A LAND OF DIVERSITY
Embrace the craggy green silhouette of the Pyrenean mountains and notice how the landscape gradually changes to gentle undulations as it descends to the fertile river plain known as “la Ribera”. Smell the aroma of ancient traditions along the Way of Saint James, on the route from legendary Roncesvalles to the city of Viana. Thrill to the colourful local festivities: the bull-running in San Fermin and numerous summer fiestas take place amid a sea of red and white. And don’t miss the wide range of gastronomic treats on offer, including top-quality meat and fresh vegetables from the farmlands on the Ribera river plain, accompanied by the region’s excellent wines.
A LAND OF TRADITION
Navarre’s most important traditional events include its various religious processions, pilgrimages like the Javierada, the festival of the almadías (traditional barges for transporting logs), witches’ covens, the San Fermin bull-running festival, hunting, and Carnival.
Navarre is heir to a proud culinary tradition based on the produce grown in its varied landscapes, and which makes every meal a social event. In store for its visitors are red, white and rosé wines, pinchos (morsels of haute cuisine served on bread), delicious farm produce and home-made desserts.
THE FOUR SEASONS
The ancient kingdom of Navarre offers a wide range of attractions to suit each season of the year:
- Spring: the green thaw
- Summer: fiesta time
- Autumn: Navarre in a palette of ochre tones
- Winter: walking on freshly-fallen snow
The greatest of all festivities takes place in Pamplona. The firing of the traditional “chupinazo” or firecracker on 6 July marks the start of the festival known as the “Sanfermines”, when everyone is caught up in the explosion of camaraderie and high spirits which fills the streets throughout the fiesta.
THE PATHS OF HISTORY
Roads make history and lay the foundations for tradition. The most important of these routes in the old kingdom of Navarre is the Way of Saint James, which has left its indelible mark on the customs and heritage of these lands. Other traditional routes with centuries of history are the Roman roads and the cattle-migration routes; Navarre also has numerous hiking trails covering both short and long distances.
The personality and way of life of the people of Navarre can be experienced through their architecture, traditions, dances and rural sports: from the steep-walled valleys of the north which have shaped the upstanding and friendly nature of the traditional farm dwellers, to the south with its constant sunshine, where life is lived in the streets.