(Navarre), Spain Travel & Accommodation Guide
|The region of Navarra is
situated in the north of Spain. It borders France in the north, Aragon
in the east, Castilla y Leon in the south, and with La Rioja and the Basque
Country in the west. The most important river is The Ebro that forms
a vast valley in the south. The province is an area of contrasts,
where, if you follow a straight perpendicular line of less than 100 kilometers,
you can find the Forrest of Irati, that would put you in mind of a fairytale
Nordic wood right down to the desert-like area of “Las Bardenas Reales”
with their sand dunes that look like they had been taken away from a sub-Saharan
area of Africa.
|Navarre (Spanish: Navarra,
Basque: Nafarroa) is a region in northern Spain, constituting one of its
autonomous communities - the "Chartered Community of Navarre" (Spanish:
Comunidad Foral de Navarra; Basque: Nafarroako Foru Erkidegoa).
map of Navarra - Photo Gallery of Pamplona
Navarra Travel Guide
Things To Do In Navarra
Holidays and Pamplona Holiday Attractions
Fermin - Pamplona
of Scenes of Navarra - Video
of the Running of the Bulls, Pamplona
Things To Do In Navarra by Andrew Gibson
|Navarra lies in the Northern
Spain that is bordered by Basque Country, France, La Rioja and Aragon.
It is a refreshing green and a mountainous place with Pamplona as its capital.
Having great many activities and other historical and tourist places as
great features, Navarra is a greatly preferred place for family vacations
As it is lively throughout
the year and has some of the best cuisines, entertainment facilities and
recreational activities to offer with, it is a must visit place in a lifetime.
If you are yet undecided which place to visit this break, then opt for
Navarra and make the tip a vacation to be remembered all throughout your
life. Spain rentals are very popular in the Navarra region.
When you enter the city of
you will see the amazing quaint villages at the very outskirts. These villages
that are nestled among the valleys and hills add a special charm at the
very inception of the journey and give you the feel of the blessed.
Camino De Santiago, Navarra
|You can stay some time here
and enjoy the rural settings, potter happily among the locals and drinking
over the rich heritage and history from them, renting a holiday in this
region would give you the time to do this.
After you have had much of
the local flavor and the famous trout of the region, you can graduate forward
to Pamplona. The city of Pamplona
is packed with the great imposing buildings like the cathedral, the San
Saturnino gothic church, City Hall and Camara De Comptos. This city is
also known world over for revelry as the great festival of the Sanfermines
and the incredible bull running.
Estella is another city that
is a must visit as the gothic and the Romanesque architecture that it has
is world famous. The amazing Palacio de los Reyes and the San Pedro de
la Rua Cistercian Church are the most impressive works of art here. This
is one place that deserves a lot of cultural appreciation. It has great
restaurants, bars and a rustling local market as well.
|After having the very taste
of this great culture, you can delve deep in their history by visiting
the Museo de Navarra.
This great museum lies towards
the north west of Town Hall and is housed in Old-Pilgrim hospice of the
Nuestra Senora de la Misericodia. The incredible collections at the museum
are displayed in over 34 rooms which includes pavement mosaics, Romanesque
capitals of cathedral cloister, pictures by the Becerra and the Morales
along with various gothic wall-paintings and the roman sculpture.
Then the Orreaga Roncasvalles'
Royal Church is also among the best of the traditional buildings and houses
incredible exhibit material. The museum has the gospel book of Navarra
kings, vast weapons collection, precious stones of Arab leaders of the
Las Navas de Tolosa battle along with many valuable paintings.
Fermin Festival, Plaza De Toros, Pamplona, Navarra,
These exhibits are not only
incredible but provide visitor with an insight in to the rich past of the
city as well. So if you really want to make best of the vacations, just
pack your bags and fly right here. The diversity of the Navarra region
make it a very popular choice for a self catering holiday.
Holidays and Pamplona Holiday Attractions by Steve Greenwood
Navarre is a region in northern
Spain that is bordered to the north by France, the Basque Country to the
west, La Rioja to the south, and Aragon to the east. Similar to other regions
of Spain, Navarre has its own parliament and government and is responsible
for its regional education, health, employment, housing and environmental
Navarre is a cultural mix
of the Basque influence from the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains and Mediterranean
influences coming from the Ebro River. The Ebro valley is fertile and rich
in nutrients making it amenable for growing wheat, vegetables, wine and
olive trees. The river eventually leads to the Parc Natural del Delta del
Ebro south of Catalonia on the Costa Blanca and offers some of the best
carp and cat fishing to be found anywhere in Europe.
Fiesta de San Fermin (6th
|Pamplona capital of Navarre
Pamplona became the region's
capital city in the 10th century and it is now home to a third of the region's
population. Pamplona has played a central role in Navarre history having
been founded by the Romans, occupied by the Moors and briefly the domination
Pamplona is a prosperous
and modern city with wide boulevards and spacious parks. It is also listed
as having one of the best standards of living in Spain. Pamplona is well
urbanised with good road access and has some excellent historical buildings
making it a pleasant tourist destination, especially in the old quarter,
with it's cobbled streets. Pamplona is also the location for the world-famous
Fiesta de San Fermín and the early morning 'Encierros' (Running
of the Bulls).
Navarra, Euskadi, Spain
The festival of San Fermín
is a deeply rooted celebration held within the city of Pamplona. The event
is known locally as Sanfermines, held in honour of Saint Fermin who is
the patron saint of Pamplona and the Navarre region. It is probably the
most internationally renowned festival in Spain having been central to
the plot of Ernest Hemingway's book 'The Sun Also Rises'.
of the Bulls, San Fermin Festival, Pamplona
|The most famous event of
the fiesta is the 'Encierro' or Running of the Bulls. Thousands of participants
take their life in their hands by running in front of, alongside or preferably
behind 12 or so mature bulls with sharpened horns along a half-mile stretch
of cobbled streets in the old town. The event is not without risk and since
1924, 15 people have died. During the festival, the whole town is alive
with party events, with celebrations spilling out from the bars and restaurants
throughout the day.
The south Navarre is typically
warm and arid with a landscape typical to that of Castilla & Leon.
To the north though are the Pyrenees Mountains, where the weather is cooler
with much greater precipitation. This has resulted in a greener landscape
with vast forests and varied undergrowth that support a wide range of fauna
and flora. For walking and hiking holidays, there are two large National
Parks to be found here, the Parque Natural de Urbasa y Andía and
the Parque Natural del Señorio de Bértiz.