Very close to Logroño you will find Nájera, one of the spectacular cities on the route you will follow from Camino a Santiago. In the 11th century, King Sancho III made some modifications to the route so that this city would become a safe passage for pilgrims.
Nájera was the capital of the kingdom of Navarre in one of its most prosperous periods, therefore it is the scene of important historical events, which are reflected in its works of art and celebrations. Here you can enjoy the splendid monastery of Nájera, its historical and archaeological museum and take a stroll through the old quarter of the city that will last in your memory.
As a visitor or pilgrim you will be well taken care of and you will be able to transport yourself to the memories of a memorable time. Next we will show you a brief compilation of the most interesting data you should know to plan your trip and enjoy this capital of memory.
What to see and do in Nájera?
In your walks through this beautiful city you will be able to enjoy the Najerilla River that divides the area in two. On one of its banks you will find one of the most important monuments in the region, the monastery of Santa María La Real, which was built in 1032 and was modified during the fifteenth century.
Its external appearance that appears to be a fortress contrasts with the ornamental beauty of its interior, recognized as the cloister of the Knights by the large number of nobles who were buried there.
The church presents us with magnificent pieces of art, such as the carving in the choir, the high altarpiece with a Romanesque image of Santa María La Real, the Royal Pantheon, the mausoleum of the Dukes of Nájera and a solemn crypt, where it is said that the Virgin appeared before King Don García, who ordered the construction of the site.
Opposite the monastery is the Archaeological and History Museum of Nájera. Here you will find sections on prehistory, the Romans, the medieval period, ethnography and painting, as well as material from the Nájera region, so don’t miss it. You may also be interested in the parish church of Santa Cruz and its magnificent lantern.
Near the city you can also visit other magnificent monuments, such as the “rival” of San Millán de la Cogolla, Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Ezcaray, where the Parque de las sierras de la Demanda and Urbión are located.
Where to eat in Nájera?
Although it is not a tourist site par excellence, there is a great diversity of places to sleep and eat. Here are some of the most popular.
It is a family restaurant with a long trajectory, with traditional Riojan cuisine that merges with the contemporary. Here you will be offered a menu of the day, a menu and several special proposals.
This place specializes in charcoal-grilled products. In addition, it is possible to taste typical local dishes a la carte. Its bar has a wide variety of skewers and casseroles.
The Good Yantar
Here you will be able to taste homemade dishes made with autochthonous ingredients. Visitors to this site ensure that the quantity and quality of their products deserve the best value.
Where can I sleep in Nájera?
As it is a safe passage for many pilgrims, Nájera offers you an excellent offer of hostels, inns and hotels. Here we offer you two places that can be a good option to rest during your trip.
Duques de Nájera Hotel
Located in the old part of the town, it has a total of 15 bright, impeccable and spacious rooms. Here you can request a special package for tourists.
Hostel Ciudad de Nájera
This hostel has eight rooms equipped with all the services you could need to enjoy an excellent stay.
How to get to Nájera?
How to get to this place will depend on where you are. You can get there in any kind of land vehicle. The closest city to Nájera is Logroño and from there you can usually make a journey on foot.
The trail shows moderate slopes and offers hikers an exquisite visual reward. Enjoy vineyards, wide valleys and historic centers.
Pilgrims really enjoy this 27.5 km walk. Along the way you will find places to quench your thirst and many other walkers, whose number will depend on the date you decide to travel.