Overlooked by mount Adi
, this is a special place, as its name evokes. It is a place name with history behind it, as it comes from the Middle Ages. At the time (13th century) quinta
was the part that was paid to the monarchs of Navarre for the right to exploit pastures and forests.
The natural wealth of this area is seen in the great variety of flora and fauna. Of the animal species we would highlight the doves, peregrine falcons and griffon vultures that dominate the skies above Quinto Real
while deer, roebucks and boar live on the ground. Indeed, the passing doves and the deer at the kings of autumn, providing scenes full of charm. In the dove hunting season in nearby Etxalar
you can see the ancestral tradition of hunting doves with nets. For their part, the deer give the forest its strongest sound: the berrea
. In the mating seasons the male deer try to attract the females with their special calls, which are a prelude to the fights they will have with other males to become the dominant deer
Another feature of Quinto Real is the high number of freshwater springs and fast-flowing rivers that begin there, such as the Arga
. This river supplies Pamplona through the reservoir at Eugi. The reservoir cannot be used for recreation as a result, but the view of Eugi reflected in its blue waters is spectacular.
At the bottom of the reservoir lie the remains of the old weapons factory of Eugi. Nevertheless, the remains of a more modern arms factory - that of Orbaitzeta - are hidden below the ivy in the heart of the forest of Quinto Real
. The foundry at Eugi was built in the 16th century and closed a century later when its resources ran out, which led to the construction of the factory at Orbaitzeta. In Eugi the main items were projectiles for cannons and lighter arms. Nowadays, just a few of its walls and arches survive as dumb witnesses to that period. There is a path
starting from Eugi, which takes you through oaks and beeches around the reservoir. This is the best way to get to know this corner of Navarre. There is an easy path
which, starting from Eugi, will take you through oaks and beeches around the reservoir for about an hour- the best way to get to know this particular corner of Navarre.