To the north of the Salazar valley, where the Anduña and Zatoia rivers meet, is Ochagavía/ Otsagabia, one of the most beautiful villages in the Navarre Pyrenees and well worth a visit.
The personality of this town near the border with France is its great urban personality, where its cobbled streets and elegant country houses prevail. Nature and its proximity to the Irati jungle make it a very appealing destination.
Perhaps the most emblematic photograph of this place is that of its stone bridge over the Anduña River and next to the first houses with that characteristic Pyrenean beauty. The print represents a trip back centuries with an almost legendary charm.
In The Original Basque territory, the appearance of palatial and monumental constructions, the result of the long history of our land, is very characteristic. Ochagavía, how could it be otherwise, houses some Palaces in its old town, to highlight the Urrutia and Iriarte (among others), as well as some elegant farmhouses emblazoned 8with shield) and other charming corners.
If you continue walking and ascending through the cobbled streets, you will reach the Church of San Juan Evangelista and, if you decide to reach the top, you will find perfect postcard views from small viewpoints that show you not only Ochagavía, but also the impressive surroundings. native to this valley.
The charm of the farmhouses, the urban palaces and the natural environment of the Pyrenees.
Moving away from the historic center, we access the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Muskilda, a Romanesque temple (12th century) that offers a natural viewpoint of the valley.
Mountaineering on Mount Ori
This mountain a few kilometers from Ochagavía is the first mountain starting from the Cantabrian Sea to exceed 2000 meters. It is very attractive for those who enjoy medium-level mountain routes. In addition, it is of great importance in Basque mythology, since it is said to be the home of Mari, the goddess of nature, and Basajaun, the genius who chose the forests as his home and who is his protector.
The Original Basque offers you all kinds of activities and plans in the surroundings of the towns that occupy our territory, because we work to offer authentic rural experiences, with history and a very personal character.
Our recommendations to enjoy this environment:
- Hotel Rural Auñamendi
- Hotel Besaro
- Hostal Lola
- Casa Sario
- Hotel Salazar
- Posada Sarigarri