A Kingdom to discover
Heir of the essences of its past as a Kingdom, Navarra exhibits its best look and shows a wide range of possibilities to discover the landscape, to enjoy a fine dining and to fall under the spell of its people. Historical, natural, delightful, peaceful. Those are just a few adjectives to define the present of this community, hardly marked by the unavoidable track of Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) and the Sanfermines fiesta, their two main international features.
The visitor who comes to this northern land can stop and admire the Navarrian Pyrenees and visit the collegiate church of Roncesvalles, starting point of the “Camino” for the great majority of pilgrims; go for a walk in Zugarramurdi, the well-known witches village, visit their famous caves or go to the Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar, more than a thousand years old. In the Middle Zone region there are plenty of alternatives to fall captivated under the attraction of these lands, like in the Royal Palace of Olite, known as one of the most luxurious medieval castles in Europe, Irache Monastery and the medieval town of Ujué.
And in the Ribera region, it is worth to visit the village of Tudela and the cathedral. The capital city: Pamplona, surrounded by a city wall five kilometers long. It makes it, in fact, one of the most interesting and best preserved war complexes in Spain.
The people of Navarre have a strong sense of group. They are friends of their friends, determined, firm in their convictions, sincere, generous, noble, and supportive.
As starting point the asparagus from Tudela, but you should not forget to taste the lamb with chilindrón, the peppers stuffed with cod, the trout Navarra style, the grilled steak, or the chistorra. And Roncal or Idiazábal cheese with a pacharán (sloes liquor).
The Sanfermines are of course the most famous festivity in Navarra, but its folklore is rich and varied. Some examples are the Javieradas, the Carnival, the numerous Romerias, or the Akelarres of Zugarramurdi.