The Cave of Zugarramurdi

In the western Pyrenees, past Baztan and just a short distance from the French border, lies Zugarramurdi, the village of witches, where fantasy and reality blend to treat the imagination with the opportunity to take a thrilling trip back in time.

The cave, 400 metres from Zugarramurdi, can be visited from 9.00 am until nightfall. There are no stalagmites or stalactites and no cave paintings. However, it conserves an almost unique attraction: a magical halo that surrounds it because until the 17th century it was the scene of akelarres (covens), pagan rituals in which men and women escaped from daily routine through wild parties, dancing around bonfires and holding orgies by moonlight.

It is a natural enclave in which echoes of history and legend abound. It is really worth discovering, and if you are curious about the world of witchcraft, round off your visit at themuseum of the witches.

Zugarramurdi, part of the Withchcraft Route, is a small village of just over 200 inhabitants located in the western Pyrenees of Navarre next to the border with France. Its streets and white houses contrast with the endless palette of greens that colour the surroundings.

Information and photograph obtained from the oficial website of the Navarre Tourist Board.

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