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One step away from the Bardenas

If you are looking for quiet and peaceful corners between towns with fortresses, great landscapes and the entrance to a world marked by the Bardenas Reales desert, Murillo el Fruto is an ideal enclave.

It tells the story of this site, that its name comes from Navarro-Aragonese and would mean “broken wall”, as a consequence of an order to demolish its castle and other local fortresses by order of cardinals to keep the conquest of Navarre in force in 1500.

Bardenas Reales

This area is very interesting due to its proximity to the Bardenas Reales, a desert that is one of the largest on the peninsula, but also with great relevance in Europe. It has been declared a Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve and attracts the curiosity of visitors throughout the year.

Due to its special conservation and little transformation by human activity, the Bardenas have been declared a Natural Park since 1999, as well as being a Special Conservation Area for Birds.

This, together with the original and characteristic landscape, makes it a spectacular place for guided tours, bike routes, hiking routes, for the observation of the fauna typical of a terrain as arid as this, etc.

The most characteristic and outstanding place is Castildetierra, a hill that is the best example of the erosion that this landscape has suffered for millions of years.

A perfect place for lovers of geology.

If you are interested in geology, this place has a great history of how it was formed since the place that the desert occupies today was completely covered by water.

Medieval towns with a lot of heritage

Very close to Las Bardenas is the Monasterio de la Oliva with centuries of history and where Cistercian monks still live, who can be seen walking and praying in the cloister. It is one of the best examples of Cistercian art in Spain, so its visit is almost mandatory.

The Original Basque offers you charming accommodation to enjoy these and many other plans in this area with all the comfort and the best personal and dedicated attention.

Our recommendations:

  • Hostal Rural Txapi Txuri
  • La Posadica Casa Aldabe