Pamplona AirportA little airport connected with several Spanish cities (Iberia flies several times a day from Madrid and Barcelona) and from Frankfurt with Lufthansa. Nearby, there are international airports like Bilbao (156 km), Zaragoza (170 km), or Biarritz, France (115 km) with international flights from the UK, Ireland, Germany, etc.
Daily trains from and to Madrid, Barcelona, Vitoria, Galicia, Asturias, Zaragoza, Burgos. Also routes to other towns in the region of Navara like Tafalla or Tudela are available. Urban buses connect the train station and the city centre.
By carHire a car and drive from Madrid 4 hr, Barcelona 4 hr, Biarritz 1.5 hr, San Sebastián 1 hr, Bilbao 2 hr, Zaragoza 2 hr, Logroño 1 hr.
Underground parking is widely available.
The cheapest way to get in Pamplona. Several daily services from Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastián, Bilbao, Vitoria, Zaragoza, Logroño and many other cities. Almost all towns and villages of the region are daily connected to its Capital City, Pamplona, by bus. This is a very good option if you don't have a car but want to visit places like the Castle in Olite, the Romanesque art of Estella or the old streets and Cathedral of Tudela, just for instance.
The rest of the year, Pamplona is a tranquil and yet vibrant place full things to do. It is indeed a great place to walk the streets and parks. Food and wine is also a big part of the navarrese culture, so make sure you taste some local specialties.
July 5 is becoming an extra day of fun, as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a "running of the nudes" to protest the bullfights. Sadly though no one is totally naked, it's against the law.
To gain free access to tha main event in the bullring after the bullrun is to run at the last segment of the bullrun to gain access to the bullring for free.
phone: +34 94 842 64 92address: Cuesta de Santa DomingoThis major museum of Pamplona is in a 16th-century hospital. Includes rich collections of Roman artifacts including 2nd-century mosaics. Also has Romanesque art and an important Goya portrait. Gothic and Renaissance paintings, and murals from the 13th-century are another must see here.
- Sanfermines, the Festival of San Fermín, is held city-wide July 6-14. It begins with the txupinazo, a rocket fired from the City Hall balcony at noon on the 6th. A large street party ensues that night and for the rest of the week. The best-known feature is the encierro (running of the bulls) every subsequent day at 08:00 (not on the 6th since the festival only starts at noon). Six bulls run through town centre towards the bullring; the adventurous and foolhardy run in front of them. If you want to run with the bulls, then arrive at the track for 07:30. Police will eject you if you are drunk, also runners are not allowed to carry a camera.
- Plaza de Toros, the bullring and end point of the encierro, is still used for bullfights. The stadium was built in 1922 and holds over 19,000 people.
- Pamplona Cathedral: Pamplona's gothic cathedral was constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries. The church has a neoclassical façade completed by Ventura Rodriguez in 1783. The cathedral is listed as one of the most important religious buildings in Spain. There is a museum located next to the cathedral which has ehibits on the history and architecture of the building.
- Watch football ie soccer at CA Osasuna. They were promoted in 2019 so they now play in La Liga, the top tier of Spanish football. Their home ground El Sadar stadium, capacity 19,800, is 1.5 km south of city centre.
Pamplona has many old palaces, most of them in the heart of the city. One of them, on the outskirts of town in Gorraiz used to belong to Sir Lancelot (of King Arthur fame). He received this palace upon marrying a Spaniard. The palace has a nice upper class bar and restaurant, and an excellent wine cellar below.
In Old Town you will find kiosks throughout selling Navarrese handicrafts.
Echevephone: +34 94 822 42 15address: Calle Mercaderes 29Sells handcrafted items including vests, ceramics, hats, woodcarvings, and botas(wineskins used by locals to squirt wine into their open mouths.)
phone: +34 94 822 44 38address: Calle Comedias 7Las Tres ZZZ sells wineskins, neckerchiefs, and a type of belt known as a gerriko commonly used by weight lifters and sports enthusiasts to support their backs while performing heavy-duty lifting.
Zaraphone: +34 94 822 75 04address: Av. Carlos 3 no. 7Ideal place for finding the latest in fashion, and accessories.
In Pamplona, tapas are called "pintxos", and in contrast with other places in the south of Spain do not come free of charge with drinks. However, most of these "pintxos" are small-sized nouvelle cuisine dishes, so it is really worth to try. Remember that going out to a bar to have a drink and some "pintxos" is pretty much a social event, and there is not a settled time for it. Normally, the same bars that offer "pintxos" prepare menús del día and dinner at Spanish lunch and dinner time.
San Nicolas barphone: +34 948 221319address: San Nicolas 13Several tables of the restaurant are hidden in the depths, behind a door after the bar. Tried and recommended: coffee. Not recommended: fish soup, grilled salmon, flan (all from menu del dia). Same owners as Cafe Ciudadela.
Bar La Bodeguicaphone: +34 948 227969address: Aldapa 4In the old town near central market (Burgo de Navarreria) . Tried and recommended: lasagna vegetable, cider. (all from menu del dia). Small, quite and nice place.
phone: +34 94 822 70 36Located in the oldest part of town a very popular tavern-styled restaurant. Three large dining rooms Casa Otano is known by many for feeding generations of Pamplona residents since the 1950s. The restaurant specializes in serving its own traditional dishes and succulent meats.
phone: +34 94 822 18 00address: Calle Espoz y Mina 11, PamplonaIn the center of pamplona near plaza del Castillo Europa is regarded among the best restaurants in the region. The chef and culinary artist Pilar Idoate is a native of Pamplona. He prepares a menu seasonally which always includes some of the finest cuisine the town has to offer.
Meson Pirineophone: +34 94 820 77 02address: Estafeta 41, PamplonaGreat for big appetites, huge portions of Basque specialties. They offer many of the areas specialties, and specialize in a hearty bean stew that is very filling.
Sarasatephone: +34 94 822 57 27address: Calle San Nicolas 19Specializes in having some of the best vegetarian platters in town. Serving vegan and gluten-free offerings, and using the freshest vegetables from the country side.
You should also make sure you try the Sangria. It's a red wine punch, usually with some fruit, red wine, and some honey to sweeten. The alcoholic content can vary greatly from place to place.
Calle San Nicolas, Calle Estafeta, and Calle de Jarauta are all lined with different bars, pubs, and bodegas. Most do not have signs so feel free to wander around in and out of these places.
phone: +34 948 245007address: Bergamin 7One of the best and most stable restaurants in Pamplona. Dating back to the end of World War II. Alhambra is only about 15 minutes walking from the cathedral. Features local wines, regional specialties, and many eqsquisite dishes.
Marengophone: +34 94 826 55 42address: Av. Bayona 2Marengo is the most popular club in town. Hosts a crowd primarily in their 20s and 30s who like to dance the entire night away. Recorded music is played, and dress nice because you won't get in without the bouncer's approval of dress code.
phone: +34 94 826 15 93address: Monasterio de Velate 5Pamplona's most popular disco a great place to dance and let off some steam. Many people in their 20s and 30s come here to do some dancing, have some drinks, and meet people of the opposite sex. Reverendos operates all hours of the night.
phone: +34 94 822 20 64address: Plaza del Castillo 44During the cold months many people can be found gathered around the bar ordering plates of food along with drinks. The places does very well as a cafe/bar, but becomes more like a restaurant during the lunch hour.
- Many sleep in the open for free in the parks throughout Pamplona.
- The El Molino campground is nearby Pamplona. It has campsites, cabins and rooms. Definitely requires booking during San Fermín festival. Is about 25 min from the center of Pamplona and there are standard €40 per shuttle rides, and there are always others around keen to share.
- A good camp close to Pamplona is Lizarra at Estella. Approx. 1/2 away by coach. Has bar, restaurant, shop, showers, & pool.
- Camp in Tali Mendi, Zarautz (on the coast) Approx. 1hr 15 minutes away by coach. Few hundred metres from the beach.
- A good option is to have a room in one of the makeshift hostals on Calle Estafeta (a segment where the bulls run and where the fun is located). Always bargain for a terrace when asking for the price. Price range between €30 to €100 per night.
phone: +34 94 824 54 54address: Zaragoza 5Established in 1989. Midsize guest rooms have sleek and modern furnishings, watercolors add a warm touch.
phone: +34 94 822 22 70address: Plaza Virgen de la O 7This hotel contains 28 units and is a 10 minute walk from the bus station. This recently renovated hotel manages to combine old and new spirits of Spain. Rooms are tastefully decorated, and many contain balconies with views of the city.
phone: +34 94 822 66 00address: Jardines de la Taconera 1One of the finest hotels in Pamplona is just a short walk west of Old Town and close by to the ancient citadel. All rooms provide tasteful furnishings, plenty of sunlight, and many have balconies. Hotel also has a restaurant/ bar, outdoor pool, sauna, exercise room, and babysitting service. The only hotel considered to be nicer is Iruna Park.
phone: +34 94 8302211Ctra. de Guipúzcoa. This hotel is 5 km out of Pamplona - good for families.
phone: +34 94 819 71 19address: Arcadio Maria Larraona 1Guest rooms are comfortable and bathrooms come well equipped. Located near the University of Pamplona. Includes a restaurant, bar, babysitting service, and room service.
La Perla,phone: +1 800 238 0767Plaza De Castillo, De 1, is regarded as one of the classiest hotels in Pamplona. The average nightly stay varies from €162-1,485 per night.This hotel has its own restaurant and bar, beautiful furnishings, and beautiful views of the central plaza.
- Watch out for the bulls!
- There is quite a lot of pickpockets at sanfermines time, experts at spotting visitors, so try to be careful, do not leave things unattended. Suspect from those gypsies that just want to talk to you or do palm reading.
- At sanfermines do not wear flip-flops or sandals, as streets are quite filthy and there can be broken glass pieces on the ground. Traditionally locals wear white t's and pants, a red neckerchief and some kind of red scarf round their waist. You can buy this outfit at street shops and mingle with the crowd.