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Little Venice

When The Original Basque refers to the chromatic variety of Navarra, it is not only referring to the most colorful part of its essence. It is true that we find everything from the greenest jungle in Europe to the most important desert on the peninsula, but we are referring above all to the variety of monuments, landscapes, castles and towns.

This is the case of Lesaka, a town known as ‘Little Venice’ for its more than 20 canals that run through the streets and that charm of the Atlantic Pyrenees present in every corner. Delve into Lesaka and its surroundings to live authentically real The Original Basque experiences.

Lesaka’s secrets

This small town in the north of Navarra has a natural charm that you will only discover by walking through its streets full of stately homes and its squares. Its industrial importance from the 18th century can still be appreciated, since then it had blacksmiths, mills, cider factories and carpentry.

Its streets keep secrets that The Original Basque will tell you so that when you visit this area you don’t pass by. Pay close attention to the cross-shaped stone column known as Pillirik, you should know that here people were hanged by the tongue as a public punishment or children who misbehaved were tied up.

You cannot miss visiting the church of San Martín de Tours, an important temple because its architecture and dimensions are reminiscent of those of the cathedrals and that dates from the 16th century, as well as it is obligatory to enter and see the main altarpiece and the organ, declared an Asset of Cultural interest.

As in the rest of Navarra, the centuries of history of this land have left tower-houses: Torre Zabaleta and Torre Minddurenea, whose origin is defensive, although they belong to different periods.

Charms at every step of your visit to Lesaka

If you continue wandering the streets, be sure to visit the Casa de Juanamenea, the Bordinea Palace, the Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Convent, the Yoanderrenea Palace, the Matxikotenea House or the Iron and Forge Museum.

Prehistory and present

At the Agiña megalithic station, prehistory and nature merge into one. It is a highly recommended landscape made up of various buildings and archaeological remains from the Iron Age, finding remains of a wall dating from 600 and 200 BC, the only one of these characteristics in Navarre.

In addition, you will find permanent constructions such as dolmens from between 3,200 and 1,200 BC, burial mounds from the same period and Cromlech from 600 and 200 BC.

This area in the north of Navarra is a magical place that deserves a quiet visit to discover its nooks and secrets. The Original Basque provides you with recommended rural accommodation with a lot of magic, at the height of the landscape that surrounds them.

Recommended from The Original Basque:

  • Hotel Atxaspi
  • Donamariako Benta