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Navarra (Navarre), Spain Travel & Accommodation Guide

Bridge and Town of Puente De La Reina, on the Way of St. James in Navarra, Spain, Europe
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).
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Navarra Travel Guide
Five Things To Do In Navarra
Navarre Holidays and Pamplona Holiday Attractions
Pamplona Tourist Information
San Fermin - Pamplona
Video of Scenes of Navarra - Video of the Running of the Bulls, Pamplona
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Hotels in Navarra by location:
Self-Catering / Aparthotels in Navarra:
Aibar Hotels - Ayegui Hotels - Barásoain Hotels - Bera Rural Hotels
Pamplona Self-Catering Accommodation
Beruete Hotels - Irurtzun Hotels - Marcilla Hotels - Olite Hotels
Pamplona Hotels - Tudela Hotels
Paradores of Navarra

Five 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 and trips.

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 Pamplona, 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. 

Estella, Dominated by the Church of San Miguel, Camino De Santiago, Navarra, Euskadi, Spain
Estella, Camino De Santiago, Navarra
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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.

San Fermin Festival, Plaza De Toros, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain, Europe
San Fermin Festival, Plaza De Toros, Pamplona, Navarra,
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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.


Navarre 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 policies.

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.
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 of Charlemagne.

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).

Pamplona, Navarra, Euskadi, Spain
Pamplona, Navarra, Euskadi, Spain
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Fiesta de San Fermin (6th -14th July)

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'.
Running of the Bulls, San Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain, Europe
Running of the Bulls, San Fermin Festival, Pamplona
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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.


Latest update: September 29, 2012