Route of Monasteries

Travel through lands of “ora et labora”, from a Soria that inspired poets to the medieval villages of Olite and Sos del Rey Católico.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
A city of poets, Soria invites you to wander and discover the places that inspired Bécquer, Machado and Gerardo Diego. Some architectural gems are really worth visiting: the Santo Domingo church, the Concatedral de San Pedro, the Romanesque cloister of San Juan de Duero or two of its cultural references: the bucolic San Polo, former monastery of the Temple, and the San Saturio chapel with its quiet boardwalk along the Duero river. Once you have restored your energy with the local energy bars -the crispy and irresistible torreznos (rashers of bacon) or some other culinary delicacies -try to plan your trip during the fungi season-, you should head to the interesting Celtiberian site of Numancia, which passed into history for its fierce defence against the Roman siege. In the surroundings, it is worth visiting El Burgo de Osma, the entry to the Río de Lobos canyon and a perfect place to go for a walk.
Day 2
The second stop of the route is already in Navarre. A recommended stop in this journey is the Royal Monastery of Veruela, at the feet of the Moncayo, which is one of the prettiest and best-preserved monasteries in Aragon and now is being remodelled in order to become a Parador. In Olite, the slim and harmonious silhouette of its castle-palace, royal seat during the Middle Ages, will welcome you as if it were taken from a fantasy book. This is the best example of the Gothic civil architecture of Navarre and one of the most remarkable in Spain. The Parador is located within the original palace, where you will feel as in a tranquillity oasis surrounded by century-old stone walls. You should stroll through its narrow streets, visit its splendid churches and its Roman walls. Be seduced by the delights of the region’s gardens, enjoy a good T-bone steak and some roasted meats. In this land of vineyards, take the opportunity to discover the Wine and Vineyard Museum of Navarre, know some wineries and try their wines. In the surroundings, we recommend visiting Ujué, a medieval village with breath-taking panoramic views, the nearby Cistercian abbey of Monasterio de la Oliva or admiring the natural semi desert landscape of the Bardenas Reales.
Day 3
Your journey ends in the province of Zaragoza, in the charming medieval village of Sos del Rey Católico. Its steep streets lead to beautiful places such as the Lonja and the ruins of the medieval castle, the parish church of San Esteban from the 11th century, the Sada Palace or the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de Ventuñana. The Parador, located in a noble Aragon-style building, is the right place to experience it and savour a delicious asado de ternasco (roasted lamb) from Aragon. Within a 25 km radius, you should visit the neighbouring Monastery of Leyre, one of the most important monastic complexes in Spain; the Castle of Javier, a pilgrimage site where San Francisco Javier was born and lived, and Uncastillo, one of the greatest monumental complexes in Aragon.