Irati Forest

The Selva de Irati (“Forest of Irati”) is the second largest and best preserved beech and pine forest in Europe, after the Black Forest in Germany. The Forest of Irati is located in the northeast of Navarre and covers more than 17,000 hectares of forest. It extends through the valleys of Aezkoa and Salazar, where is also one of the most beautiful villages of Navarre, Ochagavía, can be found.

Every season of the year offers a unique experience in the Forest of Irati. In the spring the forest awakens to life with the fresh green of new leaves and blooming flowers. The summer months invite you to take walks along the winding paths and cool off on the banks of the Irati and Urbeltza rivers. In the autumn transforms the forest into an enchanting color spectacle. The leaves turn into a beautiful palette of red, yellow and orange. Even in the winter the Forest of Irati has its charm. The snow-covered landscapes provide an idyllic backdrop for winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Explosion of colors during autumn
The Forest of Irati during winter

Activities in the Forest of Irati

The Forest of Irati and its surroundings are the perfect place to enjoy nature. There are various routes available for hikers and (electric) mountain bikers. The mountain bikes can be rented on site, with the option for guided tours.

The routes in the Forest of Irati range from short distances of just 5 km, ideal for quiet family walks, to longer routes of up to 20 km for more experienced walkers and cyclists. For detailed route information, click here. In addition, there is a handy app available (Android/iOS) that provides all the necessary information for an exploration.

In addition to these routes, the area also offers opportunities for adventurous activities such as canyoning, rock climbing and horseback riding. For more information about this, click here.

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