It's time to take shelter under oak and beech trees, and appreciate the sounds of the woodlands in Navarre, where the fauna and flora go hand in hand to create a fresh ambience full of different shades of green in spring and summer, turning russet in autumn.
One of the most iconic natural areas in Navarre and the Pyrenees. And we're not just saying it, it's really true! Irati is one of the largest and best-preserved beech and fir forests in Europe.
It's a place to take your breath away and comfort your soul at any time of year. Its more than 17,000 hectares of almost virgin nature offer a host of sport and leisure options, including rambling among meadows, beech trees or alongside the Irabia reservoir, trail riding on your MTB or painting a picture with the autumn colours.All about the Irati Forest
Señorío de Bertiz Natural Park
This was the first place to be declared a Natural Park in Navarre. Over the centuries, the Atlantic has had a marked influence on this area, to create this wood full of beeches, cypress oaks and oaks.
Take a stroll through the park and botanical gardens, which are a showcase for biodiversity, with species from all over the world. Admire its ponds and pools and visit the palace.
What's more, its Interpretation Centre will give you an insight into this beautiful place.All about Bertiz
Impressive oak groves
Majestic trees, some are hundreds while others are thousands of years old. Their strange shapes create mysterious atmospheres and their incredible size is simply jaw-dropping. The following are well worth a visit:
- Orgi wood in the Ultzama Valley.
- Monumental oak trees in Jauntsarats in Basaburua
- Thousand-year old oaks in Etxarri Aranatz. This trail can be extended to include the dolmen trail.
- Oak grove of Altsasu/Alsasua
We're aware that the beech woods of the Irati Forest are the most sought-after, but make no mistake, all beech woods convey an aura of peace and tranquillity. To mention but a few:
- The Mountaineers Itinerary and the enchanted beech woods of Urbasa
- Iturburua in Bertiz
- Dronda- Mata de Haya in Belagua
- Basajaunberro woodlands in Orreaga/Roncesvalles
- Tres Hayas Trail, which is one of the bunker trails at Auritz/Burguete
- Quinto Real Forest
Mainly populated by beech and oak trees, although meadows and bracken are abundant, as are various conifer types.
But there's more to Leitzalarrea than nature alone. The megaliths scattered around the land demonstrate that humans have been in this area since time immemorial. Mining was also important for centuries and there are still many vestiges and remains of the former foundries.
Make a visit and check out the information panels showing the different trails and walks.More information on Leitzalarrea
Bardenas Reales: the largest desert in Europe
This comes as a real surprise in Navarre because, instead of being in the north of the Iberian peninsula, you appear to be in the heart of Africa.
The Bardenas Reales desert is a Natural Park covering 42,500 hectares, sculpted by the elements to become a desert with an almost lunar landscape featuring gullies, plateaux and curious, solitary hills.
A place that is so extraordinary that you shouldn't be surprised to see a film or TV recording team there.
When water plays the leading role
Source of the River Urederra
One of the wonders of Navarre in sight!
This river source is a natural outlet for the aquifer formed in the Urbasa-Andía Natual Park and the exceptional colour of its waters led it to be named Urederra which means "beautiful water" in the Basque language.
To check this out for yourself, simply follow the 7 kilometre path running alongside the river to get some colourful views: the turquoise of the waters, the greens and russets of the vegetation, the azure of the sky... An easy-to-walk trail that will take you, following the pools, to one of the most luxuriant spots in Navarre.All about the Source of the River Urderra
Gorges of Lumbier and Arbaiun
Pay attention! Because you're looking at one of the most impressive natural phenomena: the gorges in the Navarre Pyrenees.
And the fact is that, here in Navarre, these canyons or ravines are called gorges; it has taken the rivers millions of years to carve out these narrow valleys in the limestone. The result is an extraordinary landscape, with narrow corridors and currents of air that give us a really unique ecosystem which is a haven for numerous birds of prey.
The most well-known gorges are the Gorge of Lumbier, carved by the river Irati and now a greenway, and the Gorge of Arbaiun, whose panoramic views from the Iso pass should not be missed.All about the Gorges of Lumbier and Arbaiun
Amid the woodlands in the Atlantic area of Navarre, these mountain lakes emerge as an attractive surprise. Surrounded by beech woods, they look like they've been taken out of a fairytale. Along their easy-to-walk trails, you'll be able to see the uses, fauna and flora in the area and, what's more there's a picnic site that makes this natural area an ideal spot for families.All about the Leurtza reservoirs
Very close to Estella-Lizarra, you'll find this reservoir with calm, turquoise waters surrounded by gall oaks, thickets and pine trees. It's the perfect place for water sports or to take a dip in summer. It's ideal for getting started in sailing or paddle surf with no worries about currents. While, if you're after something relaxing, you can hire a water pedal boat, canoe or book a boat trip. Picnic areas, toilets, shade, car parks and bathing areas are all there. Everything ready to enjoy a sweet day on a freshwater beach!All the activities available on the Alloz Reservoir
Cave of the Witches of Zugarramurdi
Here nature goes hand in hand with a mysterious and disturbing history of witches. Ideally, visit the Cueva Grande or great cave and discover the setting, with a magnificent viewpoint and the Infernuko Erreka, the "stream of hell" responsible for the formation of the caves.
Cave of Urdazubi/Urdax
Although it comprises a number of caves, it is only possible to visit the Cave of Ikaburu. This cave has progressively been formed over several hundreds of thousands of years. It is open to visitors, allowing you to enjoy a magical universe of stalactites and stalagmites.
Cave of Mendukilo in Astitz
This cave was used for centuries as a stable and, today, it's a really interesting tour among stalactites and stalagmites in the depths of the Sierra de Aralar. A journey into the centre of the earth.
The TOP most sports to enjoy in the open air
Bikes and MTB
If you're into two wheels, then you've come to the ideal place, because Navarre is a destination that offers some well-prepared bike trails.
For a relaxing tour to enjoy every change of scenery, choose one of its five greenways. This will allow you to combine your hobby with a little bit of history about the place. Another option is to do one of the stages of the Way of St James or the EuroVelo Route. However, if you 're looking for complete freedom, then pay attention to our MTB spaces.
Hundreds of kilometres of paths and trails between oak and beech woods, alongside rivers, waterfalls and river sources; others along the greenways or more suitable for practising Nordic Walking. You can also find others that give you a small insight into culture, such as those that run alongside megalithic monuments and those that conceal treasures.
They come in every colour and there's something for everyone. So there's no excuse for not staying active!I want to do trail walking
Are you game for doing the Way of St James?
Navarre is the entry point of the Way of St James into Spain.
And, during your journey, you'll find wild nature, with a peppering of popular traditions and a truly exceptional historical heritage.
Where can you start the Way of St James? Well, look, you've got up to four starting points. Your choice will depend on your physical condition and your scenery preferences.
French Way of St James
From Orreaga/Roncesvalles up to Viana
French Way of St James (II)
From Sangüesa to Puente la Reina
Way of St James through the Baztan Valley
From Urdazubi/Urdax to Arre
Way of St James through the Ebro Valley
From Cortes to Castejón
These locations fuse nature, sport and fun. The ultimate “all in one”.
You can come here to whizz down ziplines, walk over hanging bridges, enjoy water activities, and even see animals in their natural habitats, but they have so much more to offer.
All in a perfectly integrated natural setting: smiles guaranteed.See all adventure parks
Baztan Abentura Park
Bertiz Abentura Park
Artamendia Adventure Park
Beigorri Adventure Park
Looking for even more adventure? Then Active Tourism is for you
Great, because if you take a closer look, you'll see that nature tourism in Navarre can be as active as you like: mountaineering, canoeing, climbing, canyoning, caving and even windsurfing.
And, if you're into air sports, then you can do paragliding, hire a balloon ride or a two-seater plane: you decide how you'd like to explore Navarre.Ver todas las propuestas de turismo activo
Nature plans organised by professionals
Nature plans organised by professionals
Experience an adventure, but with the support of professionals who will guide you and tell you secrets that you'd never discover by yourself.
Rural tourism: accommodation in contact with nature
There are a host of options for rural tourism in Navarre. So you simply have to decide on where you'd like to stay.
Country guest houses: either renting a complete property and doing as you please, or renting bedrooms with breakfast.
Country hotels: if you're looking for convenience and places with character, yet without missing out on the essence of the natural setting.
Campsites: ideal for those looking for adventure or for families.
Hostels: the best option for groups and sports enthusiasts
Unique accommodation for those looking for adventure
Imagine sleeping in a suite at the top of a tree, waking up in a million-year old cave, resting in a shepherd's hut in the heart of the countryside or staying in a bubble under the stars and with view of the Bardenas Reales Desert.
And, to end, one on historical buildings. We're highlighting the Parador de Olite, which offers you the possibility of staying in a real 15th century castle, which still holds that magical medieval air.Consulta aquí todos los alojamientos singulares