Bardenas Desert: an atypical landscape in Europe
The Bardenas Desert considered to be the most beautiful desert of Spain. It is a natural space magic. It is one of the most beautiful places from Europe and even the whole world. We were able to enjoy walks and unforgettable excursions in this desertwhich is only a short drive from the south of the France. This arid landscape, which covers an area of over 40,000 hectaresis located in the south-east of the Navarre.
How to visit the Bardenas Desert?
We recommend that you stop at the park information centre when you arrive in the desert. It is located at the entrance of the park. You can't miss it. You will find a map showing the different tracks that you can borrow in carin bikebut also the paths of hiking. This card will be very useful when you visit the Bardenas Desert. The map will help you to find points of interest in the desert of Bardenas RealesWhether you decide to drive or ride hiking. The map does not show many paths to hiking. There is no reason not to use the footpaths.
- Go to the Bardenas Desert by car: We recommend that you stop at Tudela and to Zaragoza before you go to the Bardenas Desert.
- Go to the Bardenas Desert in aircraft The nearest airport is in Zaragozabut there are not many direct flights since the France. You will have to travel to Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao.
- Take the train to Bardenas Desert. First, take the train to Castejon de Ebro. Then take a bus/taxi.
Why should you visit the Bardenas Desert?
Unspoilt natural landscapes as far as the eye can see: The Bardenas Reales Natural Park extends over almost 43 hectares. It is composed of landscapes desertor almost, of rocks and strangely shaped peaks, alternating with vast, barren fields. However, it is cultivated every other year to preserve biodiversity. From 1980The park is designated as a "biosphere reserve" by theUNESCO.
This vast natural park is a place of transhumance which lends itself to all types of hiking You can do this on foot, by mountain bike, by motor vehicle, or even on horseback. However, you should be aware of the rules that apply to this area.
A place, a story: The future of the Bardenas was marked by the creation of Tudela by the Muslims in the year 800. Its inhabitants received certain privileges from the Kingdom of Navarre in exchange for their support for the Reconquest against Muslims. The shepherds of the Pyrenean valley had the right to graze, cultivate and exploit the forests.
When can you visit the Bardenas Desert?
The Bardenas Reales Visitor Centre is open from April to August, from 9h00 à 14h00 and 16h00 à 19h00 from September to March, from 9h00 à 14h00 and 15h00 à 17h00 (at Easter, the centre is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm).
You can visit the surroundings The best way to get to the airfield is by dirt road. There are certain rules that you must follow when driving to the area. For example, the speed limit is 40 km/h and you should only stop in designated and marked parking areas.
It is also prohibited to take routes that deviate from the established route.