→ 3.70 → Estella [Lizarra] → 2.00km → Ayegui

Altitude
426
To end of camino
654.90
ATM
Yes
Bar
Yes
Bus
Yes
Bus Terminal
Yes
Correos
Estella 5, 31200,Mon-Fri: 0830-2030 & Sat: 0930-1300,948 551 792
Grocery
Yes
Medical Center
Yes
Pharmacy
Yes

Estella, in spite of not being a very big town, has a lot to offer. The camino enters along the river and keeps to the west bank. To see many of the churches, or to stay in some of the albergues, you will need to cross the río Ega.

The town boasts an impressive number of historically significant buildings, so many that to visit them all would take the better part of a weekend. The two not to be missed are the Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra (never actually used by the King of Navarra) and the Iglesia de San Pedro de la Rua. The others include the Iglesia de Santo Sepulcro (as you enter town on your left, closed since 1881), the Iglesia de San Miguel, and the Basílica del Puy which requires a climb to the top of town. Be sure to spend enough time wandering the streets to take it all in.

If you find yourself in Estella for a day of rest and exploration, there are some excellent walking trails nearby. Ask for maps in the tourist information office next to the Palacio.

Fiesta

Thursday is market day in Estella, just as it was 900 years ago. Be sure to stop by the Plaza de los Fueros (opposite the Iglesia de San Juan) for a fresh selection of just about everything in season across Spain.

Estella has two patrons, San Andres and La Virgen del Puy. The former is celebrated as “El Viernes de Gigantes” on the first Friday before the First Sunday in August. Giants abound, and there is a running of the bulls. The latter, for the Virgin, is celebrated on May 25th.

History

Geographically speaking, Estella sits to the north of what would otherwise be an easy walk west from Villatuerta. Its growth as a commercial center developed not because of pilgrims (as was the case in most places) but rather at the manipulations of King Sancho Ramirez at the end of the 11th century.

The Road

If you stayed in one of the albergues on the new side of the town, cross back over the river to rejoin the camino out of town.

Comments

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

My favorite hostel in Estella.
Comfort, kindness, spirit.
Thank you
H. Peter

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

There are lifts helping you make half of the ascent to the Basilica of El Puy. Nice views from there and very nice eclectic interior (for a change!)

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

The religious monuments and the buildings on Calle Rua are worth it, but the rest of town has a weird atmosphere. While I planned on staying for the night, I'll go further in the end.

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

Had great ambience and food. We enjoyed the rice dish for two and the pulpo a la gallego

michael

If you are looking for a peaceful setting, great service and delicious home-cooked vegetarian food, this is certainly the place to come! We had a great meal and delicious wine. Well worth a visit.

michael

I have never stayed in a better-designed albergue! It’s like an albergue designed by a walker for walkers. Clean and modern, beds spaciously laid out, BF if you want, wash and dry clothes service and each bed has its own light, socket, privacy curtain, locker and valuable storage box (as well as a really comfortable mattress!).

michael

Find the place on booking.com. Nice place and they let us do laundry for free.

michael

Albergue Juvenil / Youth hostel is also open as of July 2021