Palace hotel in the Navarran Baztan Valley, NavarraAmaiur | Ref: HNAV5 | Bedrooms: 14
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 DescriptionThere 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
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
Free Wi-Fi in all areas
Lift to all floors
Comfortable lounges in lobby and first floor
RestaurantBuffet breakfast is served in the restaurant with fresh, homemade and local produce including jams, cheeses and chocolates from local artisan producers.
The hotel restaurant is open at weekends and throughout July and August and serves evening meals only with typical traditional dishes from Navarra.
A menu of snacks and tapas is also 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.
|Nearest Shop:||In the village|
|Bars/Restaurants:||In hotel, others nearby|
|Nearest Airport:||Biarritz (45km)|
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
The northern part of Navarra has good access by air and sea:
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
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.