Parador de Olite Information

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Parador de Olite

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Facilities

  • Single rooms (1)
  • Twin rooms (33)
  • Double rooms (2)
  • Room with living room (7)
  • Capacity (85)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Airport (25km)
  • Station (200km)
  • Port (135km)

 Parador de Olite - Medieval castle-palace (3*)

The Parador

On first walking into the Parador de Olite, you can be forgiven for thinking that you have been transported back in time to the 14th century and it is no wonder it has been declared a national monument. The castle was originally built in the early 14th century as a summer residence by King Charles III of Navarre, who was known as 'Charles the Noble'.

Attention to detail to preserve this castle-palace surpasses all expectations, not just from the architecture but also the décor. So much thought has gone into the furniture of the rooms and communal areas that it is easy for anyone to picture how the castle looked all those years ago; long before it became a Parador.  From the suits of armour, wall hangings, portraits, wrought iron chandeliers to the cupboards, beds, tables and designs on the dining room chairs, everything appears to tastefully be from a previous era. 

This sentiment is also extended to the building with bricked columns, stained glass, and archways. The Parador de Olite, which occupies just a wing of this magnificent extensive building, showcases both Gothic and Roman influences in its architecture.  It is thought of as the most profound example of Gothic non-ecclesiastical architecture in Navarre and also rates highly in Europe as a whole. 

The Parador features a newer part of the building  and a “noble” part of the palace.  For an extra special stay with a medieval feel, why not book a superior room which is situated in the original building?  These rooms are all  different, some have a four poster bed, another a sitting room and another an authentic medieval fireplace. 

Local area

The atmosphere of the Olite’s Parador is definitely not lost in the surroundings as the property is set in a medieval town of historical churches, a monastery, and a skyline showcasing spires and turrets which appear to have been frozen in time.

Upon leaving the Parador to explore its surroundings, the visitor will find themselves in narrow streets which lead to the Roman walled area.  On your walk, you will encounter the Oliva Monastery, which is occupied by Cistercian monks who pray in the monastery cloister and can be seen walking among the grounds. 

Olite is also a draw for those seeking fine wine and culinary delights.  Due to the warm sunny climate, a number of wineries, or “bodegas” are situated here and these are open to the general public for tours and sampling. You can ask the Parador’s reception team for recommendations.

If you take a trip to this Parador during the summer months, you will be able to enjoy the Medieval Festival which takes place in August when locals take their visitors back in time to the Middle Ages by dressing up as kings, queens, falconers, magicians, minstrels and archers. There are a range of activities including an old market, medieval music and dancing, archery displays, storytelling, plays, and a range of fantastic food prepared specially by local restaurants.

Olite is conveniently located between Pamplona and Zaragoza and is a fantastic base for those wishing to explore the surrounding towns and this wine region as a whole.

Click here for Lorna Robert's expert view of this Parador

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.

The restaurant offers a variety of local wines to go with such regional dishes as Bacalao ajoarriero (salt cod with garlic, peppers and onions), Pimentos rellenos (stuffed red peppers) and Magras de cerdo con tomate (ham cooked in a tomato sauce).

Visitor Comments

R. Shennan
a charming little town with shops and cafes in the square adjacent to the Parador. The church of Santa Maria should be visited (Ramp to entrance). No permanent parking permitted outside the Parador but you are allowed to park there for 15 minutes to drop off luggage and passengers. Allocated disabled parking spaces in the street nearby. We had room 114 which was next to a lift. Two lifts and one is large enough for a wheelchair and a companion. No steps to Dining room where breakfast is served as well.

How to get there

The Parador Príncipe de Viana backs on to the palace-castle which has been declared a National Monument. On the banks of the river Cidacos, strategically located on the plains, Olite is situated 5 km from Tafalla, and the main access route is the main N-121 road.

Nearby Hotels

Sos del Rey Catolico - 51km
Calahorra - 70km
Argomaniz - 122km
Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 130km
Bilbao Airport - 210km

Region & Cuisine

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.