Choose your European Destination:
Global Destinations:
Other Options:


Hotels in Spain - choose your location:

Return to Spain home page
Bridge and Town of Puente De La Reina, on the Way of St. James in Navarra, Spain, Europe
Buy at
Hotels in Navarra - choose your location:

The Paradores of Spain:
Search this site

View map of Spain
View map of Spain

View map of Spain
View map of Navarra

Navarra Tours
Cooking Class in Pamplona (Avant-Garde Cuisine) If you are interested in learning how to prepare Traditional Spanish dishes but you do not have too much time to dedicate to it, consider a morning in the kitchen, followed by a three course lunch more...
View all Tours

Other Options

Home Page
Adventure Vacations
Eco-Tourism Vacations
Join Us
Search Options
Site Map
Travel Poster Store
Web Design Service


Copyright © All World Vacation Station

Featured Navarra Hotels  /  Navarre Private Tours

Navarra Travel Guide

Don't miss Pamplona's spectacular San Fermin festival
Navarre Holidays and Pamplona Holiday Attractions

Navarre Holidays and Pamplona Holiday Attractions   by Steve Greenwood
Navarre is a region in northern Spain that is bordered to the north by France, the Basque Country to the west, La Rioja to the south, and Aragon to the east. Similar to other regions of Spain, Navarre has its own parliament and government and is responsible for its regional education, health, employment, housing and environmental policies.

Navarre is a cultural mix of the Basque influence from the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains and Mediterranean influences coming from the Ebro River. The Ebro valley is fertile and rich in nutrients making it amenable for growing wheat, vegetables, wine and olive trees.  The river eventually leads to the Parc Natural del Delta del Ebro south of Catalonia on the Costa Blanca and offers some of the best carp and cat fishing to be found anywhere in Europe.

Pamplona capital of Navarre Pamplona became the region's capital city in the 10th century and it is now home to a third of the region's population. Pamplona has played a central role in Navarre history having been founded by the Romans, occupied by the Moors and briefly the domination of Charlemagne.
Pamplona, Navarra, Euskadi, Spain
Buy at
Pamplona is a prosperous and modern city with wide boulevards and spacious parks. It is also listed as having one of the best standards of living in Spain. Pamplona is well urbanised with good road access and has some excellent historical buildings making it a pleasant tourist destination, especially in the old quarter, with it's cobbled streets. Pamplona is also the location for the world-famous Fiesta de San Fermín and the early morning 'Encierros' (Running of the Bulls).

Fiesta de San Fermin (6th -14th July) The festival of San Fermín is a deeply rooted celebration held within the city of Pamplona. The event is known locally as Sanfermines, held in honour of Saint Fermin who is the patron saint of Pamplona and the Navarre region. 

It is probably the most internationally renowned festival in Spain having been central to the plot of Ernest Hemingway's book 'The Sun Also Rises'.

The most famous event of the fiesta is the 'Encierro' or Running of the Bulls. Thousands of participants take their life in their hands by running in front of, alongside or preferably behind 12 or so mature bulls with sharpened horns along a half-mile stretch of cobbled streets in the old town. The event is not without risk and since 1924, 15 people have died. During the festival, the whole town is alive with party events, with celebrations spilling out from the bars and restaurants throughout the day.

The south Navarre is typically warm and arid with a landscape typical to that of Castilla & Leon. To the north though are the Pyrenees Mountains, where the weather is cooler with much greater precipitation. This has resulted in a greener landscape with vast forests and varied undergrowth that support a wide range of fauna and flora. For walking and hiking holidays, there are two large National Parks to be found here, the Parque Natural de Urbasa y Andía and the Parque Natural del Señorio de Bértiz.

Featured Navarra Hotels  /  Navarre Private Tours

About the Author: Steve Greenwood invites you to visit for Navarre Property For Rent accommodation and holiday attractions in Pamplona and Navarre. Visit for accommodation and holiday information in all the regions of Spain including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands.

Don't miss Pamplona's spectacular San Fermin festival   by Andrew Regan
Featured Pamplona Hotels

As one of Spain's most historic cities, Pamplona has captured the imagination of many a visitor to Spain. The capital city of the region of Navarre, Pamplona is traditionally also seen as the capital of the Basque country and is thus a special place of interest for Basque nationalists. Steeped in ancient heritage, perhaps the most famous event in Pamplona's annual calendar is the San Fermin festival - an event during which the running of the bulls is the main attraction for visitors from around the world.
Celebrated every July, San Fermin has its roots in the medieval period as both a commercial fair and a secular fiesta. Its famous 'Encierro' - or running of the bulls - originated in the late fourteenth century, and remains the festival's most popular event today. It is said that at Pamplona, Saint Fermin met with his death by being dragged around the streets of the city by bulls - although some say that Saint Fermin was actually martyred at Amiens, France.

As the name suggests, 'Encierro' involves people running in front of bulls down a 825 metre stretch of cobbled streets in the older parts of Pamplona town. On the festival's largest day, July 7th, the effigy of Saint Fermin is accompanied by thousands of festival participants, as dancers and entertainers gather along the streets. 'Encierro' itself begins with the release of two firecrackers - one to signal the freeing of the bulls from their corral and another once the last bull has been released.

San Fermin Festival, Plaza De Toros, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain, Europe
Buy at

The dangers posed by the running of the bulls are well-known. Since 1924, 15 people have been killed and over 200 have been seriously injured. However, many of these injuries have been due to inexperienced tourists taking dangerous risks when participating in the 'Encierro'. But despite these dangers, the atmosphere in Pamplona during San Fermin is overwhelmingly celebratory. In literature, the mood of San Fermin has perhaps best been captured by the American writer Ernest Hemingway, who immortalised the festival in his novel 'The Sun Also Rises'. In commemoration, Hemingway had a street in Pamplona named after him - Avenida de Hemingway - in order to show the city's appreciation for this great author.

Pamplona is just over two hours journey away from the city of Bilbao, so if you're thinking about travelling to Pamplona for the festival of San Fermin, you'll find frequent flights to Bilbao from London. Just make sure that your behaviour is responsible and careful in order to reduce the risk of being in the firing line during the running of the bulls.

Featured Pamplona Hotels  / Top

About the Author: Andrew Regan is an online, freelance journalist.



Exterior Views Parador de Olite, Olite, Navarra
Parador de Olite  The Parador occupies one of the wings of the majestic 15th C. palace-castle, declared a National Monument, on which the towers and battlements stand out. In keeping with its medieval setting, it rises up on solid stone walls and offers a glimpse of the numerous historical adventures it lived through in other times, such as the holding of parliament under the government of the Noble King. The medieval spirit is maintained on the inside, with very beautiful stained glass windows on the staircase and in the dining room, arcades and ornamental details such as armour, rugs, wrought iron lamps and wooden coffered ceilings. The restaurant offers an excellent display of local products: the fresh asparagus and 'piquillo' peppers stand out.


Pamplona Reading:
Don't miss Pamplona's spectacular San Fermin festival
Navarre Holidays and Pamplona Holiday Attractions

Search for more Pamplona hotels

AH San Fermin Suites, Apartment Hotel, Pamplona
These modern suite-apartments offer functional accommodation with all the services of a hotel and innovative and chic design, all just a 5 minute drive from the centre of Pamplona.  The welcoming suite-apartments are great for those who prefer the independence of apartments yet do not wish to compromise of the services and facilities of a hotel.  Situated on the outskirts of Pamplona, famous for its San Fermin festival (the running of the bulls) held in July, the accommodation provides a great base for discovering this attractive and endearing city, the mountain ranges that surround and of course the gastronomy the area is renowned for.  AH San Fermin Suites has 86 rooms distributed over 5 floors and each has a double/twin bedroom.  Furnishings include a sofa bed and writing-desk. The rooms are equipped with a flat screen television with premium channels. Clients on business trips enjoy connection to wireless and free Internet. 
Hotel AC Ciudad De Pamplona
This 3 star hotel was completely renovated in the year 2000. It is very conveniently located near the historical centre of Pamplona, and it is perfect for visiting the hospitals and university zone of the city. AC hotels are unique establishments. This property's refined, avant-garde design, exquisite service, and luxurious simplicity, make it the perfect home base for both the business and leisure traveler. The hotel incorporates the details that discerning dinners appreciate; The design is formal, serious and expresses sobriety with its wise combination of noble elements. The cuisine has made the classic gastronomic tradition of Navarra its own, and the result is a spectacular menu based on seasonal products. It is accompanied by a wine list with outstanding references from the main Guaranteed Origin regions.
Hotel AC Zizur Mayor, Pamplona
The AC Zizur Mayor is a modern hotel located in Pamplona, Navarra, in the city's residential, hospital and university area, three kilometres from the centre. The University of Navarra and the University Hospital are 500 metres from the hotel.  The hotel has a restaurant that serves a buffet style breakfast and an à la carte lunch and dinner menu of traditional Spanish dishes together with a selection of wine from the Navarra region. Guests can workout in the fitness centre, relax in the Turkish bath, or enjoy a drink from the free coffee shop. Laptop users can catch up with emails or surf the web thanks to wireless Internet, accessible throughout the building (surcharge). Guests with children can request babysitting services and further practical amenities include 24-hour front desk, laundry and dry cleaning services, and 24-hour room service. 
Hotel Husa Avenida, Pamplona
The Hotel Husa Avenida combines modern architecture with traditional Spanish styling, and is located in the centre of the historic Spanish city of Pamplona. The 17th century Baroque Town Hall is 800 metres away, and Pamplona Cathedral is one kilometre from the hotel.  The hotel's public areas have dial-up Internet connections, room service is available round the clock, and there are also laundry facilities and business services. The 24-hour front desk has a safe- deposit box, and guests can relax with a drink in the hotel bar and catch up on current events on the lobby television.  Restaurant Leyre serves traditional Spanish specialities in a contemporary setting. 
Sercotel Suites Mirasierra, Pamplona
The Hotel Mirasierra is a member of the Sercotel First Class Collection and has a privileged situation, located in the hospital and university area of Pamplona. Impressively modern in its architecture, decor, and service offerings, this flexible and unique establishment also successfully maintains an atmosphere of warmth and homestyle comforts in all of its completely furnished suite-apartments. Whether you are passing through or staying for a few months, Hotel Mirasierra can offer the best solution to meet your accommodation requirements. Make yourself at home.  Suites Mirasierra Hotel has 45 Suites (1 and 2 living rooms) Suites of 40 m2 and 70 m2, spacious and with views. They have sitting room-cum-dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. 
Tryp Sancho Ramirez, Pamplona
Tryp Sancho Ramirez is located in Pamplona, Spain, in the residential part of town, next to the Pamplona Planetarium, and 150 metres away from Navarra University. Pamplona Airport is six kilometres from the hotel.  The hotel lobby is decorated in a traditional style, with floral-patterned sofas. The hotel is air-conditioned and public areas have complimentary Internet access. The 24-hour front desk has a safe-deposit box and complimentary newspapers are provided in the lobby.  Tryp Sancho Ramirez has a restaurant which serves Basque and Navarra dishes. There is also a snack bar serving tapas and stews. A buffet breakfast is available for a surcharge.  Guests of Tryp Sancho Ramirez receive complimentary use of a fitness centre, 50 metres from the hotel.
Browse more hotels in Pamplona and surrounding areas


Tudela - located in a very good geographic location, with the Ebro river, Lodosa, Tauste and Imperial canals. Fast trains with two lane electrified railways and two important freeways which join close to the city have served to make Tudela the capital of the "Ribera" the agrictural region of lower Navarra.  Of note are the city's festivals in honor of Santa Anna (St. Anne, mother of Mary) which begin the 24 of July at noon and continue for approximately one week. Street music, Bullfights and the Running of the Bulls are events which exemplify this festival.
Search for more hotels in Tudela and surrounding areas
AC Ciudad de Tudela
Set in a restored 19th century nobleman's mansion, the AC Ciudad de Tudela is located in the centre Tudela in Spain's Navarra region, 100 metres from the old city. The hotel is situated in the vicinity of Tudela's old city with its many historic buildings and chapels, or guests can head out to the Bardenas Reales desert, which offers hiking and mountain biking trails (10 kilometres away).  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the hotel restaurant Alcazaba serves a menu of modern dishes and regional specialities prepared with fresh, local ingredients. After a busy day guests can relax in the sun on the patio, and unwind in the sauna. There is a business centre and free Internet access is available. Practical amenities include 24-hour front desk and room service.