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Route Tierras del Norte (Onroad), Is a circular road bike route that runs through the communities of Navarre and the Basque Country, crossing places of great historical-cultural and natural interest, along roads in the great majority of cases, little traveled. We will cross the natural park of urbasa, protected space protagonist of important geological processes and of spectacular landscapes. We now enter the valley of the Burunda, irrigated by the river basins of the Burunda and Alzania and an area in which we find a large number of natural spaces and important places within the history of the Place. We will visit the sanctuary of our lady of Arantzazu, important place of pilgrimage and architectonic work. We will continue to the region of Goierri, with an extraordinary natural environment and landscape known as the Basque Highlands, the Natural Parks of Aizkorri-Aratz and Aralar make Goierri the main reference of rural tourism and nature of the Basque Country. We will return to Estella crossing again the natural park of Urbasa, although by another zone different. Come to know its valleys, its mountains, its culture, its gastronomy, do not miss it.

  • Longest climb: Puerto Besaín (+ 461m), 18 kilometers up 2.6%.
  • Harder climb: Puerto Zerain (+ 668m), 8 km to 8.4%.
  • During the whole trip it is advisable to taste the gastronomy.
  • Important cultural heritage.
  • It passes through 19 towns.

Data sheet

Road Type: Road Bike – Circular – Self-Guided

Departure: Estella (Navarra)

Arrival: Estella (Navarra)

Total distance: 230 km

Nº stages: 2-3 (choose your option)

Positive slope: 4020m

Maximum elevation: 668m

Max height: 1030m – 421m

Physical Difficulty: High-Very High

It includes

Accommodation in M / P according option (1-2 nights)

Route Information

Map + track path

Gift jersey

Gifts

Not Included

Comidas en ruta

Lo que no se especifica en el apartado incluye

Servicios adicionales

Transportation baggage

GPS Rental

GPS locator hire

Accident insurance

Transfer from Airport

Guide

Pick-up service in case of abandonment

Telephone support

So that you can come with your partner, family or friends not cyclists, we prepare for your companions all the necessary information so they can follow your route in parallel with an alternative plan, visits, gastronomy, culture and sport (hiking in different places adapted to The companions). Your companions will sleep with you and enjoy together after each stage.

Es posible alquilar un GPS y Localizador para realizar su ruta

Estella-Lizarraldea is a municipality of Navarre. The town is settled in a great meander of the river Ega, which makes its way through the mountains that surround it by what is known as the city of the Ega. Through it passes the Way of Santiago in the section between the capital of the community Pamplona, of which it is 44 km and the city of Logroño, in the Rioja. It has a rich cultural and religious heritage, to the point of being known as the Toledo of the north. Among them, the XIII century monastery of Iratxe stands out, which is only 3 kilometers away and the palace of the Kings of Navarre, the only example of Romanesque civilization in Navarre. Another of its great tourist attractions is its proximity to the Urbasa-Andía Natural Park.

What to see in Estella

Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Santamaria Jus del Castillo, Church of San Miguel, Church of San Juan, Basilica del Puy, Convent of Santa Clara, Church of San Pedro de la Rua, Old Palace of Justice, Palace of the Sancristobal, , Convent of concepcionistas recoletas, Town hall, Basilica of Our Lady of Rocamador, Palace of the Kings of Navarre.

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ruta navarra euskadi (onroad)

Park Natural Urbasa-And

The Natural Park of Urbasa and Andía is a natural space endowed with a wide range of geological, biological, ecological, landscape, archaeological and socio-cultural values. The sierras that form it, Urbasa and Andia, are average mountains that form a geographical barrier between two great bioclimatic zones: Atlantic-Mediterranean. The subsoil of the Natural Park is formed by rocks of limestone nature supported on Cretaceous marls of more than 140 million years. The limestone rock is formed by remains of living beings that lived in the sea that 65 million years ago covered the area where the Park is now. The peculiar characteristics of the limestone rock relative to the rainwater, make up the exterior and interior relief of the Park with the characteristic forms of the karstic relief. The vestiges found in the territories of the Park indicate that the human beings who inhabited them about 100,000 years ago based their subsistence on the hunt.

What to see along the railway

Church of the Invention of the Holy Cross, palace-houses and Maeztu town hall. Hermitage of Santo Toribio and Romanesque church of San Esteban in Aletxa. Parish Church of Cicujano. Romanesque church of Santa Eufemia in the town of Leorza. Church of San Martín de Musitu (12th century). Stations of the Vasco Navarro railway. Izkiz Natural Park, Church and Sanctuary of Ibernalo in Santa Cruz de Campezo.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu

Although from the year 1918 the Virgin of Arantzazu is patron of Gipuzkoa, this image takes its shelter beyond the provincial limit, even arriving until America with the missionaries.

History takes us back to 1469, a year in which tradition dates the discovery of the image. It tells that tradition that a shepherd of Uribarri found that it looked for its goats by these surroundings. The pastor was called Rodrigo de Baltzategi. And, according to this tradition, the image was left in a hawthorn; Hawthorn that has since been used as the image of life. And indeed, in Arantzazu abound arantza or thorns.

What to see in Arantzazu

The basilica and the crypt of the Sanctuary of Arantzazu are open every day throughout the day (the Franciscans open the doors around 9am and close them by 8pm) and each can visit them on their own in any moment.

ruta navarra euskadi (onroad)
ruta navarra euskadi (onroad)

Valley of the Burunda

It is one of the most tourist areas of the region due to its natural beauty and the cultural heritage of the municipalities that form it. These municipalities are Bacáicoa, Iturmendi, Urdiáin, Alsasua, Ciordia and Olazaguitía. These are small towns but with great charm.

The Valley is formed by the basins of the river Burunda, in Alava and by the river Alzania. It is an area in which we find a large number of natural places among which stand the Sierras de Urbasa and Aralar, in addition to the Alzania. Between these three places they form a stone triangle that can only be accessed by the Port of Echegarate and by the Barranca.

Historically it is also a place of great importance. Some of the events that took place as much in real confrontations as in battles in the old kingdom of Navarre have happened in this Navarrese place. Some of the most outstanding confrontations were battles in the Carlist wars and the exile of the old Maria Martiz, well-known for being guilty of performing witchcraft.

Goierri region

The Goierri offers an extraordinary natural environment and landscape, known as the Basque Highlands, the Natural Parks of Aizkorri-Aratz and Aralar make Goierri the main reference of rural tourism and nature of the Basque Country.

Culture is another of the basic axes of the Goierri. Different museums and interpretation centers offer a wide range of plans and activities. The diversity of themes are perfectly adapted to the needs of visitors.

What to see in Burunda Valley – Comarca del Goierri

The basilica and the crypt of the Sanctuary of Arantzazu are open every day throughout the day (the Franciscans open the doors around 9am and close them by 8pm) and each can visit them on their own in any moment.

Datos ruta Navarra

RUTA TIERRAS DEL NORTE ONROAD (NAVARRA-PAÍS VASCO)

You can perform the route in a variety of stages as you prefer. Below we show you all the data of the stages available for this route.

Data STEP 1 Estella – Oñati (85 km)

Increased slope + accumulated: 1321 m Physical Difficulty: Medium

Data STEP 2 Oñati – Besain (81 km)

Increased slope + accumulated: 1554m Physical Difficulty: Hight

Data STEP 3 Besain – Estella (64 km)

Increased slope + accumulated: 1145m Physical Difficulty: Medium

 

The distances, altimetrías and unevenness are data that can not exactly be likened to all the models of GPS. The data shown has been registered with GPS devices.

Data STEP 1 Estella – Bergara (115 Km)

Increased slope + accumulated: 1819m Dificultad Física: Alta-Muy Alta

Datos ETAPA 2 Bergara – Estella (115 km)

Increased slope + accumulated: 2201m Physical Difficulty: Muy Alta

The distances, altimetrías and unevenness are data that can not exactly be likened to all the models of GPS. The data shown has been registered with GPS devices.

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