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Folleto cedido por el Servicio de Marketing Turístico del Gobierno de Navarra


Folleto cedido por el Servicio de Marketing Turístico del Gobierno de Navarra


Folleto cedido por el Servicio de Marketing Turístico del Gobierno de Navarra

Las Bardenas Reales
Las Bardenas Reales

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The village of Riezu is situated in a vaulting at the base of the 'Sierra de Andia', near another plateau: the 'Sierra de Urbasa'. Together, these form the vast 'Parque Natural de Urbasa y Andía', which covers well over fifty thousand acres, with altitudes of 3000 to 5000 feet. This mountain range represents the geographic and climatologic border between the Navarran high mountains to the north and Middle-Navarra to the south.
This area in its entirety has been under Royal protection up to 1987, which contributes to its exceptionally immaculate scenery. Since the Stone Age it has hardly changed. The extensive forests of stone oaks and beeches, which are hundreds of years old at times, alternate with so called 'pastos' (meadows), where shepherds of old (since seven thousand years!) brought their sheep and goats, but also their typical race of horses, to graze. The first signs of human presence in this region go back 100.000 years...
Furthermore, its remarkable vegetation includes wild taxus and buxus – which naturally tend to form mazes - , a wide variety of mushrooms and, quite spectacularly, more than 120 different species of orchids. It's no wonder, then, that the original wildlife in this region is still flourishing. In the environment, civets, wildcats and European minks are featured – just to name a few. Unfortunately, the chance of coming eye to eye with one of these creatures is very slim.
In the immediate vicinity, you can embark on countless of walking-tours, of which the Nacedero de Urederra and the Nacedero de Ubagua are absolutely unmissable!

Birding Navarra

Above all, Navarra is a perfect region for birdwatchers. For that purpose, Turismo Navarra has published a check-list of the birds of Navarra. - link pdf folder -
The colony of hundreds of Griffon Vultures is something to behold, and even quite hard not to behold. Other species which reside in the vicinity of Riezu include Lammergeier, Egyptian Vulture, four kinds of Falcons, five kinds of Eagles - Booted, Short-toed and Golden Eagles are common visitors in this area, but also Bonelli's Eagle and Osprey can be seen - as well one of the largest concentrations of Black and Red Kites in Europe. And the list continues: Montague's Harriers, Eagle Owls, Scops Owls,... A total of over 20 species of birds of prey to marvel at!
Because of the large diversity in biotopes, there are over 130 species of birds to spot here, just around the corner. Another reason for this phenomenon is that Urbasa serves as something of a 'bottleneck' on the passageways of migrating birds. Urbasa is therefore rightly seen as one of the top-ten Birding hot spots of Navarra.
But above all that, within a range of no more than 60 miles, the number of species we can spot throughout the year rises up to 320, of which just about 250 can be discerned on a regular basis. Some species much worth mentioning include the White-backed and Black Woodpecker and Wryneck to the north, and a variety of Larks tends to occur to the south: Short-toed, Lesser Short-toed, Dupont's, Thekla, and Calandra Larks are some of those varieties. Quite an exercise to distinguish them! Yet, effortlessly, you can see the European Bee-eater, the Crag Martin and Alpine Swift. In the Lagune of Pitillas and the desert of Bardenas Reales, you'll be sure to spot the Cattle Egret, Black-winged Stilt, Stone-curlew, Little Bustard and, with a bit of luck, maybe even the Great Bustard! Just to name a few.
We are happy to provide any further information on the premises, and also at your disposal is a guiding service, to take you to the best spotting areas.


Riezu is located at a stone's throw from 'Camino de Santiago', which passes by Puenta La Reina, through our Yerri Valley, past Estella, to Santiago de Compostella.
This is the oldest, longest and most visited pilgrimage route in the world. The village of Estella owes its mere existence to this expression of spiritual devotion: in 1090 it was founded to meet the needs of the ever-growing flow of pilgrims, who came here from all corners of the European continent.
Some beautiful examples of Roman architecture bear witness to this aspect of Navarran history: the churches of San Pedro and San Miguel in Estella, the monastery of Irache in Ayegui with its miraculous wine well, the highly remarkable octagonal little church of Eunate in Puenta La Reina (built by the Templars), and the eleventh-century Monastery of Iranzu, hidden in the armpit of the Sierra de Urbasa, near Abárzuza.
Everywhere in the region, 'Hermitas' can be found. These little Roman chapels, which are concealed in the woods or in clear sight on mountaintops, provide you with an interesting guideline for hiking.
For car trips, we recommend these quaint, well kept secrets: the small towns of Olite and Javier as both have a marvelous medieval castle at their disposal.
Trips to the major cities in the vicinity are also an option. A few examples are: Pamplona (30 min.), Logroño (30min.), capital of Rioja's wine culture, San Sebastian (one hour), Vitoria (one hour) and Bilbao (1,5 hour) with its remarkable Guggenheim-museum.


It's no wonder a staggering majority of Spain's best restaurants can be found in the Basque Provinces (and Catalunya). The Navarran-Basque cuisine is highly varied, and offers a range of typical products such as 'Pimientos del Piquillo' (pealed paprikas), asparagus – whether or not stuffed – and artichokes.
Near Riezu, against the cliffs of 'Sierra de Lókiz', you can witness the mysterious cultivation of truffles.
And since a couple of years, Navarra can pride itself on its very own appellation for olive oil: a highly refined, aromatic 'Virgen Extra'.
For all the carnivores among you, there's also a lot in store: they can be tempted by the local Foie Gras, Gorrin (sucking pig), or Chuletón, a huge beef rib-steak roasted on a grill. During winter and spring, a visit to an authentic 'Sidreria', an all-night dining feast, is also recommended.
In Navarra and the Basque Provinces, you will not find any 'tapas', but 'Pintxos' amply make up for that loss: these little culinary works of art are served on a stick, of which they also derive their name.
But, of course, there's no nice meal without a nice drink, and that's where the excellent Navarran wines enter the picture. Unfortunately, these wineries are still very underappreciated, but that does make for a highly democratic pricing. Truly, these wines are much worth discovering, as they are mostly very plump and sturdy.
Our Yerri valley has a couple of wine bodega's to offer, of which the ecologic Lezaun- and Aroa- bodega's are not to be missed. As the Lezaun-bodega also has a great restaurant at its disposal, it makes for an absolute must-see attraction.
On barely a half-hour drive from our Palacio, you'll find Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, with countless fascinating bodega's, of which we full-heartedly recommend Marqués de Riscal.
Not only the wine, but also the peculiar building itself (designed by Frank Gehry), truly stands out.
At the Palacio, we have a wide variety of other suggestions to offer.


There are various possibilities regarding mountainbiking in the region, on all levels of experience. For 'on-road' bikers, there are also quite some mountain passes to discover..
Next to the house, the river 'Ubagua' streams by, in which it is lovely to take an ice-cold morning bath...
A five-minute car trip away, you can find the great lake of 'Pantano de Alloz', which is very suitable for swimming. Also, in the nearby village (3 minutes by car) there is an outdoor pool with children's facilities.
For climbing fanatics, there are several rocks a fifteen minutes' car ride away. At the Palacio, we can provide the 'topos'.
Rafting, hydrospeeding and canyoning (1,5 hour by car) are also possible, if reserved aforehand. .
At the Alloz reservoir, various naval sports can be practised at the 'Aritzaleku' camping. Via the Navarran sailing school, which is located at this site, you can also subscribe to a sailing course.