MONASTERY OF LEYRE. Los Pilares del Reyno *

* Los Pilares del Reyno is a trademark of the monastery. It could be translated as "the cornerstone of the kingdom".

Monasterio de Leyre

31410 Yesa, Navarra. SPAIN

Tel: 0034 948884100

Tel: 0034 948884150

Located in the Sierra of Leyre, just 50 kms from Pamplona along the highway, the Monastery of Leyre is one of the most important monuments in Navarra.

It is surrounded by woodlands and pathways and, from its esplanade, visitors can take in the magnificence of its scenery, ranging from the nearby Yesa water reservoir to the far distant peaks of the Pyrenees.

The Monastery Guided Tour Service offers visitors the opportunity to take a journey through the history of Navarra, a history which is reflected in this monumental complex which holds many of the secrets of the Old Kingdom.

During the tour, lasting around 45 minutes, you will learn about the legend of St Virila, the Abbey Church (declared a National Monument), the Coffer holding the remains of the First Kings of Navarra, the beautiful "Porta Speciosa" doorway, the carving of St. María de Leyre and the spectacular crypt, the oldest example of Romanesque art in the Peninsula.

As a new addition to the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to hear a recital played on the new organ, inaugurated by their Royal Highnesses Felipe VI and Letizia in 2014. With its 45 pitches and 2750 pipes, it is one of the benchmark instruments in the world of organ craftsmanship.

Visiting times

  • From 1st March to 31st October: 10.00h to 19.00h.
  • From 1st November to 28th February: 10.00h to 18.00h.

Open every day, except for the afternoon of 24th and 31 December, 25th December and on the 1st and 6th of January.



Children (aged 6 - 12)

Group (+25 persons)

Unguided tour




Guided tour




Guided tours at peak times (Easter, summer) leave every half-hour approximately. For the rest of the year, according to numbers.

In order to provide the best possible service, we would ask groups of 10 or more to book in advance.


Tours are made in Spanish. However, if you wish and if the booking is made in advance, we can offer tours in English and French at an extra charge of 85€ per group.

Other offers available:

  • VIP tours : you are offered the services of one of our guides exclusively for your group (with no minimum number of visitors) at an additional charge of 50€ per tour. Enjoy a customised, exclusive guided tour.
  • Tours with a tasting session:

1.-"Torta de Chanchigorri" and "Licor de Leyre": a degustation of the Leyre liqueur made by our monks, accompanied by a serving of "torta de chanchigorri", a sweet pastry made from pork suet, flour, sugar and spices, that is typical of our region, made by an acclaimed local artisan. Add 3€ per person to the price of the tour.

2. Our monastery tapa (cheese from the Roncal valley, and quince jelly made at the monastery) accompanied by a D.O. Navarra rosé wine. Add 3€ per person to the price of the tour.

3.- Caviar and cava: add 25€ per person on the price of the tour.

  • Appetisers for groups:

We can prepare a selection of tapas for either a mid-morning or afternoon snack which will be served in premises specially reserved for our visitors. Check out the possibilities and prices by dialling +34 948 884150 or by sending an e-mail to:


The Hotel Hospedería de Leyre adjoins the monastery. This welcoming, 2-star hotel offers 32 recently-refurbished rooms, with ensuite bathroom, central heating, ceiling fan, mosquito nets, hair drye and WiFi.

Special prices for groups of more than 20.

Bookings: +34 948 884100 and

  • Restaurant:

The dining room has a seating capacity for 120 and looks onto the Patio de los Canteros (stonemasons' patio). Visitors can enjoy an exquisite menu prepared with fresh local produce, including sturgeon and caviar from the nearby fish farm at Yesa.

Special prices for groups of more than 26.

Bookings: +34 948 884100  and

The hotel and restaurant are both open from 1st March to 9th December.

  • Bar

Located on the hotel ground floor, the bar offers a terrace sheltered by an enormous lime tree and some spectacular views over the Yesa reservoir. The bar is open from 10h to 20 hrs. from the 1st March to 9th December. Open at Christmas


The Monastery of Leyre is a living monument, inhabited and cared for by a Benedictine Community which invites everyone wishing to do so, to take part in its daily liturgies.




















Throughout the year a number of organ concerts and recitals are performed. The program can be found at the following website:

Likewise, the guided tours include an organ recital in which visitors can hear part of one of the more classical works composed for this instrument.