Ujué is a tiny medieval village located on top of a hill in a strategic place in Navarre, between the Ribera and the Pyrenees and only 18 km from another of the jewels of the region: Olite. Its almost 200 inhabitants are accustomed to constantly receiving visitors to discover this postcard place while strolling through its labyrinthine and narrow sloped streets flanked by stone houses. Crowned by the imposing sanctuary-fortress of Santa María de Ujué, the town is one of the most beautiful in Spain, thanks to its charm and excellent degree of conservation.

But the great claim is not only its heritage and natural environment, it is also its gastronomic offer, headed by the migas de pastor, the dish par excellence of Ujué. In fact, this traditional recipe is considered by many to be one of the best in the world and has reached an international diffusion.

Served in a brazier, the migas are of humble origin, since it was the typical food of the shepherds, who made with simple ingredients and available to everyone, such as bread for several days "cabezón" from Ujué, butter, lamb tallow, garlic, water, salt ... Today, the recipe has evolved differently and is eaten in many places in Spain. The special touch of Ujué is the cut that is given to the cabezón bread, a fundamental ingredient very consistent for the flour used in its preparation, which is then baked in the old way in a wood oven.

Migas del Pastor.Tourism of Navarre

The dish is so ingrained in local tradition that every year they set aside a day in the calendar for its exaltation. It is usually after the patron saint festivities of the Nativity of the Virgin and this time it will be on Sunday, September 24.

The highlight of the day is the tasting of the crumbs, which takes place in different parts of the town, starting at 12 noon. In addition to savoring this exquisite dish, you can also try other typical products of the town, such as donuts, sugared almonds, local wine and a garlic broth. A craft fair, exhibitions of rural sports and ancient trades and other activities complement the event. More information here.

To open your mouth

Strolling between the stone houses and the passages that follow one another on the southern slope of the hill until you reach the top where the sanctuary-fortress is located is a must. The climb, of great slope, starts in the ruins of the hermitage of San Miguel, built in the thirteenth century and demolished in 1806.

Alleys between stone houses.

About 500 meters above, and after passing through the municipal square where the Town Hall is located, you reach the sanctuary-fortress of Santa María, which was originally a small pre-Romanesque chapel, on which a Romanesque temple was built (s. XII) and to which the wide Gothic nave was finally added in the fourteenth century. There stand out the portico of Santa María, the parade ground, considered in the ninth century by the Muslims as the most impregnable watchtower of the kingdom of Pamplona, of which today only the cistern that stored water for times of sieges, and the Paseo de Ronda, which surrounds the church-fortress and from which you can see stunning views of the Ribera de Navarra.

The walk of Ronda of the church-fortress of Santa María de Ujué.Tourism of Navarra.

Where to eat

Ana and Juli have been preparing crumbs daily for more than 40 years at their Mesón las Torres de Ujué (Sta. María, 9; Tel.: 948 73 90 52), located at the foot of the church-fortress. They also highlight their grilled meats. Asador Uxue (San Isidro, 43; Tel.: 636 220 939), in a stone house, offers traditional Navarrese cuisine with a creative touch. Its grilled meat and fish in a wood-fired oven are recommended and, if the weather permits, it is obligatory to eat on the terrace with splendid views. Migas and homemade desserts also at Casa Urrutia (San Isidro, 41; Tel.: 948 739 257).