Medieval Route

09:30 h. Departure from the hotel.

10:30 h. Visit to hte MONASTERY OF LA OLIVA.                                                                               This is a Cistercian monastery. It was built in the mid-13th century and it became one of the most importants monasteries in the Kingdom of Navarre for its architecture, its library and its land holdings.

12:30 h. Visit to UJUÉ.                                                                                                                   Perched atop a hill, this town has always been a stronghold. Conceived to fight the Arabs first, it was later used and to resist the attack of the neighbouring Kingdom of Aragon. On the highest point stands the Church of Saint Mary, one of the most spectacular examples of the Romanasque sculpture in Navarre. At his express wish,  the heart of the king Charles II is kept inside the temple.

13:30 h. Arrival in OLITE.                                                                                                                      Visit to the medieval city. Olite was once the royal seat of the Kingdom of Navarre. Its visitors can still appreciate the medieval design of its narrow streets flanked by stone buildings and two important churches.

14:00 h. Lunch

16:00 h. Visit to the ROYAL PALACE.                                                                                                  The castle-palace of Olite is the result of a series of different constructive periods. The oldest part of the palace, built in the 13th century, has been renovated and converted into a Parador Nacional (State-run hotel). The most characteristic parts of the palace correspond to the building which can be nowadays visited and they were built under the ruling of the king Charles III “The Noble” in the late 14th century and the early 15th c.

17:30 h. Visit to a WINERY.

19:00 h. Return to Pamplona.

20:00 h. Arrival in Pamplona, dinner and accomodation.

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More routes: Pamplona, The Way of Saint James, traditional French routeThe Way of Saint James, via ToulouseThe Navarrese PyreneesThe Valley of BaztanLa RiberaThe Basque coastRioja.