Los Arcos Travel Guide

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Los Arcos Things to Do

  • La iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Arcos.

    We only know that thirst church existed here in 1175 and it was Romanesque. During following centuries church was rebuilt many times, last time in XVIII century. That’s why its architecture looks like a mixture of baroque and neoclassic. Although main portal made in beginning of XVI century in Plateresque style survived till nowadays and available...

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  • La iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Arcos....

    Interior of Basilica of Saint Mary of Los Arcos is the apotheosis of baroque. I cannot find better expression to describe it. On creation of this interior since XVI century were working famous Spanish masters such as Pedro Izquierdo, Diego Ichaso, Diego Ximenez, Martin Aranalde and Jose Perez de Viñaspre. This splendid interior was created step by...

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  • La iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Arcos....

    Basilica of Saint Mary of Los Arcos has good collection of Gothic and baroque statues and in its treasures you can see a collection of relics and things of special veneration. Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flash light and tripod. Church...

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  • La iglesia de Santa Maria. Choir and...

    Choir of basilica of Saint Mary of Los Arcos is situated, as in many Spanish churches of XVI century on the balcony. This choir was built in 1562-1563 by master Gumet Martin the citizen of Los Arcos. Stalls are decorated with woodcarving showing Saints and Apostles. Organ was made in XVII I century and it is one of the biggest among all organs in...

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  • La iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Arcos....

    Although basilica of Saint Mary of Los Arcos is mostly baroque it preserved one wonderful gothic altarpiece made in the end of XV century. Central figures of Virgin Mary and Saint Elisabeth are representing the scene of Visitation. Lower panels represent the prophets of Old Testament. Side panels are the icons with the scenes of Annunciation and...

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  • La iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Arcos....

    La iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Arcos. ClaustroClaustro or Cloister of basilica of saint Mary of Los Arcos was built by architect Martin Landerrain and his son Juan in first half of XVI century. This is typical late gothic cloister with the graves under its floor in the galleries. Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly...

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  • Monument of Sancho IV the King of...

    Sancho IV (1039-1076) was legal King of Navarre and ruled between 1054-1076. In 1067 another Sancho II the King of Castile invaded Navarre and Sancho IV asked for military assistance from third Sancho, who was his cousin Sincho I the King of Aragon. That’s why this war became known as the war of three Sanchos. At the same year the battle of...

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  • some remains of the medieval townwall

    This gate is a remain of the medieval townwall of Los Arcos. In my last picture you can see the old bridge that might also date back to the medieval times, you will find it opposite of the church and it is used for the main road to Torres del Rio.

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  • another interesting building

    This is another interesting building that I found while taking a walk through Los Arcos. Los Arcos looks like a larger town, although it has just 1200 inhabitants and the village dates back to the 11th century.

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  • A baroque palace & more

    Los Arcos is full of interesting buildings, but one of my favorite was this baroque palace, next to Portal del Castilla.Something else that I liked very much about Los Arcos are the arcades that you will find in some streets, easy for shopping while it is raining and also as a peregrino / pilgrim you are always happy to find a dry place on a rainy...

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  • The cloisters of Santa Maria

    Dont miss to take a look through the window in the backside of the church of Santa Maria, where you can take a look into the cloisters of the former monastery next to the church.It is a pity that these cloisters are not open to the public, but at least you can see a bit of its beauty through the windows !

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  • Portal de Castilla

    Portal de Castilla is the entrance-gate to Plaza Mayor, the main square of Los Arcos, where you will find various cafes and also the church Santa Maria. On the gate you will find the Coat of Arms of Phillp V.

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  • The organ of Iglesia Santa Maria

    The organ of Iglesia Santa Maria was my favorite part of the church, because it is painted in a funny way - just take a look at my main picture, where faces are painted on some of the pipes.When you take the steps up to the chorus you can take a closer look at the organ and you will also see some great woodcarvings up there and a precious old book...

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  • Inside Iglesia Santa Maria

    The great interior of Iglesia Santa Maria was the main reason for me to spend the night in Los Arcos, because I knew, they have a churchservice at 08.00pm , so the church will open at 07.30pm.The interior is held in dark colors, but when the light is turned on you will see how beautifully decorated the church is.

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  • Iglesia Santa Maria

    Iglesia Santa Maria is the main church of Los Arcos and it makes a lot of sense to take a closer look at it: From outside you will see some great decorations and ornaments around the main entrancegate (my last 3 pictures!). During the day the doors of this church are closed, they will open daily about 30 minutes before the church-services will...

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Los Arcos Restaurants

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    Restaurant Monaco: a great pilgrim-menu

    by globetrott Written Jul 15, 2012

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    This restaurant is open between 01.00 and 10.00pm, that is quite unique in Spain and along the Camino and they offer a "Menu del Peregrino" for just 11,- euros, half a litre of red wine and water included.

    Favorite Dish: I had scallops as a 1st course, the a perch as a second course and some icecream as desert. All over the restaurant you will find some exhibits about the Camino and there is also 1 table with a great view of the church.

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Los Arcos Transportation

  • Walking from Los Arcos

    Where to go from Los Arcos? That’s up to your decision. Yoe can go ether west or east. If you go on your own feet west together the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela then your walking distance through Western Navarre will be twenty five kilometers. You will pass through the cities of Sansol, Torres Del Rio and Viana, you will be able to observe...

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  • Walking to Los Arcos

    How to get Los Arcos? The easiest and cheapest way is to get it walking you your own feet together with other pilgrims marching to Santiago de Compostela. We came to Los Arcos from Estella situated 20 kilometers east. If you have health problem and cannot walk then you can drive a car from Estella using highway A-12 or road N-111. If driving is...

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Los Arcos Off The Beaten Path

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    watch out for doors, door-knockers &...

    by globetrott Updated Jun 26, 2012

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    Watching out for fancy, ancient doors & door-knockers is one of my hobbies and along the Camino you will see a lot of interesting local architecture that way.
    Something else that I found quite interesting in these villages along the Camino are the coat of arms, that are shown on the facades of many buildings, like shown in my 2nd picture here.

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