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Do you spot the visitors all the way up in the tower?

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OLITE is a quaint, beautiful little town in Navarra. Its Basque name is Erriberri. It's a place that oozes history, sort of like Carcassone in France, but with less tourists.

According to Isidore of Seville's Historia de regibus Gothorum, Vandalorum et Suevorum, the town of Oligicus was founded by a Visigothic king in the 8th century.

The Palacio Real de Olite dominates the town. This fine Gothic castle-palace was the royal seat of Charles III of Navarre. It's great fun to wander around the castle's many halls, stairways and towers, and the view of the town and its surroundings is rewarding.

And here's my secret tip: afterwards you can sample some really fine local craft beer, brewed by the Olite brewery. Their various IPA-type beers are truly excellent.

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THIS PICTURE shows fragments of the castle, with some visitors high up on one of the castle's turrets.

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