Pamplona Tourism And Travel Guide
11.9° C / 53.5° F
March to September
2 to 3 Days
Pamplona-Noain Airport (7 kms)
Pamplona-Iruna Railway Station (5 kms)
Pamplona is a Basque city, located in the north of Spain and is world-famous for the crazy Bull Run during the annual San Fermin Festival that takes place in July. Historically there used to be bull fights in this town till 1843. Now, visitors flock here from all over the world in search of something new and unseen in Spain. Tourism in the city is booming during the spring and summer seasons. Autumn is also ideal for visitors looking for a more relaxed trip. In terms of things to do the shopping, food and culture of the city is not to miss. The historic structures here are delightful. The city is easily reachable by either air, rail or road based on where you're coming from. All in all the city is vibrant, dynamic and a welcome change from the usual commerical cities and this travel guide should help visitors find their way around.
How To Reach
Travel by air is recommended for most visitors as it is the quickest and most convenient form of transportation.
A cheap and popular way to arrive locally. There is plenty of underground parking available for visitors.
Equally and maybe even more popular is to arrive by train owing to the city center's proximity to the station.
Weather and Best Time To Visit
Spring Season (March - May):
This is an excellent time to visit owing to the fantastic weather which is well-balanced and pleasant for majority of the time.
Summer Season (June - September):
Summer is one of the most popular seasons and is when the San Fermin Festival occurrs, which is a major crowd puller.
Autumn Season (October - November):
Another good time for travel as the summer heat has just made way for light showers and a more balanced climate.
Winter Season (December - February):
A trip to Pamplona in winter is not advised as the weather conditions can get extreme and this can make outdoor travel a headache.
Things to Do
Visit the Plaza Del Castillo:
The heart of the city, spending a day exploring this gorgeous area is one of the best things to do.
Explore the Universidad de Navarra:
A stunning structure, engaging with some beautiful artworks is a blast for visitors who are into art and culture.
The San Fermin Festival:
The most outrageous and iconic thing to do here is to actually participate in the annual festival's bull run.
Visit the Planetarium:
This is a wonderful place to visit for lovers of space, science, infinity and beyond. The building itself is a gorgeous structure.
The other thing Pamplona is beloved for other than the notorious Bull Run is the stunning variety of good restaurants available in the city. Catering to all budgets and serving some of the freshest and most delicious Basque cuisine, Pamplona attracts thousands of visitors for just the delicious cuisine. Meats and the vegetables used are of the highest quality and are locally produced. The most popular dishes to try include the Pochas Estefadas, Trucha a la Navarra and Torrijas.
Shopping in this city is pretty enjoyable and affordable for all budgets. The Avenida Carlos and Old Quarter of the city are both hotspots offerring the best boutique and street markets in the city. Visitors can find a bunch of antique and handicraft stores in the older parts of town where some of the finest handcrafted items are still available in plenty. The Avenida Carlos is for more upmarket stores and luxury brands.