In one of our tours, the one who visit Olite and Bardenas Reales, we also visit Artajona. This village was an important fortified city, who dedicated many cisterns to keep water from rain, because there is no river that runs close to it.
So, it is said, that when the citywall was erected, they didn’t use water to safe it, and in fact, they use wine. Will it be true??
Every year, Carnaval is celebrated in some villages of Navarra, as Ituren and Zubieta.
On Monday 27, Zanpantzar will dance along Ituren streets, and tomorrow Tuesday, they will do it in another village, Zubieta.
Zanpantzar is a word to call a group of Ioaldunak (people with cowbells in their back), and it’s formed by locals from both village, dancing at the same rhythm all together along the streets; dressed in sandals, lace petticoats, fur coats sheep by waist and shoulders, neck bandanas, conical hats with ribbons, and swab horsehair in their right hand.
Mushroom season is started, so Saturday 19, there is organized an outlet to learn and pick mushrooms and fungi in Lekumberri. And on Sunday the 20th, there is a mycological exhibition, consisting of specimens collected the day before tasting snacks and prepared for you. All this in Lekunberri.
And the next weekend, in Leitza, Saturday October 26, there will be a little trekking to collect mushrooms and fungi. On Sunday the 27th, it will be seen the collected products, well sorted and displayed in the square.
There will be a craft and food fair with a varied range. Also begin to uncork the bottles for tasting cider.
At noon there will be a demonstration of kirikoketa, a playful way to do the hard work of crushed apple. Once broken the apple hitting by a club, will be passed to the press. Although cider juice must stay for 3 or 4 months for fermentation, tomorrow you can taste this apple juice.
On the other hand, in the morning can be seen over a dozen apple varieties Navarra and Gipuzkoa.
This festival recreates a day of the daily life of early century in Ochagavía, where with a fully acclimated town as the setting and with the participation of its neighbors properly characterized of that time, they develop different tasks and traditional activities.
The involvement of residents in the preparation of the party is very important but it is even more crucial their participation in it. It’s hard to cover everything you see in Ochagavía, since each neighbor works as a character and therefore turns his own view of those years with her outfit, the ambience of your home and the way they act. Not only are characters engaged in farm work, but we can see the figure of the doctor, teacher, unaiak (cowherd) …
This heat invites us to stroll through chilly places like Artikutza, which is one of the rainiest places of the peninsula with over 2000 mm per year. And as you have maybe heard, this reservoir belongs to San Sebastian (not Gipuzkoa), who bought it in 1919 for 3,200,000 pesetas in order to supply water to the growing San Sebastián-Donostia.
But did you know there are two other reservoirs in Navarre, whose water is destined to the same end?
They are Añarbe and San Anton, both with more capacity than Artikutza and very close to it.
The number of foreigners staying in cottages of Navarra has increased by 60% last year, reaching 13,310, a total of 102,392 tourists in this type of establishment. Note that this rural subsector hosts 9.4% of all travelers staying in Navarra.
Currently, there are 750 houses in Navarre, which have 5350 seats (547 in the north, 56 in Pamplona and Shire; 77, Estella, 44, in the middle, and 32, in the West Bank). By type, 146 rooms and 604 are rental housing complete. In terms of quality (leaves), are of a sheet 213, 501, two sheets, and 36 of three sheets. Note that in ten years (since 2003), the number of houses has increased by 4.5% and by 45.7% seats (in 2003, 519 houses and 3,060 seats).