French Way - Villamayor de Monjardín

Information about Villamayor de Monjardín

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.

Castle of Monjardín - 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.

Fountain of the Moors - Villamayor de Monjardín

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.

Route of Castillo de Monjardín - Villamayor de Monjardín

Church of St. Andrew the Apostle

The church of San Andrés is an interesting Romanesque construction with advances towards the proto-gothic style. It has a single nave composed of several sections, ending in a wide chancel where a window opens. It has a vault supported by columns with attached semi-columns ending in vegetal capitals. It was restored during the years 1973 and 1984, which helps to preserve it to this day. The Romanesque doorway stands out with its archivolts, chrism, jambs and beautiful capitals. Its incredible beauty lies especially in the proportionality of its forms.

Church of San Andrés Apóstol - Villamayor de Monjardín

The wine cellars of Castillo de Mojardín

For wine lovers, a visit and tasting at the Castilo de Mojardín winery will be of great interest. Thanks to the unique microclimate of the village, the wine is produced with intense flavours and elegant bearing. This gastronomic stop, or at least getting a bottle as a souvenir of the place, is a must.

Bodegas Castillo de Monjardín - Villamayor de Monjardín

Mapa de Villamayor de Monjardín