Things to see in Navarra

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Amy Adejokun
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Landscapes

The landscapes are beautiful and varied: mountains, forests, vineyards, deserts, etc. There is something for everyone in Navarre.

The fauna and flora

Navarre sets the stage when it comes to the protection of nature. The figures speak for themselves: 38 nature reserves, 28 natural enclaves, 114 wild fauna protection areas, 3 integral reserves, nature parks, a world biosphere site, and several study centres.

Traditions

Known throughout the world, the San Fermín Festival is celebrated from the 6th to 14th of July. Despite being a religious celebration (the 7th of July being San Fermín's day), the main feature of this event is when the bulls are driven to the bullpen at 8:00am sharp every morning. Santo Domingo street, Plaza Consistorial, the streets of Mercaderes and Estafeta, and finally the plaza de toros: such is the route followed by the bulls as they make their way to Pamplona's bullpen.

San Fermín Festival

It's an 800m long route where local young lads run ahead of the bulls that will be seen later on in the day fighting in the arena. But the San Fermín Festival is a lot more than just bull fighting: eight days of non-stop partying and dignified celebrations in a city where the population grows threefold to receive 400,000 visitors. Dressed in white with a red scarf around the neck, the inhabitants of Pamplona and the tourists enjoy good food and many drinks to the sound of verbenas music and songs from the peñas (groups of similarly attired friends who come together to... have fun!) There are many other traditions: the 'chupinazo' or canon blast (the most anticipated event, as it marks the beginning of the festivities), and various songs, such as the 'Pobre de mí' (epilogue). Hemingway's book 'Fiesta' made these festivities world famous.

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