Forests and natural parks where you can unwind
If you are tired of the same four walls and would rather see tree boughs above your head, Navarre has plenty of forests to choose from. Visit the beech groves on the Mata de Haya trail in Belagua, and you will feel you are walking under the central nave of a Gothic cathedral. Photo opportunity guaranteed!
One option for good weather is a trip to the Leurtza reservoirs. Its trails through the beech trees and barbecue areas make for a wonderful day out.
Another fabulous destination is the Urbasa-Andía Natural Park. Dolmens, huts for shepherds, meadows, beech groves and breath-taking viewpoints, such as the Balcón de Ubaba (also known as Pilatos) or the viewpoints from the Sierra de Andía. Not to mention, of course, the Source of the River Urederra. For many, this is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Navarre.
If you are looking for something different, our recommendation is simple: the Natural Park of Bardenas Reales. You will think you are in Arizona or in the Game of Thrones, but no, you are still in Navarre.
The Way of St James in full bloom
The truth is that except for winter, the Way in Navarre is a delight all year round.
Spring is especially wonderful because the days are longer, temperatures are mild, and the landscapes next to the trails are bursting with flowers.
What can we say about the stages... Setting off from Orreaga/Roncesvalles, crossing Pamplona and walking through villages with a medieval feel such as Puente la Reina, Estella-Lizarra and Viana is a pleasure during this season.
No joke. If this is your favourite season, you are bound to fall in love with the Way in springtime.
Enjoying outdoor sport
Spring gives us a fresh burst of energy, which needs to be channelled.
At last! The explosion of green has reached the Navarrese forests. Walking along the pathways with a leafy green ceiling shading us from the sun is a true delight.
There are many kilometres of trails still to go, so let’s whet our appetite with some of our favourite springtime hikes.
If you feel like getting the whole family out to stretch their legs, suggest a trip to the Source of the River Larraun-Iribas. This extremely pleasant circular route is perfect for rounding off with a delicious meal in a nearby cider house.
Other walks that will leave you refreshed and tranquil, are the Rail Trails, such as the Tarazonica, a 22-kilometre route that joins Tudela and Tarazona, through gentle landscapes and past carefully-tended allotments.I want to go hiking
Finally, if you have never lost yourself in an enchanted beech grove, we recommend the Mountaineers Itinerary in the Urbasa-Andía Natural Park where you can let your imagination soar.
Cycling and mountain biking
The time has come to service your bike because fine weather brings with it the urge to get pedalling. There are many different enjoyable and safe cycling routes in Navarre.
In fact, there are various Greenways which are much appreciated by Navarrese locals for their good condition and beauty. One of these is the 42-kilometre Navarrese stretch of the Plazaola Rail Trail, which joined Pamplona to San Sebastian.
Another example is the Eurovelo Route 1, which will join the Norwegian fjords with Portugal. The stretch which passes through Navarre is practically finished.
However, if you are looking for more excitement and want to give your mountain bike a good run out, the Esteribar Valley offers 12 mountain bike routes to choose from, more than 400 km to cover in the Pyrenees, a further 46 km in the Central Zone, and 2,000 kilometres of paths to enjoy in Tierra Estella.I want to explore Navarre by bike
Active tourism in nature
Here, Mother Earth has etched landscapes and mountains for centuries; perfect for visitors looking to try out different sports.
Canyoning and caving
Canoeing and paddle surfing
Buggy and segway
Rock climbing and ziplines
With so much outdoor activity you are bound to be hungry. Luckily for you, Navarre is the place to be if you are peckish. There are so many rich and varied gastronomic possibilities in this region that you will be surprised day after day.
With this introduction, it goes without saying that one of the essential spring plans is enjoying our food... And drink. We have produce, technique and enthusiasm, so be sure to note down our recommendations.
If you love wine and are interested in finding out how it is made, the Navarre Wine Route is an essential visit. Discover the inside of wine cellars and taste the wines with expert guidance. Do not leave without calling in to any of the numerous festivities held around this time for rosé wine.
If always order everything because you cannot decide on one dish, the Pamplona Pintxo Week is what you have been waiting for. We can sum it up in three words: flavour, innovation and quality.
What about visiting an artisan cheese factory? See the animals, discover the manufacturing process, and of course, leave with unique cheeses for your next gourmet meal. Yum yum.
In general, any worthy foodie knows there is nothing better than sitting down at a table in one of our cider houses, roast houses and restaurants. Many of these premises are committed to organic, local produce, and have been awarded the KM0 label. You will be hard pressed to find fresher, seasonal food - with the particularly outstanding asparagus - or more comforting wines.
Room for more? Don’t worry, we have plenty more to offer. If you need even more ideas for spring plans, take a look at the gastronomic dates on the calendar, awaiting you in Navarre: