This is the fourth stage of EuroVelo 1 to run through lands of Navarra. From Pamplona-Iruña it continues to Estella-Lizarra along the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago, a World Heritage Route, where it also coincides with EuroVelo 3. It is an itinerary of 46 kilometres with numerous linear settlements, medieval bridges, major monuments, landscapes which change colour every season, wine cellars, and quality gastronomy.
On the first section, until we arrive in Biurrun we will make out to the east the windmills which crown the Sierra de Perdón. From Biurrun we begin the descent towards the Church of Our Lady of Eunate. Its octagonal shape and its location give it an air of mystery.
Scarcely 5 km separate it from the medieval town of Puente la Reina (the Queen’s Bridge) which is of marked Jacobean influence. The continuous coming and going of pilgrims and the shells and staffs are part of the urban landscape of this town, which is an excellent example of a linear settlement. Its Romanesque bridge over the River Arga gives it its name.
Now on the final section of this stage, it is worth stopping in Cirauqui, another village with a medieval air with numerous houses with coats of arms around the Gothic Church of San Román.
Following the route on its Roman road we come to Estella-Lizarra, a town of monuments born under the protection of the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago, which is included in the Roads of Sefarad network of Jewish quarters. As early as the 15th century it was known as “Estella the Fair” and continues to live up to this adage: it is a Romanesque town with numerous mansions, stately homes, churches, convents, bridges, and other fine buildings.
The town is also attractive for its many gastronomic possibilities. Here you can sample meat dishes such as pork, fish, and delicious desserts flavoured with wines from local cellars.