Villamayor de Monjardín is a small village and municipality in the Comunidad Foral de Navarra, located on the French Way. It has been a village since the 12th century and an independent town council since 1846, so it has a long history to offer. This town contains an excellent natural heritage and a number of historical monuments, so it is of great tourist interest despite its modest size. It is an ideal place to soak up culture and relax in the open air.
What to see and do in Villamayor de Monjardín
Castle of San Esteban de Deyo or Monjardín Castle
This interesting construction dates back to the 10th century and is located near Villamayor de Monjardín, on a hill 890 m high. It is said that the remains of the Navarrese monarch Sancho Garcés I rest in this castle.
Of the original medieval enclosure of the castle, the old sandstone walls and the cistern inside a house with a vaulted ceiling have been preserved. The walls create a flat enclosure, in this one there is a hermitage of late construction. The remains of the keep can also be found on the site. This is one of the essential architectural events to visit in Villamayor de Monjardín.
Fountain of the Moors
To visit the Fuente de los Moros you have to go to the outskirts of Villamayor de Monjardín, about 300 metres away. This construction is a curiosity of the late Romanesque. The fountain of the Moors is a cistern whose construction is dated around 1200 and which is accessed through a double-arched façade. From here, an extensive staircase descends to the water. The roof of the fountain was recently rebuilt, respecting the original appearance at all times.
The Mojardín Castle Route
If you are looking to enjoy the natural and historical heritage of Villamayor de Monjardín in one sitting this is the perfect way to do it. It is a short route, somewhat dry, with continuous slopes and a lot to see along the way. As a final climax we arrive at the famous Mojardín Castle with its imposing appearance.