The sleek and harmonious silhouette of the Castle-Palace
stands out against the skyline of Olite, a small town in the centre of Navarre just 42 kilometres south of Pamplona that was the seat of the Royal Court of the kingdom in the Middle Ages.
The thick walls and crenelated towers of the Palace were home to monarchs and princes. Declared a national monument in 1925, it is the best example of civil Gothic architecture in Navarre
and one of the most notable in Europe.
A walk through the narrow streets of Olite will take you past noble stone houses with coats or arms on their facades and grandiose wooden eaves, mediaeval galleries and splendid churches, and the Roman wall surrounding the town.
Its Mediterranean climate has also made Olite a wine capital
. Visit its bodegas (wineries) and try their wines. Let yourself be guided, the town will take you back to an era of tournaments, kings and princesses, wizards and jugglers, falconers and archers; they all return to Olite every August for a Mediaeval Fair
Olite is also host to a Classical Theatre Festival in the summer
The skyline of a combination of elegant palatial towers crowned by slate roofs is the view as you approach Olite, a small town with a population of just over 3,000 in the transition zone of Navarre between the mountainous north and the plains of the south, 40 kilometres south of Pamplona. Although there are Roman remains from the 1st century, it is thought that Olite was founde ... [+ info]
Wifi zone: Biblioteca pública (948740772) y Bar Katixa (Rua Mirapies).
. Fiestas Medievales (august).
. Fiesta de la Vendimia (september).
Description: visitas al Palacio Real, Olite Monumental e iglesias de la ciudad. También disponen de audioguía.
Price of the visit: a partir de 4,90€.
Service provider: Guiarte Servicios Turísticos (948 74 12 73)
- Guided visits
- Health centre
- Medical centre
- Outdoor sports area
- Petrol station
- Picnic spot
- Restaurant / coffee-houses
- Sports centre
- Supermarket / shop
- Tourist Office
Observations: el mercado semanal se celebra los miercoles.
How to get there and move around Salir de Pamplona por la AP-15 dirección Imarcoain/Zaragoza/Madrid hasta la salida 50 (Tafalla/Olite/Tudela/Zaragoza/Madrid). Continuar por la N-121 dirección Zaragoza/Madrid hasta pasar la gasolinera y entonces, tomar el desvío a la izquierda que por la NA-6620 lleva hasta Olite.
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