Half way between Pamplona and Logroño, in an area between the mountains and the plains, lies Estella, a historic city that came into being when pilgrims were travelling along the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela in large number.
In the 15th century it was known as “Estella the elegant” and to the present day it continues to live up to this epithet. It is a romantic city that places great value on its palaces, stately homes, churches, convents, bridges and beautiful buildings, which have earned it the nickname of the “Toledo of the North”.
The city of 13,000 inhabitants will surprise you with its flourishing commercial life and bustling Thursday market, its passion for music and theatre, as well as its impeccable cuisine.
Strolling through the city you will pass pilgrims and visitors eager to explore the old streets of the Franks and the Jews and see proof that the phrase coined by Aymeric Picaud is as true today as it was in the 11th century: “Estella is a city of good bread, excellent wine, much meat and fish and all kinds of pleasures.”
Information and photograph obtained from the oficial website of the Navarre Tourist Board.
More: Church of St. Mary of Eunate, Puente la Reina, Monastery of Leire, Monastery of Iranzu, Castle of Javier, Sangüesa, Royal Palace of Olite, Monastery of La Oliva, Ujué, Roncal, Isaba, Ochagavía Belagua Valley, The Irati Forest , The cave of Zugarramurdi, Elizondo, Señorío de Bértiz Natural Park, Collegiate of Roncesvalles, The Arbayún Gorge, Tudela, Bardenas Reales Natural Park