Bordered by France, La Rioja and the Basque Country, it's not surprising that Navarre is a well known destination for foodies. But its main visitors come either to run with the bulls in Pamplona or to walk the pilgrim's trail to Santiago. But Navarre has loads more to offer, and being a less-travelled destination, many of the best places to stay in Navarre are both spectacular and reasonably priced.
Navarre's north reaches into the Pyrenees, lush, green and dotted with small towns and villages which have a very Basque flavour to them. To the south you'll find the farmland and pastures. While most of Navarre's historic sights are in the Tierra Estella, around Estella, Puente La Reina and Viana - this is also the route of the Camino de Santiago, so expect some of Spain's most treasured churches as well as some surprisingly grand monuments to other religions.
But Pamplona, and the region around it, are where most of Navarre's population live and where most visitors will want to visit. It's packed out for Sanfermines, or the festival of the running of the bulls in July, but its lovely medieval centre, impressive citadel, great selection of museums and welcoming green spaces make this a wonderful city to visit at any time of year. You might have seen Pamplona in the press during Sanfermines, and thought it a bit hedonistic with the loud music, revelry all hours and bravado, but during the rest of the year it's a friendly, but reserved foodie's paradise.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Navarre for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Navarre,or check out our recommendation in the region to the south, Aragon, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
This 18th century country house is located in historic Bera in the lesser explored northern Navarra region of Spain. A family run property it has traditional features of exposed beams and open fires. Rooms are decorated with antique pieces and ornate fabrics. The restaurant and bar are popular.
A gracious country house hotel and vineyard. Rooms have opulent fabrics and characterful wallpapers, with four posters and charming bathrooms. Garden, sun terrace,pool and wine cellar. Excellent local Navarra menu and romantic bar. Elegant and spacious interior, very atmospheric.
A remote designer hotel set in rolling cornfields and surrounded by a National Park. Cubist minimal rooms and suites stand individually in the surroundings. Fantastic food, swimming pool, and unrivalled views. A great choice for being at one with nature, yet with forward thinking design for comfort.