Section 4 - Navarre

Pamplona / Iruña - Estella / Lizarra - 54Km

This is the fourth stage of EuroVelo 1 to run through lands of Navarra. From Pamplona-Iruña it continues to Estella-Lizarra along the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago, a World Heritage Route, where it also coincides with EuroVelo 3. It is an itinerary of 46 kilometres with numerous linear settlements, medieval bridges, major monuments, landscapes which change colour every season, wine cellars, and quality gastronomy.

On the first section, until we arrive in Campanas we will make out to the east the windmills which crown the Sierra de Perdón. In Campanas a detour can be taken to Tiebas, the high street of which leads to the ruins of the 12th-century Castle of Tiebas.

Back on the route to Puente la Reina stands the Torre Palaciana of Olcoz, a recently restored watchtower which houses the Romanesque Interpretation Centre. The parish church of this village has close links with the Church of Our Lady of Eunate, the next stop. Its octagonal shape and its location give it an air of mystery.

Scarcely 5 km separate it from the medieval town of Puente la Reina (the Queen’s Bridge) which is of marked Jacobean influence. The continuous coming and going of pilgrims and the shells and staffs are part of the urban landscape of this town, which is an excellent example of a linear settlement. Its Romanesque bridge over the River Arga gives it its name.

Now on the final section of this stage, it is worth stopping in Cirauqui, another village with a medieval air with numerous houses with coats of arms around the Gothic Church of San Román.

Following the route on its Roman road we come to Estella-Lizarra, a town of monuments born under the protection of the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago, which is included in the Roads of Sefarad network of Jewish quarters. As early as the 15th century it was known as “Estella the Fair” and continues to live up to this adage: it is a Romanesque town with numerous mansions, stately homes, churches, convents, bridges, and other fine buildings.

The town is also attractive for its many gastronomic possibilities. Here you can sample meat dishes such as pork, fish, and delicious desserts flavoured with wines from local cellars.

Points of Interest

  • One of the prettiest and most evocative Romanesque churches on the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago is that of Our Lady of Eunate (1170), which is simple, original, and mysterious.

    (Foto: Patxi Uriz)

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    Coordinates: 42.672354,-1.761539

  • This medieval town is where the two main branches of the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago meet and is one of the most important enclaves on this route in Navarra. The Romanesque bridge over the River Arga will surprise you the most; it is one of the finest and most majestic monuments on the Jacobean route and gives the town its name.

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    Coordinates: 42.679221,-1.814945

  • This town has a medieval layout. Large stone houses with coats of arms including the names of their owners and the dates of their construction stand on both sides of radial and concentric paved streets.

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    Coordinates: 42.675561,-1.890620

  • This monumental town was born under the protection of the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago. In the 15th century it was known as "Estella the Fair" and it continues to honour this adage: it is a Romanesque town with its mansions, stately homes, churches, convents, bridges, and beautiful buildings.

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    Coordinates: 42.686293,-2.035694

  • The 123.5 km of the Basque-Navarra Railway Greenway make it one of the longest in the country; this trail has recently been declared a "2019 Starlight Path".

    (Foto: J. Campos)

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    Coordinates: 42.682784,-2.030406

  • Navarre has 15 quality certifications that guarantee the best raw material. Moreover, if they are cooked with a recipe book full of nuances and influences from Basque, Riojan, Aragonese and French cuisine that have enriched it for centuries, the menu of the best restaurant can be written. The tasting will be like its territory, full of contrasting notes.

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  • The Navarra Wine Route includes a carefully selected list of wine cellars and tourist establishments of great quality and professionalism which invite you to savour the pleasures of the good life and to get to know the culture of the wine of our territory.

    Navarra also has the exclusive capacity to transport and transmit the essences and aromas, history, and living nature of all its wines; this is a unique experience for the most demanding palates.

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  • The products most strongly linked to the land and traditions of Navarra include pacharán, a digestive drink which was used as a medicinal tonic in the Middle Ages and achieved popularity in the 20th century to the extent of becoming an international liqueur. October is one of the most suitable months for gathering the sloes from which it is made. Many homes preserve the tradition of making it in the traditional manner, but if you want to enjoy a good liqueur your best bet is to choose one of the brands included in the Pacharán de Navarro Denomination of Origin.

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  • It is usually prepared by roasting it whole in its own juice in a wood oven. This crunchy and juicy dish is traditional in the restaurants of the area.

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  • The quality of the olive oil of Navarra is borne out by its denomination of origin. Raw as a dressing, for cooking, or on its own, this olive oil is highly appreciated and in great demand. Because of this, in winter the village of Arróniz holds the popular celebration of Toast Day when toast with olive oil is tasted.

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Section 4

Pamplona / Iruña - Estella / Lizarra - 54Km: 54

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