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Fall temptations in Navarre

 

Walking on a bed of ocher leaves, visiting a winery and tasting a delicious wine, savoring scrumptious mushrooms and getting lost within the walls of a church on the Way of Saint James are just a few of the temptations offered by Navarre in the Fall.

Imagine that you wake up in a comfortable hotel room. After a hearty breakfast, you jump in your car and are ready to rush off to see them all.

At the Hotel Tres Reyes, we have prepared a selection of excuses for coming to visit Navarre this fall. Would you like to hear them?

Landscape

In Navarre, we have treasures that are best visited “from within”. These are natural treasures, like the Selva de Irati beech forest in the Navarran Pyrenees, the Urbasa, Aralar and Andía mountain ranges and the famous Baztán Valley. 

Valle de Baztan ( Foto de Turismo de Navarra ) Baztán Valley ( Photo: Turismo de Navarra )

Observe nature in all its autumnal splendor as you walk along pathways, smell the forest, see the wildlife and climb to a viewpoint to enjoy sweeping views of the scenery. Some notable viewpoints include the Mirador de la Foz de Arbayún, the Mirador de la Foz de Lumbier and the Mirador de San Miguel de Aralar.

Food and drink

If you are a fan of mushrooms, don’t miss out on visiting the Ultzama Mycological Park, where in addition to guided tours you will learn all about mycology. You can also visit the Metauten Truffle Museum, where you can discover the “black diamond” of gourmet cooking in an idyllic environment.

Setas en Irati ( Foto de irati.org )Mushrooms in Irati ( Photo: www.irati.org ) 

Fall is hunting season and in the Baztán Bidasoa area, you can attend Gourmet Hunting Days in November.

And don’t forget that it is the time for foods such as pimiento de piquillo (“piquillo pepper”) and for making a selection of the best sloe to make the famous alcoholic drink called pacharán.

Wine tourism

Navarre celebrates the grape harvest in the fall.

The region has a great diversity of landscapes and climates from north to south. This fantastic variation in climate influences grape cultivation in the Navarran Designation of Origin in its five areas of production: Baja Montaña, Ribera Alta, Ribera Baja, Tierra Estella and Valdizarbe.

Museo del vino de Navarra  ( Foto del Museo del vino de Navarra )Wine Museum of Navarra (Photo: Museo del vino de Navarra )

To learn more about the world of wine, visit the Vineyard and Wine Museum of Navarre, located in Olite. The Royal Palace is right nearby. Don’t miss out on visiting it, as it will surely take your breath away.

Way of Saint James

Two important paths of the French Way of Saint James join in Navarre: the one that enters via Valcarlos in the Pyrenees and the one that enters via Sangüesa coming from Aragon. Both join at Puente La Reina, a mediaeval town. A very pleasant option is to travel stretches of this beautiful route visiting historical villas like Roncesvalles (with its impressive collegiate church) and Estella, while enjoying delicious regional food and rink. Just a few miles from the Way of Saint James, gems await you like the Castle of Javier, the Leyre Monastery and the Church of Santa María de Eunate, whose origin remains a mystery even today.

Castillo de Javier Turismo de NavarraCastle of Javier ( Photo: Turismo de Navarra )

…And the temptations continue. Are you really going to resist them?

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