The month of the JAVIERADA and some Spain secrets
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
That's all for now. See you next days.