What to see in Navarre in 5 days

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Martí Micolau

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A little known destination, Navarre is a small region in the north of Spain. Although it is not often mentioned, it is actually known to practically anyone for two particular events that characterize it. First of all, it has been the destination, for centuries, of thousands of pilgrims who cross it to travel the I walk towards Santiago de Compostela. The event that then brings it to the eyes of the whole world falls every year from 6 to 14 July. We are talking about the traditional and very famous festival of San Fermín, during which the bulls are released through the streets of the city of Pamplona!

Despite its small size, Navarre offers the visitor one surprising variety of landscapes: snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees, evergreen valleys, rolling hills, gorges and caves, arid expanses. Landscapes so contrasting that they leave their mark! Here what to see in Navarre in 5 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Navarre
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

Visit to the Pyrenean village of Luzaide / Valcarlos in the valley of Charlemagne.
visit monumental complex of Orreaga / Roncesvalles, a legendary and enigmatic place. The visit includes Charlemagne's Silo, the Gothic church and the Museum of Sacred Art; the collegiate church, the cloister and the chapter house where the remains of Sancho VII the Strong rest (10: 30-14: 30, closed on Wednesdays).

Ride along a stretch of the Camino de Santiago: from Orreaga / Roncesvalles to Auritz / Burguete (2 km, 1 hour and a half) and stop for lunch in this typical Pyrenean village from Aritza (€ 18,00).
Continue your journey and stop for a lookout on the pass of Erro; look for "Roland's Steps", a large stone that, legend has it, indicates the step size of this epic character.
Continue towards Zubiri, the medieval bridge of anger because, it was believed, it had the power to heal anger. Stop at the rural church of Trinity of Arre, once a hospital for pilgrims. Nearby, the small waterfall of the Ultzama river and the follone of Villava (Sat, Sun and holidays 11: 00-14: 00 and 17: 00-20: 00).

End the day with a dinner at Itziar in Pamplona (€ 17,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 48,4 km / 1 h 5 min by car
  • Places visited: monumental complex of Orreaga / Roncesvalles (free), Camino Santiago from Orreaga / Roncesvalles to Auritz / Burguete (free), Erro pass (free), Zubiri (free), Trinidad de Arre (free), fuller of Villava (free) )
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00

2 day

Full day on foot to discover Pamplona.

Tour of the Walls entering from Porta Zumalacàrreui: 5 km along one of the best preserved war complexes in Spain, National Monument.
Reach White Horse Corner, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the walls. Then continue towards the small square of San José where the oldest house in the city is located.
Adjacent, the Cathedral of Santa María; the cloister is very famous, considered one of the most beautiful of the universal Gothic (every day, except Sundays, 10: 30-17: 00).

Lunch at the Mesón de la Tortilla (€ 15,00).
To get to know the history and art of the Old Kingdom up close, stop at Navarre Museum (Tue-Sat 09: 30-14: 00 and 17: 00-19: 00; Sun and holidays 11: 00-14: 00). Spend some time in plaza del Castillo, the nerve center of the city from which the narrow streets of the historic center branch off.
Finally, try to imagine the euphoria of spectators and runners during the running of the bulls on the occasion of San Fermin. 825 meters from the ascent of the Cuesta di Santo Domingo, piazza del Comune, via Mercaderes, via Estafeta, turn of Telefónica and bullring.

Dinner at Lamudita Burger Studio (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 28 min
  • Places visited: Zumalacàrreui walls and gate (free), Rincón del Caballo Blanco (free), San José square (free), Santa María Cathedral (€ 5,00), Navarre Museum (€ 2,00; free admission on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning), plaza de Castillo (free), San Firmin route (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00

3 day

Reach Estella. The main monuments are the Church of San Pedro de la Rùa (Mon-Sat 10: 00-13: 30 and 18: 00-19: 00; Sun only in the morning), the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (external only) and the Palace of the Dukes of Granada of Ega (Tue-Sat 9: 30-14: 00; Sun and holidays 11: 00-14: 00; Mon closed).

Lunch break at Simona´s Pizza (€ 15,00) and then visit the Church of San Miguel, simple but very beautiful (10: 00-19: 00).
Interesting stage at the Interpretation Center of the Camino de Santiago at the church of Jus del Castillo, built on an ancient synagogue (Tue-Sat 11: 30-13: 30 and 17: 30-19: 30; Sun and holidays 11: 30-13: 30; closed Mon).
Mingle with the locals on the arcade Fueros square, ancient arena and connection point between the ancient city and the modern one.
At sunset, reach the Basilica of Nuestra Senora del Puy (10: 20-20: 00), built on a slope from which you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city.

Dinner at Restaurante Richard (€ 30,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,2 km / 56 min
  • Places visited: Church of San Pedro de la Rùa (free), Church of the Holy Sepulcher (free), Palace of the Dukes of Granada of Ega (free), Church of San Miguel (free), Interpretation Center of the Camino de Santiago (free), Fueros square (free), Nuestra Senora del Puy Basilica (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00

4 day

Visit of Iratxe Monastery, one of the most important monumental complexes in Navarre consisting of a Romanesque church, cloister and tower (Wed-Sun 10: 00-13: 20 and 16: 00-19: 00). The fountain of wine is curious.
Then take the Quaderna Via wine area, in Igúzquiza: admire the vineyards and, for connoisseurs, there is no shortage of opportunities to visit a winery complete with tasting.
Continuation a Los Arcos and visit of the Santa María de los Arcos Church, one of the most important (every day 12: 00-14: 00 and 17: 00-20: 00). It houses one of the most spectacular organs in the region and the magnificent cloister.

In Los Arcos stop for lunch at Bodegas Fernández de Arcaya (€ 20,00)
Then continue towards Torres del Rio and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (9: 00-13: 00 and 16:30 to 19:00).
Finally, you reach Viana, a delightful town perched on a hill and surrounded by ancient walls. Stroll through the alleys admiring noble houses, palaces and churches. Don't miss the church of Santa María with its Renaissance façade. It opens half an hour before the Holy Mass.

Here, stop for dinner at the Restaurante Borgia (€ 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 38,2 km / 38 min by car
  • Places visited: Monastery of Iratxe (free), Igúzquiza (free), Church of Santa María de los Arcos (free), Torres del Rio Church of the Holy Sepulcher (€ 1,00), Viana Church of Santa Maria (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00

5 day

Visit the Church of Santa María de Eunate, one of the most beautiful and evocative churches of the Camino de Santiago declared a National Monument (10: 30-13: 30; Sat and Sun 11: 00-13: 30 and 16: 30-18: 30).
Then walk in Lumbier gorge (simple route of 2 km and a half) that crosses the tunnels once traveled by the first electric train in Spain.
Stop in Sangüesa and visit the Church of Santa María la Real, National Monument, whose facade is one of the masterpieces of Spanish Romanesque (Mon-Sat 10: 30-14: 00 and 16: 00-18: 30).

Lunch at the Pizzería Pomodoro (€ 23,00).
Continuation towards Javier and visit of the Castle, an impregnable fortress in which St. Francis Xavier was born, patron saint of Navarre, of missions and tourism in Spain (10: 00-18: 30).
Finally, reach the Leyre Monastery, a magnificent example of medieval religious architecture on the slopes of the Sierra de Leire, from which there is a spectacular view over the Yesa basin. The complex is always open (10: 00-19: 00); the monks sing the chants at 9:00, 19:00 and 21:05.

Dinner at the Hospedería de Leyre (€ 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 136 km / 1 h 46 min by car
  • Places visited: Church of Santa María de Eunate (€ 1,00), Lumbier gorge (free access, car park € 2,50), Church of Santa María la Real (€ 2,30), Javier Castle (€ 3,00) , Monastery of Leyre (€ 3,30)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00

How much does it cost 5 days in Navarre

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Reaching Navarre with your own vehicle is a magnificent sensory experience that can also save you a lot, since flights, especially in high season, are close to (and can exceed) € 200,00. If the plane option is obligatory, the ideal solution to explore the region is then to rent a car (one week rental from € 170,00).

Bitter notes also for the accommodations. If you are satisfied with hostels, shared rooms, perhaps in structures made available by religious orders, then you can spend between € 20,00 / 30,00 per night, otherwise, real hotels (good category but not luxury ) have average prices that are, at least, around € 80,00 / 90,00 per night.

Good news for the attractions to visit: they are practically all free. Since these are mostly churches and monasteries, the entrances are always free or symbolic (an offer is welcome). For meals, however, the offer ranges to meet all budgets. It should be remembered that religious structures also offer meals, simple but invigorating, to passing tourists.

  • starting from € 155,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • From San Sebastian: Pamplona and Olite Navarra Royal Palace Tour: Oil Mill and Winery Tour with Lunch
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 775,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Navarre: the ideal season is summer, from June to August, or until the first half of September, being the least rainy and the sunniest - find out more
  • flight to Madrid and then connection to Pamplona with internal flights (eg Madrid-Pamplona 1 hour from € 30,00), trains (3 hours and 30 mins, from € 18,00) and buses (5 hours and 15 mins, from € 19,00)
  • base cities are Pamplona, ​​Estella, Javier, Puente La Reina-Gares, which offer a wide range of hotels and b & bs
  • Getting around: the best solution is to have your own vehicle (1 week rental from € 137,00), or move using the buses of the Compania Navarra de Autobuses line that offer good connections to the central-southern area and slightly less frequent services to the countries of the Pyrenees (eg Pamplona-Santandèr € 9,00)
  • Recommended cards and passes: Pamplona Iruna Card, discounted access to monuments, museums and resources of the city, discounts on guide services and routes around the city, shows and events, partner hotels and shops

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