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The city of Pamplona, well known for its bulls running through the city, can be found in Navarre, north eastern Spain, close to the French border. This famous spanish tradition known as 'the running of the bulls' happens every year in July. Pamplona city also offers a wealth of history, which is now surrounded by modern, high rise buildings. There's plenty to see in Pamplona, and it is definitely best explored by car, so book cheap car hire here today.
The Plaza de Toros, which can be seen at the end of the town walls near to the Arga River, has made Pamplona world-famous. It is the location of some of Spain's most important and memorable bullfights, especially during the festival of San Fermin, which attracts thousands of tourists each year.
The 16th century town-walls, enclosing wide urban areas, are still today very impressive and help to orientate the visitor. Taconera Park has several statues and a pretty Fountain of Neptune, created by Luis Paret for visitors to enjoy. At the end of the park there is the church of San Lorenzo, from the 18th century. Also remarkable are its altar, chapel and the tombs of the Counts of Gades.
The Salazar and Roncal Valley, which are both engulfed by several mountains, standing tall at of more than 2000 metres, offer many opportunities for beautiful excursions from Pamplona. At Camino de Santiago tourists will come across the Chapel of the Holy Ghost, which is considered as a legendary monument on this culturally and religiously important medieval pilgrim-way. Puente la Reina is said to be one of Spain's most beautiful villages. Especially worth seeing are its 11th century bridge and its centre which is enclosed by walls.
By car take a trip out to see Pamplona's Roman Aqueduct (pictured above) which stands tall across the beautiful spanish landscape.
Around Plaza del Castillo are a range of traditional bars ideal for what the people of Pamplona call ‘poteo’, meaning to have a glass of beer or wine, together with a snack. To find fashionable ambience at a later hour, try Avenida de Bayona where you will find plenty of cafes, English style pubs, and traditional bars playing live classical, Jazz and Techno music.
Pamplona Airport is located about 6kms, 15 minutes drive, south from the city center of Pamplona. Car hire companies operate at the airport including; Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National. We compare prices from over forty car rental suppliers, offering a larger selection of cars, and optional extras to help improve your rental experience, so book online in advance of travel and secure a car at the best price.
Other airports close to Pamplona city are Bilbao Airport (2 hours drive north), Zaragoza Airport (1 hour 50 minutes south) and Biarritz Anglet Bayonne Airport (1 hour 30 minutes northeast).
Buses are the cheapest and most popular option for travelling around Pamplona. There are trains running to and from Asturias, Barcelona, Galicia, Madrid, Vitoria and Zaragoza, however, if you would like to see as much as popular in and around Pamplona then car hire is your best bet.