Pamplona City Guide
Pamplona Location: Northern Spain (Navarre)
Pamplona, located in the Basque region of Spain is the capital of Navarre (once the former Kingdom of Navarre). The city has a population of about 200,000 and is world-famous for the Running of the Bulls. Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises is credited with making this festival known around the world.
Originally founded in the late 1st century BC by the Roman general Pompey the city became a power center in the 10th century. Later in the 11th century Pamplona became one of the first stops on the Camino de Santiago. Being along this famous and popular pilgrimage route has had a profound influence on the development of Pamplona.
Throughout the year the city is home to a variety of interesting cultural events and festivals. However the biggest and most well-known is the San Fermin Festival which takes place every July. During this time it seems the population of the city almost doubles. If you have a chance to witness this festival we highly recommend you do so.
The city is divided roughly into a historic area and a modern area. Take your time to explore the city. There is plenty see from interesting architecture, to museums, to historic sites of interest. When you get tired take a break in one of the many cafes and get a bite to eat along with something refreshing to drink.
We think Pamplona is a great place to come and learn Spanish in! You will not be disappointed.
Things To See And Do In The Area
- Watch the San Fermin festival
- Explore the historic area
- Great nightlife
- Get out to the countryside to visit interesting towns and villages
- The countryside is great for hiking and other outdoor adventures
- Get up to the seaside by places like San Sebastian
- Great shopping
- Ski in the Pyrenees
- And much…much…more!
We are confident that learning Spanish at the Pamplona Spanish School will be a wonderful experience!
Getting To Pamplona, Spain
- Take a national flight into Pamplona (a few cities in Spain serve this city)
- Take international flight into Bilbao or Madrid then take a train to Pamplona
If you have questions about how to arrive into Pamplona, Spain please do not hesitate to contact us.