CULTURAL ROUTES IN NAVARRA
DISCOVER WITH OUR ROUTES THE ANCIENT KINGDOM OF NAVARRE
A kingdom of diversity. Navarra is highly regarded for its landscapes and people, and we will be more than pleased to help you organise your trip. With our cultural routes in Navarra we will enjoy the great cultural and natural diversity of our region.
Our mains cultural routes in navarra
St. James Way. French Route
Saint Jean pied de port (France)
A stop at Ibañeta pass is a must, not only because of the historic echoes of this place (battle of the basques against Charlemagne army in 778, extensively evoked in medieval ballads, traditional pass through the Pyrenees and entry of the Pilgrims’ Way in Navarre), but also because of the breathtaking view that can be seen from this point.
Pilgrim’s Route. A trip back in time
The urban relevance of Estella is mostly due to the decision of the King Sancho el Mayor (1004-1035) to place the town in the Pilgrims Way to Santiago. The main monumental part of Estella is in the old Franks quarter. Close to San Martín square we can find the old Town Hall (s. XVII); the Kings’ Palace (s. XII), the only civil Romanesque building in Navarre; and the church of San Pedro de la Rúa, which houses a magnificent Romanesque cloister with two galleries whose capitals have extremely delicate carvings.
Puente la Reina
Church of Santa María de Eunate
Medieval Route. The history of a kingdom
The Castle of Olite
The palace we visit today was built during the kingdom of Charles the III at the end of the XIV century and beginning of the XV. It comprises a complex unit of rooms, gardens and defensive ditches surrounded by high walls, and by numerous towers all built in different styles, which give the castle a spectacular silhouette.
This village, built on top of a hill, was a fortress against the Muslim invasion first and then against the kingdom of Aragon. The fortified church of Santa María is placed in the highest part of the village. Inside you will see the virgin of Santa María, one of the most beautiful images in Romanesque style of Navarra. One of the most beautiful towns of Spain.
Monastery of Leyre
First records of the Monastery date back to before the 9th century. During the 10th and 11th centuries it was used as the Royal pantheon of the first two Navarre royal dynasties.
CASTLE OF JAVIER
This castle is the birthplace of San Francisco Javier. Born in 1506, joint the Jesuit companion and opened the door for evangelization in the far East. He is the patron saint of Navarre. The castle was founded around a tower from the XI century and it was finished at the end of the XV century.