The Bardenas Reales or desert de Bardenas is located in south-east Navarre in Northern Spain and is a natural desert that occupies near to 100,000 acres of land. The desert is made up of sandstone, clay
We drove the Bardenas Reales natural park in our 7.5m motorhome without any trouble and is fully accessible for cars or campers. The Bardenas Reales is also accessible by foot or bike with many routes and trails outlined on maps.me. Below is the map of the route we took on a looped drive taking in 43 km of the natural park. Driving the Bardenas Reales with a few stops took us around 3 hours so depending on how much you would like to stop or explore you could be there a little longer.
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Desert de Bardenas – Driving Through
There are a couple of entrances leading into the Bardenas Reales National Park, and after staying at the Aire de Bardenas or Area de Auto Caravanas in Arguedas we took the man road in ‘Calle Bardenas’ leading out of Arguedas all the way into the park.
As the scenery opened up we had an army bomber flew right above the van which is not uncommon. Upon later research, there is an army base located within the Bardenas Reales which many drills and exercises are regularly practiced there. So don’t be alarmed if there are some aerial drills going on whilst you are visiting. The more dangerous exercises are practiced when the park is shut.
There are so many opportunities when driving Bardenas Reales natural park to just jump out and take in the gorgeous panoramic views. One viewpoint located on our map above (point C) is a few km’s
Driving The Bardenas Reales – Game Of Thrones
The Natural Park has been amongst many Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Spain and driving through the Bardenas Reales you can see why they picked the location. See if you
Points Of Interest
Being such a vast open space the Bardenas Reales is perfect for just pulling over and stopping to check out the park’s unique
The geology of the landscape is a real spectacle and a unique experience to see. Once inside the park, it’s hard to believe that you are still in Europe!
Aire de Bardenas
The aire de service or area de auto caravanas for the Bardenas Reales is located right on the edge of the park and is the perfect place to stop before your driving adventure into the desert. Situated on the edge of the small town called Arguedas the aire is also right next to the
See the location of Bardenas area de auto caravannas on google maps here.
The town of Arguedas has a real desert town feel with restaurants, cafes and a few small supermarkets where jetons can be purchased for the services at the
Driving the Bardenas Reales – To Sum It Up
We loved exploring the Bardenas Reales in our motorhome and would highly recommend stopping if you are in the area or looking for some amazing views and a great day exploring. The natural park is truly a magical place and unlike anything we have seen in Europe before. A must visit if you are exploring Northern Spain. With the option to hike, bike or take the camper to drive through the park the choice is yours!
Adam & Kelly x