Touring by car in the Basque country of Spain
Pamplona is the heart of Basque country,
a people who speak a language that is unique in all Europe,
are fiercely independent and who are some of the funniest,
craziest, best friends you'll ever make.
The Navarra Mountains loom about Pamplona,
but before you answer their call (and you will feel it), use
the car to travel round the town and see the old city walls,
close to the 12th century Gothic Cathedral.
Then park somewhere (legal) and head into
the Plaza del Castillo. Walk the old cobbled streets where
the San Fermin bull run takes place every July. Except, of
course on a couple of specific dates in July!
In the afternoon, you can travel North to
Elizondo, in the Baztau Valley. Nearby see the Ikaburu caves,
which were once, it is said, a meeting place for witches.
After you've done all that, you can head off into the mountains.
You can fit about a year of stuff into a fortnight driving
the country round Pamplona. Or,you can just give a very Basque
shrug of the shoulders, and stay the year.
You can pick up a vehicle, for that's
the best way to "do the North", at our locations in Pamplona
listed above. If you are new driver in Spain, please
refer to our"Driving
Regulations" page. If you are intending to ramble round
Northern Spain a bit, then probably our "Places
to Stay" pages, and perhaps, a look at our
"Places to See" page, would be helpful.