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Pamplona Things to Do

  • The Museum of Navarre

    The Museum of Navarre was founded in 1956 and is famous for its patriotic tribute to the art and archaeology of the Navarre region which is due to the fact that the museum is under the direction of the local government. It is located in the city of Pamplona, opposite the Royal Palace, now Archive of Navarre. The museum was opened in 1956 after the...

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  • The Museum of Navarre. Art of XVI-XX...

    Except of ancient and medieval art, Museum possesses the very good collection of art ranging from XVI through XX centuries. Museum has the portrait of Marquis of Saint Adrian painted by the Great Francisco Goya! Goya is Goya forever and no need any representations from my side.Museum also displays the series of murals showing the scenes of the...

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  • The Museum of Navarre. Chapel

    The chapel at the museum is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic-Renaissance architecture in the city of Pamplona. It was built between 1547 and 1550 by Juan de Ancheta. The doorway of the chapel, which dates from around 1733, was originally from another church but was moved in 1934 to be part of the chapel in Pamplona. Recently,...

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  • The Museum of Navarre. Medieval Art.

    An exhibition of the Navarrese medieval art is excellent. You shall be able to observe a lot of real masterpieces painted by Navarrese painters and painters from other Christian Kingdoms of Iberian Peninsula in XII-XVI centuries. Except paintings permanent exhibition of the museum displays statues, frescoes and decorative arts. Visitors are allowed...

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  • City Hall

    The city hall of Pamplona is situated at the place of confluence of three different medieval boroughs of Pamplona; they were Navarreira, San Saturnino and San Nicolas. These three independent boroughs were united when King of Navarre Charles III the Noble issued that became known as “The Privilege of the Union” in 1423. Present facade of this town...

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  • The Royal Navarrese Palace/Royal Archive

    Former Palace of Navarese Monarchs stands on a vantage point at the top and of early medieval borough of La Navarreira. The Palace has also other names and they are: San Pedro, Viceroy and Captaincy. Palace has been known through all its history during different periods. History of that Palace started in 1190 when Sancho VI the Wise ordered its...

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Pamplona Hotels

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  • La Perla

    This is probably the top of the line when it comes to hotels in Pamplona. The least expensive room...

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  • Maisonnave

    Every July, we stay hear during the Festival of San Fermin. Centrally located but quiet, and in the...

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  • Albret Hotel

    I thought this place was very good for a three star hotel. Relatively new, the rooms were nice, and...

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Pamplona Restaurants

  • Hemingway Haunt

    Located on the North side of Plaza Castillo in the old town area of Pamplona, Cafe Iruna has the distinction (along with hundreds of other cafes and bars in Spain) of Hemingway pounding down a few drinks inside and on the outside. Founded in 1888, the cafe was one of the first establishments in Pamplona to have lights. More importantly it is right...

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  • Family run - Europa Restaurante

    Dining at the Restaurante Europa in the Hotel Europa is a fine dining experience. During San Fermin the restaurant is always booked, but I would go back anytime I could. One of the three sisters that own the place is the executive chef and makes sure everything is expertly prepared. Even before we ordered we were provided a small cup of pea soup...

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  • El Mirador at the Maisonnave

    Located on the roof of the Maisonnave Hotel, El Mirador is a classic NW Spanish restaurant featuring fine, local cuisine. The service is excellent. The list features local wines of international reputation at reasonable prices. The fish soup with large pieces of rape, and then the mushroom risotto.

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Pamplona Nightlife

  • San Fermin on the Medieval Streets

    I like this shot because it represents the sense of everyone of all ages having a good time, with folks drinking, eating, and generally cavorting in the Medieval streets of the old town section of Pamplona.

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  • San Fermin Fireworks

    Every night during the San Fermin Festival at around 23:00, the City of Pamplona puts on a huge fireworks display. For best effect of sight and sound, head to the new bus station.

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  • Chicago Gangster Bar in Pamplona?

    OK, so the picture is not at night, but I will drink at any place in Spain that serves beer and is named after an American gangster from the 30's.

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Pamplona Transportation

  • Local buses from San Sebastian

    During the San Fermin Festival the bus companies add whatever number of buses they need in order to accomodate the people coming from local towns and communities. Many people stay in San Sebastian and then bus over to Pamplona. The fare in 2011 was 7.10 euro. The buses are very comfortable. It takes about an hour from bus station to bus station.

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  • Train/tram from fair/carnival

    This little train ran from the carnival back up the hill towards the main town where the bull run is. Its free and you can pick it up right at the entrance to the carnival at the end, near the bridge. its a lot better than walking back up that steep hill.

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  • Bus to Pamplona from Bilboa

    Bilbao to Pamplona by BusThe bus from Bilbao to Pamplona takes just 1hr 30mins and costs about 20 euros. From Bilbao airport there is a shuttle bus every 30 minutes to the main bus station in the center of Bilbao.There you can catch the bus to Pamplona. The company that has the Bilbao- Pamplona route is www.laburundesa.com.Bilbao has three railway...

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Pamplona Shopping

  • Everything for eating and drinking

    Mercado Publico de Santo Domingo or Public Market of Saint Dominic was established at that place on July 4, 1565. Today you can buy any kind of agricultural products produced by local farmers. There are meet and jamon, cheese and wines, beer and cider, fresh vegetables and fruits there, otherwise you can buy whatever you need to eat and drink....

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  • Everyone dresses the same, just do it,...

    I would say bring your own white pants and buy the t shirt and scarfs here, they cost about $10 each

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  • Corte Inglès

    Most of the shops in Pamploma are attractive small and privately owned, I wasn't aware of any of the big chain shops whilst walking around. There may be some I didnt see. But Corte Inglès has everything you'd expect from a giant department store, including giant prices.

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Pamplona Local Customs

  • Land of the Basques

    Pamplona is right in the heart of the Basque homeland. The locals proudly wear the Basque colors of green, red and white. The City Hall is adorned in the colorful Basque banners. The bullring also features green, red and white. The streets are named in both Spanish and Basque. Learning to say hello, good morning, thanks, etc. goes a long way.

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  • Festak!

    Summers are pretty much party time in the Basque Country and Navarre, and whichever week you visit the two regions, you are bound to be able to find a town or city with a festival or, failing that, a local holiday or saint’s day to bring out the local people in traditional costume. I can’t remember exactly which saint’s day this was, but the...

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  • People are Political

    In Basque Spain, you will see banners for the ETA and are likely to come on a march just about any weekend. We didn't feel uncomfortable at all -- we seem to see political marchs just about everytime we visit Europe, regardless of country. People here wear their political beliefs on their sleeves and, aparently, out their windows too. But then, at...

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Pamplona Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning the bulls or ?????

    The City of Pamplona is thoughtful enough to provide signs along the route of the run explaining a little bit of what is going on, like this sign by Mercadores just before the route makes a hard right hand turn onto Estafeta. No one during the run is going to stop and notice the sign and certianly the bulls are more interested in sticking a horn...

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  • Religious Drinking

    After consuming a little too much, a common post drinking pose was the Crucifix. It is a post drinking pose because by this point the participant really doesn't have an interest in drinking. In fact, it is often followed by a reverse, gastro-expulsion of the previously imbibed drink. This position requires the assistance of at least two assistants...

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  • Dont run by the corner of death

    I would say don't run around the corner of death with the bulls, they seem to loose their footing and go down, it is very dangerous, I saw 2 people carried away in the ambulance from that corner.

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Pamplona What to Pack

  • Keep your Rucksack Safe -- Keep your kit...

    If you are travelling Anywhere and using a Rucksack / Backpack as your luggage then I would Strongly recommend that you use some form of Rucksack / Backpack Pro-tector !!This tip is from my own personal experience, as I have had Big Problems having my Rucksack damaged or even destroyed by airlines, particularly on Airport Carousels,What can happen...

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  • White

    You will walk a lot, bring comfortable shoes. Pack lots of white pants and white shirts. Everyone wears white with red sashes and scarves. You can find the sashes and scarves easily and reasonably at the Festival.

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  • Festival Colors are Red and White

    Typically white shirt, white pants, with a red handkerchief around your neck and a red sash stylishingly around your waist. You can buy everything once you get there, but if you are concerned about fit, you may want to bring your own pants and shirt. One size may fit all, but I am not Mr. All's size.After the morning run, I would change into my...

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Pamplona Off The Beaten Path

  • Chamber of Accounts

    Medieval building of the Chamber of Accounts was built in XIII century. It is regarded as the only example of civil Gothic architecture in Pamplona and was declared National Monument in 1868. Interior of that building is housing the collections of coins and financial documents of Navarrese monarchs. It was house belonged to noble family firstly but...

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  • Roncesvalles, for the pilgrims.

    Following on from a dismal day in Pamplona we made our way into the Pyrenees to see Roncesvalles, one of the "official" start points for the "Camino de Santiago" in Spain. The weather was worse here than in Pamplona, adding drizzle and fog to the mix. After warming ourselves with a couple of coffees in the pilgrims refuge, I managed to get 2 photos...

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  • Walking the Camino Santiago de...

    The famous pilgrimage walk of St. James known as the Camino Santiago de Compostela briefly touches the Southern end of Pamplona. You can walk part of the Camino, for example Cezur Minor is only several kilometers away along the Camino. While most pilgrims spend weeks on the Camino, there is a sense of spirituality even walking a few miles.

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Pamplona Sports & Outdoors

  • King's Cup Final

    Last june Osasuna reached for its first time the spanish cup Final... we lost (Osasuna lost) in the overtime...but my friends who were there could enjoy a lot in harmony with no harm and it was a very party

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  • El SADAR

    One of the moments ill never forget is when i could enjoy a soccer match among the most terrific and alive Osasuna Supporters (INDAR GORRI) it was a Osasuna -Bar?a in 1990.. Osasuna lost that game but all was a great party .. people laughing singing ..it was amazing i just was 14 but it shock me so much .. i enjoyed so so much..so its my duty if...

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  • A hint for doing the "run" more safely

    I personally did the run a couple years ago. Yes, as to be expected, it is not entirely safe. However the bulls are not typically aggressive, but rather, they just are trying to avoid the crowds. When they do so, the corridors are busy enough that as they run from one congestion, they run into another one.One hint to help stay a bit more safe is to...

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  • Best seats for the Run

    During the Running of the Bulls, If you don't want to pay 25 euro for a balcony seat, get theri early enough to find a ledge on a building that overlooks the run. Kind of tough to hold a camera while trying to keep from falling off the ledge.

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  • The Sangria Fountain

    I don't know if it the water was supposed to be wine colored but during the San Fermin festivities this fountain took on the color and smell of sangria.

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Church of San Saturnino
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Church of San Saturnino. Main Portal.
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Church of San Saturnino. Main Portal.Tympanum.
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Church of San Saturnino. Gothic interior.
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Church of San Saturnino. Baroque interior.
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Church of Saint Nicholas
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Monument to the Fueros of Navarre
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“Encierro” the monument to the Bull Run
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Monument to King of Navarre Carlos III the Noble
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Streets of Pamplona III.
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Streets of Pamplona II
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Toros and Cabestros.
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Primer encierro - Prima cornada.
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San Fermin Encierros on TVE on 7 - 14/07/2012
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Museo Navarra
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El Rejoneo - the art of bullfighting from a horse
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My run with the bulls
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The rockets they shoot off
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The start of the run
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Where they keep the bulls just before the run
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Parque Yamaguchi and the Planetarium
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Sculptures of Kings of Navarre
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The Santiago Walk
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Train to Pamplona from Bilboa
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Hemingways Favourite bar
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A Walk along the bull route
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Historic Pamplona in an afternoon
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