The Pyrenean valley par excellence and the deepest gorges

Let’s finish our tour of the Pyrenees in the north-east of the region, a paradise for mountain sports and birds of prey!

The Roncal Valley is a place where it’s worth finding out all about the local history and traditions. The valley is home to 7 villages with cobbled streets and slate gable roofs as protection from the water and the snow, and a flavour all of their own; Roncal, Burgui and Isaba to name but three. Every spring, Burgui holds its Day of the Almadía (Raft) in memory of the hardships of one of the most traditional professions in the valley, navigating felled tree trunks downstream.

If you’re looking for a rugged landscape, then the Larra-Belagua Valley is the place for you. This is the only glacial valley in all Navarre and you can visit it by taking any of the paths in the Larra Nature Reserve, a stunning karst landscape in which fir trees struggle to take root between the rocks. And if you’re in shape and up for a climb, then you have Mesa de los Tres Reyes! Yes, the 2,442 metres of the highest mountain in Navarre are only suitable for the brave.

 

  • Skier

    Soak up the view as you do some cross-country skiing

    Are you visiting this area in winter? Great! Because you can discover the whitest and most beautiful face of this picture postcard landscape from the Nordic ski centre. If you don’t bring your own skis, no problem; you can hire them and ski one of the delightful tracks in the area. And what about rounding off the morning with some tasty txistorra sausage or a good meal to replenish your energy? Doesn’t sound at all bad, does it?

  • Gorge of Arbaiun

    Gorge with a Rail Trail or a gorge with a viewpoint, you choose!

    Heading south, two very special gorges await you: the Gorge of Lumbier and the Gorge of Arbaiun. You can walk through the first on the Irati Rail Trail, which runs alongside the river. And you can see the other, the Gorge of Arbaiun. from the Iso viewpoint. Both offer panoramic views of nature at its wildest and are home to huge vultures, which are relatively easy to see and, truth to tell, take your breath away.

    And don’t forget to upload your photos to your social networks using our hashtag #visitnavarra.

     

    Find out things to do near the gorges

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And one more thing: don’t forget to try some D.O. Roncal cheese, migas de pastor (shepherd’s breadcrumbs), wild mushrooms — if you come in season — and finish your meal with a good glass of patxaran. You'll see how tasty everything is.

And one more thing: don’t forget to try some D.O. Roncal cheese, migas de pastor (shepherd’s breadcrumbs), wild mushrooms — if you come in season — and finish your meal with a good glass of patxaran. You'll see how tasty everything is.