This route is focused on Pamplona, the capital city of Navarra, and surrounding area. It offers a wide range of accessible tourism possibilities, not only in urban areas but also in rural environments with open air activities where you can have fun in a natural setting.
Pamplona is on the Way of St James and, each day, it receives a host of pilgrims who cross the Gothic bridge of La Magdalena and access the city through the Portal de Francia gateway at the foot of the ramparts.
Start by discovering some of its places and getting to know its history. Visit the tourist office, with ground level entrance and part of the counter adapted to attend to wheelchair users. The office is located alongside the town hall, one of the city's iconic monuments. Here, every year on the 6th July, the rocket is fired marking the start of the world-famous San Fermín fiestas. From here, lose yourself in the old quarter, following the mythical bull running route. Most streets in the centre are pedestrian only and the road and pavement form a single unit. The pavement is uniform, so there's no problem getting around with a wheelchair. During the tour, the following are must-visits:
The Interpretation Centre of the fortifications of Pamplona, to understand why the city has one of the best conserved defence complexes in Spain. After visiting the centre interior and finding all about the city ramparts, you can then take a 5 km outdoor tour to put your knowledge to the test. The centre is wheelchair-friendly and there are disabled toilet facilities.
The Cathedral of Santa María (St Mary) and its most important treasure, the Gothic cloisters. The main entrance has a step, however there is alternative ramped access. Almost all the cathedral interior is accessible for wheelchairs. What's more, the cathedral also has an interesting Diocesan Museum.
The Condestable Palace located in the calle Mayor street is considered to be a unique example of civil architecture in 16th century Pamplona. Access is via a ramp with a slight slope, while the various storeys can be accessed by a lift. It also has disabled toilet facilities.
The Citadel is considered to be the finest example of Spanish Renaissance military architecture and is the city's largest green space. Covering an area of 280,000 square metres, its pavilions, moats, bastions, ravelins and fortifications are now public places of leisure, sport and culture.
Visit the Planetarium to discover the secrets and mysteries of the Universe, travelling through space without leaving your seat. The entire building is wheelchair friendly and also has disabled toilet facilities.
It's getting close to lunch time and Pamplona offers endless possibilities. You have a choice of traditional cuisine, cider houses or carveries, signature cuisine or the traditional tapas served at most bars in the old quarter.
In the heart of the Arga River Park, at the height of Villava, a town located 4 km from Pamplona, stands the San Andrés Mill. This former flour mill has now been restored as an ethnographic and cultural space, showing its different uses. The building is wheelchair friendly, it has ramped access and a lift inside, and also has disabled toilet facilities. It has an outdoor terrace for having a snack and enjoying nature at its purest. Another suggestion, also in the area of the Arga River Park, next to the Trinidad waterfall, is a visit to the Villava Fulling House now converted into an interpretation centre for the former weaving trade.
If you're travelling with children or you simply like the rural world and nature, then take the opportunity to visit Gure Sustraiak Hostel and enjoy taking part in the “Farmer for a day” activity in which you'll learn how to care for animals and respect the environment. This centre is fully accessible to persons with a physical, sensory or cognitive impairment. What's more, you can enjoy a copious meal without leaving the centre, with typical regional products.
In the afternoon, we would suggest discovering the work of Jorge Oteiza, one of the most representative 20th century sculptors. At the Oteiza Museum located in Alzuza, a locality just a few kilometres from Pamplona, you can enjoy a selection of more than 1,600 sculptures by the artist and 2,000 exhibits from his experimental laboratory. The museum has various storeys with an accessible itinerary via a lift and ramps. It also has two disabled toilets.
We suggest a guided tour with wine tasting at the Bodegas Otazu Winery in Etxauri, a town that is 8 km from Pamplona. At this winery, architecture, nature, art and wine are fused together. With a stunning landscape and a French "château" style, this is the northern-most winery in Spain to produce red wine. It is wheelchair friendly and has a disabled toilet. It seems to us that this is the best way to end the weekend, tasting its wines and enjoying its aromas and flavours.
Put the finishing touch to the weekend in a natural setting. Explore the Orgi Woods, an age-old oak forest in the Ultzama Valley just 25 km from Pamplona. You'll find a number of paths that have been made suitable for all types of users, although at times, due to the compaction of the soil, wheelchair users may require some help. If you're using an electric hand bike then you'll be able to get around independently. Public toilets are available at the entrance to the woods, and one of the stalls is adapted for persons with reduced mobility. You can also enjoy bird watching from the observatory, which has an area reserved for wheelchair users.