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This essentially historical-artistic route follows the Santiago Way It runs from the outskirts of Pamplona to the border with La Rioja, crossing through western Middle Navarre. Roman ruins, medieval bridges, Romanesque churches, monasteries and pilgrimage streets fill this undulating landscape which combines vineyards with vast fields of cereal crops. Eunate, Puente la Reina, Estella and Viana are essential stopping points.
Estimated duration of the route: 1 day, not including the alternatives marked with an asterisk (*)
The chapel of Santa María de Eunate shares an artistic curiosity with 3 other churches in Spain: a small and beautiful exempt cloister.
At the peak of this mountain range, located 10 km to the south of Pamplona, is an impressive sculpture by Vicente Galbete, in homage to the pilgrims that are following the Santiago Way.
Made from sheet copper, it depicts a convoy of pilgrims from different periods of time, crossing the line of the wind turbines that are located there.
It is accompanied by the inscription which reads “Where the path of the wind meets that of the stars...”. (read more)
Retiring and solitary, before us emerges one of the most suggestive and original Romanesque churches along the Santiago Way.
A hospital for pilgrims, a lighthouse-guide for walkers, a protective sanctuary?
Its imprecise origins and its octagonal floor, as well as its interesting exempt cloister, make Eunate an unmissable visit. (read more)
A magnificent example of a town through which the Santiago Way crosses; here two of the Santiago Way routes merge together, coming from Orreaga/Roncesvalles and Jaca. A stroll through the cobbled streets of Crucifijo and Mayor will reveal the beautiful churches of Crucifijo, Santiago and San Pedro. The Santiago Way leaves the town over the emblematic and regal Romanesque bridge which lends its name to the town. (read more)
When accessed from the archaeological museum you can walk around this Roman town, located near Mendigorría, which was inhabited until the medieval period. Its greatest legend is an extraordinary work of civil engineering in a good state of preservation: the water supply system to the city. (read more)Tarde
A monumental town that came into being when pilgrims followed the Santiago Way. Known in the 15th century as “Estella the Beautiful”, to this day it continues to live up to this epithet. It is home to palaces, stately homes, churches such as San Pedro de la Rúa, San Miguel or the basilica of Nuestra Señora del Puy, convents, bridges, museums such as the Gustavo de Maeztu or the Carlism museum. And beautiful buildings that have earned it the nickname of "Toledo of the North". Estella has a lively atmosphere, bustling commercial activity and a surprisingly large number of passing pilgrims.. (read more)
If you like Roman art, travel to the town of Arellano located 6 km from Estella-Lizarra, and visit the fascinating museum and remains of the “Villa of the Muses” constructed between the 1 and 5 AC. (+info)
Continuing our route, we reach the town of Los Arcos, where a visit to the Church of Santa María is well recommended. Constructed and reformed between the 12th and 18th century, highlights are the plateresque façade considered to be one of the best examples of Navarran renaissance, the beautiful late-Gothic cloister, and a spectacular tower.. (read more)
Halfway between los Arcos and Viana emerges the tower of the Santo Sepulcro church, in Torres del Río, an architectural Romanesque gem from the 12th century, with an octagonal floor and a unique star-shaped vault of Caliphate origin.(info)
32 km from Estella-Lizarra, on the top of a hill, sits Viana, the last town on the Santiago Way before passing into La Rioja. With its bustling historical past, it has city walls, a pretty arcaded square and interesting manor houses and palaces. However, the artistic gem is the church of Santa María, where the remains of the intriguing Italian aristocrat César Borgia lay to rest in the atrium.. (read more)
The region of Tierra Estella is one of the areas of Navarre with the most gastronomic wealth. A whole host of flavours will tempt you, such as the Piquillo peppers, the asparagus, the vegetable preserves, seasonal pocha beans, the roast suckling pig, the cheese from Urbasa-Andía with Designation of Origin Idiazábal and the Arróniz variety olive oil. Some of the sweetest options awaiting you are the alpargatas pastries, the rocas del Puy, the Viana pastries and the Sartaguda peaches.
The entire región is an area of pacharán and excellent wines that boast three designations of origin: D.O. Navarre, D.O. Rioja and D.O. Cava.
This route is filled with options that are rich in art, history and oenological heritage; you can enjoy guided tours to churches, museums, or the many wine cellars that complement the experience with tasting sessions.
You can also get back to nature by hiking or following mountain bike routes.