Travel to the Pyrenees Isaba

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 Travel to the Pyrenees Isaba

Nestled in the Pyrenees Navarro, Villa de Isaba is the northernmost population of the seven towns that make up the Roncal Valley. Isaba rises to an altitude of 809 meters, 94 kilometers far from Pamplona, bordered on the north by Bearne and Soule (France), on the east by Anso (Huesca), west to the Valle de Salazar with the Irati Forest and Aragon south. Near here is the Monastery of Leire, and Javier Castillo de Lumbier and Arbayún.

Their houses are grouped in neighborhoods Barrikata, Izarjentea, Burgiberria, Bormapea, Garagardoia and Mendigatxa in a group of buildings of stone and wood with narrow cobbled streets.
In the surrounding area are the highest peaks of the Pyrenees of Navarre, as the Bureau of the Three Kings (2434 meters), Ezkaurre (2,047 meters), Lakartxela (1,982 meters) and Aine (2,504 meters).

What to see?
In the center of town stands the church of San Cipriano, saint and martyr of the lll century Carthaginian origin. It is a building with an air of sixteenth-century fortress whose Gothic vault is built on another, smaller, thirteenth-century Romanesque. destroyed in a fire in the year 1427 and that remains a side door entrance. The stones for its reconstruction is believed to come from an ancient castle in the upper part of town, where you can witness a panoramic view of the town.

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The houses are of a Pyrenean Isaba, stone and wood with red tile roofs steep two or four waters to prevent accumulation of snow. The doors are made of two horizontal sheets, chimneys are cylindrical with roof and wooden balconies, covered, are used as drying. A huge mansion near the church houses the Museum House of Memory in which, besides being a window on the Valley of Roncal, scheduled various permanent and temporary exhibitions.

In Barace Cipriano Square stands the sculpture to the pastor, a bronze statue of two meters representing a pastor Roncal and marking the beginning and end of the Cañada Real de los Roncaleses. This pathway for the transfer of cattle Roncal Valley joins with the Bardenas, south of Navarre, where we found a cairn as a monument to the shepherd.

In Belagua, glacial valley formed millions of years ago and only in Navarre, we find the largest megalithic remains in the area, the dolmen and the Arrako Sakula. The latter is the dolmen with veranda best preserved of Navarra.

At the top are Larra Nature Reserve, which has an area of 2798 hectares, represents the most impressive karst massif in Europe.

The uniqueness of the terrain and the climate favors the existence of a wide variety of flora and fauna. Emphasizes an extensive vegetation of beech, fir, pine, rhododendron, .. which is a very suitable ecological environment for species such as brown bear, chamois, deer, roe deer, wild boar, vulture, Egyptian vulture.

Moreover, the environment of valleys as Belagua, Belabarce (typical river valley for its tranquility and silence), Mintxate area (with its small foz) invite you to enjoy nature with different activities such as hiking, mountain climbing and skiing. Other hobbies such as photography, video, or ornithology will find in the environment of unparalleled beauty spots hoisted at any time of year.

The festivals are celebrated by Isaba Santiago, July 25, and San Ciprian, on September 16. These are opportunities that the inhabitants of Isaba literally be dumped in the council organizes acts. (Festivals of dance, theater, popular foods, brass bands, folk festivals, kilikis, sports competitions, etc.).
The people’s pilgrimages are the Arrako the day of Saint Anne (July 26) and the Virgin of Idoia Pentecost Monday. The Idoia Day is celebrated the first Sunday of July.


Another party with great prestige in Isaba is Carnival, formerly, until their ban in the Spanish civil war, was a true indulgence that lasted several days, where as today the costume, was the main protagonist. As a historical event, today a popular celebration, it is worth noting the Tribute of the Three Cows.

Good luck!

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