Those who have been lucky enough to visit Navarra will know that it has much more to offer than the well-known Sanfermines festival. In fact, this small territory of just over 10 square kilometers is tremendously rich both in history and tradition as well as in culture and fun.
Located in the north of Spain and surrounded by France, the Basque Country, Aragon and La Rioja, this autonomous community with only one province has, beyond its capital, Pamplona, a lot of beautiful and picturesque towns thanks to its influence. Basque and Aragonese, its monarchical tradition, the Camino de Santiago and its Pyrenean location. Do you want to know some of the most beautiful? Well, you just have to join us!
First of all, we want to talk about Olite, the ancient capital of the kingdom. Located between the Ebro Valley and mountainous Navarre, it stands out for its Royal Palace , declared a National Monument in 1925. But beyond the castle, its narrow streets full of stone houses, its walled enclosures, its medieval galleries and its beautiful churches stand out. . In addition, we must not forget its wines, its Medieval Festivities and its Classic Theater Festival.
The next town on our list is Elizondo, capital of the Baztan valley that has numerous palaces and stately homes, highlighting the barraco palace of Arizkunenea, the Town Hall, the Datue palace, the Casa del Virrey and the Church of Santiago.
We continue our tour of Navarra in the Pyrenean Ochagavía, which stands out for its cobbled streets, its houses with steep roofs, its river, the beautiful medieval bridge and, of course, its stone church. Also, do not forget that it is surrounded by a truly beautiful landscape of forests and high peaks.
We also want to tell you about Estella, a Romanesque city full of palaces, churches, convents, stately homes, bridges and beautiful buildings, which is greatly influenced by the passage of the Camino de Santiago . In addition, it must be borne in mind that it is a territory with a lively trade, beautiful traditions and excellent gastronomy.
Roncesvalles is famous both for the historic defeat of Calromagno and for the Camino de Santiago. Surrounded by a beautiful forest environment typical of the Navarrese Pyrenees, it is a town full of history , legends and important buildings, such as the Collegiate Church of Orreaga / Roncesvalles, an old pilgrim hospital where the tomb of King Sancho VII is located. .
Puente de la Reina could not be missing from our list, a beautiful town where two main routes of the Camino de Santiago cross, so the Jacobean influence is more than visible. This medieval town has some architectural jewels, highlighting the churches of San Pedro, Santiago and the Crucifix, although one of the most outstanding elements of the town is the Romanesque bridge that is located over the Arga river.
Nor could Ujué be missing from the list, a beautiful medieval town located on the top of a plateau in the middle eastern Navarre that has the Sanctuary-Fortress of Santa María de Ujué at the top.
Also known as Maya, Amaiur is a beautiful and picturesque town that welcomes visitors with a peculiar arch . Inside you will find jewels such as the Arretxea Palace or the Arriada House, although we cannot forget its restored mill and the monolith of Mount Gaztelu.
Crowned by an impressive medieval fortification known as "El Cerco", Artajona is a small town made up of narrow and cobbled streets and monumental houses and palaces, and interesting buildings such as the Church of San Pedro and the Basilica of Our Lady of Jerusalem.
Finally, we are going to talk about the border and Jacobean Sangüesa, a town that mixes mountains and riverside . Known for the Camino de Santiago and for the Romanesque Church of Santa María, considered a National Monument, it has other interesting buildings.