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Olite, Spain: A Preserved Fairy Tale Castle

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

Summary. Just a little over 30 minutes by train from Pamplona is the town of Olite. Palace of the Kings of Navarre of Olite is the main attraction of this medieval town. Once the home of the Charles III the former King of Navarre. The Castle was restored after suffering significant damage during the Napoleonic wars in 1813. While the interior is largely void of any of the former furnishings, the building itself is preserved and fun to explore.

Getting there. Trains run frequently between Pamplona and Olite but we caught an early bus to avoid the heat of the day during our visit. Upon arrival, we walked immediately up to the Castle entrance to purchase tickets right at the opening time. The benefit was having easy access to the entire place before the crowds arrived.

Throughout the grounds there are also sorts of rooms, staircases, bridges, and lookouts to explore. The triumph of the day was my 80 year old father was able climb the many spiral staircases and he still talks about being able to keep up with us.

Afterwards, we walked down the cobblestone streets and enjoyed a cup of espresso along with pastries at a café before heading back to Pamplona to visit with family the rest of the afternoon.


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