5 essential visits in Navarre

Navarre is one of the unknown greats of Spanish geography. However, if you step into this territory, you won’t stop thinking about it. The extensive history of its medieval villages, the almost virgin nature of its forests, its gastronomy and even its deserts make Navarre an essential part of the diary of every traveller from Civitatis. Do we discover it?

Pamplona

As it could not be otherwise, we had to start with the capital of Navarre, Pamplona. I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind when you mention this name are the fiestas of San Fermín, but Pamplona is much more! Fortress churches, walls surrounding the medieval city and its palaces are some of the attractions of the city. How about discovering them with a guided tour of Pamplona?

Medieval villages

Travelling to the Middle Ages in the 21st century? Navarre can boast of having villages that maintain the essence of the Middle Ages. An example of this are Olite or Ujué, two fortress cities where the cobbled streets and their historic centres have made them be named as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. Which one will guide you the most? In addition, the Kingdom of Navarre is home to one of the most emblematic monasteries in Spain, the Monasterio de la Oliva (Olive Monastery).

The excursion to the Monastery of Oliva, Ujué and Olite from Pamplona is one of the best ways to discover its beauty. Don’t miss it!

Tudela

Tudela is synonymous with excellent vegetables and, specifically asparagus, are some of the most valued products throughout the national geography. However, did you know that it is one of the most important cities of Islamic origin in Spain and Europe? Perhaps a guided tour of Tudela will help you discover the history of its streets.

Another of Navarre’s attractions near Tudela is the overwhelming aridity of the Bárdenas, one of the most peculiar landscapes in Spain. The tour of the Royal Bárdenas will show you the lunar panorama of this desert, full of rock formations, ravines… You will love it!

Castle of Javier

Navarre Day is celebrated every 3rd of December, which coincides with the feast day of Saint Francis Xavier. How about going into the Castle of Javier and paying tribute to the patron saint of the Kingdom? You will cross a drawbridge that will take you to the towers, dungeons, saeteros and other rooms that witnessed the life of one of the most universal missionaries.

Irati Forest

If we used to talk about the Bárdenas desert, now we have to move to the jungle, specifically to the Irati jungle. This is one of the largest beech forests in Europe and one of the most beautiful places in the area. Walking through this forest will give you a feeling of peace and tranquility that is hard to forget. Take your camera and go on an excursion to the Irati Forest!