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The Way of Saint James in Navarre

Those who have followed the Way of Saint James say that the experience transforms them. Miles of history and nature, culture and cuisine provide the setting for a journey whose experiences and discoveries fill the backpack of their memories until they reach Compostela.

Did you know that Navarre is the gateway to the Way of Saint James in the Iberian Peninsula?

Two branches of the French Way merge on Navarran soil, in the pretty town of Puente la Reina: one entering the Pyrenees via Roncesvalles and another crossing into Aragon through Sangüesa.

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Eunate (Fotografía cedida por el Archivo de Turismo

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Eunate
(Fotografía cedida por el Archivo de Turismo “Reyno de Navarra”)

Tracks of the Way in Navarre

The 125 miles of the Way across Navarre have countless places to visit…

  • The Royal Collegiate Church of Orreaga/Roncesvalles, an impressive example of medieval architecture that was once an old hospital.
  • The town of Sangüesa, which is considered a National Monument and was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. It is notable for its façade, a Romanesque masterpiece in Spain.
  • Puente la Reina, a medieval town where the Way of Saint James merges. Its picturesque 11th-century bridge bids farewell to the tireless pilgrims.
Puente la Reina (Fotografía cedida por el Archivo de Turismo

Puente la Reina
(Fotografía cedida por el Archivo de Turismo “Reyno de Navarra”)

  • Estella, a Romanesque city so full of palaces, churches and stately houses that some call it “the Toledo of the north”.
  • Viana, the last stop on the Way in Navarre. Palaces, churches and a delicious cuisine see off the pilgrims, who in a few miles enter the lands of Rioja.

Tracks of the Way in Pamplona

Pamplona lies in the middle of the Way of Saint James, on the stretch running from Roncesvalles to Puente la Reina. Did you know that the Way of Saint James passes right behind the Hotel Tres Reyes?

Flecha amarilla Camino de Santiago

Flecha amarilla Camino de Santiago

We’ll tell you the itinerary through the city:

You’ll enter Pamplona through its beautiful 12th-century bridge, Puente de la Magdalena, where Saint James himself will welcome you from a cross on one of its banks.

Next, the Portal de Francia gateway will lead you through the old borough of La Navarrería until you come to the Cathedral of Santa María, whose cloister is considered one of the most outstanding in universal Gothic architecture. From there you will continue to the Church of Santo Domingo (with scallop shells decorating its doors) and the Church of San Cernin (the patron saint of the city) until you come to Calle Mayor, which for centuries was the main street of the city.

At the end of this street lies the Church of San Lorenzo, inside of which is the Chapel of San Fermín with a bust of the saint, making stopping here a must for all pilgrims. You will continue to Parque de la Taconera, an old park and garden where aristocrats used to stroll, at one end of which stands the Hotel Tres Reyes. Here we’ll be waiting for you to relax in our rooms and enjoy our exquisite cuisine.

Iglesia de San Lorenzo y Parque de la Taconera desde el Hotel Tres Reyes de Pamplona

Iglesia de San Lorenzo y Parque de la Taconera desde el Hotel Tres Reyes de Pamplona

There is only a short stretch left along the Way of Saint James in Pamplona. After crossing the park surrounding the largest citadel in Europe, known as the Vuelta del Castillo, you will continue through the University of Navarre campus until you leave the city… And your backpack will hold the unforgettable memories of your passage through our land on the road to Compostela.

El Perdón.Monumento al Peregrino (Fotografía cedida por el Archivo de Turismo

El Perdón.Monumento al Peregrino
(Fotografía cedida por el Archivo de Turismo “Reyno de Navarra”)

Have a good Camino!

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