Tuesday, December 6

Autumn plans in Navarra for a getaway full of color

Autumn doesn’t look the same everywhere. Nor, as you know, in all species of trees. So if we want to enjoy a true transformation of nature when temperatures drop, then we have to go to the right place. And Navarra should always be on our list of favorite places when it comes to natural splendor.

The Comunidad Foral de Navarra is full of natural spaces and is always an excellent destination if what we are looking for is to walk through forests, valleys and mountains. Green spaces in spring and summer, but yellow, orange and ocher when autumn arrives.

Surely places like the Irati Forest or the Urbasa y Andía Natural Park have already reached your ears due to their exuberant beauty, but four more plans can be added to them to get a getaway full of color this coming autumn.

The Irati Forest

The Irati Jungle It is possibly one of the best known and representative corners of Navarra, especially in autumn. And walking it when the trees change color is a spectacle of nature. It boasts of being the second largest and best preserved beech-fir forest in Europe, and that makes us feel in a privileged place.

Here beeches, firs, willows, elms, oaks and ferns are concentrated, and we can resort to different paths, of varying difficulty, to enjoy their colors while breathing fresh air. To add one more incentive, you can always go to Cascada del Cubo to see the water fall on its rocks, while also adding a good amount of smells to your experience.

The Lordship of Bertiz

The Lordship of Bertiz It is located in the Bertizarana Valley, in the Oieregi council, very close to the Baztán Valley. And what was once reserved for the enjoyment of a few, thanks to the wishes of its last owners, today is an idyllic and excellently preserved place to enjoy autumn. It is a huge estate of 2,052 hectares, with a large forest and a well-kept garden, which in addition to bringing us closer to more than 120 species of trees and shrubs, leaves us with true postcard landscapes.

The Señorío de Bertiz has spaces for all tastes, from long paths for lovers of hiking to quiet gardens for those seeking a bit of relaxation immersed in the vegetation. And the areas are well differentiated, so the former can head to the Bertiz forest, and the latter to the Bertiz Historic-Artistic Garden, which is an excellent example of how gardening was fashionable in the mid- and late 19th century. in Europe.

The source of the Urederra

The source of the Urederra is such a privileged place that it is in itself a Nature Reserve, and that is located within the Urbasa y Andía Natural Park. Here, along a comfortable hiking route valid for all ages in which we will find footbridges, platforms, stairs and wooden viewpoints, we are going to cross one of the most spectacular rivers in Spanish territory.

In the Urederra the predominant color is the turquoise blue of its waters, so powerful that you will think that the photos are faked, but in person it is even more spectacular. In a very short space we will pass between lime trees, oaks, rowans, maples, beech, ash, elm, trembling, willow, hazel, hawthorn, boxwood and juniper, so the contrast of colors in autumn is guaranteed. Access is regulated, so it is necessary to book our visit.

The Natural Park of Urbasa and Andía

In addition to the source of the Urederra, in the Natural Park of Urbasa and Andía there is a lot to see, especially in autumn. The beech forests occupy most of the wooded surface of the Park and extend over 12,810 hectares, although among the beeches we will also find maples, lime trees, yew trees, holly trees and ash trees. That means one thing: color festival guaranteed.

There are countless routes that can take us through the Park to get to know its different corners, but of course you should not miss out on the Balcón de Pilatos, where you can contemplate the beauty of the surroundings from above, or get to know the Enchanted Forest, where Through a 7 km path we will enter a space of shapes and figures capriciously carved by nature in the enormous rocks that surround us.

The Foz de Arbaiun

A great canyon full of color awaits us in the foothills of the Navarrese Pyrenees. The passage of the Salazar River makes its way through the mountains, giving rise to a great gorge 5.6 km long and with vertiginous walls 300 meters high. It is the territory of griffon vultures, but we can also enjoy its grandeur if we dare to look out over its cliffs.

Inside, alongside the river, a mixed forest becomes a color contrast when autumn arrives, as the greens, oranges, reds, ochres, and yellows share space side by side between huge stone walls and under the watchful eye of the avces. The Mirador de Iso is the best place to enjoy this unique landscape.

Orgi’s Forest

Just 25 km from Pamplona, ​​south of the Ultzama Valley and between Gerendiain and Lizaso, is the Orgy Forest. Its main peculiarity is found in its humid oak groves, where there is a type of oak that can afford the luxury of living in flooded soils, such as those at the bottom of the valley. The forest is protected as a Regional Park and Recreational Natural Area, and this means that it offers a good number of adapted, flat and accessible trails for all audiences.

It is a thousand-year-old forest of 80 hectares, and if there are oaks it means that there is color in autumn. Here red and American oaks coexist with other species such as maples, hollies and elms, which cover an undergrowth of ferns, junipers and heather. And the birds, the small amphibians and the occasional bat will surely be seen among the vegetation.