Perfectly adapted to the profile of the small hill on which it stands, the Cerco (old walls) of Artajona offers the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the most important medieval fortification in the central zone of Navarre.
A stroll inside reveals an 11th-century walled town that originally had 14 crenellated towers, although only 9 of these remain, joined by the battlemented parapet. You reach the enclosure through one of the two old gates that are still conserved (San Miguel and Remahua), which take you back in time to the Middle Ages.
It is easy to imagine the place inhabited by monarchs, noblemen on horseback, minstrels, bishops and peasants in heavy clothes. Relive the past and try and imagine what life was like in this place, crowned by the fortress-church of San Saturnino, a sold and imposing building from the 13th century that has been declared a Historical and Artistic Monument.
To arrive by car from Pamplona, leave the city by the AP-15 motorway (no toll in this section) towards Imarcoain and take exit 71 towards Puente La Reina. Then take the NA-6020 road and, just before reaching the town of Artajona, take a turn to the right, signposted as “Cerco de Artajona”.
There is a large free car park at your disposal. You cannot enter the fortress by car.