An Overview of Your Journey
Discovering the Navarra Pyrenees from west to east is a crusade through a unique array of cultures and identities. We drive from one o spectacular corner of this majestic mountain range to the next, stopping along the way to learn about this region’s past, take breathtaking walks into nature, and enjoy the local gastronomy that makes this part of Europe so well known. From the green valleys and forests of the west, to the steep valleys and dense forests of the east we offer you a travel adventure where you enjoy nature at its best, charming villages and the most spectacular landscapes of the region.
Welcome to Pamplona
Arrive in Pamplona - the capital of Navarra and explore this jewel in the raw. Find out why Hemingway was captivated by its year-round festive street life atmosphere, join us on the running of the bulls walkabout while we go bar hopping for gastronomic delights – our notorious pintxos, relax on a terrace and watch the Camino de Santiago pilgrims stroll into town. Walk through the cobbled streets in the heart of the historic quarter to discover the 3000 years of history and culture of Pamplona beholds.
Basque Iberian Pork & Salt Springs - Who could ask for more!
We travel to La Sakana to discover the secrets of this region’s prime cheese, Idiazabal and learn about the legend of an archangel who defeated the dragon on the Sierra de Aralar with its mystic monastery. Find out why the Euskal-txerris, our Basque Iberian pigs, are a delicacy as we enjoy a succulent culinary 14 course tasting menu. We complete our Navarra adventures with a drink in a quaint tavern in a nearby cider farm village that oozes charm and authenticity. Our journey ends in the salty hot springs of our hotel spa in the Malerreka valley. Here, in a divine spa, we can enjoy its relaxing thermal waters, and the simple pleasures of life.
Home of the Basajaun
The Baztan Valley is in the heart of the beautiful and dramatic Basque Lands. Located forty-five kilometers from Pamplona, this lush valley, adorned with hamlets of white washed farmhouses, presets an air of mystery and witchcraft. Here we explore the historic witch caves and castle ruins, Roman paths, and medieval fortifications. We walk into a tavern in a picturesque village and try their traditional rural foods which are claimed to be the best in the region! Learn about the ancient traditions of hunting pigeons without rifles. Then roll up your sleeves to try your hand at cooking some traditional dishes that make this region gastronomically famous. Savor freshly caught trout, in an ancient watermill otherwise known as the ‘mill from hell’ now transformed into a picturesque restaurant. As we reach the border of France, learn about the legends, tales and true stories of times when the inquisition dominated the region and locals were accused of witchery and burned at the stake. From the highest point of a hilltop castle we can see the outposts of the Navarra Kingdom.
Hiking into the forest of Basque Mythology
Stroll along paths into the depths of the forest where mythological characters hide behind enchanted waterfalls and fallen oaks. We cross the mountain to the east, where the gentle hills give way to a more vertical landscape and thicker forest. We climb the mountains to the north to reach a terraced valley that gives way to the tranquility of country life, quaint villages, grassy meadows and grazing latxa sheep and potro horses. We reach Roncesvalles where we learn the history of its ancient monastery and the tales of heroic battles that took place in this strategic location. We move east to the valley of Aezkoa where from September to December the forest is transformed into a wonderland of brilliant tones of orange and yellow.
The charming Pyrenees of Navarra
Today we enjoy the beauty of the Selva de Irati, Navarra’s millenary forest. As legend has it, the gods of the Basque lands dwelled under these magnificent beech and fir trees. The pride of the region and preserved for centuries, the Selva de Irati adds yet another landscape to the richness of the Pyrenees. Delightful gastronomic stops give us a chance to taste a few of the most rustic of Pyrenean meals and discover the secrets of the proud character of the area’s inhabitants. It is said that one of the kings of Pamplona was crowned within the walls of Otxagabia. We stroll along its cobblestone streets and admire the magnificent and uniquely charming stone-slate architecture of Navarran houses.
The Valley of Roncal to Flying over the Romanesque
From the Salazar valley we travel east to reach the last spur of the Navarran Pyrenees, the narrow and more vertical valley of Roncal. This valley is home to the shepherds who offer us Latxa sheep cheese, one of our gastronomic hotspots. We move on to Burgi, a town with an unusual tradition, called the almadias. We descend through the valley of Roncal to the plains of Lumbier where a private plane awaits to give us a bird’s eye view of the Monasterio de Leyre, the Castillo de Javier, and the Lumbier canyon. Enjoy the sensations of flying an ultralight plane - just you with your pilot in the air, and the magnificence of Navarra and its diversity of landscapes below. As the sun sets over the landscape you have reached the perfect ending of this magical journey designed for intrepid travelers like you.