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The month of the JAVIERADA and some Spain secrets

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Emilio Emilio | 21:47 UK time, Friday, 5 March 2010

March is the month of the Javierada in Navarre. Thoushands of people walk in pilgrimage from Pamplona and anywhere place of the region to the castle where Saint Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Navarre, was born in 1506.


Saint Francis Xavier's castle (Sanguesa -Navarra-, Spain)

I did this pilgrimage from Tudela for 6 years. The distance from Tudela to Xavier's castle it's 100KM (62 mile). When you are 12 years old, it's a good option to go out with your friends for 2 days and to sleep in a tent. But you have to be strong enough to walk the distance. It's a good chance as well for to know better your country.

When I was 18 years old it was the last time I did this activity. But this weekend if the weather wouldn't very cold I am going to do it by riding in bike from Pamplona -60KM- (37 mile). I think it will take me between three and four hours. It's the first time I will go on bike since october last year. I hope show you photos on next posts.

In july of last year I I took part in a extreme bike competition (120 KM -74.5mile-), my aim it was to finish the competition, and I did it in eight hours! Could you guess who I am?

(Las bardenas, -Navarra-, Spain)

Several people has requested on comments to know more from Spain culture and traditions. I have found a Spain map with the most festivities and populate customs. Enjoy!

Personally: Sevilla, Granada and Barcelona are the cities we liked the most. Omitting Pamplona of course. We were in Sevilla the last year, we have some friends there, and they showed us the city and nearest cities such as Cádiz and Huelva. The people from this region of Spain is more friendly and openness and with a touch of "gracia" maybe due to their accent, very characteristic and easily recognizable, and as well because in the south of Spain the weather is hottest than north region and almost the whole year the climate is good. This no means that people from North of Spain are closed and rude, but only that it's exist a big contrast between the north and south of Spain.


(Sevilla view from the Giralda, Spain)

Granada is great because of she culture and the Alhambra.. A small secret: Granada is cheaper than another cities, you can drink a beer for only 1E and get a "pincho" for free. A pincho could be several kinds of food to eat at the moment. For example a plate full of squids, Potatoes with spicy tomato sauce, Tortilla de patata and several more. You can eat for only 5-6E!
In contrast, in Pamplona to drink a beer with a "Pincho" is expensive, 4-5E. Several cities from Spain are trying get this tradition without exit.


(Alhambra, -Granada-, Spain)

Barcelona is a beautiful city with sea and very rich in arquitecture. I would recommend us to watch this brief video from people living in Barcelona. Recently I read a fantastic novel with Barcelona as the centre of the history -The Cathedral of the Sea-. Although some people argued that it was a copy of the "The pillars of the Earth"- I enjoyed reading the novel and learning a lot of Barcelona history.


(Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain)

That's all for now. See you next days.



  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Emilio! I hope you enjoy your month as a student blogger. The pictures are really amazing.
    Best wishes,
    Ana Paula.

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Emilio.

    You are the third one from the left. You are keeping your left hand on the cycle handle bars and in your right hand you keep a can.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Emilio,
    It’ s really nice to read your blog. The pictures are amazing!
    Emilio, have you ever read Carlos Luis Zafon’s novels? He is a Spanish writer, I think that maybe from Barcelona. The action of two novels I’ve read (original titles: El juego del ángel, La sombra del viento) take place just in Barcelona. It seems that he knows Barcelona very well, I like the climate he can create in his books.
    We have something in common – I like cycling very much!! Some stories about your trips will be very interesting for me!
    What do you like to do in your free time ( I know… it is very banal question but talks a lot about a person :) ). And tell us more about Spain! Do Spanish guys have a lot in common with "Juan Antonio" from Woody Allen film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”? :) Do not answer :) and do not be angry with me :)
    I am waiting for your next posting!
    Agnieszka, Poland

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Emilio,

    Your Blog is very interesting. I love these pictures. I will go to Spain to present my Thesis (MBA) and I will be there for 15 days, I expect to be able to arrive at least to one of these places.

    King Regard

    Eduardo, Perú

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello Emilio,

    I am very excited when reading your story about places and events through your blog. I can imagine how beautiful it is. I dream of visiting Spain in the future. Hopefully hearing more stories describing historic buildings and festivals in your country.


    Tienhoa Nguyen, Vietnam

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi, Emilio, Thank you for the posting. I really like the pictures. I hope I can get a chance to visit Spain in the future. As I know, people from Spain are very nice and easy going. By the way, I really want to know about the traditional food dishes in your country. Because I like to try different food from different countries. Thank you and good luck!
    Qianya China

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Emilio,I agree with kirsti you are the third one from the left.I recognized you by your smile.It's a great hobby to ride a bike. It's a chance to travel across your own country and see many places of natural beauty and interest.Spain is a beautiful country! It's wonderful that I could see Granada,Sevilla, Ronda and some other places by myself.
    I'm looking forward to the photos of your trip.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Emilio
    what a coincidence! at last, after I have been studying English as a blogger in this site( as a reader) I found someone who is cycling as like as me. I also cycle 4 days a week for about 5km in just 45'. could you tell me more about youe experience about biking.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi, Emilio.
    I also consider in photo you are the third one from the left.
    Thanks for your some useful Spain secrets and info-links for tourists. Sagrada Familia is really majestic building, it's magnificent sight. Antoni Gaudi was genuis.
    Have a nice day,

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Emilio! It's nice to read your blog and find out more about Spain. I really want to visit Barcelona next holiday, so your blog can be very helpful for me;) Bay the way I love riding by bike too. I'll follow your posts. Karolina, Poland

  • Comment number 11.

    @Ana Paula: yes, I'm enjoying as student blogger this month, but I don't have all time I would like. Thanks

    @kirsti: amazing! you're right!

    @Agnieszka: No, I haven't read any Carlos Luis Zafon's novel, sorry. Barcelona is a really beautiful city to write historys for. Thanks!

    @Eduardo, Good luck with your thesis in Spain!

    @Tienhoa Nguyen: I like listen from people like you are enjoying with the blog posts about Spain. Don't have a miss to visit Spain. Thanks a lot.

    @Qianya: Thanks for the complimment.

    @Natalie: Really I'm amazing, it's a bit difficult to find me in the photo, but you're right. Thanks for the comment!

    @Koorush: 5KM in just 45'? I am afraid something is wrong there.

    @Emat: I agree with you. Gaudi was a brilliant genius.

    @Karolina: Good to see so much people who like riding in bike too. Regards

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Emilio

    What’s a nice photo?
    Thanks for sharing such good experience that make me know much more about Spain.
    I think I have to put Spain in to my list about the country I want to visit. As seen in the picture you post. It’s a charming country with unique style of building.
    Your hobby also interested. I can imagine how you feel happy while riding along the nice view.
    Thanks again!!

  • Comment number 13.

    Dear, Emilio

    How are you,my name is Kara,so I jut start reading your story.I think it was intresting.Everyday I watch soccer player on Tv,I would like to go to visit Barcelona,I think it is extremely nice city.It is really nice to read It. I learn a lots of different thing,from all the thing you are mention your blog.I hope in the future to come to visit your country.

  • Comment number 14.

    hi Emilio how are you this is william from united state
    i saw picture from barcelona and i realy like those picture thtat i saw
    however, is very clear your post

  • Comment number 15.

    good post

  • Comment number 16.

    hi Emilio
    It’ s really nice to read your blog. The pictures are amazing!and the video too. Like some parts of Barcelona looks like my country mexico the buildings and the subways is really cool. I want to go to spain for vacations visit all the parts of Barcelona.

  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning Emilio: I have been reading your postings and is the first time I read about the Javierada. The cities seems to have an old charming in especial the castles catch my attention in general, and the tips you gave in your postings always is a good tool when somebody is going to fly or visit another country.

    Have a good day.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi emilo... i am shemi... thanks for your blog... i know i can never reach Spain, but i can enjoy the beauty of spain through your blog... very nice photos... Thank you

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Emilio,
    Amazing!! i love cycling... i just don't have enough time for that, but i try to.
    Nice country Spain is and special culture it has... i wish i could visit one day
    kind regards

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Emilio, I enjoyed your blog.I like your blog and pictures. specially, The bottom picture Sagrada Familia. because I am interested in Gaudi's buildings. take care.

  • Comment number 21.

    hi, Emilio

    it was very interesting for me to read your blog, especially when i saw those beautiful photos which make me think alot about their history, and it will be great to give us some extra information about them i hope.
    i am looking foraword to your reply, and good look with your trip.

    by for now

  • Comment number 22.

    Hello Emilio,

    I wrote your student blog . your blog has very interesting activites pictures.especially historical pictures for example Sagrada Familia.i want to see Spanish ,so Barcelona and Andalucia.maybe one day, I visit your country.I wait for your next posting .good luck.

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  • Comment number 25.

    Hello I read the month of the Javierada and some Spain secretes. It is very interesting place that I ambiuos in my future life. Barcelona is my favorite city, I impressed by club Barcelona. However spain is the big nation and has lots of historically place. when I read the blog I found you, it is almost similar to our life style. by nature I like to visit my country cities, particularly I would like to visit to the remote area. The thing that I Admire in the blog is about riding Bicycle and your race, bicycle is one of the most famous place in my country.


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