Aula Hispánica is situated in Jaca, a city in northeastern Spain near the border with France, in the midst of the Pyrenees in the province of Huesca.
Jaca, a ford on the Aragón River at the intersection of two great early medieval routes, one from Pau to Zaragoza, was the fortified city out of which the County and Kingdom of Aragon developed: it was the capital of Aragon until 1097. The city exhibits its medieval history with it's stone walls, buildings and cobblestone streets. The San Pedro Cathedral, one of the oldest in the Iberian peninsula (1170) is of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Spain . The surrounding mountains, covered with snow in winter and green pastures in the summer, provide a clear reflection of the extraordinary and unique landscape of the Pyrenees. Since the 9th century, Jaca has been a resting point on the Camino de Santiago and is still frequented today by hikers descending down the Valley of Aragon from the mountain pass of Somport on the French-Spanish border .