The Olite Palace is the centerpiece of the small village of Olite. The parador occupies part of the medieval palace.
The parador has very tasteful medieval decor to tie in with the rest of the palace which was built in the 1500's. The rooms are very nice, with all modern comforts. My room had French doors which opened to a view of a convent/monastery. The restaurant in the parador had excellent food.
In front of the parador is a very pretty square with jasmine trees. The wine museum is right next door. The Church of St. Maria La Real is to the other side. Everything is just a stone's throw away in Olite.
This hotel is on Calle de Recoletas, right within the old town walls and very close to Taconera Park.
My room was on the third floor, I think, and overlooked a walled in garden of a convent. The room was very basic, almost sterile, but from the website it looks like they may have upgraded since I was there. However, the room was very spacious.
In the lobby there is a computer with internet access, and tourist brochures. The man at the front desk was helpful. The service, in general, was good there.
This is a convent for nuns with an annexed house of two floors where the pilgrims may stay for one noght for free, or for a donative.
They will give you the key and you are free to go out for dinner and come back whenever you like.
The shelter is presently known as Albergue Itzandegia, in Roncesvalles (called in Basque language Donibane Garazi), the first location that you encounter when you cross the Pyrenees coming on foot from Saint Jean pied de Port, France. Do not miss the religious service devoted to the pilgrims in the Church. They will cite your name and will bless you.
There are two restaurants in Roncesvalles, both very close from each other, but they have reached an agreement and will serve the same menu at the same price.
Bring your sleeping bag because the shelters of the Camino de Santiago very rarely furnish blankets.
Encomienda is an old and rarely employed Spanish word meaning place or territory that in the past was given to some Chevaliers and Military Orders. This one in Cizur Menor, at a stone throw from Pamplona, dating from the XII century, belong to the Priorato of Navarre and was given to the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta, one of the many encomiendas that they still possess in Spain.
They offer shelter to the pilgrims doing on foot the Camino de Santiago during only one night. When the shelter is full, then they open the Church, looking a castle, and they accommodate the pilgrims before the altar with mattresses.
Excellent dormitory with kitchen.
This is a pilgrims meeting point coming from the two main ways of the Camino de Santiago: Saint Jean Pied de Port (Camino Frances) and from Somport (Camino Aragones).
In Puente la Reina there are plenty of restaurants at pilgrim prices.
The place is also a religious college (seminary) and has a stunning temple dating from the XV century. At the beginning of the XX century a German priest, Padre Guillermo Zicke, bought the nearby Convento del Crucifijo (Crucifix Convent).
It was founded by the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem and later the Caballeros of the Order of Malta added a hospital to feed and attend the hungry, sick and dying pilgrims going of coming from Santiago de Compostela.
This is a quiet place in Navarra, along the Camino de Santiago. If you are pilgrim everything is free during one night, accommodation and three meals. You will then sleep in the dormitory.
If you are just a tourist you will have to pay, but very reasonable prices, much cheaper than in a normal hostel, and you can participate in the monks ceremonies and meditation in the monastery.
I felt a fortunate pilgrim to sleep there
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