The surrounding area

Armañanzas is a quiet village of about 60 inhabitants at the foot of the Codés mountain range. The village offers a quiet, relaxing environment without being isolated. The main highway which links Pamplona, the capital of Navarre, and Logroño, the capital of the Rioja region is only 6 km from Armañanzas. Other  towns and villages worth a visit are Viana, Estella, Olite, Arnedo, Laguardia, Vitoria the capital of the Basque Region, Bilbao and San Sebastián, on the North coast. The nearby town of Los Arcos is ideal for those visiting the Circuit of Navarre, a motor racing circuit. 

In Armañanzas there is a children´s park, a fronton, bar, marked walking routes, cycle routes and it is only 1 km from one of the most picturesque parts of the Saint James´ Way (El Camino de Santiago).

Navarre Motor Racing Circuit

Only 5 minutes drive from Casa Rural Cariño you can find the most important motor racing circuit in the North of Spain, Circuit of Navarre, which offers many possibilities for car and bike racing, karting, motor racing and other events throughout the year.

It is a purpose built space specializing in motor sports with installations for all necessities; professional, amateur, and for those who simply want to enjoy karting.


With a name meaning “beautiful water” you can relax and enjoy the amazing route of this river surrounded by the nature of the area; beech, oak, maple and elm trees, a diverse mix of fauna and the mystical turquoise waterfalls of the river´s source.


One of the most important collection of historic buildings in Navarre the Monastery of Irache is situated beside the village of Ayegui (pr. A-YE-GEE) the origins of which go back to the 8th century with some existing buildings to the 11th century. Entry is free. Next to the monastery is the well-known winery, Bodegas Irache, which offers guided tours. It is here you can find the famous wine fountain.


This picturesque historical market town is found on the banks of the river Ega, surrounded by hills. Here you can enjoy walking through its old town, witness its culture and history and sample its gastronomy.


In Urbasa-Andia Natural Park, declared a protected area in 1997, you can find endless marked routes and walks as well as signed areas to witness the splendid Pontius Pilate´s Balcony, Lizarraga View and the panoramic table of the Palace of Urbasa.


Built on a strategic hill the historical town of Viana  conserves part of its 13th century city walls. Here you can also find many ancient buildings in the architecture of the area along with many important monuments. It´s a town well-known for its gastronomy and Riojan wines.


Viana Sports Centre is a sports complex where you can find a group of swimming pools; outdoor, indoor and baby pools, hydro-massage facility, grass football or artificial turf football, basketball courts, gym, padel courts and rocodrome `Boulder´.


In this natural reserve and bird protection area (ZEPA), you can find a rich and unique ornothological mix. Ideal for seeing aquatic nesting birds and wintering visiting birds.


The capital of the Basque country the city has a medieval quarter with the gothic St Mary´s cathedral, nowadays famous for inspiring the author Ken Follet in his novel The Pillars of the Earth. In the 17th century Virgen Blanca place you can find the monument to the Battle of Vitoria. In St Michael´s church you will see the amazing baroque altarpiece and a statue of the Virgen Blanca.


This picturesque town is set on a hillock in the south of the province of Alava in the Basque Country, overlooking the Rioja wine region. Its complete city walls conserve the 5 entrances to the town. It is famous for its many wineries. 


 An emblematic mountain of Navarre, the Sierra de Codes offers hillwalkers a lovely walk to the peak, along a signposted route. The Yoar peak is at 1421 metres. This area is attractive not only for its natural setting but also culturally and historically. Passing through oak forests and one the southernmost beech tree areas in Navarre we can find the Our Lady of Codes Sanctuary on the mountainside, where you can take a guided tour.


A town on the famous St. James´ Way, Los Arcos, named after its architecture of arches, contains St Mary of the Arches church, one of the most important churches in Navarre. Here we can see different architectural styles in the construction as well as a spectacular organ and a stunning 16th century claustro.

Next to the town we can find the Navarre Racing circuit, unique in the northeast of Spain. It consists of a 4 km racetrack which can be used for grade B motorcycle racing and grade 2 D1 for car racing. Here they offer Karting for adults and children and also organise competitions and training for drivers.


A pretty little town built on the side of a hill, it has many narrow little streets of stone buildings with large carved coats of arms. The church of the Holy Sepulcre is an romanic architectural gem of the 12th century which houses a unique caliphate starred dome.


In July each year Bargota turns into the “capital of witchcraft” for a week when the inhabitants of the village celebrate their past, decorating the streets to emulate days gone by. It offers different activities about the world of witchcraft. 


Logroño is the capital of the Rioja region and sits on the river Ebro. It is a city which is constantly growing and reinventing itself. It is most famous for the wine culture, its gastronomy, the old quarter and the fact that it is the number 1 city for shopping in Spain.