Foz de Lumbier – Canyon in Spain
The Natural Reserve Canyon of Lumbier (Foz de Lumbier) is a canyon formed by the Irati river in Navarra – Spain. It is very close to the mouth of the Aragón river. The force of the water opened a narrow, high gorge of more than a Mile in length between the Rocks of Lumbier.
There a multitude of birds nest, among which the vultures are the most numerous. Running between almost vertical walls 450 feet to 1200 feet high.
The human being dug a tunnel through which the Pamplona-Sangüesa industrial railroad circulated. That old railway infrastructure has now been converted into the Vía Verde de la Foz. It is a linear trekking and very easy to do 2 miles round trip.
To access the Foz de lumbier you must first reach the parking lot. There begins the trekking.
As a curiosity we will say that a part of the path was also a royal road. And also part of the French route of the road to Santiago. After the War of Independence at the beginning of the 19th century, it was impassable.
But you can still travel a part of it until you reach a bridge collapsed by French troops at the time. It is a short but amazing section. There are gorges and very narrow roads. There are chains installed on the sides of the rock to help. It is not recommended for those who suffer vertigo
The Natural Reserve Foz de Lumbier (42°37′48″N 1°17′59″O) is located in the east of the province of Navarra (Spain), next to the town of Lumbier 20 miles from Pamplona.
Events of the Natural Reserve Canyon of Lumbier (Foz de Lumbier)
In 1990, there was an armed confrontation between ETA (terrorist organization) and the Civil Guard that patrolled the area. These facts were known as Events of the Foz de Lumbier. Two members of ETA and a sergeant of the Civil Guard were killed. About this fact more information here ( in Spanish)
Google maps Natural Reserve Foz de Lumbier
How to get Pamplona – Spain
By Airplane: from any city in the United States or the world, which arrives in Madrid, Capital of Spain (Europe) – then take a local plane to the airport of Pamplona
39 min (30 Miles km) Road of Aoiz/NA-150 – Foz de Lumbier (42°37′48″N 1°17′59″O)
Iberia one hour ftom Madrid – Spain – TSA Regulations