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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.

The Best Places to Stay in Navarre

  • Aire de Bardenas is a designer hotel, in a minimalist style, in a remote setting amongst cornfields and a National Park. The minimalism makes the most of the beautiful setting, and the views are incredible. There's also a pool and great food, so you're in amongst nature but with all the mod. cons..
  • Pago di Cirsus is a gracious vineyard with a 12 room country house hotel. As well as serving their own wine there's an excellent local menu and a romantic bar. Rooms are full of luxurious character.

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.

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  • Churrut Hotel

    Bera, Navarre

    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.

    18 rooms from $119
    Cooking classes  -  Experience the famous local Basque cuisine and pintxos. Enjoy a cooking lesson or try out the art of Idiazabel cheese making.
    Local markets  -  The nearby town of San Sebastian has an arrary of markets selling local honey, cheese, cured meats and much more.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Full of character
  • Pago di Cirsus

    Navarra, Navarre

    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.

    12 rooms from $108
    Good wine list  -  The hotel is set in it's own vineyard growing 6 varieties of grape.
    Restaurant  -  Basque-Navarra cuisine of a high standard
    Views  -  Stunning views across acres of vineyards.
    Full of character
  • Aire de Bardenas

    Navarra, Navarre

    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.

    22 rooms from $180
    Total relaxation
    Quirky  -  Each room resembles an individual cube.
    Sights nearby  -  Pamplona.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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