Pamplona [Iruña] | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
To Santiago: 
700.40
Altitude: 
460

Modern Pamplona is the most populous city along the Camino Francés. It offers just about every service you might need along the way. Its main square, the Plaza del Castillo was renovated in 2003 and is the easiest point from which to get your bearings.

Hemingway helped put the city back on the map and into the minds of many. He visited frequently and wrote kindly of the place. Some of his old haunts are still around (Bar Txoko, Hotel La Perla, and Café Iruña).

Photo in Pamplona [Iruña] on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Pamplona [Iruña] on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Pamplona [Iruña] on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Pamplona [Iruña] on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Pamplona [Iruña] on the Camino de Santiago

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History: 
Pamplona has been a city of importance since the year 75 BC. It was then that the Roman general Pompaelo set up camp at what has always been a geographically strategic point. That the camino passes through Pamplona is no coincidence, the geography dictates that it ought to. As such, some would...
Notice: 
One more thing to note is that your pack can be made lighter if you are interested in forwarding a few of your belongings to Santiago. The post office here is well versed in the matter, and the post office in Santiago even more so. Postage is inexpensive, and you have 15 days to collect your stuff...
Fiesta: 
Pamplona enjoys its fiestas. The most notorious of them is San Fermín (think of men running from bulls) from July 6th - 14th. The municipal albergue is closed during that time, and accommodation elsewhere is hard to find and an order of magnitude more expensive. If you are keen on the experience plan well in advance, otherwise just pass through town with a watchful eye on your belongings. There is a saying that the people of Pamplona cannot go a full year with celebrating San Fermín, so to help they also celebrate San Fermín Txikito (or Chiquito, or San Fermín de Aldapa) on the weekend closest to the 25th of September when the church celebrates the martyrdom of San Fermín. No bull.
The Road: 

The camino leaves town via the star-shaped Citadel that rose up during the 17th century (much like the citadel in Saint Jean Pied de Port, as both were based off the designs of the same French military engineer). If you are lost, find your way to the park which surrounds the citadel. The camino...

Accommodation in Pamplona [Iruña]
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue Casa Paderborn
Playa de Caparroso, 6

Association
26 6€

2

Albergue Municipal de Peregrinos - Iglesia de Jesús y Maria
Compañia, 4

Municipal
112 9€ Photo in Albergue Municipal de Peregrinos - Iglesia de Jesús y Maria on the Camino de Santiago

3

Aloha Hostel
Sangüesa, 2

Private
26 15*€ Photo in Aloha Hostel on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Aloha Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Casa Ibarrola
Carmen, 31

Private
20 15*€ Photo in Albergue Casa Ibarrola on the Camino de Santiago

5

Hostel Hemingway
Amaya, 26

Private
30 13/20*€ Photo in Hostel Hemingway on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Hostel Hemingway on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue Xarma
Baja Navarra, 23

Private
24 15/16*€ Photo in Albergue Xarma on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Xarma on the Camino de Santiago

7

Hotel Castillo de Javier
San Nicolás, 50

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Castillo de Javier on the Camino de Santiago

8

Hotel Eslava
Virgen de la O, 7

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Eslava on the Camino de Santiago

9

Pensión Sarasate
Sarasate, 30

Pension

10

Hostal Arriazu
Las Comedias, 14

Hostal
Photo in Hostal Arriazu on the Camino de Santiago

11

Pamplona Catedral Hotel
Dos de Mayo, 4

Hotel
Photo in Pamplona Catedral Hotel on the Camino de Santiago

12

Gran Hotel La Perla
Plaza del Castillo, 1

Hotel
Photo in Gran Hotel La Perla on the Camino de Santiago

13

Hostal Navarra B&B
Tudela, 9

Hostal
Photo in Hostal Navarra B&B on the Camino de Santiago

14

Pensión Pasadena
Pio XII, 32

Pension
Photo in Pensión Pasadena on the Camino de Santiago

15

Hostel Ciudadela 7
Ciudadela, 7

Closed
24 16€ Photo in Hostel Ciudadela 7 on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Hostel Ciudadela 7 on the Camino de Santiago

16

Albergue de Pamplona-Iruñako Aterpea
Carmen, 18

Private
24 16€ Photo in Albergue de Pamplona-Iruñako Aterpea on the Camino de Santiago

17

Albergue Plaza Catedral
Navarrería, 35

Private
45 15/18*€