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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.
- 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.
Best Hotels in Navarre
Aire de Bardenas 22 rooms from $189Navarra, 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.Total relaxationQuirky - Each room resembles an individual cube.Sights nearby - Pamplona.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - I Escape
Palacio Guendulain 25 rooms from $133Pamplona
A stunning 18th-century palace artfully converted into a luxury hotel in central Pamplona. Traditionally styled rooms with sash windows and antique furniture. Grand living rooms feature traditional art. A chic restaurant offers cuisine from Navarra and the Basque Country. Ideal for city exploring.Local exploring - Located in the heart of Pamplona and within walking distance of many of the cities' sights.Sights nearby - Don't miss Pamplona's cathedral featuring a Neoclassical facade and Gothic interior.Romantic - Good for couples.Traditional
Hotel Rural Iribarnia 10 rooms from $133Lantz, Navarre
A traditional rural property, lovingly restored to bring it into the 21st century, yet still retaining all its original charm. The stunning rooms' sloping roofs, and beamed ceilings stand in contrast with the distinctly modern in-room black stone bathtub. A spoiling country abode.Country Escape - A converted farmhouse still exuding its rustic charm and set in gorgeous countryside.Total relaxation - Play a round of golf, take a gentle walk or curl up with a good book.Great walks - Explore the surrounding forests, streams, caves and hills on a long walk.Sights nearby - Make a trip to the fascinating medieval Castle of Javier.
Hotel Rural Torre de Uriz 6 rooms from $103Uriz (Navarra), Navarre
A small luxury hotel well located in a stunning part of Navarre near the Irati forest. A beautiful renovation job keeps the medieval charm of the building. Natural features throughout, polished pine and exposed stone are contrasted with large contemporary glass windows. Highly recommended.Hideaway - Situated in a medieval building close to the Irati forest, its the ideal place to unwind in the countryside away from it all.Birdwatching - One of the best places to observe birds in active migration in Western Europe.Great walks - Take long walks through the picturesque Irati Forest.Restrictions on children - Over 16s only.
Gran Hotel La Perla 44 rooms from $178Pamplona
This classic 1880's hotel, overlooking the Plaza de Castillo, was once a favoured haunt of Ernest Hemingway. Traditional rooms with antique furniture, historical artefacts and open bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs. The excellent in-house restaurant is run by an award winning chef.City Style - A Pamplonaian institution, with tasteful suites and antique chandeliers, right in the heart of the city.Families - The spacious suites can accommodate families, and babysitting services are provided.Local exploring - All important sights and tourist attractions are within easy reach of the hotel.Sights nearby - Right next door to the Pamplona Cathedral, The Town Hall and the Bull Ring.
Muga de Beloso 59 rooms from $136Pamplona
An ultra modern hotel on the edge of Pamplona's city centre. Sleek minimalist rooms are designed with metallic colour schemes and huge glass window fittings. With all of Pamplona's major sites within reach, its a great option for lovers of contemporary design.Foodies - La Ribera serves excellent Navarre cuisine with tonnes of fresh seafood, in a spectacular setting overlooking the mountains.City Style - A cool modern choice on the fringes of the historical city of Pamplona, with hardwood floors and chic contemporary flair.Local markets - Explore the bustling markets of Pamplona and pick up some souvenirs to bring home with you.Sights nearby - Visit Pamplona Cathedral less than a mile away.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Pago di Cirsus 12 rooms from $113Navarra, 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.Good wine list - The hotel is set in it's own vineyard growing 6 varieties of grape.Restaurant - Basque-Navarra cuisine of a high standardViews - Stunning views across acres of vineyards.Full of character
El Secreto del Ollo 8 rooms from $103Navarra, Navarre
A charming guesthouse, in the hills of ancient Pamplona. Large spacious rooms with thick stone walls and chic interiors - four poster beds, wooden floorings, stylish furniture and a cool knick knack collection. Breakfast is served in a common dining space. An elegant rustic retreat.Local exploring - Explore the ancient buildings of historic Pamplona, and San Sebastian, as well as the surrounding hills and countryside.Families - A lovely self contained catering apartment with romantic four-poster for mum and dad, and bunkbeds for the kids.Romantic Break - Beautifully decorated suites, ideal for couples, with spectacular views of the tiny village of Ollo.Great walks - Book a tour of the Val de Ollo choosing a route depending on your fitness level.Recommended by - I Escape
Churrut Hotel 18 rooms from $128Bera, 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.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