PamplonaSpain

Much more than its thrilling Running of the Bulls, this historic Navarre city also offers an exciting blend of food, culture and tradition.

The name Pamplona is now synonymous with one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the “San Fermín” or the Running of the Bulls. The legendary celebration creates an infectious party atmosphere in the city, but come outside of that time to experience a place packed with culture. Feast on the famous food of northern Spain, visit fascinating museums and mingle with the friendly locals in an otherwise seldom-seen destination.

Stroll along streets that were once frequented by Romans, who founded the city in 75 B.C. The city’s tactical location near the French border means that the Spanish built multiple fortifications to protect the town. Learn more about these structures in the Interpretation Centre of the Fortifications of Pamplona.

Explore the Museum of Navarre to learn about the region’s colorful history. The museum features diverse displays on prehistoric archaeology, Roman Pamplona and the Moorish occupation. Peruse a selection of paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Tour the architectural highlights of the city. The 19th-century Palace of Navarre is the regional seat of government, with a selection of murals and an impressive throne room. Bring your camera for photos of St. Mary’s Cathedral, a stunning Gothic landmark that houses relics and royal tombs.

Join thousands of visitors to Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls, a tradition which dates back to the 13th century. The festival takes place every July and involves a herd of bulls charging through the city center. Watch as the runners, dressed in white with a red handkerchief, pray to San Fermín before running 0.5 miles (825 meters) through the town.

Spend your evenings dining on Basque cuisine. Pinxtos, the local form of tapas, is on offer in most restaurants, accompanied by a selection of Navarra wines.

Fly into Pamplona Airport, which is about 10 minutes outside of the city center by car. Hordes of tourists flock to Pamplona in July to take part in the San Fermin. Visit outside of this period for lower prices, fewer crowds and sunny days in the hills of northern Spain.

Where to stay in Pamplona

Old Town which includes street scenes and a city as well as a small group of people

Old Town

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Unique features of Old Town include the historical sites and bars. Make a stop by Plaza del Castillo or Pamplona City Hall while you're exploring the area.

Old Town
Ciudadela which includes a bridge, a garden and landscape views

Ciudadela

Ciudadela is well liked for its monuments. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Pamplona area, you might plan a trip to Plaza del Castillo or Yamaguchi Park.

Ciudadela

Top hotels in Pamplona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pamplona El Toro Hotel & Spa
Pamplona El Toro Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Carretera de Guipozcoa, km 5, Berrioplano, Navarra
The price is AU$112 per night

Located in the heart of Berrioplano, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Facería 62 and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plaza del Castillo and Monasterio viejo de San ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (146 reviews)

"Hotel was immaculate. Beautiful old building. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Rooms clean and comfortable. They welcomed our two dogs and supplied them with a bed each and a bowl each. They checked all our paperwork and took our temperature. Dinner was very nice . Served in a takeaway style ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2020

Pamplona El Toro Hotel & Spa
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Tres Reyes
4 out of 5
Jardines de la Taconera, s/n, Pamplona, Navarra
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$154 per night

Located in Pamplona City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parroquia San Lorenzo, Parque de la Taconera and Palacio de Congresos and Auditorium ...

4.4/5Excellent! (300 reviews)
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"My husband and I had a beautiful stay at this hotel. We rented a suite and had so much space to entertain some friends that were also in town. The room was always clean and the staff was friendly. I used the hair salon because I was attending a wedding; highly recommend. I don’t speak Spanish but ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Hotel Tres Reyes
NH Pamplona Iruña Park
NH Pamplona Iruña Park
4 out of 5
Calle Arcadio Maria Larraona, 1, Pamplona, Navarra
The price is AU$124 per night

Located in Ermitagaña, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Pamplona Planetarium and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Plaza del Castillo. Yamaguchi Park and University of ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)

"Clean and comfy rooms. Great service. Great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020

NH Pamplona Iruña Park

Popular places to visit in Pamplona

Plaza del Castillo
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Plaza del Castillo

4.5/5(2 reviews)

The beating heart of the Old Town district is home to historic cafés and elegant buildings. It’s also where you can attend free concerts.  

Plaza de Toros de Pamplona
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Plaza de Toros de Pamplona

Get an in-depth insight into the culture and history of bullfighting in Pamplona on a guided tour of this majestic bullring. 

Pamplona Cathedral
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Pamplona Cathedral

4.5/5(4 reviews)

An arresting façade, richly decorated chapels and the tomb of a former king make this centuries-old church one of Pamplona’s most symbolic landmarks. 

Pamplona City Hall
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Pamplona City Hall

4.5/5(2 reviews)

This civic building in Pamplona’s Old Town square has an elaborate façade and is famous for a firework rocket, which signals the start of the Fiesta of San Fermín. 

Yamaguchi Park
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Yamaguchi Park

Go for a laidback stroll through a Japanese garden and take a journey to the stars at the city’s planetarium. 

Palacio de Congresos and Auditorium of Navarra
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Palacio de Congresos and Auditorium of Navarra

Spend a lively evening in Pamplona with a musical or theatrical performance at a prominent cultural venue that also hosts exhibitions.

Top activities in Pamplona

Bilbao, Gaztelugatxe and Guggenheim tour in small groups
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Bilbao, Gaztelugatxe and Guggenheim tour in small groups

AU$359
Per adult
Biarritz and French Basque Coast tour in small groups
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Biarritz and French Basque Coast tour in small groups

AU$359
Per adult
San Sebastian and Basque Coast tour in small groups
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San Sebastian and Basque Coast tour in small groups

AU$285
Per adult
Vitoria and Añana Salt Valley Tour in small groups
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Vitoria and Añana Salt Valley Tour in small groups

AU$522
Per adult
Olive oil mill and winery visit in Navarre in small groups
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Olive oil mill and winery visit in Navarre in small groups

AU$571
Per adult
Walking historic & cultural tour in small groups in Pamplona
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Walking historic & cultural tour in small groups in Pamplona

AU$102
Per adult

Reviews of Pamplona

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MARK

23 Aug. 2019

I wish we could have stayed a few nights longer

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Jul. 2019

Bigger than you think, the festival can be full on. Stay outside the old town if you want more opportunities for quiet.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Jul. 2019

Pamplona is picturesque

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