The Jacobean village of Los Arcos is located between Estella and Viana and is crossed by the river Odrón. Every corner of this town is a perfect blend of history, artistic folklore and gastronomy, arts that have been strengthened thanks to the fact that this town is an important stopping point on the Camino de Santiago.
The French Way runs along the main street of the city. It was once full of inns and buildings that still reflect the prosperity of the place thanks to its strategic location as a crossroads and the constant flow of pilgrims.
What to see and do in Los Arcos
Basilica of Santa Maria
The Basilica of Santa María de Los Arcos is the oldest religious temple in Navarre, and one of the most beautiful. It was originally a Roman mausoleum from the 3rd century, which was transformed into a Christian basilica in the 5th century, reusing architectural elements from the ancient Roman city of Tritium Megallum, Tricio la Grande, which included the current village of Tricio, Nájera and other nearby towns.
Under the floor of the basilica were discovered burials of paleochristian tombs from the 5th and 6th centuries, some Roman sarcophagi from the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD. C. reused and other medieval ones; as well as Roman funerary stelae and another paleochristian one. In the chancel there are remains of the Romanesque paintings from the end of the 12th century, repainted over the original Paleo-Christian ones from the 5th century.
Gates of the walls
The primitive medieval wall that encircled the town, today used in later houses and buildings, opened through several gates. Next to the river and at the northwest end of the town centre is the gateway known as the “Estanco” with a wide semicircular arch of large ashlars.
Also on the banks of the river and at the opposite end of the town stands the Portal de Castilla, next to the tower and the parish church.