Although many associate Navarra with the bulls in Pamplona, Navarra's real charm is its small towns, with fine monuments ranging from the Romanesque to the Renaissance. several worlds intersect in Navarra: Pamplona, the Middle Zone, the Navarra and the Riverside.
In the Middle Zone, Southeast of Pamplona, along the road to Aragon (n240), there are a handful of interesting places such as Sanguesa, the Javier Castle and the grand Leyre Monastery. the n111 is the main route west out of Pamplona. dotted with the charming villages of Puente la Reina and Estrella, it's one of the more enticing stretches for those walking the Camino de Santiago.
The soft greens and bracing climate of the Navarra Pyrenees lie like a cool compress across the sunstruck brow of the south, which is all stark plains, cereal crops and vineyards, sliced up by high, forbidding sierras. avarra is pilgrim territory: for centuries the faithful have used the pass at Roncesvalles to cross from france on their way to Santiago.
The scenic Sierras de Aralar and Andia were much beloved by Hemingway, an avid trout fisherman. from Lekunberri, the area's main town, which also has a tourist office, the na1510 leads southwest through the most scenic countryside, culminating (after 21km) in the austere 9th Century Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar, which lies in the shadow of Monte Altxueta (1343m) and has attractive circular naves and a 12th Century altarpiece. Most buses between Pamplona and San Sebastian Donostia stop in Lekunberri, but you will need your own vehicle to explore the sierras.
The city of Pamplona is world famous thanks to its San Fermín fiestas. Thousands of people come every year to experience the risk and excitement of the popular running of the bulls, immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in his novel Fiesta. For nine days, Pamplona residents and visitors alike, dressed typically in red and white, get carried away by the continuous festive spirit that invades the streets.
San Fermín starts 6 July at midday. At that moment the chupinazo is launched from the balcony of the town hall. It is a rocket that marks the official start of the fiesta, causing an outburst of joy amidst the crowd gathered in the square. The first running of the bulls is held the following day: at 8am sharp the doors of the Santo Domingo corral are opened, and hundreds of people run in front of the bulls on their route through the old town to the bullring.
Posted in 2009-07-13 05:22:13
Although many associate Navarra with the bulls in Pamplona, Navarra's real charm is its small towns, with fine monuments ranging from the Romanesque to the Renaissance. Several worlds intersect in Navarra: Pamplona, The Middle Zone, The Navarra and The Riverside.
Posted in 2009-07-13 05:20:24