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Guide to Olite

Pamplona      Olite      The Navarrese Pyrenees

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Guide to Olite – Introduction

Although Navarra is normally synonomous purely with the running of the bulls in Pamplona, there are a number of other attractions in this verdent, pleasant region. Amongst said attractions is the beautiful little town of Olite, which, with less than 5,000 inhabitants is thoroughly dominated by its Palacio Real – a vast Gothic palace in which the various Kings of Navarra resided until well into the 16th Century.

Olite was little more than a Roman garrison town in the early years of it’s existence, yet Navarra’s powerful Carlos III used the site to build a fortresspalace complex replete with towers and ramparts. Although a devastating fire struck in the 19th century, the palace was lovingly rebuilt and today houses a number of fascinating underground tunnels, impressive churches and the heavy scent of history.

Olite itself is a charming spot to stroll around and get a feel for Navarrese village life, and within an easy drive or bus there are a number of beautifully preserved medieval villages.

What to See and Do in Olite

  1. Explore Carlos III’s Royal Palace, seat of Navarrese royalty and a treasure in the Gothic style.
  2. If you’re a fan of the grape then there are few better museums on wine than the Museo de Vino in Olite. It goes into great detail on the process of wine making and the particular bodegas that are famed within Navarra. A well organised and fascinating stop.
  3. Combine your trip to Olite with one of a dizzying array of possible half day trips – try the wonderfully atmospheric village of Ujue nearby or the Monasterio de la Oliva.

Where to Stay in Olite

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