Cascante, a city located between the Natural Park of Bardenas Reales
and the Moncayo mountain range, was an ancient Celtiberian settlement and a major Roman town (Cascantum).
The main monument is the Baroque Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Romero
(17th c.) built on the remains of a Romanesque church that was destroyed in a fire. Parts of the old church are still preserved, such as the chapel with its original Romanesque altarpiece, designed by Pedro Díaz de Oviedo, and the polychromatic wood carving of the Virgen del Romero, which is a highly revered image in the area.
The church is linked to the city via an arcade of 39 semicircular arches, built in the 17th century to protect visitors from bad weather.
The park of Romero has a magnificent viewing point that dominates the entire valley of Queiles. There you can find the Ethnographic museum of Cascante
, which keeps the local memories and traditions of the city alive.
3 km away from the city is the Laguna de Lor
, a nature park where the scarce vegetation makes it ideal for bird watching. The Green Tarazonica Route
, an old railway line that connected Tudela
to Tarazona, passes through the abandoned station of Cascante.
The city was the birthplace of famous people such as the modern international sculptor, Manuel Clemente Ochoa, the friar, writer and theologist, Malón Echaide and the first female saint of Navarre
, Santa Vicenta María López y Vicuña, whose life and story can be seen in a house-museum open to the public.