PAMPLONA, the fiesta starts
From July 6th to 14th every year the word fiesta is written in capital letters in Pamplona. The SANFERMINES have arrived. When the chupinazo (ceremonial rocket) is fired the city explodes into life. Thousands of people from all over the world descend on the city, which dresses up in red and white. For nine days the streets turn into a feast of friendship, joy, music and non-stop partying, to the rhythm of the charangas and the peñas. THE ENCIERRO (Bull Run) is the only moment of the day when the party stops, and great tension descends on the route just a few minutes before the bulls start their ‘race’ behind the mozos (young men). The surge of emotions culminates in the bullring at the end of the run. The fiesta continues with caldico (clear broth) chocolate with churros (long doughnuts), the Gigantes (ceremonial giants) and Cabezudos (carnival figures with big heads), the aperitif, the bullfight in the evening, or the fireworks at night. These then give way to all-night partying. AND AFTER THE FIESTA... COMES THE CALM. After experiencing this world-famous fiesta, what better way to enjoy a deserved rest by visiting one the most welcoming parts of Navarre. Relax in the green Pyrenees, stroll through leafy oak and beech woods, or swim in a crystal-clear river. If you prefer, head south to meet the warm and friendly people of La Ribera and the plains under the hot sun, and enjoy the gastronomy of the Ebro valley.
City Hotels La Perla Hotel***** Following two years of complete Number of rooms: 43 Location: Placed in a refurbished 6 storey building at the historical centre. Each of its three facades looks over strategic places, the Castle Square, Estafeta street (part of the running course) and Chapitela street.
renovation work La Perla reopened at the end of June 2007 as a 5 star hotel. Located in the very
heart of Pamplona, La Perla Hotel provides the perfect location for both the leisure and business travellers.
Tres Reyes Hotel ****
The rooms are comfortable and spacious and are fitted with air conditioning, TV, satellite dish, telephone, Internet access, minibar, safe, hairdryer. Room service is also available.
Covered car park, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, squash court, cafeteria, restaurant hairdressing salon as well as conference rooms for corporate events and social occasions.
Number of rooms: 160 Location: City centre, close to the cityâ€™s Old Quarters.
Room facilities AC Ciudad de Pamplona Hotel **** Following the high standard of
quality, design and comfort Number of rooms: 117 Location: Near the hospital centres characteristic of AC hotels, its and university campus. airconditioned rooms are fitted with TV, ambient music and free minibar.
NH IruĂąa Park Hotel **** Number of rooms: 225 Location: City centre, minutes away from Old Quarters and close to university and hospital centres.
Covered car park, gym, restaurant, ample bar area, reading room, WiFi access to Internet and four conference rooms.
Its comfortable and spacious rooms are fitted with TV, ambient music, safe, minibar, hairdryer. Room service is also available.
Covered car park, gym, cafeteria and 15 meeting rooms.
City Hotels AC Zizur Hotel **** Room facilities Number of rooms: 73 Location: Newly built hotel close to the university and hospital centres and easy to reach by road from the industrial estates.This is an ideal hotel for visitors who wish to combine leisure and business.
Air conditioning, fully-fitted bathroom, satellite TV, telephone and minibar.
Zenit Hotel Pamplona ****
A recently opened, modern and functional hotel with 85 rooms, from which 82 are douNumber of rooms: 85 ble rooms and, 3 Junior Suites Location: Galaria Commercial and Business Centre, 5 minutes away with living room. All rooms are from the city centre and only three fully equipped and their dĂŠcor minutes away from Pamplona airreflects the latest in modern port. design. The incorporation of high-tech is a delight to our most discerning clients.
Hotel Gorraiz Golf & Spa **** Number of rooms: 45 Location: nestled in the singular natural environment of the EgĂźes Valley, 5 minutes away from Pamplona. A Boutique hotel with exquisite sophistication, relaxing views and direct access to the golf club.
Room facilities: 45 double rooms, one of them with a living room and an individual room with living. All the rooms are equipped with a complete bathroom, TV, telephone, safe box and minibar. Hotel Facilities: Restaurant, Bar, Garden and Terrace.
Covered car park, gym, Turkish baths, WiFi access to Internet, bar, restaurant and spacious rooms for social and corporate events.
It provides warm, welcoming rooms for family events and business meetings. The Morea Restaurant is another of its great features, where the most traditional, local dishes are combined with an innovative signature cuisine. The hotel has a gymnasium, sauna and its own large free car park.
Other Services: Spa for general
public and clients use. Equipped with four special cabins for face and body treatments, the spa has a fitness area, a tepidarium, a hydro-massage swimming pool, two aquatic beds, waterfalls, sauna, Turkish bath, sensation showers, samovar and VIP room.
City Hotels Albret Hotel ***
Number of rooms: 101 Location: Sited in the modern Mendebaldea neighbourhood. Barely 100 m from the cityâ€™s hospitals, it benefits from direct access to the main industrial estates and central commercial districts.
Rooms are sound-proof and are fitted with air conditioning, satellite TV, ambient music, telephone, fully-fitted bathroom, hairdryer, minibar and safe.
Covered car park, cafeteria, restaurant and meeting rooms with audiovisual facilities.
Maisonnave Hotel ***
Blanca de Navarra Hotel ***
The 102 rooms are totally soundproofed. with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, satelliteTV, ambient music, telephone, minibar, safe and internet access.
Covered car park, cafeteria, bar, restaurant and soundproofed meeting rooms for social and corporate events, laundry, roomservice and buffet breakfast.
Room facilities: 77 double rooms
Hotel facilities: Parking and covered garage, bar, restaurant, business corner and meeting rooms.
Fully-fitted bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, ambient music, Number of rooms: 138 Location: Right in the city centre, in Internet access, minibar, air Pamplonaâ€™s historical area. conditioning and heating.
Number of rooms: 102 Location: City centre, minutes away from Old Quarters and close to university and hospital centres.
Hotel Holiday Inn *** Location: placed at the Industrial Park of Mutilva Baja, closed to the Commercial Centre La Morea. It is only 10 minutes away from Pamplona centre by car and 1 km away from Pamplona airport.
with air conditioner, complete bathroom, cable TV, telephone, Internet connection and kettle.
Covered car park, sauna, cafeteria, restaurant (traditional cuisine with local produce), pub and meeting rooms with a capacity for 10 to 400 people.
City Hotels totally equipped rooms, with air conditioning, TV, direct telephone, Internet, free WiFi.
Hotel facilities: parking and covered garage; restaurant, featuring a private dining room and serving a daily menu; meeting and banquet rooms.
Mirasierra Apartments ***
San FermĂn AH Suites Apartments ***
Husa NoĂĄin Hotel *** Number of rooms: 60 Location: opened in November 2003, located 200m away from the airport, 5 minutes drive from Pamplona and 3 from the Hospital and University centres. Permanent public bus service connection with Pamplona city centre.
Room facilities: 60 luminous
City Aparthotel Suites with one or two sleeping rooms, fully-fitted bathroom, sitNumber of rooms: 46 Location: Modern building closet o ting room cum dining room. the University and Hospital centres. Fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV and direct telephone, Washer and dryer, Refrigerator, Microwave oven
Luminous and spacious suitesapartments, decorated with a high quality design. Individual, Location: Building with 86 apartdouble and king size bed ments recently built, 5 minutes away rooms. All rooms are fitted by road from Pamplona. with telephone, bathroom, living room, TV, and fully-fitted kitchen, including microwave.
Covered car park, WiFi access to Internet, Laundry service, 24 hours reception.
Car park, laundry service, WiFi access to Internet, cibercentre, cafeteria, reception and safe. Supermarket at the building ground floor.
Charming rural hotels La Joyosa Guarda Hotel **** (Olite)
Each room has its own character and all fitted with TV, radio, telephone and Internet access.
Covered car park, bar, private restaurant, sitting room, meeting room and business corner.
Number of rooms: 24 Location: Located in the old quarters of medieval Olite, the building was an 18th century palatial house now fully renovated while maintaining reminders of its historical past.
Aire Bardenas Hotel **** (Tudela)
Conceived as a place for relax by the architects Lopez- Rivera. The hotel is located in the heart of Bardenas Reales, both the architecture and the interior design are in perfect harmony with the breathtaking and austere scenery. Aire, designed as a single storey building, has 22 rooms, some of them with individual garden, and other adjoining rooms with a view to the wheat fields. The hotel has a swimming pool and meeting
room. Its large windows show the rugged scenery; its almond courtyard, the local vegetation, the kitchen garden are part of the landscape. The excellence personal service is a hotel trademark. Cuisine: high variety of exquisite vegetables, cultivated by our cooks in our kitchen garden. Aire, where luxury is not seen, but lived.
Nobles de Navarra Hotel *** (Aibar)
Comfortable double rooms with on suite fully–fitted bathroom, TV, telephone, air conditioning and safe. Each room has its unique décor and it is named after a Navarrese monarch.
Bar, dining room with fireplace for breakfast and dinner, conservatory, reading room with library, table games and a spacious terrace.
Number of rooms: 11 Location:An elegant ancestral house situated at the heart of the medieval and noble town of Aibar. The building has been renovated in order to provide a perfect marriage of rustic and modern elements of interior design.
Señorío de Ursua Hotel *** (Arizkun)
Spacious rooms with a warm and welcoming décor and fitted with air conditioning, TV, telephone, ADSL Internet access and ambient music.
Car park, SPA with Jacuzzi, sauna and hydro-jets, restaurant, sitting rooms with fireplaces, reading area, snooker table, meeting room for private hire, Basque pelota court and a 4 Ha garden with furniture and footpaths.
Number of rooms: 19 Location: A 17th century Basque farmhouse surrounded by majestic mountains and green hillsides dotted with farmhouses.The building has been renovated to provide all modern facilities while maintaining its ancestral character.
Charming rural hotels Room facilities
Each of the 14 spacious rooms has its own décor, fully-fitted bathroom with bath menu, TV, telephone and minibar.
Private car park, gym, sauna, restaurant, sitting and meeting rooms, WiFi Internet connexion and garden.
Located in Barasoain, the main village of Valdorba valley, in the geographical centre of Navarra. The building was a XV century noble house which has been completely restored in 2006, with a combination of modern architecture elements that contrasts with the traditional
frame of the valley. An unforgettable place, where elegance and quality are present in every detail. The rooms are designed to fulfil the expectations of the most exigent clients.
Rooms, with a colourful, modern décor, fully equipped with flat screen TV, Central heating, Air Number of rooms: 14 The hotel is located in a privileged conditioning, Safe, Office desk, setting right in the countryside, next Internet connection and full-fitto the river Ultzama in the village of ted bathroom. Olabe, just 10 km from the
Private parking facilities are offered for Hotel guests. The hotel has a spacious garden which adds to guest enjoyment.
Churrut Hotel *** (Bera de Bidasoa) Number of rooms: 17 Location: Bera de Bidasoa.This 18th century building has been converted into a hotel with all modern facilities while maintaining its characteristic family home touch.
Merindades de Navarra Hotel *** (Barasoáin) Plaza de la Paz, 1 31395 - Barasoain
Ibaiondo Hotel *** (Olabe)
Pamplona city centre
Other accommodations We can also offer a wide range of standard accommodation in
hotels located in villages close to Pamplona.
San FermĂn Fiestas Duration: According to programme Availability: From 6tht to 14th July Group size: Up to 200 people
Accommodation reservation The population in Pamplona doubles its size during Sanfermines, and this makes securing accommodation rather difficult for those who wish to visit the city and enjoy the Fiesta. Thanks to our well- established credentials in the tourism sector and our long-standing professional relationship with the cityâ€™s main hotels, we are able to pre-book accommodation that will be exclusively available to our clients. Depending on their personal preferences and requirements, our clients can choose amongst a wide range of accommodation, which includes city hotels in Pamplona and charming rural hotels in the surrounding area.
Txupinazo Programme Every 6th of July at 12 noon, the “txupinazo” (ceremonial rocket) is fired from the Town Hall’s balcony and this officially opens the Fiesta. Following the tradition, thousands of people, dressed in white and with a red scarf in their hands, start gathering at the Town Hall Square from 10 am, singing and cheering Saint Fermin while they eagerly wait for the designated councillor to fire the “txupinazo”. In that very moment, everybody puts their read scarf round their necks and opens bottles of cava. The whole square “explodes” and turns into a gigantic celebration where everybody starts dancing as the City’s Music Band comes out from the Town Hall and plays while making their way through the crowd. We offer our clients exclusive use of balconies overlooking the Town Hall Square, privileged locations from where they can watch the opening of the festivities and share the emotion of the crowd gathered at the square. Our guides will meet the clients at a hotel located in the city’s old quarters at 10:30 am., Then the clients will be taken to their balconies, where they will enjoy a snack while they are told about the origins, history and traditions associated with Sanfermines and the “txupinazo”. Cold drinks, wine and, of course, cava to toast to the beginning of the Fiesta, will also be included.
Bull Run Balconies The Bull Run takes place every morning from 7th to 14th July and starts at 8am, when the bulls leave the Santo Domingo Corral and cover the 830 m distance to the bullring in approximately 3 minutes. There are bull runs in many other localities in Navarra, but the one in Pamplona is very special due to its worldwide fame and to the size of the bulls, which weigh between 500 kg and 700 kg. The international fame of Sanfermines results in the participation of 2,000 -3000 runners each day. The only way to enjoy and participate of this event in life is from a balcony.
VIP Balconies Our programme consists in hiring and securing places for our clients at balconies on the first or second floors of buildings located along the course of the Bull Run, so to live fully the emotion of the race. Our guides and clients will meet at a nearby hotel at 6:30 am and from there they will go to their respective balconies together. Those clients staying at hotels in the modern part o f the city will be picked up by our own bus and taken directly to the meeting point. The clients will be accompanied by one of our guides. Once at the balcony the guide will provide a detailed description of the Bull Run, its origin and history and all the rituals of the race. The guide will also explain some of the traditions followed by the locals and all the small details of whatever happens at that moment in the street. All together will watch the bulls and runners racing by. After those moments full of emotions, and over a breakfast snack, the guide will provide further explanations while clients watch a replay of the televised coverage of the whole Bull Run.
Standard Balconies We also organise the booking of Standard balconies in third and fourth floors along the running course without a local guide service. Once the booking is confirmed the client receives a voucher which will have to be presented at the address and time indicated on it.
Breakfasts Following the Bull Run, the Fiesta continues, but it is necessary to recover strength with a good breakfast. Doing this in a quiet and hassle-free venue is nearly impossible due to the huge crowds gathered around the Bull Run route. However, we can offer our clients the following two options to enjoy a relaxing breakfast.
VIP Breakfast The Nuevo Casino Principal is a private club located in a mid 19th century building at the Plaza del Castillo (Castle Square), the very heart of the city. We have exclusive access to the Casino’s Blue Room, where we have arranged a buffet breakfast for our clients. After breakfast our clients will be able to enjoy the Baile de La Alpargata (Espadrille Dance), held at the Casino’s Main Hall and attended sometimes by ambassadors, celebrities and official dignitaries.
Standard breakfast Hassle-free and relaxing buffet breakfast at a hotel located in Pamplona’s old quarters.
Themed tours We offer a wide range of trips and visits that complement the Sanfermines programme, thus allowing our client to get to know other aspects of Pamplona and the Navarrese gastronomy.
6th of July Lunch at the Blue Room in Pamplona’s Nuevo Casino a 150 year old historic building at the very heart of the city and overlooking the festivities. The Chef Jorge Graciawill offer us a tasting menu of new cuisine in these 19th century surroundings.
¡SAN FERMÍN! TOUR OF PAMPLONA’S OLD QUARTERS. After the post-Bull Run breakfast we will walk along the streets and we will learn about Pamplona’s history and origins, we will talk about the ROUTE TO SANTIAGO and we will even become pilgrims for a little while, we will have the chance to watch the GIGANTES Y CABEZUDOS. LUNCH AT MOLINO ERROTA RESTAURANT, in Aoiz, a wonderfully restored water mill. There we will be able to watch and learn how to “escanciar” the cider, the technique of pouring the cider from a height directly from the barrel into the glass in order to get air bubbles into the drink and give it the texture of sparkling wine.
OTAZU WINE CELLARS The history of the noble region of Otazu dates back to medieval times. Since then, its buildings, people and architectural richness have developed hand in hand with a thorough dedication to its vineyards and the making of unique wines. Otazu has the most Northern vineyards in Spain where, depending on the characteristics of the soil, varieties such as Merlot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are grown and strategically combined. A wine tasting session with expert explanations will complement this visit. Following this stimulation of our tasting buds, José y Asun will offer us a novel gastronomic experience, their “cuisine with feeling”, for which they have carefully chosen each of their seasonal ingredients.
FINCA LA TEJERÍA Miguel Reta, a herdsman of the Bull Run, will receive us in the Finca (ranch) La Tejería, where Navarrese fighting bulls are bred. This breed is characterised by relatively small, bright red coated bulls which are agile, alert, nervous and aggressive as well as very brave. This breed was at the peak of its popularity between the 18th century and mid 19th century. By the mid 20th century it had lost its importance due to the preferences of the new bullfighting style, which favoured bigger bulls that would ram more readily and therefore, presented less complications to the bullfighter. The visit to Finca La Tejería starts with an introductory explanation of the technical and scientific process involved in the recovery of the Navarrese breed. This is followed by a walk on the countryside where there will be opportunities to get safely close to the free ranging bulls, to feed them and to take part in other routine chores of cattle farming. The visit will end with a “comida campera” (Pic-nic style).
Other excursions For those clients who wish to take advantage of their stay in Pamplona to know other places in Navarre, Basque Country or La Rioja, we offer customised excursions. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Other services We offer our clients a wide range of services that could make their visit to Pamplona during Sanfermines much easier. This includes transfers, local guides, arrangements for personalised traditional gifts and souvenirs and reservation of hotel rooms in others localities in Navarre or the rest of Spain.
Transfers We offer a wide choice of high quality private transport, including coaches and minibuses.
Local Guides Tailor-made visits to Pamplona and other Navarrese localities can be arranged through our personal guide tour service. Our guides will accompany you to the places of interest you would like to visit, providing information about the place and facilitating any arrangements you may need to make during your stay.
Nationwide accommodation We can arrange hotel reservations for those clients who would like to complement their stay in Pamplona with visits to other Spanish destinations
Bilbao Donostia San Sebastián
Parque Natural Señorío de Bertiz
F R A N C I A
San Juan de Pied de Port Roncesvalles
Puente la Reina Eunate
Mº de Irache
Mº de Leyre
Mº de La Oliva
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