There are many ways of getting to know and enjoying a land, including observing its best views or walking/cycling at leisure along its paths. This route gives you the chance to check this statement out, through 20 viewpoints and 15 paths, the latter being carefully selected and closely linked to the presence of water.
They are singular places with unique qualities, easy to access, and the local population is proud of the way they look after them. Here they are, from north to south.
IN THE PYRENEES (17)
1.- Baztan viewpoint: like a miniature model, the ever-green Baztan valley stretches out below this viewpoint. Mountain huts and farmhouses can be seen among crop fields, meadows, woods and fern groves. The picturesque village of Ziga stands 2 kilometres along the road.
2.- Xorroxin waterfall: by following an easy and leafy route through beech, oak, hazelnut and chestnut trees you reach a beautiful 4-metre-high waterfall. Access to its via teh Gorostapalo area of the village of Erratzu.
3.- Path to the Infernuko Errota: a route parallel to the Infernuko Erreka brook, leading to one of the most beautiful spots in the Baztan valley. It is a magical place, bathed by a high waterfall, with a restored mill (which looks like it is hanging) that is open to the public.
4.- Leurtza reservoirs: these two mountain lakes hide between Urrotz and Beintza-Labaien, surrounded by a beech wood. The area is home to the grass frog, with a path that is partially accessible to people who are blind or have reduced mobility. The reservoirs have been declared a Natural Recreational Area.
5.- Azpirotz viewpoint: a spectacular viewpoint over the Araxes valley and the Malloas mountain range, located in the motorway rest area of Azpirotz (only accessible in the direction of Pamplona) just 2 kilometres from Lekunberri. Despite the nearby motorway, the visitor can enjoy some pleasant moments here at any time of the year.
6.- Malloas viewpoint: located in Betelu, in the northernmost oak forest in Europe, it offers spectacular views over the steep slopes of the Malloas mountains, hamlets in the Araitz valley and the Araxes river basin.
7.- Goikola path: located in Betelu, this is a pleasant path along the river Araxes, a natural enclave to admire, stroll through, and relax. The remains of an old spa can be seen, with medicinal springs and an ancient foundry. There is also a natural swimming pool that is very popular with the local people in summer.
8.- San Miguel de Aralar viewpoint: a viewpoint just down from the Romanesque sanctuary. This place is very dear to mountaineers – San Miguel is their patron saint – and a panoramic table provides information about the spectacular views over Urbasa-Andía, San Donato and the Sakana corridor.
9.- Sources at Iribas: a simple 5-kilometre-long circular path starting from the village of Iribas runs past the sources of the Ertzilla and the Larraun rivers; beech, chestnut and oak woods, fern groves and meadows, together with the sound of brooks, make this an appealing spot.
10.- Eugi reservoir: a footpath runs for 2 km between oak and beech woods along part of the bank of this delightful mountain reservoir. It is a very peaceful place. In spring and autumn visitors can enjoy the great variety of colours of the trees that surround the locality.
11.- Ariztokia viewpoint: viewpoint: accessible by a simple natural rock path up to the summit, with a small section of steps and a handrail along almost all the route. From it you can see the course of the river Irati and the woods of the Aezkoa valley.
12.- Cubo waterfall: less than 2 kilometres from the Casas de Irati, an easy walk follows the course of the river Urbeltza, taking you to the splendid scenery of la Cascada, given this name because of the cube-shaped section of the river where the waterfall stands, with natural dams and trout.
13.- Pikatua viewpoint: located at the roadside, it gives excellent views over the Irati Forest, the Sierra of Abodi and the first 2,000-metre-high peak in the Pyrenees, the Pico de Orhi. In winter it is possible to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoes at Abodi.
14.- Larra-Belagua viewpoint: situated in the Belagua pass, just under the old barracks/shelter of Yeguaceros, in one of the most impressive karst landscape in Europe, the home of the black pine, with views over the valley and the Pyrenees.
15.- Burgui gorge: an easy and delightful walk parallel to the river, where you can see infrastructures from centuries-old trades, e.g. a lime kiln, a stone ‘fridge’ … leads to a viewpoint over the gorge, declared a Nature Reserve.
16.- Arbaiun gorge viewpoint: a fantastic terrace to admire the beauty of the landscape above the deep gorge cut by the river Salazar, declared a Nature Reserve and a Special Protection Area (SPA) for the biggest colony of griffon vultures in Navarre.
17.- Lumbier gorge: a fully-adapted path parallel to the river Irati invites you stop several times to listen to the river current and to observe the birds and vultures that nest in the rocky walls of the gorge, which is also classified as a Nature Reserve.
IN THE PAMPLONA BASIN (4)
18.- Caballo blanco viewpoint: located on the Baluarte (bastion) of El Redín, in one of the most picturesque spots of Pamplona. It is a key point in the city walls, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest by UNESCO, with a large balcony giving a view through 180º.
19.- Arga Riverside Walk: a popular 11-kilometre route that follows the river that crosses Pamplona. A Nature Reserves within the city, lined with mediaeval bridges, mills, children’s playgrounds and market gardens. You can follow it on foot, by bicycle or even in a canoe.
20.- Etxauri viewpoint: located 840 metres above sea level at the top of the pass of Etxauri, in an area declared a Special Protection Area for birds, this viewpoint provides excellent views over the Pamplona Basin, the rock face of the Sierra of Sarbil and of Mount El Perdón. On a clear day you can make out the silhouette of the Pyrenees in the distance.
21.-El Perdón viewpoint: a natural viewpoint of exceptional panoramic views to both the north and south of the region. It is a stopover point for pilgrims from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela, with an explanatory table next to a singular and suggestive sculpture, the Monument to the Pilgrim.
IN THE CENTRAL ZONE (8)
22.- Pilate’s Balcony: a spectacular viewpoint over the Natural Park of Urbasa-Andía with a dizzy drop of 300 metres that reveals the size of the Améscoas mountain range, and just one step from the turquoise waters of the source of the river Urederra.
23.- Source of the Urederra: located in a Nature Reserve in the Natural Park of Urbasa-Andía, a simple track follows the course of the river and leads up to the source, with the turquoise blue that characterises it (the name Urederra is a Basque word meaning “beautiful water”).
24.- Source of the Ubagua: a pleasant stroll, starting from the village of Riezu, which allows you to enjoy the crystalline waters of the river and the rugged landscape of the ravine.
25.- Alloz reservoir: built on the river Ubagua and feeding the river Salado, the reservoir is surrounded by gall oaks, meadows, scrubland and pines. It is home to the sailing school of Navarre and is a great place to enjoy water sports, fishing, or simply relaxing.
26.- Las Cañas reservoir: next to the Pilgrim’s Way to Compostela, this wetland has great ornithological resources and is one of the most important in Navarre. An ideal place to observe nesting water fowl and over-wintering species. It has an observatory and an interpretation centre.
27.- Gallipienzo viewpoint: located in a defensive mediaeval town standing on a hill that offers panoramic views through 360º, with views over the river Aragon, the Pyrenees, the hills in the Central Zone of Navarre, Sangüesa and the area around Ujué.
28.- Ujué viewpoint: included in the Ruta del Vino de Navarra, 1.5 kilometres away from the imposing watchtower of Ujué. It gives a wonderful view over some of the towns and villages in the Central Zone of Navarre, with its typical Mediterranean vegetation.
29.- Pitillas lake: 3 kilometres from Pitillas, this lake/marshland of endhoreic (land-locked) origin that is included in the list of wetlands of international importance thanks to the diversity of water fowl species of birds that nest there. It has an observatory and an interpretation centre.
IN LA RIBERA (SOUTHERN NAVARRE) (6)
30.- Peñalen viewpoint: located at Funes, it is a singularly beautiful sport from where you can make out the desert-like Bardenas Reales, the town of Marcilla and even the peaks of the Pyrenees. At the foot of the gully the rivers Arga and Aragon come together, and flow down to meet the Ebro in Milagro, 3 kilometres downstream.
31.- Virgen del Yugo viewpoint: near Arguedas stands the Chapel of Our Lady of Yugo, a 17th-century building located high up in the hills above the town. From here there are excellent views of the Natural Park of the Bardenas Reales.
32.- Sendaviva viewpoint: located in the Sendaviva theme park, where you can take six virtual bird’s-eye-view tours of southern Navarre. There are other viewpoints in the park that have superb views over the Bardenas Reales.
33.- Aguilares viewpoint: just a few minutes away from the Visitors Centre, up on the Alto de Aguilares, there is a great balcony where you can get the most complete view over the Bardena Blanca.
34.- Santa Barbara hill: a small hillock that provides a great view over the city of Tudela, La Mejana (market gardens), las Bardenas and the river Ebro. It was inhabited from the Second Iron Age and is crowned by a statue in honour of the Sacred Heart.
35.- Fitero viewpoint: located near the Spa Centre, it offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Alhama valley, which is dotted with pine groves and vineyards. You reach it via a pleasant stroll through pine groves and over bridges, along a path suitable for all walkers.