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Did you know that... Nájera

 

Divided in two by the river Najerilla and protected by hills with its own name, such as the Malpica or the Castle, the Malvecino or the Horca, twenty-six km separate it from Logroño. Before the Romans arrived in these lands, they inhabited, near the rocks that surround the city, the Berones, then the Visigoths settled, but it seems that it was the Arabs who gave it the name of Naxara, which means place between rocks or place at noon. The kingdom of Nájera was born in 918 when the king of Pamplona, Sancho Garcés, donated to his son García Sánchez the lands that stretched from Miranda to Tudela. Sancho el Mayor, who made it the capital of Navarre, built a palace and also made the Way of Saint James pass through here.

Nájera and the Najerilla River

A little more history

 

For a century and a half, the Court of the Kings of Pamplona and Nájera had its seat here. It was the birthplace of kings such as, for example, Alfonso VIII, at the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. The Catholic Monarchs confirmed the title of Duke of Nájera to Pedro Manrique, Count of Treviño, to whom Henry IV had donated the city. The Manrique-Lara were in charge of appointing the mayor until 1808. Today it is a beautiful and prosperous city of the 21st century.

 

To discover What to see in Nájera?

 

The old part of the city can be reached via the bridge over the Najerilla, which has replaced the medieval bridge built one day by San Juan de Ortega. Walking through its streets lined with beautiful arcades we will discover churches and important buildings such as the palace and the house of the Count of Rodezno, both from the 16th century. But its true historical jewel is the Monastery of Santa María La Real, inaugurated in 1052 and rebuilt in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with its famous Cloister of the Knights, a choir with a gothic masonry in bloom, under the church is the Royal Pantheon and the Infantes, say that after El Escorial is the most important pantheon of Spanish Kings, and also the Miraculous Cave with the image of Santa Maria, the lamp and the vase, alluding to the legend. Nájera also has gardens and parks surrounded by leafy trees and poplar groves. We can take a pleasant walk out of Plaza España, go up the Costanilla and the old Alesanco road and along a pine path next to the castle, passing through the old cemetery, by the stairs we return to Santa María.

Monastery of Santa María la Real de Nájera

Festivities

 

On the 28th of April San Prudencio, patron saint of the city, is celebrated. From 24 to 30 June are the festivities in honour of San Juan and San Pedro, with their famous vueltas. In September they are in honour of San Juan Mártir and Santa María La Real, they are celebrated from the 15th to the 18th.

 

Traditions

 

The laps of San Juan day are inexplicably full of sensations that attract both locals and outsiders to participate in them as soon as they feel the music playing in the kiosk of the ride, after the typical lunch. The squads, after turns and turns around the kiosk, head down the Calle Mayor to Plaza España where they go around more. All this folklore and tradition is celebrated year after year and begins at midday.

Nájera Town Hall Square

Curiosities

 

It is considered the city of furniture by the number of companies dedicated to this sector. In Easter is celebrated the Furniture Fair, open to the general public and with great importance in northern Spain.

 

The Legend

 

"Legend has it that while the Navarrese king Don García IV was hunting back in 1.044, his falcon entered a cave chasing a partridge, tired of waiting for it to come out, he went in to look for it and what he found was marvellous because a beautiful image of the Virgin Mary appeared before him, a lamp lit, a silent bell, and a vase with flowers and at the feet of the image with their heads inclined were the falcon and the partridge. This cave is today inside Santa María La Real."   

 

 

OTHER PLANS AND EXCURSIONS IN LA RIOJA

 


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SOME ROUTES BY NÁJERA AND SURROUNDINGS

 

 


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Getting to Najera by car

 

To get to Nájera by private transport, the main access roads are the A-12, the N-120, which connects Nájera with Logroño and Burgos, and the LR-113, which connects it with nearby towns.

 

By bus

 

The intercity bus arrives at the Nájera bus station, with daily service from Monday to Saturday. There is also a regular bus stop between Burgos and Logroño

Bus Station

C/ Paseo de San Julián s/n

Nájera, La Rioja

Hours: Monday to Saturday.  Open from 8:30 am and closed on Sundays. 

 

 

 


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Created the 18-05-2014
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List of Routes
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  • First name
  • Difficulty
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  • Assessment
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
2
Difficulty-Medium

5:00 h.21 km.

Stage 08 Nájera-Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category. Level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Medium

3:50 h.16.2 km.

Stage 08b Variant of San Millán de la Cogolla
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category. Level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
TOURISM
1
Difficulty-Adapted

6:30 h.109 km.

Route of the Monasteries of La Rioja Alta
Difficulty-AdaptedGreen difficulty category, level 1. Routes conditioned and prepared for the use and enjoyment of persons with reduced mobility.
FLORA AND FAUNA IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

1:30 h.3.6 km.

Path of the Jump of the Water
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category. Level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES CULTURAL HERITAGE
0
Difficulty-Medium

3:30 h.14.1 km.

Stage 08c Way of the Monasteries
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Medium

5:25 h.22.4 km.

Stage 09 Santo Domingo de la Calzada-Belorado
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category. Level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
TOURISM
1
Difficulty-Low

72:00 h.412 km.

Route through the charming villages of La Rioja
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and unevenness, not overcoming either great distances or unevenness.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Moderate

6:55 h.29.1 km.

Stage 07 Logroño-Nájera
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding stages, either because they are longer, more sloping or have a specific difficulty.
TOURISM
1
Difficulty-Low

2:00 h.82 km.

Wine Route of La Rioja Alta
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short routes, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
Monastery of Santa María la Real
Nájera, La Rioja
Monastery of Santa María la Real

Emblematic place that reflects the stages of history, art and culture of the area

Monastery of Santa María del Salvador
Cañas, La Rioja
Monastery of Santa María del Salvador

Also known as the Monastery of Light

Castle of Davalillo
San Asensio, La Rioja
Castle of Davalillo

Nice viewpoint of La Rioja Alta and Sonsierra

Wine Culture Museum
Briones, La Rioja
Wine Culture Museum

Where the universe of wine becomes visible

Monastery of Yuso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Yuso
Monastery of Suso
San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja
Monastery of Suso

Cradle of the Castilian and pantheon of the seven Castilian heroes

Hermitage of Saint Mary of the Pool
San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja
Hermitage of Saint Mary of the Pool
Village of La Hoya
Laguardia, Álava - Araba
Village of La Hoya

Traveling to pre-Roman protohistory

Estate of Ribavellosa
Almarza de Cameros, La Rioja
Estate of Ribavellosa

Where numerous and varied ecosystems coexist

Monastery of Valvanera
Anguiano, La Rioja
Monastery of Valvanera

Location of the Virgin of Valvanera, Patron Saint of La Rioja

House of Sciences
Logroño, La Rioja
House of Sciences

Centenary of the industrial heritage building of Logroño

Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio
Haro, La Rioja
Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio

An emblematic place where devotion and tradition come together

Castle of Clavijo
Clavijo, La Rioja
Castle of Clavijo

History, legends and traditions

Caves of Ortigosa
Ortigosa de Cameros, La Rioja
Caves of Ortigosa

A museum where nature exhibits its power and art

Las Gobas Archaeological Site
Laño, Burgos
Las Gobas Archaeological Site
See things to do in Nájera
Nájera, La Rioja
See things to do in Nájera

Nájera, La Rioja

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