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LUZAIDE – VALCARLOS

Valcarlos

View of Valcarlos

Border city and door of entry to Spain, which keeps the roots of their cultural diversity.

Km- 0 and first town of Navarra in the Way of Saint James, which begins in the neighbourhood of Pertole at the end of the path that comes from the rural house Mocosail. According to the legend from “La Chanson de Roland” (Roldan’s song), Emperor Charlemagne played to chess in this house while his nephew Roldan and the twelve Peers of France died in the battle of Roncesvalles, battle that really happened in Valcarlos territory.
Valcarlos is a stockbreeding town with great tourist attractions where the people are reserved as all the people in the mountains.

The folklore of the “Bolantes” is the real treasure of the town. The “Bolantes” are dantzaris (Basque dancers), who wear pure white clothes trimmed with gold and glitters. They have been imitated many times, but nobody has reached their level.

In Luzaide-Valcarlos you can visit the church devoted to the apostle Saint James, whose altarpiece was made in 1908 by Isturiz. In Saint James square you can also visit the monument in honour of the pilgrims, by Jorge Oteiza or the bust of Bordel, by Soule from Baztan (Navarre).

There are countless walking paths or trekking areas through the mountains.

From Luzaide – Valcarlos you can make short trips to Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bayonne, Saint Palais, Pau or Lourdes in France. You can also go to Saint Sebastien, Bilbao, Pamplona or the reservoirs of Itoiz, Yesa and Eugui.

Our exceptional location gives us a mild microclimate regulated by the height of the mountains and the water currents.

This small city has the following services: a doctor and a nurse, a masseur, a sauna, a whirlpool bath, a pharmacy, a butchery, a tobacconist’s, shops, bars, pelota courts (one of them is covered), a post office, a direct bus to Madrid twice a week, a Police station, a fire brigade, a petrol station, a bank and a cash machine.

 

SAINT JEAN DE PIED DE PORT

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Saint Jean de Pied de Port

Gorgeous town of the French Basque Pyrenees, crossed by the River Nive. From its crystal clear waters and from its bridges you can admire the slippery trouts. This town was the capital city of the Fifth Commune, when it belonged to the Kingdom of Navarre and it was considered as the head of the South Navarre. There is still a street called “Navarre”.

This town keeps its medieval style intact, with narrow streets (e.g. the street named Rue de la citadelle – Citadel street) surrounded by the very well conserved walls and presided by a castle (turned into a school today). All these fortifications are attributed to Vauban, one of the more famous strategist engineers of the 16th century.

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is also the beginning of one of the hardest stages of the Jacobean Way that joins this town to Roncesvalles through Valcarlos.

Located in an unbeatable place where you can see the snow-capped summits of the Pyrenees and the green prairies tainted with the whiteness of the typical Basque farmhouses.

In the old town you will be transported to the time of the merchants and the feudal lords. You can visit the Prison of the Bishops, the Bridge of Our Lady, the city hall…

 

RONCESVALLES

roncesvalles

Roncesvalles

Natural crossing area of the Pyrenees since far-off times, it is an emblematic place with significant epic history. It is said that it is here where the French army of Charlemagne was defeated by the Basques. Orreaga-Roncesvalles is an architectural complex – religious, secular and domestic- in a great location. It was built a medical centre and hostel that took the pilgrims in after the hard climbing of the mountain range and showed the way to Saint James. After the crossing of Ultrapuertos, leaving the Pyrenees, Orreaga-Roncesvalles means the beginning of the last mile of the Way, though it lasts 700 km to the end. Pilgrims consider Orreaga-Roncesvalles as the most important point in the Way of St. James after the Cathedral of St. James because of the history and the symbolism of this place.
The small and simple gothic chapel next to the Charlemagne silo is the only building of Orreaga-Roncesvalles devoted to Saint James. It has a bell from the old chapel of Ibañeta, which was the encouraging call for the pilgrims who climbed the north face of the Pyrenees. The pilgrimage to Compostela is, with the Carolingian world, the highlight of Orreaga-Roncesvalles.

 

IRATI FOREST

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Selva de Irati

Vast territory (17.195 ha) formed mainly by forest (75%). It is located between Aezkoa and Salazar valleys in Navarre, Cize valley in Lower Navarre and Larrau valley in Soule. From ancient time it has been used for shooting and stockbreeding. It has a great natural and ecological value and it is considered as one of the largest beech-fir forests of Europe and major natural attraction all year round. It offers many possibilities, such as trekking or BTT paths, mountain climbing or winter activities (snowshoeing, cross country skiing in Abodi…). It has also a network of 16 carefully chosen walking trails. These are the best way to discover its secrets and most of them are suitable for all ages.
Irati forest is surrounded by two mythical mountains of the region: the Orhi (2019m), first « two thousand » of the Pyrenees and emblematic summit of Navarre; and Ortzanzurieta (1750m) facing Irati to the east and the High Road of Saint James to the west. Many activities available: in the forest, in the river, in the reservoir of Irabia, etc.

 

BERTIZ NATURAL PARK

BERTIZ

Bertiz Dominion – Señorío de Bertiz

This natural park of the western Navarre’s Pyrenees and near the river Bidasoa has a fabulous botanical garden with blackbirds, squirrels and seven species of woodpecker. In Oieregi there are also good bearing and well preserved trees.
 
 
 
 
 
ORGI OAKWOOD

ORGI

Orgi oakwood

Millenary wood that has a great ecological interest and it is the last remain of the humid century-old oakwoods of Navarre. Recreational natural area with reception, paths and conservation zone.A unique landscape that delights the visitor.
 
 
 
 
 
PAMPLONA

PAMPLONA

Pamplona

Pamplona gives you the opportunity to slowly enjoy its parks, to wander around the old town, to savour its gastronomy with its famous “pinchos” accompanied by a good wine and to have fun in the “Sanfermines”, unique in Spain festivities.
 
 
 
 
 
ZUGARRAMURDI CAVES

ZUGARRAMURDI

Zugarramurdi caves

Magic, fantasy and sorcery have turned this cave in a unique tourist destination located at 400 m from the town of the same name, located in the Navarre’s Pyreneesbordering France. You will also find the Witch Museum to complete your visit.
 
 
 
 
 
ZUBIETA MILL

ZUBIETA

Zubieta mill

It is the kind of place where time stopped. It was built in 1785 as a real mill and nowadays it is an ecomuseum. The miller still uses his hands and the former tools to grind the wheat and the corn. And you can make your own corn or wheat bread.
 
 
 
 
 
GORGE OF LUMBIER

LUMBIER

Gorge of Lumbier

It is a deep and narrow gorge cut by the river Irati. It is 1300 m long and it has a maximum slope of 120 m. It is a Natural Reserve that allows the visitor to enjoy a delightful landscape and to watch griffon vultures and rich vegetation.
 
 
 
 
 
MONASTERY OF LEYRE

LEYRE

Monastery of Leyre

This Romanesque monastery from XI and XII century, located in a beautiful nature surrounding, is one of the best of Spain. The visitor can complete the visit in the Yesa reservoir.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ARTIKUTZA

ARTIKUTZA

Artkutza

Artikutza is a natural area of 3800 hectares that has a great number of animals; many of them endangered species, more than six millions of beeches and oaks, among them the pruned beech trees. There is also a reservoir.
 
 
 
 
 
CASTLE OF JAVIER

JAVIER

Castle of Javier

Its crenelated towers reinforce the castle’s medieval charming. It was the birthplace of San Francisco Javier (St. Francis Xavier) and it is 8 km far from Sangüesa. The castle is the destination of thousands of people from all over Navarre in the popular pilgrimage known as the Javierada. The architectural ensemble, half restored, is amazing.
 
 
 
 
 
PERU – HARRI, THE PARK OF THE STONE

PERU-HARRI

Peru – Harri

Stone museum built in the mountain by IñakiPerurena, 2 kmaway from Leitza in the way to Uitzi. It is a special museum where Iñaki and his son relate the myths, history and culture of the stone. There is a stone giant of 40 tonnes.
 
 
 
 
 
ROMAN MUSEUM OIASSO

OIASSO

Roman museum Oiasso

The roman museum Oiasso of Irun (Gipuzkoa) has been nominated to the Best European Museum Award in 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
SAN MIGUEL DE ARALAR SANCTUARY

ARALAR

San Miguel de Aralar Sanctuary

One of the most popular spiritual centre in Navarre. It is a romanesque temple with three naves and three apses located on the top of Aralar mountains, from where you can enjoy a fascinating panoramic view.
 
 
 
 
 
HONDARRIBIA

HONDARRIBIA

Hondarribia

When you walk from one side to another one in Hondarribia, you will think that you are not in the same city, as every corner is different.