Route 20. Los Fuertes
Puente la Reina / Gares
Accumulated positive difference in altitude: 265m
Time: 2h 10m
Exit: In front of the Tourist Office
Percentage of trail: 24%
MIDE: 1 - 2 - 2 - 3
Route to the Carlist forts that surrounded Puente La Reina-Gares
The remains of the Carlist forts that surround Puente La Reina show the warrior history of this town founded in 1122. A route in which you will also enjoy the views from these strategic places and which will take you along the pleasant banks of the river Arga.
During the Carlist Wars at the beginning of the 19th century, several military forts were built on the hills surrounding Puente la Reina-Gares. Nowadays only a few remains of them remain, but a visit is highly recommended to learn about our history and get excellent views over the surroundings of the town. The route of Los Fuertes visits three of them, as well as the El Reducto Mound, an excellent panoramic viewpoint. It is a circular route that can be walked in both directions and that goes around the entire perimeter of the town. It is described here in a counter-clockwise direction. The route begins in the direction of the old mill, where the ascent to the Fort of San Gregorio begins. Once at the top, the route turns east to head towards Portillo de Nekeas. Fort Infanta Isabel is the highest point of the route. On the descent we will pass by the Arnotegui Hermitage, El Reducto and the Church of the Crucifix. After visiting the fort of Zabalzagain, the route ends along the pleasant banks of the Arga River.