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17 reviews of Foz de Lumbier Nature Reserve

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Foz nature reserve

To enter Foz, you have to cross two ancient train tunnels by foot. The first one is shorter and with bad visibility. The second one is longer and it is completely dark, so you should take a flashlight.

Once you go out of the tunnel you will find a spectacular landscape, with vultures flying over your head, the wonder of the canyon and the sound of the river.

It was declared Nature Reserve and special area for the protection of birds. It has a cobbled path, conditioned for bicycles, strollers and wheel chairs.

The parking is 2 Euros for the whole day.

15 kilometers away you will find the queen of the canyons, the Foz de Arbayún. You can visit a part of it from Usún. If you prefer, you can go to the Iso viewpoint, located on the road that goes from Lumbier to Navascués, where you have the best views of the canyon.

You can get more information on the Centro de Interpretación de las Foces, located on the Plaza Mayor, (Lumbier). The telephone Lumber is 948 88 08 74.

Another interesting point is the viewpoint located on the national highway, you can see hundreds of birds of pray flying over the viewpoint.
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The natural reserve of Foz de Lumbier is an impressive gorge formed by the Irati River. It is located in Navarra, 35 kilometers from Pamplona.

It is spectacular to walk in the interior of the canyon, with walls up to 130 meters in altitude. We can see birds of prey such as the Griffon vulture, eagles, Egyptian vulture, owls and even bearded cultures.

There are two paths, one is 2.5 km and the other one 5.5 km. On both of them you will have to cross two tunnels, I recommend you take a flashlight with you.

At the entrance there is a spacious parking lot, a picnic area and toilets. I really recommend this place.
See Laura Lirio's photos
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Relaxation and nature

I went there to enjoy the peace and tranquility and the landscape of one of my favorite places, as well as to enjoy nature.

It is well taken care of and you can walk and enjoy the birds that live there.

The train used to cross this area, but today the tracks have been substituted by a path that follows the same journey.

The birds nest in the rocks next to the river.

There is a bridge called “Puente del Diablo” (Devil’s Bridge). The legend says that it was built with his help. There are some tunnels that used to be crossed by the electric train.

As you walk, you have the pleasure of listening to the river and birds that live there.

I recommend this place.
Laura Lirio
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A place to walk and relax

From the moment we parked the car, the Foz de Lumbier stood in silence and calmness.

It is the ideal place to relax and disconnect. I found interesting the fact that the path goes along the old train tracks and that you have to pass two dark tunnels. You can also see cultures flying and resting in the rocks.

Our group chose the shortest walk, which had interesting views but I would have liked to go further.

All in all, it is a beautiful and calm walk.
Txema León
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See Víctor Gómez - machbel's photos
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A haven of nature

Just 35km from Pamplona and a few of Lumbier find this Foz to enjoy a spectacular landscape formed by rocks and trees through which the river Irate. All foz, about 1.3km long, is crossed by a road that was once a railway to transport wood viaj, and along the way there are a few tunnels without light, so in dark days may be needed a flashlight. The best is down to the river from the path of the train to enjoy the creek. Being such a small place can easily see one or two hours, but better to go quietly to enjoy the tranquility enjoyed round the vultures in the area.

Un reducto de naturaleza

A tan solo 35km de Pamplona y unos pocos de Lumbier, encontramos esta Foz donde disfrutar de un paisaje espectacular formado por roca y árboles atravesados por el río Irate.

Toda la foz, de 1.3km de largo, está atravesada por un camino que antiguamente era una viaj ferroviaria para transportar madera, y en el camino hay unos cuantos tuneles sin luz, por lo que en días oscuros puede hacer falta una linterna.

Lo mejor es bajar al río desde el camino del tren para disfrutar de la rivera.
Al ser un lugar tan pequeño podemos verlo fácilmente en 1 o 2 horas, aunque mejor ir con calma para disfrutar de la tranquilidad que disfrutan todo el año los buitres leonados de la zona.
Víctor Gómez - machbel
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To discover the wonders of the gorge ...

To discover the wonders of the Gorge you must take the trails so we can fully admire their beauty. It is ideal to go with kids, for doing the short route, the road is completely flat and wide, you can go with the carts ride quietly without disturbing others. The views are splendid as izka says, and the section of the tunnels very funny, not very long and complete darkness is somewhere along the route.

Para descubrir las maravillas de la Foz hay que adentrarse en sus senderos y así podremos admirar su belleza al completo. Es ideal para ir con niños, pues haciendo la ruta corta, el camino es completamente llano y ancho, se puede ir con los carritos tranquilamente sin entorpecer el paseo a los demás. Las vistas como dice izka son espléndidas, y el tramo de los túneles muy divertido, no son muy largos y la oscuridad es completa en algún punto del recorrido.
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To access the foz, you have to cross ...

To access the Foz, you have to cross the old train tunnel walk is completely black. As soon as one leaves, we appreciate the magnificent spectacle especially buitres, the foz, the river ... simply magical! Declared a Natural Reserve and spécialle area to protect birds. Not far from the Foz de Lumbier is the Foz de Arbayún Interpretation Centre de las Foces. Plaza Mayor (Lumbier). Open until 15 September (except Monday)

Pour accèder à la Foz, il faut traverser l' ancien tunnel du train à pied qui est completement noir.

Dès qu' on sort, on apprécie le magnifique spectacle surtout des buitres, de la foz, la rivière... simplement magique!

Déclaré Reserve Naturel et zone spécialle pour proteger des oiseaux.

Pas loin de la Foz de Lumbier se trouve la Foz de Arbayún

Centro de Interpretación de las Foces. Plaza Mayor (Lumbier). Ouvert jusqu' au 15 Septembre (sauf lundi)
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Quiet place to disconnect from the world.

This very well prepared for all types of rides, have a parking (2 per car) pretty well prepared, even shaded tables (very important) to eat.

Sitio tranquilo para desconectar del mundo.

Esta muy bien preparado para todo tipo de paseos, tienen un aparcamiento (2 euros por coche) bastante
bien preparado, incluso mesas con sombra (muy importante) para poder comer.
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Want to unwind and have a great da, come to the lumbier

Griffon vultures flying over the cliff; brave escarpments where nesting birds, a river of clean and fresh water carving on the narrow and whimsical rocks steps, the remains of a bridge which, according to legend, was built with the help of the devil, two tunnels that once crossed the first electric train in Spain. The result is a rugged landscape that you can enjoy if you approach the gorge Lumbier narrow gorge carved by the river Irati and declared a nature reserve. The spectacular geology and isolation for centuries have led to the preservation of a unique vegetation that inhabits the steep rocky abode for serving large raptors. A spectacle unmatched red walls whose cracks hanging trees and shrubs and the large raptors resting. What gives this foz uniqueness is that its 1,300 meters in length can be traversed by the greenway that runs near the river and at the foot of the cliffs announcing the eastern foothills of the Navarre Pyrenees. Listen to the sound of water and the cries of the jackdaws while admiring the beauty of this natural setting. Also, learn all about this and other gorges in Navarre Interpretation Centre of Lumbier. The nearby town of Lumbier, you reach a car park a few meters from the entrance to the throat. The Foz do Lumbier is excavated by the river Irati limestone on the western edge of the Sierra de Leire, at the foot of the Navarre Pyrenees. It is one of the most spectacular gorges in Navarra, a landscape carved over millions of years by the action of the Irati river that day, have left their mark in this nature sanctuary, nature reserve since 1987. The foz Lumbier is a narrow and small gorge, 1,300 meters long and spectacular beauty. Its vertical walls reach a peak 150 meters high and its cracks, breaks and ledges live birds of prey, including vultures abound and osprey. The gorge, which also serves as a refuge for foxes, wild boars, badgers and owls, and is populated by oaks and coscojas also bushes such as thyme, lavender and gorse that slip through the cracks in the limestone walls. The vegetation becomes poplar forests, willow and ash at the entrance and exit of the gorge. Unlike other canyons, Lumbier can be covered by a single path of the greenway foz Lumbier running at the foot of the cliffs along 2.6 kilometers. The route was created for the Irati train, the first electric train in Spain, which communicated with Sangüesa Pamplona between 1911 and 1955. The signposted path runs along the river and through the rock through two tunnels, 206 and 160 meters in length, that do not have artificial light. At the end of the path, the road skirts the rock reaches the remains of Devil's Bridge, the sixteenth century, with a high arch 15 meters above the river. Destroyed by the French in 1812 during the War of Independence, owes its name to a legend that the builder asked the devil to help raise the bridge. A second route, a local trail marked with green and white markings and studs around the gorge slopes and with immediate returns by the back of the throat, from where you get back to the car park. With a length of just over 6 kilometers and 175 vertical meters also allowed to visit the surroundings. Another attraction that offers this natural reserve is birding. Enjoy the elegant flight of vultures from the viewpoint next to the NA-178 road, near the junction with the road to Jaca. From here a trough of huge vultures and raptors in the air before jumping on its prey is sighted. To know a little better the ecosystem of the area, you can visit Lumbier the Interpretation Centre of the gorges, through exhibitions, audiovisual and simulations helps to familiarize yourself with the natural environment of this and other gorges, such as the nearby famous Arbayún gorge.

Quiere desconectar y pasar un día genial, venga a la foz de lumbier

Buitres leonados sobrevolando el acantilado; bravos escarpes donde nidifican las aves; un río de limpias y frescas aguas que talla en las rocas estrechos y caprichosos pasos; los restos de un puente que, según cuenta la leyenda, fue construido con ayuda del diablo; dos túneles que antaño atravesó el primer tren eléctrico de España. El resultado, un paisaje agreste del que podrá disfrutar si se acerca a la foz de Lumbier, estrecha garganta labrada por el río Irati y declarada reserva natural.

Su espectacular geología y el aislamiento durante siglos han propiciado la conservación de una singular vegetación que puebla los escarpados roquedos sirviendo de morada para grandes rapaces. Un espectáculo sin igual de paredones rojizos de cuyas grietas cuelgan árboles y arbustos y en los que descansan grandes rapaces.

Lo que confiere singularidad a esta foz es que sus 1.300 metros de longitud pueden ser recorridos por la vía verde que discurre cerca del río y al pie de los acantilados anunciando las primeras estribaciones del Pirineo oriental navarro. Escuche el rumor de las aguas y los gritos de las chovas mientras admira la belleza de este enclave natural.

Además, conozca todo sobre ésta y otras gargantas navarras en el Centro de Interpretación de las Foces de Lumbier.

Desde la cercana localidad de Lumbier, se llega a un aparcamiento situado a escasos metros del acceso a la garganta. La foz de Lumbier es un desfiladero excavado por el río Irati sobre la roca caliza en el extremo occidental de la sierra de Leire, al pie del Pirineo navarro. Es una de las gargantas más espectaculares de Navarra, un paisaje labrado a lo largo de millones de años por la acción del río Irati que, día a día, sigue marcando su huella en este santuario de la naturaleza, reserva natural desde 1987.

La foz de Lumbier es una hoz estrecha y pequeña, de 1.300 metros de longitud y de una belleza espectacular. Sus paredes verticales alcanzan en su cota máxima 150 metros de altura y en sus grietas, roturas y repisas viven grandes rapaces, entre los que abundan los buitres leonados y los quebrantahuesos. La foz, que también sirve de refugio para zorros, jabalíes, tejones y alimoches, está poblada de quejigos y coscojas, además de arbustos como tomillo, espliego y ollaga que se cuelan por las grietas de las paredes calizas. La vegetación se transforma en bosques de álamos, sauces y fresnos a la entrada y salida de la foz.

A diferencia de otras gargantas, la de Lumbier puede ser recorrida a través de un sencillo camino la vía verde de la foz de Lumbier que discurre al pie de los acantilados, a lo largo de 2,6 kilómetros. El trazado fue realizado para el tren Irati, el primer tren eléctrico de España, que comunicó Pamplona con Sangüesa entre 1911 y 1955. El camino está señalizado, discurre junto al río y atraviesa la roca a través de dos túneles, de 206 y 160 metros de longitud, que no poseen luz artificial. En la parte final del sendero, el camino bordea la roca y llega hasta los restos del Puente del Diablo, del siglo XVI, con un arco elevado 15 metros sobre el río. Destruido por los franceses en 1812, durante la Guerra de la Independencia, debe su nombre a una leyenda según la cual su constructor pidió ayuda al diablo para levantar el puente.

Existe un segundo recorrido, un sendero local señalizado con marcas verdes y blancas y postes de madera que rodea la foz por las laderas inmediatas y vuelve por el interior de la garganta, desde donde se llega de nuevo al aparcamiento. Con una longitud de poco más de 6 kilómetros y 175 metros de desnivel permite además visitar el entorno.

Otro de los atractivos que ofrece esta reserva natural es la observación de aves. Disfrute del elegante vuelo de los buitres leonados desde el mirador situado junto a la carretera NA-178, a poca distancia del cruce con la carretera de Jaca. Desde aquí se divisa un comedero de buitres y las enormes rapaces suspendidas en el aire antes de lanzarse sobre su presa.

Para conocer un poco mejor el ecosistema de la zona, puede visitar en Lumbier el Centro de Interpretación de las Foces que, a través de exposiciones, audiovisuales y simulaciones, ayuda a familiarizarse con el entorno natural de ésta y otras foces, como la cercana y famosa foz de Arbayún.
Martin Iraburu
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Otoal very relaxing ride. the nice pa...

Otoal very relaxing ride. The nice part of the route is the first half hour, so it is easy to reach.

Paseo otoñal muy relajante. La zona bonita de la ruta es la primera media hora, así que es fácil de llegar.
Leire RO
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It is a wonder of nature that you can not miss. Beautiful scenery, vultures overhead and a simple path to do. It has everything :) ''

Foz de lumbier

Es una maravilla de la naturaleza que no os podéis perder. Paisaje precioso, buitres sobrevolando y una ruta muy sencilla de hacer. Lo tiene todo :) ''
Raquel Garcia Cruz
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Waste of purity

A wonderful landscape full of natural life that breathes and conveys purity relax.

Derroche de pureza

Un maravilloso paisaje lleno de vida natural que se respira pureza y transmite relax.
sara hernanz
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The government of navarre presented a...

The Government of Navarre presented as a narrow gorge carved by the river Irati who discovers a unique landscape of craggy rocks, large dwelling prey. A very nice place to hike suitable even for young children.

El gobierno de navarra la presenta como una garganta estrecha labrada por el río Irati que descubre un singular paisaje de roquedos escarpados, morada de grandes rapaces.

Un sitio muy agradable para hacer senderismo adecuado incluso para niños pequeños.
laura oyaga
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The people of lumbier will serve as a...

The people of Lumbier will serve as a starting point to go a very rugged landscape, the "foz" drawn by the river Irati over 2 kilometers. The old railway line has become the way in which you can make the tour of the canyon, where you can see the remains of the bridge of the Devil and the flocks of vultures flying over the cliffs permanently. Cottages Navascués ''

El pueblo de Lumbier te servirá como punto de partida para recorrer un paraje muy agreste, la "foz" trazada por el río Irati a lo largo de 2 kilómetros.
La antigua vía de ferrocarril ha pasado a ser el camino por el que se puede hacer el recorrido de este cañón, en el que se pueden ver los restos del puente del Diablo y las bandadas de buitres que sobrevuelan permanentemente los precipicios.

Casas rurales Navascués
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An interesting walk

An interesting walk

Un paseo interesante

Un paseo interesante
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Information about Foz de Lumbier Nature Reserve

Foz de Lumbier Nature Reserve Phone Number
+34 948 880 874
+34 948 880 874
Foz de Lumbier Nature Reserve Address
31440 Lumbier, España
31440 Lumbier, España
Foz de Lumbier Nature Reserve Website
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