Jaca (Chaca in Aragonese) is a municipality in the province of Huesca (Aragon), county capital of La Jacetania. It has a population of 12,553 inhabitants according to the local government at 1st January 2005.
This is composed of the following villages; Abay, Abena, Ara, Araguas del Solano, Ascara, Asieso, Astun, Astares, etc etc
Jaca is situated in the north of the province in the Valley of Aragon, in the shade of Mount Oroel, in the Central Pyrennees, which has become one of the best places to take part in winter sports in the whole of Spain.
The principal tourist attractions include; The Cathedral, the ciudadela (citadel), winter sports, proximity to the Camino de Santiago (Pilgrims’ Route) and the bi-annual festival of world music (we alternate with Oloron Saint Marie).
Amongst other things, Jaca benefits from the Pista de Hielo, one of the oldest ice rinks in Spain, which has been the venue for many national and international (such as university) sporting events. There is also the Palacio de Congresos (Congress Hall), a multifunction space of the Ayuntamiento de Jaca.
Jaca has tried four times to be the venue for the Winter Olympics (1998, 2006, 2010 and 2014), but has not yet been successful.