The Bicentennial of Isaba burning by the French army, it left standing only 30 of the 158 households

The Bicentennial of Isaba burning by the French army, it left standing only 30 of the 158 households

A May 13, two hundred years ago, the guerrilla Espoz y Mina rested with his troops in Isaba, where they refuge from Napoleon’s armies who were invading at that time all Navarre. It was no accident that guerrilla took refuge in the town. A very high percentage of its soldiers were Roncalese who planted face to Bonaparte, who demanded submission and homage. The dreaded General Abbe, then military governor of Navarre, was after them in front of 4,000 soldiers, from Ochagavía arriving to Uztárroz the day before with the intention to punish the Isaba villa for being loyal to the guerrilla.

Faced with an army so large nothing could be done. They fled to the mountain. With the first light of day, French troops fell on Isaba. Chronicles say that when General Isaba Abbe arrived, he even had time to see Isaba inhabitants flee to the mountains, bringing with them children and the elderly, with the help of half of the Army of Espoz y Mina, that then he had fled to Roncal. The order was clear: “Set fire to all the houses and all the people”. Isaba was completely burnt. Of 158 households only 30 were without falling. Four years later (1817), there were 30 living and ten reconstructed. Refugees in them, the izabarras rebuilt the town.

Cristobal Colon… was he from Navarra??

CRISTOBAL COLON …. Was he from Navarra????

The Prince of Viana, was also Duke of Gandia and titular king of Navarre (Charles IV, 1441-1461), son of John II of Aragon and Blanche I of Navarre. His grandfather, Charles III, created for him the title of Prince of Viana in 1423.

Prince Carlos of Viana married Agnes of Cleves, who died in 1448 without descendants, although Charles himself had some with different lovers. Among these, according to historian Gabriel Verd Martorell, had a son in Mallorca with Margarita Colom, who is none other than Christopher Columbus. His claim on the fact that Columbus being Genovese almost never write in Italian, in his third trip to Margarita Island baptized with the name of his mother and finally, he was of high lineage, but irreconcilable with Ferdinand , reason for the concealment of their origin.

In addition, preserved in the Archives of Aragon Charles sent the letter in 1459 thanking Mallorca Governor of the treatment of such a Margarita.
DNA analysis of the remains of Christopher Columbus have no conclusive evidence of its origin, and although it’s been proposed to compare them with those of the Prince of Viana that rest in the Monastery of Poblet, there is a problem, because after the confiscation of Mendizabal, the remains of the pantheons were mixed and specifically those at the supposed pantheon of the Prince of Viana were from a woman, so to know who the others are.

Traces of Hemingway in Pamplona Today

Hemingway made famous the encierro—Spanish for Running of the Bulls—when he fell in love with Pamplona, beginning in 1923. He painted a colorful portrait of the wine- and absinthe-fueled festivities in The Sun Also Rises, his first novel,which was published in 1926.

Read more about this, in a very interesting article writed by Kate Silver, at

Amaiur/Maya, last Resistence castle of Navarra

They resisted the attack from 15 to July 22, 1522, but surrendered after the raiders flew with explosives part of the enclosure. The same August 12th was ordered to destroy the fortress, following the instructions of Cardinal Cisneros, whose strategy of topping and destroy castles to prevent future transgressions are summarized in the phrase: “No Castles in Navarra no lift up head man.” In 1582, the viceroy authorized the sale of the stone from the demolition. The July 30, 1922 opened a monolith in the place where stood the castle, which was blown up with dynamite in 1931 and rebuilt in 1982.

Gastronomy of Navarra, 2nd best in Spain

The gastronomy of Navarra has been voted as the second best in the country, according to a study by the Institute of Tourism Studies (IET) between international tourists visiting Spain.

The Spanish cuisine is currently the second favorite food of Europeans, ranking only behind the Italian, according to the annual survey conducted by Travel & Drink Travel website between users of the continent.

San Fermin 2013

The poster entitled “Canan”, by Pamplona architect Elixabete Bordonaba, will be the poster for San Fermin 2013. The winning piece represents the plane of Pamplona in black over red, with some white lines, where the river Arga simulates the bull’s horns, and some of the streets, the head of the bull.

It is the first woman to win the popular vote of the International Competition of San Fermin posters, held for six years. His work has received 36% of the total of 4,964 votes cast by citizens registered in Pamplona, you could choose your favorite from March 10 until Monday April 29. The author of the work will win 3,600 euros which was reduced by the City Council two years ago, when it was 4,200 euros.


The winning poster, which has been exposed in the courtyard of the Palace of the Constable during the voting period along with the other seven finalists, will be visible from the June 8 Count Rodezno the room. From that day until July 14, the eight posters and 92 selected by the jury will be on show every year presents the best works submitted to the contest.

15th Pincho Week of Navarre

From April 29 to May 5, 2013; it’s celebrated in Navarra, the fifteenth “Pincho” (tapa)  week, for which 88 establishments have registered very special and attractive offers. Everyone will try to be designated as the winner of this contest, thus following the Bar Chelsy, who won last year with his skewer “Chelsy Energy Bar” (pincho of the image).

The Organization has set the price at 2.40 euros a “pincho” and tasting of two to 4.30 euros (the price is kept tasting two “pinchos” as in previous years).

You can find more information about bars, times and served on pinchos at

Bon appetit!

Almadía day in Burgui

This Saturday 27 takes place Almadía Day in Burgui.

The main event will be the arrival of the rafts to Burgui, planned to 12.30 on Saturday. But there is much more: a traditional market, traditional children’s games workshop, a Roncal Cheese Denomination of Origin Fair,  an scenification of the profession of washerwomen,… Another important meeting of the day, it will be a popular meal at 15 o’clock on the fronton. All enlivened with music played by Jarauta 69 (among others)…

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