The gateway to the Way of St James, pure Pyrenees and spectacular beech forests

Orreaga/Roncesvalles, such a tiny but such a pretty spot. And a very special place, too; for this is the first point on the Way of St James on the Iberian peninsula. That’s why so many people set off on pilgrimage from here every year. A place well worth visiting thanks to its architectural splendour — this is first-class French Gothic —, the beauty of the surrounding area and the historical significance of the location. And very nearby, two typical linear villages on the pilgrims’ route, both with a Pyrenean flavour: Auritz/Burguete and Aurizberri/Espinal.

And a bit further down the road, you can drive up to Esteribar, a valley as close as it is unknown. Discover its beauty with ‘The Bridges over the Arga’, a route which embraces ten emblematic spots, including the Eugi reservoir and the extensive Quinto Real forest

 

  • Irabia Reservoir in the Irati Forest

    Irati, the king of forests

    And for beautiful scenery, there’s nothing like heading for the Irati Forest: a must from every point of view if you're visiting Navarre. A spectacular beech forest with several hiking trails, where the colours change with the season and in the midst of which lies the Irabia reservoir. There are two sides from which to enter the forest: the Aezkoa Valley, known for its granaries, and the Salazar Valley, home to Ochagavía, one of those villages you just have to see. The forest is ideal for old and young alike, so don’t think twice. 

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  • Couple cycling along a trail

    Trails and cycling tracks all around

    And here too, there are hiking trails everywhere. One you just have to walk is the route around the Nagore reservoir. Oh, and if you want to see the area on two wheels, we recommend two mountain-bike circuits: the Irati and the Eremua circuit.

    Everything about hiking and mountain biking

Gastronomy in the Pyrenees

Our final recommendations are of a more gastronomic nature. The dishes that always hit the spot here are the delicious steaks, lamb cutlets, game stews-— the pigeon in autumn is out of this world —, wild mushrooms and trout. And if you pass through Aoiz, then there's costrada, a dessert so sweet that it’s almost a sin.

Our final recommendations are of a more gastronomic nature. The dishes that always hit the spot here are the delicious steaks, lamb cutlets, game stews-— the pigeon in autumn is out of this world —, wild mushrooms and trout. And if you pass through Aoiz, then there's costrada, a dessert so sweet that it’s almost a sin.