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Estella-Lizarra, also known as "Estella the elegant" or "The Toledo of the North", is a small and lively city in the Middle Zone of Navarre that is well worth a visit to discover its far-reaching historical and cultural past.
Put yourself in the hands of local guides to discover corners filled with fascinating facts, the three Medieval boroughs and its Sephardic past. Born for and from the Santiago Way, it is more than likely that you will wander down the Rúa Curtidores (Tanners' Road) or San Nicolás street with the hundreds of pilgrims that pass through each day.
You will no doubt be surprised by its Medieval past; you should know that it was the best fortified and defended city in the whole of the Kingdom of Navarre. Carlism also left its mark in these lands; you will get to know the places where some of the conspiracies were organised between Liberals and Carlists during the 19th century. You will also hear interesting facts, legends and stories about the people that influenced the city's history.
You will be surprised by its bustling commercial activity, which has remained strong over time, and the unique atmosphere of its weekly market, which is still held every Thursday in the busy squares of San Juan and Santiago.
Don't forget to try asparagus, piquillo peppers or roasted suckling pig, available in some of the many restaurants, all washed down with delicious Designation of Origin Navarre and Rioja wines.
Dive into the essence of the city and don't miss a thing!
Companies in Estella-Lizarra that offer guided tours: