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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

Pamplona\'s City Walls and Interpretation Centre featuring heritage architecture, night scenes and a bridge

Pamplona City Centre

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

Pamplona City Centre
Old Town showing street scenes and a city as well as a small group of people

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

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

Old Town
Yamaguchi Park showing a garden

Ermitagaña

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the museums and coffeehouses in Ermitagaña. You might want to make time for a stop at Yamaguchi Park or Pamplona Planetarium.

Ermitagaña
Monumento al Encierro showing a statue or sculpture and outdoor art

Segundo Ensanche

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

Unique features of Segundo Ensanche include the historic sites and bars. Make a stop by Monumento al Encierro or Plaza Principe de Viana while you're exploring the area.

Segundo Ensanche
Pamplona showing interior views and art

Milagrosa

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Travelers like the festivals in Milagrosa, and El Sadar Stadium is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Milagrosa
Palacio de Congresos and Auditorium of Navarra which includes street scenes as well as an individual femail

Primer Ensanche

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

You might appreciate the bars and historic sites in Primer Ensanche, and if you're interested in seeing more of the area, Plaza del Castillo and Pamplona City Hall are just a few notable stops.

Primer Ensanche

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 $76 per night

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (150 reviews)

"A perfect stay..quiet location, lovely room, clean and safe hotel. Easy access from motorway which was important As we were travelling through. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Pamplona El Toro Hotel & Spa
NH Pamplona Iruña Park
NH Pamplona Iruña Park
4 out of 5
Calle Arcadio Maria Larraona, 1, Pamplona, Navarra
The price is $75 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! (185 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

NH Pamplona Iruña Park
Pamplona Catedral Hotel
Pamplona Catedral Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Dos de Mayo, nº 4, Iruña, Pamplona, Navarra
The price is $82 per night

Located in Old Town, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Archivo Real y General de Navarra and Plaza del Castillo. Fuente de Navarrería and Pamplona ...

4.4/5Excellent! (155 reviews)

"Always a pleasure to stay at this hotel. It’s only a short walk into the centre with a fantastic choice of places to eat and drink and such a great atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

Pamplona Catedral Hotel

Popular places to visit in Pamplona

Plaza del Castillo
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Plaza del Castillo

4.5/5(28 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

4.5/5(11 reviews)

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(33 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(23 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

4/5(8 reviews)

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

5/5(3 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Pamplona

La Rioja Wine Tour in small groups
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La Rioja Wine Tour in small groups

$329
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Biarritz and French Basque Coast tour in small groups
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Biarritz and French Basque Coast tour in small groups

$250
Per adult
La Rioja winery tour a traditional lunch in small groups
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La Rioja winery tour a traditional lunch in small groups

$408
Per adult

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