A diverse and beautiful region of Spain that borders France with wonderful landscape and fascinating history.
Even Shakespeare thought that Navarra should be the wonder of the world (a quote from Love's Labours Lost) due to the incredibly varied landscape of this beautiful region, from the rocky mountains and white water rivers in the north to the fertile pastures and La Ribera wine growing area to the south.
If history and culture are more for you, there are no end of well preserved medieval castles and monasteries to visit - not to mention the many ancient villages where the locals dress up to celebrate ancestral customs and medieval legends.
Places to visit in Navarra
Bardenas Reales Natural Park
A unique semi-desert landscape with amazing clay rock formations that has often been used as scenery for tv commercials and films. A great place to explore by bicycle or on foot.
A pleasant city famous for its bull running in July which was brought to worldwide attention by Ernest Hemingway - a bar on the main square is named after him.
Puente La Reina
This is a small, pretty village whose name comes from the bridge built by the king in the 11th century so that pilgrims could cross the Arga river and continue on their way towards Santiago de Compostela.
Things to do in Navarra
Hiking and cycling
Both are popular activities in this region and itineraries are available for short and longer routes such as the Pilgrims' Way to Santiago or the Pyrenean Trail.
Sailing and canoeing
The Yesa, Morea and Alloz reservoirs offer facilities for sailing and canoeing whilst the more adventurous can try rafting or canyoning down some of the region's great rivers.
Food and drink in Navarra
- Red peppers and white asparagus
- Famous potatoes of Aézcoa
- Chestnuts and hazelnuts
- Roncal and Idiazabal cheese made from sheep's milk
- Cordero al chilindrón, a delicious lamb stew
- La Trucha a la Navarra, fried trout with ham
- Pacharán, which is made by mixing sloe berries with aniseed or plain liqueur
- Full bodied red wines from La Ribera region