To the south of Navarra, about 95km from Pamplona, we find Tudela, a beautiful capital city of the Ribera de Navarra region with great importance in the history of Spain and which has a great artistic and historical heritage for which it deserves the worth visiting.
In this city, founded in the year 802 by the Muslims, both Muslims and Christians and Jews lived together for 400 years, which gives it a great cultural wealth that you will discover through its streets.
Visiting Tudela in one day is possible since it is a small city with all the places of interest very close, although we recommend spending more time to visit the surroundings, where the Bárdenas Reales, the Sendaviva park or the monumental Olite are.
What to see in Tudela in one day
The Plaza de los Fueros and the Jewish quarter
Our walk to see Tudela in one day can begin in the Plaza de los Fueros, the nerve center of the city, where the Casa del Reloj is located and a curious kiosk from which the summer sunsets of Tudela are musically enlivened.
The Plaza de los Fueros, which marks the boundary between the Old Town of Tudela and the newer part of the city, was built in the 17th century to host bullfights and is currently the meeting point for Tudela residents and tourists in their bars and terraces.
From the Plaza de los Fueros we can start walking through the Old Town and visit its narrow streets. The best thing is to go down Calle Magallón to the Plaza de la Judería and visit the area where the Jews lived. There we find the Palacio Marqués de San Adrián, from the 16th century, of which we can highlight its Renaissance patio and the paintings on its stairs.
A few meters away is the main religious building of Tudela, and there are many. It is the Cathedral of Santa María de Tudela, whose construction began in the 12th century in the same place where the Great Mosque is located.
The Cathedral of Tudela
In the Cathedral of Tudela we find a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles, from whose exterior we must highlight the Puerta del Juicio, the main of the 3 entrance doors to the Cathedral and in which the Final Judgment is represented. Also noteworthy is its great Renaissance tower, from the 17th century, with a height of 50 meters, visible from much of the city.
Inside the Cathedral of Tudela we must highlight the High Altar, the Chapel of Santa Ana, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, the Choir and especially the Romanesque Cloister with its capitals and the Mudejar chapel which is accessed from the same.
Next to the Cathedral is the Town Hall of Tudela. We take the street next to it and arrive at Calle de la Rúa, where there are several Plateresque houses, such as those of the Ibáñez Luna or the Almirante.
The Old Town of Tudela
Strolling through this beautiful area of the Old Town, we reach Plaza Mercadal, where we can admire the Church of San Jorge el Real, an old Jesuit convent built in the 17th century. Of the church we must highlight the spectacular baroque altarpiece from 1749.
In this same square we have the Castel Ruiz Cultural Center and very close to the Marqués de Huarte Palace, which currently houses the Library and the Municipal Archives and where you can visit a beautiful baroque patio.
The end of our one-day tour of Tudela is the Arab Bridge, from the 9th century, 360 meters long and which crosses the Ebro River, witnessing the main historical events that have surrounded the city and the Kingdom of Navarra.
You can find more information on the official Tudela tourism page.