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Pamplona, ​​Spain: where it is, when to go and what to see

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More in the background than large Spanish cities of the caliber of Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Madrid and Seville, Pamplona it is actually a beautiful urban center, capital of the autonomous community of Navarre. Located just 50 km from the border with France, the city is located close to the Pyrenees, along the famous French route that every year guides thousands of pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela: this makes it one of the liveliest and most multiethnic places in all of Spain, as well as a very interesting tourist destination.

To help you better discover this place and its surroundings, we have collected all the useful information for organizing a trip to Pamplona, ​​Spain: where is it, when to go and what to see!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see in and around Pamplona
  5. What to do in Pamplona: excursions and tours
  6. How much does it cost to visit Pamplona? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: About 200.000
  • Language: Spanish and Basque
  • Local currency: euro (€)
  • Weather: slightly continental and quite rainy. Winter is cold with average temperatures of 5 °, while in summer there are considerable variations between day and night, on average 28 ° during the day and 13 ° at night.
  • Time zone: GMT + 1, same time zone that also applies in Italy
  • Entry requirements: identity card valid for expatriation or a valid passport
  • Safety info: it is a quiet and safe place. The only event where it is recommended to be careful is the Feast of San Firmino, the second week of July, when the city becomes overcrowded for the fateful Running of the Bulls. Visit the section on the Farnesina website
  • Closest airports: Pamplona Airport (6 km from the center, there are no direct flights from Italy), Bilbao Airport (155 km from Pamplona, ​​1 h 45 min by car or private transfer)

Where it is

Pamplona it is located in the northernmost part of Spain, especially in the heart of the Navarre region, in a natural basin surrounded by mountain ranges. If the Pyrenees are to the north, La Rioja to the south, Aragon to the east and the Basque Country to the west.



How to reach us

  • From the main European capitals: among the airlines that guarantee direct connections with Pamplona, ​​we recommend that you rely on Iberia and Lufthansa that connect the main European capitals to the small city airport.

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: continental, with cold winters and hot summers, but not too hot. Between December and February average temperatures min 2 ° and max 10 °, due to the cold air coming from the Pyrenees. In summer min 12 ° and max 28 °, with a significant temperature range between day and night. Precipitation is distributed throughout the year, especially in winter
  • Best time: the summer months, especially June, because they are the sunniest ones and the temperatures are never too high
  • Period to avoid: late autumn, winter and early spring, due to unstable weather. If you don't like events involving the exploitation of animals, avoid the second week of July when the Running of the Bulls is represented
  • Advice: Pack both light and heavier clothes in your suitcase, so you are ready to face the rather noticeable temperature range between day and night. Bring light and breathable clothes, sweatshirts and warmer clothes, comfortable shoes for walking, hat, sunscreen, camera and sunglasses. If you're traveling in the winter, don't forget a heavy jacket and waterproof shoes

10 things to see in and around Pamplona

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  1. Castle plaza: main town square, once considered a sort of meeting "living room" and still the beating heart of life in Pamplona. Where once bullfights were held (a practice that lasted until the end of the nineteenth century), today palaces of inestimable historical and artistic value have arisen
  2. Ayuntamiento Palace: one of the most important fifteenth-century building in the city, a symbol of a rediscovered peace after continuous city clashes that occurred in the first decades of the fifteenth century. It combines the Baroque style with neoclassical influences
  3. City walls: among the most exposed cities of the Kingdom of Navarre, Pamplona immediately acquired a substantial city wall, which has practically all been intact to this day
  4. Pamplona Cathedral: made up of an infinite number of different architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Neoclassical up to typically Renaissance references, it is a majestic building, whose construction lasted 150 years
  5. Navarre Palace: currently the seat of the province of Navarra, this neoclassical building is located right in the city center. Among the most beautiful rooms inside, we recommend that you visit the Throne Room with precious marbles
  6. Riverside Park: with almost a million square meters, it is the real green lung of the city, ideal for long walks, running or resting in the shade of large trees
  7. Monument to the Encierro: considered by many to be the most significant monument in Pamplona and in the whole of Navarre, this sculpture is dedicated to the Running of the Bulls and represents the moment of greatest tension of the event, the chase through the streets of the city
  8. Citadel: suggestive military fortification with a pentagonal plan, it served as a center for the defense and sighting of enemies. Today, the Palace of Congresses and the Auditorium of Navarre have been built inside
  9. Planetary: built in 1993, it has become a top-level cultural center, ideal for studying the stars, but also for showing films and organizing educational activities for children
  10. Navarre excursion: Outside of Pamplona, ​​the Navarre region has a lot to offer tourists. That is why we recommend that you take part in an organized tour lasting several days, in order to discover all the attractions located in the surrounding area - find out more

What to do in Pamplona: excursions and tours

How much does it cost to visit Pamplona? Prices, offers and advice

Pamplona and, in general, the Navarre region they are not very expensive places and it is quite easy to find solutions to save something on room and board.

As for the accommodation, in fact, the structures are varied and can vary from the cheapest hostels (from € 7,00 per person in a mixed dormitory) to traditional hotels (double room from € 40,00 per night), up to religious accommodation facilities, very popular as the city is located on the French pilgrimage route to Santiago.

During a trip to Pamplona, the main expenditure will undoubtedly be devoted to transport, not so much those inside the city, which can be perfectly visited on foot, as those that will lead you from the city to the main attractions of the region: in fact, it is convenient to travel by private means of transport or renting a car at the airport (from € 130,00 per week). If you want to arrive in Spain by plane, however, bear in mind that there are no direct connections from Italy and that flights are still quite expensive. If you land at Bilbao Airport, you can opt for a private transfer to Pamplona.



  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -
  • to Bilbao (155 km) from € 108,00 -
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