Top things to do

Castle in Olite

Palacio Real

It’s Carlos III that we must thank for the exceptional Palacio Real, which towers over the village. Back in Carlos’ day (early 15th century), the inhabitants of the castle included not just royalty but also lions an…
International in Olite

Parador de Olite

Inside one wing of Olite's famous medieval castle, you can sink into a plush embroidered chair beneath a soaring ceiling and feast on some of the best cooking in town. Simple, but perfectly prepared dishes like gril…
Museum in Olite

Museo de la Viña y el Vino de Navarra

Don’t miss this museum, which takes visitors on a fascinating journey through wine and wine culture. Over three floors, English signage and interactive displays reveal the grape in all its complexity, from the soils…
Lake in Olite

Laguna de Pitillas

The lakes and marshes that make up the Laguna de Pitillas are one of the top birding sites in Navarra. Now a protected Ramsar wetland site of international importance, the Laguna de Pitillas provides a home for arou…
Museum in Olite

Galerías Subterráneas

These underground galleries, whose origin and use remain something of a mystery, contain a small museum giving a taste of medieval life (in Spanish). With minstrel music playing overhead, clothing displays show the …
Spanish in Olite

Restaurante Merindad de Olite

A short stroll up the main plaza, you'll find this exceptional restaurant and wine bar. Amid stone walls, low beamed ceilings and elegantly set tables, diners can opt for sharing sharing plates like Navarran asparag…
Spanish in Olite

Casa Zanito

On Olite's main street, Casa Zanito is widely respected for its creative dishes that utilise fine Navarran produce. Carnivores should opt for rich meats like venison loin, suckling pig or roasted lamb, while clam st…
Monastery in Olite

Monasterio de la Oliva

The 11th-century Monasterio de la Oliva, 2km from Carcastillo, which is southeast of Olite, was founded by Cistercian monks and is still functioning as a monastic community. Its austere church gives onto a peaceful …