Urbasa and Andia Natural Park

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Urbasa and Andia Natural Park

Urbasa and Andia Natural Park

Together with the Andia mountain-range, the Urbasa mountain-range forms a vast natural park to the north-west of the Autonomous Community of Navarre.

Impressive beech forests cover a large part of the territory, along with other species such as yew, juniper and pine trees. On the plains-flatlands located at around 1000 meters of altitude, the woods clear to reveal grazing land, dotted with heather and hawthorns, where it is common to see grazing mares and sheep.

Numerous chasms and crevices can be found at Urbasa, making it an ideal location for caving enthusiasts.

A visit to the natural park information centre is recommended, which offers a deeper insight into the landscape, ecological and cultural values of the area.

The Borda of Severino – the huts used by shepherds and livestock are called bordas – now converted into a Nature Interpretation Centre, recalls the pastoral way of life.

The Natural Park has several viewpoints offering beautiful panoramas such as Ubaba (also known as the Balcón de Pilatos – Pilate’s Balcony), located above the cirque at the source of the river Urederra (access from the NA-718 road), the viewpoint at Lizarraga (access from the N-120) and the panoramic table next to the Palace of Urbasa (access from the NA-718).

The environmental and cultural values of the Urbasa-Andia mountain range led to it being declared a Natural Park in 1997. It is equipped with an Information Centre and a Nature Interpretation Centre recalling traditional uses, as well as many routes and trails.

Detrás de los impresionantes cresteríos, que se divisan desde el valle, se encuentra una extensa y ondulada meseta montañosa de frondosos hayedos y rasos infinitos donde pastan en verano miles de ovejas, yeguas y vacas.

(…) Aquí estaban las canteras-taller de silex donde venían aquellos cazadores recolectores a fabricar sus herramientas, se han encontrado piezas en una amplia zona que va desde Asturias hasta las Burdeos y también en Atapuerka.

Miles de siglos después, los primeros pastores prehistóricos construyeron en estas sierras cientos de monumentos funerarios para honrar a sus muertos. Aunque la mayoría permanecen sepultados en túmulos, pueden verse los dólmenes de “Arteko Saro” y “La Cañada” y el cromlech de Peña Blanca (…)