The “Of the martyrdom of Santa Felicia and the penance of San Guillén”, is popularly known as the “Mystery of Obanos”, gives literary body to a secular legend of the XIV century about the sons of the Dukes of Aquitaine. This mystery is known by the pilgrims who travel the Road from Roncesvalles on its way through Obanos.

After touring the the Camino de Santiago and feel the religious vocation, Princess Felicia of Aquitaine, won by the fervor of pilgrims and the miracles of heaven, she decided to burn her life in silence, escaping from her court, her lineage and her wealth, in humble service of our Lord.

He set up his residence in the manor of Amocain, in the Egües valley, where he hid his status, hid his rank and lived quietly and endlessly, until he was discovered by Guillermo, his brother, a brave and quarrelsome man, who tried to rescue her for the larillo of the house and the illusions of the world. It was all in vain. It reminded her of the honor of her lineage, the dreams her parents had braided about her, her arranged marriage.

She clung to the call of heaven and the demands of a supernatural vocation. A real fight between human love and divine love. Guillermo, drunk with vanity, lost his temper rapt with anger. Felicia reiterated her plans to leave, engulfed in silence and humility. Guillermo, alienated, killed Felicia, innocent consecrated.

The sky made Felicia’s grave bloom in wonders and turned it into a goal of devotion in Labiano, where it arrived on miracle paths.


The tomb of Santa Felicia was fixed in Labiano (Valle de Aranguren), while his brother Guillén also achieved sainthood after making a pilgrimage to Compostela and mourning his crime for the rest of his life in the hermitage of Arnotegui, where he comforted the pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago and helped the poor. if you do the Camino de Santiago organized In this area you can go to venerate their remains just like other pilgrims do.

In this representation the lives of the brothers Felicia and Guillén are remembered, who live comfortably in their rich lordship until Felicia decides to make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. On his return he remains to serve in the lordship of Amocáin. Her brother sets out to find her, she refuses to return and he kills her. Repentant Guillermo walks the Camino de Santiago in search of forgiveness and on the way back he decides to stay at the Ermita de Arnotegui, in Obanos, and seclude himself there until his death.

The “Mystery of Obanos” is a self – sacramental born under the protection of the Camino de Santiago. All the vicissitudes of the Middle Ages are represented in it.

The representation is carried out by the “Misterio de Obanos” Foundation and the entire town of Obanos participates in it, more than 500 actors

El Mystery of Obanos and its festivals They received different awards, such as the Elche Mystery Award, which was included within the Festivals of Spain and within the Festivals of Navarra.

If you do not have enough days to start your Camino in Roncesvalles, and to learn more about the secrets behind the Mystery of Obanos, we recommend you hire the Camino de Santiago from Sarria, where many other mysteries and legends await you.