After an energizing breakfast we depart from Cirauqui and begin our walk through Navarra’s rich agricultural fields of olives, grapes, almonds, and fruit trees.
This wine-producing region is located mainly in the centre and eastern part of Navarra, and while not as well known as other wine regions in Spain, it has a long history of winemaking dating back to Roman times. Traditionally, the production of red wines was dominant in the region, but in recent years, rosé wines (rosado) have gained significant popularity and recognition. Indeed, this may be one of the few regions in Spain where rosés are as popular as reds and whites. Like many reds in Spain, the Tempranillo grape variety is the most common in the region. However, wines are also produced using Garnacha and even Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
After a few kilometers, we soon find ourselves along ancient Roman roads and a bridge that leads into Lorca. After a few ups and downs, we enter the town of Estella, an important merchant hub in the 11th century. We pass through Estella’s historical center, wandering through its narrow streets. Churches, manor homes, and other historical buildings dating to different periods make Estella a veritable outdoor museum. The most notable are the 12th-century Palace of the Kings of Navarre, the Romanesque churches of San Pedro de la Rúa and San Miguel with their outstanding sculptures, and the somewhat weathered but still impressive Church of the Holy Sepulchre dating to the 12th century.
After walking around the old town, we sit down with our group over dinner and plan for the days to come.