Day 4 part 1: Nacedero de Urederra

Nacedero de Urederra

One of the things I’m most proud about for this trip is our itinerary. There is absolutely nothing I would have changed and we even managed to squeeze in a little more than expected. We flipped around just a couple of days due to the weather, because of course we were always chasing the sunshine and making the most of our time in beautiful Spain (shh don’t tell the Basques I call it Spain 🙂  )

On our 4th day we went more off the beaten track: we drove a couple of hours to the natural park called Parque Natural Ubasa y Andía, where while Googling what to visit we had randomly come across the stunning Nacedero de Urederra and decided we had to go and see it. Even just the drive down and through the natural park was absolutely breathtaking, we felt like we were in a fairytale. We stopped the car and got out a few times because there were wild donkeys and horses everywhere, just grazing in the bright green grass, and you were enveloped by a calm silence only broken by the little bells that rung around the animals’ necks.

basque country horses

basque country horses

donkey love
donkey love

horse

 

They were completely uninterested in us humans, no matter how hard I tried to befriend them…

donkeys

horses

horse on the road

 

Unfortunately the weather did not allow us to spend much time outdoors, otherwise this would have been the most perfect location for a pic nic and chill time in the sun. Instead we drove through some incredibly heavy rain.We also discovered that there is absolutely NOTHING to eat in this area.. it’s pure countryside!

We eventually made it to the Nacedero de Urederra, which also entailed quite a walk in a forest for which we were terribly equipped with white espadrilles, but what we saw blew our mind: Water of the most intense turquoise I’ve ever seen, cascading from a series of small waterfalls, running through this beautiful forest. When we’d seen the images online I was scared that they were heavily photoshopped and that we’d be disappointed but that was certainly not the case. The fact that it was raining didn’t even matter anymore, as we were protected by the trees and it made it all more of an adventure. It probably also made the colours stand out even more. Here are some of the images which are completely natural, #nofilter.

Nacedero de Urederra
Nacedero de Urederra

nacedero de urederra

nacedero de urederra

nacedero de urederra

nacedero de urederra

nacedero de urederra

 

Travel tip: wear some decent shoes! I had to throw mine away after my frolicking in the mud..

The best thing is that there was NO ONE there. It literally felt like a childhood adventure, venturing through the woods and the mud, to discover the magical springs.. And once we were done, the sun came out to dry us up and let us enjoy the little village, albeit all was shut.

basque countryside

basque countryside

urederra

urederra home

 

So I don’t know if it’s because we were slightly off season, but as you can see, it doesn’t strike me as a touristy place. Most of the people we told we were going there had no idea of its existence and I’d 100% recommend making a slight detour to go. You’re also just an hour away from Pamplona, which was not initially on our itinerary but became our next pit stop.

We literally only spent a few hours there, here are a few snaps.

pamplona

pamplona
Everything you need for the Camino de Santiago

pamplona bull

Pamplona

Pamplona pintxos

Pamplona

 

I’ll need to go back for San Fermín, so I can run with the bulls 🙂

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