Pamplona is cozy and welcoming, a city both modern and verdant, safe to stroll and filled with culinary offerings based on locally produced food. It’s well-known for its top-notch healthcare and its attention on the health and well-being of residents and visitors.
Those who visit Pamplona y Navarra will discover the flavors of times gone by, because here traditional recipes have been preserved. Our recipes draw their richness from the products grown across Navarra’s diverse landscapes. Eating here is truly a social event. Pamplona’s palate is steeped in the past but it’s also evolved over time, perfect for food-lovers curious to try the cutting-edge creations of our top chefs.
Pamplona is synonymous with fine dining and quality ingredients.
What does our pantry have to offer? Excellent vegetables grown along the fertile river banks: thistle, artichokes, haricot beans, esparagus and Piquillo peppers; patés, wild mushrooms and flavorful red meat, lamb, pork; “chistorra”(red pork sausage), “relleno” (white sausage stuffed with egg, rice, saffron and bacon). All of this is complemented by unbeatable wines, red, white or rosé, with the Designation of Origin from Navarra and La Rioja. And of course there are our desserts awaiting you, along with our cheese, ‘la cuajada,” “los canutillos,” and fried milk, washed down if you’d like with “pacharán,” our local liquor. The counters in our local bars overflow with displays of traditional and modern “pinchos” (small tapas). It’s a great chance to try them and our delicious “fritos” a typical appetizer that uses béchamel sauce as its main ingredient. Navarra boasts its own Designation of Origin for wine. The area is known for its rosé but the offering is far wider, with reds ranging from young to reserves, Chardonnay whites to muscatel with its sweet bouquet. Pacharán, the traditional Navarran liquor, is made with local sloe and anís. Our sherry comes mainly from the north of Navarra. Traditionally, the pressing of apples is heralded by the sound of the “kirikoketa,” a musical instrument made from wood and hammers used in the presses themselves. They’re played in the town squares as locals sing traditional songs. Navarran cuisine has forged its own identity and is characterized by dishes filled with seasonal, local ingredients. You can find these ingredients in Pamplona and Navarra’s numerous restaurants and bars transformed by our master chefs into great modern and traditional dishes.