Discover all the corners and marvels of Tierra Estella
What to visit?
This protected area of natural beauty is situated in the north east of the Estella region. It is made up of four parts: Urbasa mountain range, Andía mountain range, Limitaciones mountains and the natural reserve of the River Urederra. It is the ideal spot for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and all nature-based outdoor activities.
UREDERRA RIVER SOURCE
AND PILATOS BALCONY
The Urederra river source inspires awe in tourists and visitors alike. Dense vegetation mingles with the turquoise waters of the river Urederra. Waterfalls and pools accompany the visitor along a delightful path that leaves no-one indifferent. In the Urbasa mountains, Pilatos Balcony takes the breath away of anyone who stands above the dramatic precipice to contemplate the gorgeous panoramic views over the Améscoa valley.
Situated in Ayegui, the Monastery of Irache forms part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route. This point on the Way appears as a huge array of medieval, renaissance and baroque buildings. It has been a pilgrim hospital, a university, a wartime hospital and a school for monks. It is one of the most important monumental complexes in Navarre.
THE WINE FOUNTAIN
In the grounds of the Monastery, belonging to Bodegas Irache winery, you can quench your thirst at the fountain with a hearty swig of wine; this product flows free of charge from the aforementioned fountain allowing both pilgrims and visitors to quench their thirst while trying the product of the winery. The fountain features a real-time webcam.
The town of the river Ega, Estella-Lizarra is the capital of this part of Navarre. Also called the Toledo of the north, it boasts a rich architectural, artistic and cultural heritage. Of great note are the religious monuments such as the Santo Sepulcro, the churches of San Pedro la Rúa, San Juan, San Miguel and the basilica of Our Lady of the Puy. The Carlism and Gustavo de Maeztu museums, the Fray Diego culture centre, the town’s visitor centre as well as other artistic and cultural spaces all bring its people and visitors closer to the history, culture, art and rich heritage, that Estella-Lizarra, a major landmark on the Camino de Santiago, has to offer.
CLOISTER OF SAN PEDRO
DE LA RÚA
In the heart of Estella and at the foot of the Camino de Santiago lies San Pedro de la Rúa, a church dating from the 12th Century. Its spectacular cloister, built in the romanesque style, is formed by nine rounded arches, supported on pairs of cylindrical columns with decorated capitals adorned with collars. It is regarded as one of the richest works of sculpture in Navarre.
MONASTERY OF IRANZU
This cistercian monastery lies in a natural enclave beyond the village of Abárzuza. It is one of the pillars of the heritage of Tierra Estella. It was built between the 12th and the 14th Centuries. The church, cloister, chapter house and kitchen all remain. The chapel of San Adrián is also still standing.