As a visitor to the Middle Zone of Navarra, you'll get the opportunity to discover all about the history of the region, travelling back in time through Roman remains, Medieval palaces, castles and fortresses. You can also find out about all the secrets of truffles at the Truffle Museum in Metauten where, as well as truffle tasting, the museum organises truffle-related activities and workshops. Wine plays a key role in this area, and a visit to the wineries and the Wine Museum of Olite will allow you to discover all its secrets. And of course, the Urbasa-Andía Nature Park is a must visit. As well as its interpretation centre you can also enjoy its disabled-friendly trail, while taking in the pure air of this natural setting of extraordinary beauty.
Back in the 15th century, following the fashion of the European monarchs of the time, the Royal Palace of Olite housed a small zoo of exotic animals such as lions, buffaloes, ostriches, swans, a camel and a giraffe.
Start the weekend by exploring the Villa de Arellano museum and archaeological site. An impressive covered site housing a splendid villa, in the most luxurious style of the Empire, dedicated to relaxation, religion and winemaking. A raised gangway allows you to view the entire site and you can easily get around in a wheelchair. Outside there are disabled toilet facilities.
From Arellano, you can also visit the Andelos museum and archaeological site at Mendigorria. This magnificent town, dating back to the 2nd century AD, also has a complete museum where you can see the most important exhibits found in the different excavations. Explore its streets and gain first-hand insight into how the people from Navarra lived in those times. Don't fail to visit its exceptional water supply system, making this site unique! All the circuit is outdoors, along compacted gravel paths. Although the site is generally flat, there are a few places where help may be needed if you're in a manual wheelchair.
Instead of Andelos, you may feel like visiting the beautiful town of Estella-Lizarra. It's a real delight to explore the streets of the old historic quarter of the town, the plaza de los Fueros square, the calle Mayor street, with the pilgrims passing along it on their way to Santiago. Most streets are pedestrian only, wheelchair-friendly and with shops and bars that are well worth a visit.Saturday morning
If you prefer to make the most of the wine culture in this region, then visit the Bodegas Piedemonte winery in the medieval town of Olite.
The winery also offers the possibility of guided tours, ending with a commented wine tasting session of different wines. During the visit you can also enjoy the works of art on display in the exhibition gallery or go to the shop, where specialist staff will advise you on the products available for purchase. The winery has a wheelchair-friendly route and disabled toilet facilities.
If you'd like to enjoy a meal in an impressive setting, then we'd recommend the Parador de Olite, where you can either have a meal in the restaurant or simply sample one of the extensive selection of delicatessen baguette sandwiches on offer. The building is wheelchair-friendly and there are disabled toilet facilities.
If you're travelling with children, then Olite is a must-visit. The little ones can discover the Royal Palace and let loose their imagination in a journey back in time to the middle ages. Stroll through the historic town centre and spend a fantastic afternoon visiting the Vineyard and Wine Museum. The old town centre is pedestrian only and the pavement in general is smooth and even, making it easy to get around with a wheelchair. At the Palace, only the central courtyard can be visited with a wheelchair, with a ramped access. You will need help with a manual chair, but it's well worth a visit. The Wine Museum, located next to the Parador Nacional, offers you the chance to learn about all the secrets and history of wine. The exhibits are set out in different rooms on a number of floors, all accessible by lift. The exhibition has numerous interactive stations and explanatory material that will allow you to enjoy your visit with all your senses. What's more, there's also a tourist office in the building itself, where you can get information on places of interest and tourist attractions in the town and surrounding area. Disable toilet facilities are also available.Sunday morning
Start the day by visiting the Truffle Museum at Metauten where, as well as the visit, you can take part in any of the workshops and experiences on offer. The truffle experience is the most popular and is held on property adjoining the museum. If you find it complicated moving your wheelchair around on the uneven ground, then the activity can be adapted by hiding the truffles in the vicinity of the museum, which is paved, so that you too can become an expert truffle seeker. At the end of your tour, there's a delicious tasting session awaiting you. The centre, which has ramped access, is fully wheelchair-friendly and has disabled toilet facilities.
If you enjoy nature then the Urbasa-Andía Nature Park is an exceptional place to take a stroll and enjoy the setting, deciduous trees, particularly beech, mountain pastures and rocky outcrops.
We recommend an 800m accessible path that is suitable for adults and children, wheelchair users, blind people, etc. It is almost flat, and is provided with benches for taking a rest, and information panels in relief and Braille. Depending on the time of year, the pavement may not be completely uniform and you may need to move around carefully if you're in a manual wheelchair. There are no disabled toilet facilities on the path.
From Urbasa, we suggest visiting Olazti. This small village is a true example of life in a rural environment, while it is committed to accessibility. Sample the tapas in its bars, most of which have either ground level or ramped access, while some also have disabled toilet facilities.