Cheap flights to Navarre

Navarre, officially the Chartered Community of Navarre, is an autonomous community in northern Spain, bordering the Basque Country, La Rioja, and Aragon in Spain and Aquitaine in France. Its capital city is Pamplona. Navarre is comprised of 272 municipalities and as of the 2006 census, it has a population of 601,874, approximately one-third of them living in the capital and one-half (roughly 315,988) in the capital's metropolitan area. Aside from Pamplona, there are no other large municipalities in the region. There are glaring contrasts in Navarre’s geography despite its relatively small size: from the Pyrenees mountain range to the plains of the Ebro river valley in the south. The northern part of the region is affected by the Atlantic Ocean leading an oceanic west coast climate, while the central part experiences summer precipitations that start to lower, leading to a Mediterranean climate. Meanwhile, the southernmost part of Navarre the climate is cool semiarid.

What to see & do

The region of Navarre is a medley of Vasconic tradition, the Trans-Pyrenean influx of people and ideas and Mediterranean influences coming from the Ebro. The Ebro valley is amenable to wheat, vegetables, wine, and even olive trees as in Aragon and La Rioja. Dubbed as the “Land of Diversity”, Navarre has plenty of forests like the Irati Forest; caves such as Mendukilo, Zugarramurdi, and Urdax; Pyrenees Mountains; River Springs including the Urederra River; castles such as Javier and Olite; monasteries like Leire, Urdax, and Oliva; desert landscapes like Bardenas Reales; and natural sites such as Urbasa, Arbayun, and Lumbier Gorges. However, most tourists flock the region for either of two things: St James Way (El Camino de Santiago), and the running of the bulls festival in July (San Fermín). Enjoy delicious food while you’re in Navarre, with its good reputation for its food and restaurants. Try asparagus with mayonnaise; alcachofas, a vegetable typically found in Tudela; tasty Piquillo peppers, which you can find in the village of Lodosa; and the tasty Txistorra/Chistorra, a type of red sausage(made with pork meat). Taste some wines, the most popular of which is produced by Rioja label. There’s also Patxaran, the most typical alcoholic drink in the region.

How to get around within Navarre

Public transportation in the region is limited, so your best bet is to rent a car. There are several car rental agencies throughout Navarre if you wish to explore the region at your own pace and time. You can also get around by train. Navarre’s principal station is Estación de Pamplona, located on Plaza Estación s/n, two miles (2.5km) from the city of Pamplona. From there, you can take a taxi to your destination.

How to get there

Navarre’s capital, Pamplona, is served by Pamplona Airport. It is located 3.7 miles from the city of Pamplona, between Noáin and Esquiroz. It is managed by AENA, with three airlines currently serving it. Air Europa (Menorca), Air Nostrum-operated Iberia (Palma de Mallorca), and Vueling (Barcelona) offers seasonal flights only. The region enjoys a decent railway system. It has several trains every day to Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, and more.

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