower of the chapel, there is a photographic exhibition of the Roman mosaics found in Aragón, of great artistic value, and considered to be the most beautiful of that period. Today these mosaics are kept by the Government of Aragon”. María Peña Ara, Correos de Artieda.