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Fitero stands on the banks of the river Alhama on the border with La Rioja not far from Tudela- The town combines mediaeval and modern features in its centre.

Let yourself be captivated by the mediaeval beauty of El Cortijo, a small neighbourhood with narrow streets in a T-shape around the Monastery of Santa María, the first Cistercian monastery in mainland Spain.

You will discover more modern architecture in Fitero's wider and straighter streets in the newer part. There are few noble houses because the Monastery prohibited the construction of large buildings and the use of coats of arms on facades.

Leaving Fitero towards the spa where the poet Bécquer stayed you will find a 16th-century roadside cross, where the new abbot was received an escorted in procession to the monastery. That moment has been recorded for ever, as it was carved in stone in a the cloister of the church.

The old spa of Fitero was founded in 1600 by the viceroy and bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza; one of the spa's hotels is named after him. According to the tradition, a maid was about to follow the orders of Juan's mother and throw him into the river Alhama because he was illegitimate but she was surprised by the local mayor, who undertook to take charge of the young boy.

There are several walks starting from Fitero, such as the one to the cave where -as Bécquer wrote- every night the disconsolate soul of an Arab princess appears every night looking for water for her Christian lover who lies wounded inside the cave.

The festivities of Fitero start on the Sunday after 18th September, in honour of the Virgin 'de la Barda'.

Did you know that...?

Fitero acaba de rehabilitar su humilladero, construido a mediados del S. XVI y situado en el paraje conocido popularmente como "el paradero". Desde 1592 se recibía en este humilladero a los nuevos abades del monasterio. La obra ha sacado a la luz un "suelo antiguo" cuya fecha de construcción se desconoce.

Location

How to get there and move around

Salir de Pamplona por la AP-15 dirección Imarcoain hasta la salida 13 Castejón/Valtierra. Continuar por la N-113 dirección Castejón. Seguir por la misma una vez pasada la citada localidad y enlazar con la N-113C por Cintruénigo. Atravesar dicha localidad y enlazar con la NA-160 hasta Fitero.

Wifi zone: Paseo San Raimundo y piscinas municipales

Outstanding events

. Day of the Ranch (september).

Día de la Empanada (may).

Guided visit

Description:

al Monasterio de Fitero.

Price of the visit: 3 € (para grupos a partir de 15 personas el precio se reduce a 2 €), los niños hasta 12 años no pagan.

Service provider:

  • Oficina Municipal de turismo de Fitero, de lunes a sábados, 948 776 600.
  • Párroco de Fitero, domingos y festivos, 948 776 112. 

Services

  • Accommodation
  • Bank
  • Cashpoint
  • Child-park
  • Fronton
  • Guided visits
  • 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
  • Tourist Office

Observations

**En el cine-teatro Calatrava (www.fitero.es/es/agenda/) se proyectan películas de cine y se representan obras de teatro varias veces al año.

Opening hours, dates and guide prices. We recommend you confirm with the entity in question.

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