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Basílica Nuestra Señora del Romero
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Basílica Nuestra Señora del Romero
A spa, lots of arches and many birds define this well-equipped town in the Queiles Valley, located between Bardenas Reales Natural Park and Moncayo mountain. The mark of its past remains on streets and buildings, making a walk through the town the best history lesson. Do not miss the chance to take photos of the Roman arcade and relax in the spa and leisure centre. And if the weather is good, why not take a walk to the Lagoon of Lor to watch the kings and queens of the skies.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
  • From Celtic settlement to Roman town
  • The footprint of the past on the city
  • An industrial century
  • Traditional characters

    ART: UNIQUE MONUMENTS, MUSEUMS, SQUARES and SPOTS
  • The Baroque basilica of Our Lady of Romero
  • Romero Arcade, the only one in Navarre
  • The Gothic-Plateresque church of the Assumption
  • The Ethnographic Museum, a living memory of life in Cascante
  • The House-Museum of Navarre?s First Female Saint

    NATURE: CHARMING PARKS
  • Romero Park, a pleasant walk

    ROUTES
  • The Old Town: the noble houses of Cascante
  • The Lagoon of Lor, a natural paradise 3 kilometres outside the town
  • The ?Tarazonica? Greenway from Cascante station

    LEISURE ACTIVITIES
  • Relaxing treatments in the spa and leisure centre
  • Amateur bullfight at Riolombo farm
  • Traditional shopping

    ESSENTIAL DATES
  • The local fiesta, the second Saturday in September

  • A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
    . From Celtic settlement to Roman town: Livius considered it to be the Celtiberian town of 'Kaiskat' when it was destroyed by Sertorius (76 BC). It had its own Celtic currency, but did not reach full splendour until Roman times. Located on the main thoroughfares, it had roads, minted Roman coins and was the first town in the area to have Latin law. Tiberius declared it municipum romanorum and the city's current coat of arms includes the phrase 'Civitas Cascantum Municipium Romanorum'.

    . The mark of the past on the town: Philip IV awarded Cascante the title of town in 1633. Remnants of the Muslims' presence are still found there today, although there are reports from the 5th century that, by then, the town had already been Christianised. The church of the Assumption was built on the site of a synagogue, while words like 'aljibe' (water tank) and 'alamín' (official in charge of irrigation) are still part of agricultural language. In the higher part of the town, the remains of a mediaeval castle (12th century) remind us that it was a defensive vantage point in the face of enemy kingdoms.

    . The industrial century: in the 19th century, mills, bakeries, oil presses, wine cellars and factories all prospered. It was also home to a matchstick factory (1850), the first of its kind in Spain. Since then, the town has continued to thrive.

    . Traditional characters: an international 20th century sculptor, Manuel Clemente Ochoa. Two of his works can be seen in the town: the sculpture dedicated to Malón Echaide in Romero park and another abstract piece in the garden of the cellar of Our Lady of Romero. Malón de Echaide himself is another famous inhabitant of Cascante. A monk, writer, theologist and preacher who brought literature to the people. Finally, Navarre's first female saint, Saint Vicenta María López y Vicuña also came from Cascante. She dedicated her life to young people's problems.

    ART: UNIQUE MONUMENTS, MUSEUMS, SQUARES and SPOTS
    . The baroque basilica of Our Lady of Romero: the basilica stands on Cascante's highest point, built in the 17th century on the site of the primitive church that was destroyed by a fire. The only remnant of the older temple is the chapel, with its original Romanist altarpiece created by Pedro Díaz de Oviedo and the primitive polychrome medieval statue of Our Lady of Romero, which is the subject of great devotion. [+ info]

    . The Romero Arches: if Cascante is famous for anything, it is without a doubt the brick pathway that protects the walk from the village up to the basilica of Our Lady of Romero. A Baroque brick archway made up of 37 arches, the only one of its kind in Navarre, that adapts perfectly to the hill, almost like a train.

    . The Gothic-Plateresque church of the Assumption: built on the old synagogue, the 17th century Naturalist style sculpture of Christ at the Column is kept here. In 1940, a fire destroyed almost the whole church, but the re-building work was faithful to the primitive style and that is why it is now the best three-nave Renaissance church in Navarre, alongside the church at Cintruénigo.

    . Cascante Ethnographic Museum: in Romero park, this three-story house on top of the basilica's naves preserves the town's popular memories. The exhibition includes curious objects such as Cascante's first loom, the equipment of a complete hairdresser-barber's shop, a bakery, working room and slaughter room, etc. [+ info]

    . The Museum-House of Navarre's First Female Saint: Vicenta María López y Vicuña was born in the four-storey house owned by her paternal grandmother. Today, you can visit the house and see the rooms where she was brought up, including her parents' bedroom (where she was born), the room she used as a child and even an old range from the time, as well as personal items, paintings, documents and clothes used by her. [+ info]

    NATURE: CHARMING PARKS
    . Romero Park: on the same hill where you will find the basilica of Our Lady of Romero, you will also come across this natural enclosure, a unique vantage point for viewing La Ribera. From there you can see the whole of the Queiles valley lying beneath Moncayo mountain and up to 17 towns and villages in Navarre and Aragon. Meanwhile, the smell of rosemary explains the area's name ('romero' is rosemary in Spanish).

    ROUTES AROUND THE CITY
    . The Old Town, Cascante's Palaces: a network of mediaeval-style streets with numerous nooks and emblazoned palaces, the legacy of ancient lineage. Although they are closed to the public, the beautiful exterior makes the visit worthwhile. You can enjoy most of them with a walk around the following streets: Caracoles, Victoria, Corralazos, Mayor Alta and San Pedro. Among the buildings that stand out are the Bobadillas palace and the Casa de los Duplas. The names of some of the streets -César, Vía Romana and Tiberio- go back to Roman times.

    . The Lagoon of Lor, a natural paradise just 3km away from Cascante: a small natural reservoir that was artificially extended. Century-old legends say that this lagoon shrouded in mystery is inhabited by fairies that let out moans or sighs. The scientific explanation for their laughter and whistles is the presence of birds such as wigeons and black-headed gulls. The lack of vegetation allows for considerable visibility, making it the perfect place for birdwatching. A simple walk can be taken from Cascante's old railway station to the Lagoon of Lor, where an elevated path goes around the enclave, providing the visitor with the reward of a beautiful panoramic view. [+ info]

    . Tarazonica Greenway, Cascante station: from the abandoned railway station, you can walk the Tarazonica Greenway towards Tulebras, along a somewhat winding 3-kilometre stretch far away from the road among fields of fruit trees, or towards Tudela, a quiet 10-km walk with a number of places to rest and beautiful local landscapes that include market gardens, orchards, wetlands, olive groves and cereal crops. [+ info]

    LEISURE ACTIVITIES
    . A relaxing olive oil massage in the spa and leisure centre: the baths, another remnant of Roman times. Just like authentic emperors, we can dive into the bubbles of the jacuzzi or enjoy a virgin olive oil massage. The hydrotherapy pool is impressive, with more than 50 water effects, jacuzzis, sauna, steam room, hot and cold showers and a relaxation room. [+ info]

    . Riolombo Farm: if we head towards Tudela, we will come across this place for testing out fighting bulls, where we can spend a nice day out in the countryside. The place has its own bullring, bull ranch, restaurant and bar and recreation facilities. (Tel: +34 948 85 04 91)

    . Traditional shopping: little sponge cakes freshly made in a wood oven and Cascante's traditional plaited cake, the 'trenza'; olive oil from the Urzante PGS and well-known wines that can be tasted in local cellars. Access our La Ribera shopping search engine.

    ESSENTIAL DATES
    . The local fiesta in honour of Our Lady of Romero and the Christ at the Column: the rocket that marks the beginning of the festival, called a 'chupinazo', is set off on the second Saturday in September and from that moment on, the town celebrates a week-long festival with events and activities typical of the villages of La Ribera' bull runs, bullfighting, lunches, street music, open-air parties at night, groups of friends, music bands, toro de fuego (firework bull), pipers, giants and big heads, etc.

  • A recommended route for getting to know the surroundings of Cascante
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    • Accommodation
    • Bank
    • Cashpoint
    • Child-park
    • Cinema
    • Fronton
    • Health centre
    • Internet
    • Medical centre
    • Outdoor sports area
    • Petrol station
    • Pharmacy
    • Picnic spot
    • Pub
    • Restaurant / coffee-houses
    • Spa
    • Sports centre
    • Supermarket / shop
    • Swimming area
    • Swimming-pool
    • Theatre

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