Navarra - Pyrenees, wine country and asparagus
Perhaps because it shares its borders with France, the Basque country and Aragon, the small mountainous province of Navarra has managed to absorb a little bit of all its three neighbours into its own pleasing mix.
For such a small region it also impresses in its variety and great beauty. To the north you have the high Pyrenees with their soaring peaks, deep valleys, rivers and streams. To the south the fine wine region of the Ebro valley. Westwards there stretches a landscape of green valleys, meadows and woods, whereas the countryside to the east becomes wilder as it runs right up into the Pyrenees. Navarra can even boast its own mini desert - Las Bárdenas.
The people, customs and architecture are no less diverse. There is a plethora of old towns, palaces and mansions, cathedrals and monasteries, in part a legacy of its historical importance as a great pilgrimage route on the way to Santiago de Compostela.