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Burgui y almadía
The small town of Burgui is the southern gateway to the Roncal valley after crossing the gorge formed by the river Esca between mounts Borreguil (1,420 m) and Virgen de la Peña (1,294 m). Its frontier location with Aragon meant it had a very important castle for the defence of the valley, and the town still contains remains of the Benedictine monastery of Urdaspal, which was visited by Saint Eulogio in the 8th century.

The Roman bridge at the entry to the town is a real picture-postcard structure. It still conserves its four original arches and its ancient camber and cutwaters that slice through the river Esca. Just a few metres upstream is a small dam or 'port' where almadías (rafts) used to 'jump' loaded with timber, the other main activity of the valley together with stockbreeding.

The farmhouses at Burgui are grouped together on the right bank of the river Esca one above the other. The village is characterised by its cobbled streets and large houses with curved tiles, pointed roofs and protruding eaves.

Nearby are important natural resources such as the ponds of Sasi or the gorge of Burgui, declared a Nature Reserve . It has one of the biggest vulture colonies in Europe, together with several rock-dwelling birds that nest in its cliffs.

Nowadays the almadía (log raft) has become a symbol of identity for the people of Burgui thanks to the efforts of the Asociación Cultural de Almadieros Navarros in celebrating the Day of the Raft in recognition and tribute to the ancient craft of river rafter.

Burgui, the village of trades

In an era in which technological progress is a common feature of our daily lives, Burgui offers visits a delightful encounter with the past. It has a 'trade route', a circular 4-kilometre-long path along which you can get to know the trades and implements that were part of daily life in the past. The itinerary includes the mediaval bridge representing the trade of quarryman, a life-size raft, a bread oven, a charcoal pile, a mediaeval stone 'fridge', a lime kiln and an old sawmill. Elements that have been recovered with a view to preserving the identifying features of the area.

The breadmaking furnace and the coal cellar are covered by a wooden hip roof with typical tiles from the area. The roof also pays tribute to the century-old trade of roof maker. The charcoal pile is laid out in such a way that you can see the interior chimney that profiles the wood. It is also covered by branches and earth in the traditional manner.

The mediaeval fridge is really an underground well where the snow could be kept clean until the summer. Its structure recalls the Celtic pallozas and is very striking. The bottom is made of ashlars, covered by a large conical tiled roof supported by trunks of timber. Then there is the limekiln, a dome-shaped limestone furnace to produce lime for whitewashing house fronts.
El caserío de Burgui se agrupa en la margen derecha del río Esca en posición escalonada. Se caracteriza por sus calles empedradas y las casonas de teja curva y tejados bastante apuntados con aleros saledizos.

En su término se encuentran importantes valores naturalísticos como las Balsas de Sasi o la Foz de Burgui, declarada Reserva Natural y que cuenta con una de las mayores colonias de buitres de Europa, junto con numerosas aves rupícolas que anidan en sus acantilados.

En la actualidad, la almadía se ha convertido en un símbolo de identidad del pueblo de Burgui gracias al empeño de la Asociación Cultural de Almadieros Navarros por celebrar el Día de la Almadía como reconocimiento y homenaje al oficio de almadiero.

Burgui, pueblo de los oficios

En un tiempo en el que los avances tecnológicos protagonizan nuestra vida diaria, Burgui regala al visitante un delicioso reencuentro con el pasado. Así, a través de la senda de los oficios, un cómodo recorrido circular de 4 kilómetros, conoceremos diversos elementos que formaban parte de la vida de antaño. El itinerario incluye el puente medieval que representa el oficio de cantero, una almadía a tamaño natural, un horno de pan, una carbonera, una nevera medieval, una calera y un aserradero antiguo. Elementos etnográficos recuperados con el fin de preservar el sello de identidad de este territorio.

El horno de pan y la carbonera están resguardados por una cubierta de madera a cuatro aguas con teja característica. La techumbre sirve también como homenaje al centenario trabajo de tejero. Por su parte, la carbonera está dispuesta de tal manera que permite apreciar la chimenea interior que perfila la madera. Además, está revestida por ramas y tierra tal como mandan los cánones antiguos.

La nivera o nevera medieval es en realidad un pozo subterráneo donde la nieve se podía mantener limpia hasta el verano. Su estructura recuerda a las pallozas celtas y resulta muy llamativa. La base inferior es circular de sillar y sobre ella se levanta una amplia cubierta cónica de teja de tablilla sostenida por troncos de madera.

Por último, la calera es un horno de piedra caliza en forma de cúpula en el que se producía la cal para enlucir las fachadas de las casas.

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