Festivities and traditions
The cultural heritage of Larraga is manifested in our fiestas and in our traditions, which, inherited from our elders, survive today.
Three dates stand out in the festival calendar of Larraga, which are:
On May 3, the feast of Santo Cristo del Socorro, on August 6, with the patron saint’s feasts and on September 29, the patron saint of the Villa San Miguel Arcángel. In all three cases it is necessary to highlight the processions that are carried out.
In addition, the celebrations in honor of San Miguel Arcángel, celebrated in the last years of the 5 to the 11 of August, have the attraction, as it happens in the majority of the towns of La Ribera, of the closures and the capeas of cows , Especially taking into account the existence of three cattle ranches in the town.
In the section costumbrista we could mention the bonfires of San Antón, which are celebrated the night of January 16, the eve of its festival. In them, the bonfires are lit and St. Anthony is asked to protect the animals from the house. The party ends up sharing the dinner before the embers of the bonfire. On February 3, the feast of San Blas, it is customary to go to the Church with the necklaces of roscos that are made at home to implore the Holy protection against the evils of throat. And finally, we could mention the Javieradas, at the beginning of March, in which after the pilgrimage of Larraga to Sangüesa, the ragueses open the Via Crucis to Javier with a large wooden cross of the Cofradía de la Vera Cruz.
Larraga has a great tradition in the cattle of brave cattle and as such, once a year the Town Hall sponsored by the Consortium of Development of the Average Zone organizes the celebration “Larraga, Tierra de la Vaca Brava”.
One of the great treasures of the festival is to be able to appreciate the countryside where the bravery of the cattle is raised and forged. The farm opens its doors to make known the wonderful world that is the cattle raising of wild animals and so that anyone who wishes to familiarize themselves with the life and the breeding of the animals, as well as to know firsthand the traditional farms .
They are programmed the exhibition of many of the tasks that make the day to day life in the field exciting. A temptation, the management of the cattle, in what consists a herradero of calves. Surely one of the greatest incentives is to be able to observe the animals in their habitat and in general the life in a cattle ranch. The visit to the estate is an encounter with the most rooted traditions of the brave field.
This activity takes place in the morning, but the party does not end here, in the afternoon and in the village square you can see different activities related to wild cattle very interesting for anyone who wants to approach.
The Wine Route of Navarra includes a careful selection of wineries and tourist establishments of this land that, due to their quality and professionalism, will help you immerse yourself in the wine culture and savor the pleasures of the good life.
The peculiarity and rich heritage of this area, in which its historical huts and palaces evoke medieval times, adds to the warmth that its people offer to the people who visit us, accustomed to being a crossroads of pilgrimage to Santiago.
We invite you to organize your own route; Larraga has 5 establishments attached to the Wine Route of Navarre: you can taste the delicacies of the land in the Asador El Castillo and in the Restaurant Casa Perico, and stay in the Hotels El Castillo and Villa de Larraga, as well as taste the wines Of Bodegas Macaya. In the village are also located two viewpoints, one that allows to appreciate the landscape ideal for the cultivation, elaboration and commercialization of vine grafts and vineyard beards, and the other linked to the Arga River from where the Sierras del Perdón, Tajonar and Ujué to the north, to the south the beginnings of the broad plains of the Ribera, and to the right the top of Montejurra and Sierra de Lóquiz.
Cycle of the Organ
It is organized annually during the second half of August in the Church of San Miguel Arcángel. With the parochial organ as its axis, the aim of the cycle is to show the richness of a historical instrument of great quality and to remember the artist Diego Miguel Gómez Azoz. The program is composed of several professional concerts that are organized by the Musical Association “Diego Gómez” under the technical direction of musicologist Jesús Mª Muneta Martínez de Morentin. It is sponsored by the Municipality of Larraga, the Government of Navarra and several companies in the town.
Diego Gómez was an organist who was born in Larraga on January 7, 1752. His father was the organist of the parish of San Miguel and in this way began the interest of Diego by the organs. This led him to learn the building trade and to set up an organ workshop in the house next to No. 59 of Calle San Andrés, building here instruments such as Larraga, Abarzuza, Olite, Tudela, Esparza de Salazar, Artajona, Lodosa , Mendigorría, Andosilla, Roncesvalles, … Due to its importance, he was appointed inspector of organ works of the Bishopric of Pamplona. The 15 of November of 1834 passed away in Larraga to the 83 years. Although his son Antonio continued with the family tradition, he did not reach the importance of his father. However, this did not prevent him from being the last teacher of the Escuela Organera Navarra, which would indicate the enormous importance of this Workshop of Larraga.