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Palace hotel in the Navarran Baztan Valley, Navarra

Amaiur | Ref: HNAV5 | Bedrooms: 14

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Set in a peaceful spot surrounded by lush, green mountain scenery with the pretty whitewashed houses of the village below, this small yet elegant hotel is located in historic Amaiur, one of the loveliest of the many delightful villages for which the valley of Baztán is justly famous.

The village’s strategic position, at the foot of the Otsondo mountain pass, has led to its being the scene of historic battles and nowadays makes it the perfect base to explore the delightful Valley of Baztán, make forays into the French Pays Basque just a short drive away, or head south to Pamplona, the provincial capital.

The palace has been recently re-opened and completely restored in harmony with its original architecture of characteristic local red stone with grand proportions and stately arches, for which it is listed as part of the Historical Heritage of Navarra. Yet there’s no compromise to guests’ comfort with spacious rooms where modern furnishings and fittings tastefully combine with noble materials and stonework.

The young and energetic owners will help you get the most out of your visit and can help out with cultural and gastronomic tips, routes for walkers and nature lovers and local companies offering adrenaline fuelled adventure sports in the valley.

Accommodation Description

There are 14 en-suite, ample rooms including 2 suites, 8 doubles and 4 junior suites. They are named after the 14 villages of the Baztan Valley.
They all offer spectacular views of the village, the valley and Monte Gaztelu.

All rooms have:

Air conditioning and heating
Amenities
En-suite bath
Security box
Hair dryer
Flat-screen TV
Phone
Free WIFI

NB some superior rooms and suites have sofa beds (double bed width) which can be used for one or two children (please enquire). No cots available

Facilities

Free parking
Free Wi-Fi in all areas
Lift to all floors
Comfortable lounges in lobby and first floor

Restaurant

Buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant with fresh, homemade and local produce including jams, cheeses and chocolates from local artisan producers.

A menu of snacks ('picoteo') and tapas is available from the bar which has a small terrace where you can sit out and enjoy the views.

In the village there's a local bar serving tapas and snacks and the old watermill which serves talos (flat, unleaved bread made with cornflour milled on the premises) - not to be missed!

There are restaurants 3km away at the crossroads in Ordoki and in Elizondo, the main centre for the Baztan Valley, there are plenty of bars and restaurants, a good swimming pool and all other amenities.



Bedrooms:14
Beach: 60km
Nearest Shop: In the village
Bars/Restaurants: In hotel, others nearby
Nearest Airport: Biarritz (45km)
Nearest Ferryport: (184km)

Amaiur

At the north-east end of the beautiful Baztán valley Amaiur’s strategic position, at the foot of the Otsondo mountain pass, has led to its being the scene of two very important battles – the Navarran’s last stand against the Castillian forces of Carlos V in 1512 (marked by the monument at the top of the village) and, 300 years on, Napoleon’s last stand against Wellington’s troops before being pushed across the border.

The valley is renowned in Spain for its emerald green mountain scenery, pure mountain streams and picturesque villages with characteristic red stone and whitewashed houses. Distinctively Basque in culture you’ll also find wonderful cheeses, rural strong-man sports and remarkable wood carving (watch out for the unique and fascinating Agote culture particularly in Bozate and Errazu).

If village-hopping’s your thing you’re in for a treat with, to name but a few, Arizkun, Elizondo, and Ziga all within easy reach and Etxalar, Lesaka and Bera further down the valley where it becomes the Bidasoa.

A quick trip up and over the Otsondo pass will take you to yet more delightful villages such as Ainhoa, Sare and Espelette, famous for its softly piquant peppers – and the coast around St Jean-de-Luz is certainly within reach. For a scenic drive the road up and over Izpegi pass and down to Saint-Étienne-de-Baďgorry is simply world-class!

Don’t miss the Seńorio de Bertiz park with its impressive Arboretum, the caves at Urdax and Zugarramurdi with their history of witchcraft and Inquisition, and, on a clear day, the Petit Tren de la Rhune (Tren de Larrun in Spanish) which will take you up to 905m and deliver the most amazing views over the Bay of Biscay.

Holiday Ideas near Amaiur

Birdwatching in Navarra
Birdwatching in Navarra
Basque Cuisine
Basque Cuisine
San Sebastian
San Sebastian
Pamplona
Pamplona
Hondarribia
Hondarribia
Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles
Horseriding Arbayun Gorge
Horseriding Arbayun Gorge
Birdwatching in Navarra
Birdwatching in Navarra
Mountain bike Las Bardenas
Mountain bike Las Bardenas
Baztan and Bidasoa valleys
Baztan and Bidasoa valleys
Navarran variety
Navarran variety
Olite
Olite
Segway through the Irati forest
Segway through the Irati forest
Navarran Pyrenees
Navarran Pyrenees
Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina
Camino de Santiago, Navarra
Camino de Santiago, Navarra
The Garden of Navarra
The Garden of Navarra

Getting There

The northern part of Navarra has good access by air and sea:

Flights:
Stansted, Dublin or Edinburgh to Santander with Ryanair;
Stansted to Bilbao with Easyjet or to Biarritz with Ryanair
Heathrow to Bilbao with British Airways.
Gatwick to Bilbao with Vueling (4 weekly).
Bristol to Bilbao with Easyjet (2 weekly).
NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables

Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao – 5 sailings weekly.
We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package

Getting Around

If travelling by air we recommend renting a hire car to make the most out of your visit to the area. If you prefer to use public transport please consult our expert staff for advice on which properties are more suitable.

If coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle - we recommend that you ensure that insurance and breakdown cover are in place. For full advice on how to prepare the vehicle etc see the Brittany Ferries website

In either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at your holiday accommodation, complete with GPS co-ordinates.