Photos courtesy of Parador de Olite
43 rooms, including 16 rooms inside the castle
Double rooms: 90–186 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double
Rates include breakfast and tax.
Open: all year
Olite is 45 km south of Pamplona off A-15. After entering Olite, continue into the old town through the stone archway. The parador is off the main plaza near the train station.
Nearby: hiking; Pamplona
The parador sits under the three towers that remain from the castle’s original fifteen.
Inside a massive stone façade devoid of windows, you’ll find a suitable medieval atmosphere of tapestries, wrought-iron chandeliers, red tile floors, an enormous fireplace, and a suit of armor—alas, without the knight.
The best guest rooms are in the historic castle. Balconies look out over part of the castle, a pine grove, or the rolling mountains of Navarra. Two have hugh stone fireplaces, wood floors, and four-poster beds. The newer rooms are larger and nicely furnished.
The castle/palace is registered as a Spanish National Monument.