Pamplona, a beautiful haven situated in Spain's northern Navarra Region, on the snow-capped foothills of the Pyrenees Range which is more than an ideal setting for skiing, mountaineering, hiking, wildlife and breathtaking scenery. The city boasts a laid-back atmosphere with a very local touch. It is the perfect destination for those who want savour the calm and cosmopolitan Spain, or for those who wish to include San Sebastian and the Basque Region in their travel (only a 45-minute drive away).
The Region of Navarra is a long-time survivor – it has thrived throughout Spain's history, avoiding Moorish intervention, French invasion and Castilian occupation. Its capital of Pamplona offers a quality of life higher than the national average – this, of course, is a treat for travellers; the best of Spain's culinary delights, traditions and sights can all be found here.
Don't forget to wander down the Old City, and enjoy some of the fantastic tapas bars whilst enjoying the magnificent legacy of the past. Pamplona's architecture is among the most sophisticated and majestic, ideal for those holiday snapshots, a visit to the city's Taconera Park is well worth it to see an original array of artistic surprises.
The top things to do in Pamplona include visiting the impressive cathedral, the hitosric parks and the great city walls. Eating out in Pampona is a real treat and great fun if you plan to sample every tapas bar you can find.
Pamplona is most famous for its running of the bulls, or Sanfermines, celebrated every July between the 6th and the 14th. This worldwide admired event is what really distinguishes this city from all the rest in Spain and, indeed, the world. The atmosphere during this time enlightens the city and refreshes any traveller. Plus, Pamplona's most prestigious restaurants spring up into life, hoping to attract the tradition-seeking visitor. As with Ernest Hemmingway all those years ago, you too are sure to find your inspiration right here in Pamplona
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Pamplona's Rich Heritage
Pamplona is the historical capital of the Navarre Kingdom. However, its history dates further back to about 75 B.C. when a Roman general known as Pompey set up a military base in the area as he waged war against Sertorius. In fact, Pamplona was at first named Pompaelo before the people adopted Pamplona as the Spanish translation of Pompey. Travelling to Pamplona will reveal much more about its rich historical heritage and here are some of the most popular sites that are well worth visiting.
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The Palace of Navarra
This is the most visible piece of Pamplona's heritage. José de Nagusia designed the building in 1840. It is now an administrative center, although visits to the palace can be scheduled by appointment. The exterior of the building is home to two great sculptures representing the King Sancho the Great and King Sancho VII the Strong. There is also a sculpture of Navarre's coat of arms flanked by one man from the north of Navarre and another man from Navarre's mountain region. The interior of the building is just as exquisite. Here, you will find the Throne Room, the Session Room, the Chapel, and the President's office.
The Museum of Navarra
This is the crown jewel in terms of Pamplona's museums and stands opposite the Royal Palace. This fine museum houses the greatest art collections and archaeological findings in Navarra. Some of these collections date back to pre-historical periods while most of them fall within Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance and Baroque periods. The most prized works of art at this museum include the Mosaic of Theseus, Goya's portrait of the Marqués de San Adrián, and the Chest from Leyre.
The Church of Saint Nicholas
Built in the twelfth century, this church had both religious and military functions. Its purpose was to dissuade opposing forces from attacking Pamplona. This is why the church has unusually thick walls, three watchtowers, and wrought iron nails. The interior of the church is Gothic. It also has a Baroque organ considered to be the most important in Pamplona.
As you can see visiting Pamplona is definitely worth the journey and no place offers you as much richness in historical heritage as this excellent ancient city.
Exploring the historic part of Pamplona is easy by staying at one of the great value
hotels in Pamplona located in the central part of the city. There is a wide variety of accommodation on offer in Pamplona and the surrounding area. From Luxury Hotels to Hostels, old converted mansions , apartments and holiday villas.
AC Ciudad de Pamplona
"Very modern ,Tidy rooms, Superb dining"
This smart and modern hotel is situated in the centre of Pamplona, between the university site and the Ciudadela Park. From here you can stroll into the historic centre.
Relax with friends or colleagues in the comfortable AC Lounge, at the end of a long day's sightseeing the city. During the running of the bull festival, this is the ideal place to retreat from the festivities in the city centre and get some rest. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre, where you can unwind and exercise while on holiday. There is also a smart restaurant onsite, which allows you to sample typical local cuisine without leaving the hotel.
Hotel Tres Reyes
"Great location,Tasty breakfast, Excellent service"
Iruna Palace Tres Reyes Set in Taconera Park gardens, this modern hotel is situated in the very centre of Pamplona, close to the conference centre and Navarran Auditorium.
The Tres Reyes hotel has all the services and facilities to help make your stay pleasant and relaxing. Guests can enjoy the summer swimming pool and garden.
There is also access to the picturesque Ulzama Golf Club.
Hotel Spa Mirador de Ulzama
"Superb rooms, great location, very clean"
The hotel offers stylish suites and is located some 20-minutes walk from Pamplona's centre. Enjoy a private terrace, well-fitted kitchen and free Wi-Fi.
The Sercotel Suites Mendebaldea are conveniently located near the University of Navarra and Pamplona's industrial parks.
You can easily balance work and play with visits to Pamplona's charming centre for authentic Spanish food and wine.
Gran Hotel La Perla
"Large rooms","Great location","Excellent service"
Centrally located, the Gran Hotel La Perla provides easy access to Pamplona's sightseeing and entertainment areas and offerscity views and 5-star rooms.
Each comfortable room at the Gran Hotel La Perla comes with a flat-screen TV and a mini bar.
Breakfast is served every day in the hotel's traditional restaurant. Guests can also try one of the many bars and cafés in the vicinity.
With Pamplona Airport under a 20-minute drive away, the Gran Hotel La Perla also offers a shuttle service. The staff at the tour desk will be happy to help you
organise tours and activities during your stay in Pamplona.
"Clean rooms","Excellent service","Free internet"
Situated in Pamplona, this 3-star property is modern and large with comfortable rooms equipped with cable / satellite channels, complimentary toiletries and a mini bar.
Guests of the Hotel Albret can enjoy a unique dining experience at the comfortable bar and elegant restaurant.
The hotel's comfortable restaurant is open for breakfast. Alternatively, there are a number of cafés and restaurants within a 10-minute walk.
The location of the hotel means guests can easily access multiple places of interest by foot. Plaza de Toros de Pamplona and the Pamplona
Cathedral are less than a 20-minute car ride from the hotel.