All the secrets of Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles is a town in Navarre that seems to have the magical power to whisk you off to times past. It’s always been the starting point for many taking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, a walk that spans some 440 miles. Are you brave enough to try it? If not, don't worry, because thanks to our cheap trips to Roncesvalles there’s still a lot to see!
One example is the Hospital of Pilgrims. Although the original building was much older, the building you see now was designed by architect José Poudez in 1792. Fall in love with the neoclassical style and take pictures for your holiday album.
If you’re looking for the oldest building in Roncesvalles, that would be the chapel of Sancti Spiritus. This Romanesque oratory was built in the 12th century. It’s also known as the “silo of Charlemagne”, as supposedly the fallen Frankish combatants in 778 are buried here.
In the vicinity of Roncesvalles, you’ll find Quinto Real Forest, a large beech forest that looks like it came straight out of a film. It’s ideal for hiking, so make some snacks, put on some walking boots and get ready to disconnect and have a great time. Once inside, you can explore all of its hidden treasures, including the ruins of the Royal Weapons Factory, as well as getting your feet wet in the River Arga. What better way to finish off one of our package deals to Roncesvalles?
If you’re left wanting more, though, Irati Forest is for you. It’s one of the largest beech and fir tree forests in all of Europe, and it extends all the way into France. There’s no end of trails to walk and cycle, with levels suitable for all tastes and ages, all with an unbeatable backdrop.
All that walking is sure to work up an appetite, but don't worry, because the regional gastronomy is sure to blow you away. Remember to try some migas de pastor, a traditional dish made using breadcrumbs, scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms and trout with ham.
With our trips to Roncesvalles, you can enjoy a superb location that’s closer than you think.