Information about Valcarlos

The small border town of Valcarlos – Luzaide is a land rich in forests, waterfalls, waterfalls and historical events. Bandits and shepherds, warriors and pilgrims, frontiers and ties forged the identity of this beautiful municipality. Its name refers to Charlemagne. In the year 778 he was in these lands playing chess when Roland, his best soldier, sounded his oliphant warning him of imminent danger. As fate would have it, Roland and his men met their deaths in the area of Roncesvalles.

The arrival of the pilgrims to Santiago was more peaceful, and since then Luzaide has been the starting point of the Pilgrim’s Way in Navarre. A village that spreads through the valley in eight neighbourhoods inhabited by hospitable people who have been able to adapt to life on the border and who have preserved their ancient traditions that have in the dance of the Bolantes of Valcarlos its maximum expression.

What to see and do in Valcarlos

Church of Santiago Apostle

It was destroyed during the Convention War and rebuilt shortly afterwards between 1799 and 1802. The cloister and the tower were renovated in 1859.