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Along the riverbank in Navarre

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  • Gallery of Nuestra Señora del Romero, Cascante © Turespaña

    Gallery of Nuestra Señora del Romero, Cascante © Turespaña

  • Plaza de los fueros square, Tudela © Turespaña

    Plaza de los fueros square, Tudela © Turespaña


Culture and nature on the banks of the Ebro River

On this route we'll discover the south of Navarre, though which the Ebro River flows. We'll find beautiful towns and monasteries and we'll be able to taste the delicious gastronomic products from this fertile land. We'll also be surprised by the contrast between the green riverbanks of the Ebro and the desert-like landscape of the Bardenas Reales, a unique nature area in Spain.

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We recommend allowing two or three days for this route. We'll start in the town of Tudela, the capital of the Ribera de Navarra region. In the old town, where there is an old Jewish quarter, we can find the Cathedral of Santa María (Gothic, 12th-13th centuries) and its Mudejar decoration. It was built on an old Al-Andalus mosque at the end of the 9th century.

Other interesting buildings are the Romanesque churches of La Magdalena and San Nicolás de Bari, the Gothic-Renaissance church in the Santa María de Gracia Hospital, and the Baroque churches of San Jorge el Real and the Convent of El Carmen.
Some important civil buildings are the Casa del Deán house (Gothic-Mudejar, with a Plateresque façade, built in the 15th-16th centuries) and Casa del Almirante house (Renaissance, 16th century), and the palaces of Marquis of San Adrián (Renaissance, 16th century) and Marquis of Huarte (Neoclassical, 18th century). The Town Hall (Renaissance, 16th century) and the Monreal Tower (Al-Andalus origin) are also worth visiting.

Beyond Tudela
On leaving the city, we'll see the medieval bridge on the Ebro River, which has 17 arches, which we are sure to like. The next part of our route goes along the riverbanks, with a landscape full of groves, fertile plains and vegetable gardens. We'll head towards Cabanillas, about 8 kilometres from Tudela, to visit the Romanesque Church of La Natividad (12th century).
Then we'll continue for a couple of kilometres (after going by Tudela again and crossing to the other side of the Ebro) to get to Fontellas. There we'll be able to visit the town of Bocal de Fontellas. The old and new dams, the Palace of Carlos V and the Casa de las Compuertas house are the starting point of the Imperial Canal of Aragón. These installations were built in times of Charles III (18th century) and enabled the people to extend the irrigation and navigation to the city of Zaragoza.

The next places to visit on our route are two Cistercian monasteries: Tulebras (10 kilometres from Fontellas), late Romanesque, built in the 13th century, and Fitero (15 kilometres), the first Cistercian monastery founded in Spain, built in the 12th-13th centuries. The town of Fitero also has a spa that is perfect for relaxing.
Then we'll continue our journey towards the town of Corella (about 7 kilometres away), which has Baroque buildings such as the Arrese House-Museum and the Church of San Miguel. After crossing the Ebro again in Castejón we'll find, after about 20 kilometres, the town of Arguedas. Here we'll find the "Sendaviva" Adventure and Theme Park, which is a lot of fun if we're travelling with the family. From Arguedas we can also get to the Bardenas Reales de Navarra Nature Reserve, which we recommend visiting between September and June.

This unique nature area (with specialised guides), declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covers 42,500 hectares. It a must to come here and admire its desert-like landscape, the surprising geological formations and its splendid natural viewpoints, such as the Alto de Aguijares and the so-called Balcón de Pilatos. The strict nature reserves of El Vedado de Eguaras, El Rincón del Bu and Las Caídas de la Negra are three ideal places to discover the flora and fauna of this reserve and the perfect place to end our route. 


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