Navarra Region


Navarre the land of quaint villages, rich
history and gorgeous green spaces

 

Navarra Region Map  

Navarra Region…Amid the Pyrenees and
the river Ebro and between the Basque Country and Aragón lies Navarre,
one of the oldest kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula and one of the lands
with most personality and charm.Navarra-San-Fermin

Outside of Spain,
Navarra is known worldwide for the festival of San Fermín commonly known
as the running of
the bulls
that takes place every year during the week of July 7th
At eight o’clock in the morning the streets of Pamplona, the capital, are filled with thousands of runners being chased by wild
bulls.  Happiness and adrenaline as well as fear join together in an
extraordinary event that Ernest Hemingway helped make famous around the
world.

Pamplona is a
delightful city, with good restaurants and bars, definitely worth
visiting and a good starting point to get to know the main attractions
of Navarre.  The north of the region is very much linked by geography,
culture and even linguistically to the Basque Country.  A good portion
of its inhabitants speak Basque their surnames as well as the names of
the towns, mountains, valleys and rivers are in Basque and the landscape
is very similar to that of Guipúzcoa. In northern Navarra stands the
Valle del Baztán descending from the French border in the Pyrenees it’s
landscape dominated by gorgeous caseríos or rural homes and small
quiet towns.  In the higher areas of the mountains the caseríos
give way to magnificent forests of oak and beech. In the far north of
the Valle Baztán, very close to France, are the caves of Zugarramurdi
famous for hosting the last ritual dances of witches in Spain, tried and
sentenced to death by fire in the early seventeenth century.

Another good
alternative to get to know the Navarre Pyrenees is to visit the natural
park of Irati, the largest mass of beech preserved in Europe.  In autumn
the forest is spectacular, walking from Orbaizeta to France crossing the
beech forest the destination being Saint Jean pied de port, a charming
French Basque town and starting point for European pilgrims who follow El Camino de Santiago or St. James Way from Roncesvalles
traversing the forests of Navarre heading to Pamplona.


Navarra-Puente-de-la-ReinaBefore leaving Navarra
and entering La Rioja, El Camino de Santiago passes through two cities
of great interest, Estella and Puente de la Reina.  Estella has a
magnificent central square and several medieval churches, of greater
interest is the fact that it was the Carlist capital in the
nineteenth century, here fighters and followers of the ultraconservative
Don Carlos fought several bloody wars against the supporters of Queen
Isabel II.   In Puente de la Reina stands a magnificent preserved
medieval bridge that allows pilgrims of El Camino de Santiago to cross
the river Arga.

The southern part of
Navarra is more linked to Aragón, the language spoken is castellano.
Here the thing that stands out the most are its great crops, well
watered by the river Ebro, of artichokes, beets, asparagus and thistles
which later on are transported to the best markets and restaurants in
Spain.  Tudela is the capital, a lively and cheerful town with a notable
historic quarter and excellent bars were to indulge in tasty morsels and
tapas.  Here and for the most part in all of Navarra beer gives way to
the excellent wines of La Ribera, predominately reds, but also famous
for its rosés.

If running with the
bulls is on you bucket list see you in Pamplona on July 7th.

 

 

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