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Route of the Bullring

Route of the Bullring

Pamplona’s gastronomic tradition has its roots in the culinary heritage of Navarre and includes a good number of tasty typical dishes which, during high season, take centre stage in bars, restaurants, and clubs and even in the bullring, especially during the afternoon snacks.


In the Sanfermines, the first meal of the day is already substantial. Some do not pass up a good cup of chocolate with churros, which is usually savoured after the first running of the bulls, while those faithful to tradition choose a caldico (soup or stock) of chicken and veal. Others prefer more hearty morning dishes, such as eggs with chistorra sausage or lean meat with tomato.


There are numerous dishes that give flavour to the Sanfermines. One of the star dishes during these days is the oxtail stew and, of course, the extraordinary cod with ajoarriero sauce.

Points of interest:

Corrales de Santo Domingo

  • Addres: Calle Santo Domingo, 1
  • GPS: 42.82022,-1.64617
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  • Access:  Over the Curtidores Bridge you will come to the famous slope of Santo Domingo. And if you continue along the street a few metres further on, you will find the niche of Saint Fermin on the right-hand side.
  • Languagues: Castellano, euskera e inglés.
  • Description: The place from where the rocket is fired to start the encierro (the bull run).At 8 o’clock in the morning, once the rocket has been fired, the gates open and the bulls, which have been brought up the night before in the so-called Encierrillo, set off on an 848-metre run to the bullring.
  • Residen’s tip: Don’t miss one of the most magical moments, “El Encierrillo”, which takes place at dusk (22:00) and begins with the blowing of a horn. From that moment on, in absolute silence and with the only help of shepherds and steersmen, the bulls run the 300 metres that separate the corrals of the Gas from the corrals of Santo Domingo.
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Niche of San Fermín

  • Address: Calle Santo Domingo 1
  • GPS: 42.81929,-1.64583
  • Description: On the mornings of 7 to 14 July, many lads and lasses, newspaper in hand, sing to the saint minutes before the start of the encierro: at 7:55, 7:57 and 7:59.The chant the runners sing is meant to ask Saint Fermin for protection and a good encierro:A San Fermín pedimos, por ser nuestro patrón, nos guíe en el encierro, dándonos su bendición” (We beseech Saint Fermin to guide us in this run and to give us his blessing)During the Sanfermines, the image of the saint is placed in the niche and removed every day. After the encierro, the statue returns to the Casa Consistorial until the following day.This image of the saint is the one that four young men from the peñas bought in 1978, as the one from the Military Hospital had disappeared.

The asador Zaldiko (rotisserie)

  • Address: Calle Santo Domingo, 39.
  • GPS: 42.81973, -1.64568
  • Phone: 948 22 22 77
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  • Access:   Going up the Curtidores bridge, we take the well-known Cuesta de Santo Domingo, we pass the corrals of Santo Domingo on the left and a few metres further on, on the right, is the restaurant.
  • Description: The Asador Zaldiko is located in one of the most typical corners of the old town, “La Cuesta de Santo Domingo”, next to the Museum of Navarre and just a few metres from the corrals of the encierro.After passing through the doors of the restaurant, you will find the tradition and atmosphere of the steakhouses of our land and, together with a dedicated service, the best products of the market, the vegetables of our garden, the fish of the Cantabrian Sea and the magnificent and cured red meat. All this will make your visit a pleasant memory for you and your companions.Apart from an exquisite menu, the Asador Zaldiko offers a variety of menus and, if you wish, they can also prepare any type of typical dish, such as paella, seafood, roast kid, etc.
  • Resident’s tip: Among the suggestions or dishes to recommend are the chorizo in cider, cod omelette, garlic soup, grilled monkfish, hake fillet, confit, and duck breast with apple sauce, leg of lamb and entrecote of beef.Access to the old town is restricted and controlled.

Plaza Consistorial

  • Address: Plaza Consistorial s/n.
  • GPS: 42.81859, -1.64427
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  • Access: You can get there from various points. However, bear in mind that just before you reach the old town, it is best to park your car and walk around the centre on foot. There is an access control system set in place at the Old Town.
  • Description:The Plaza Consistorial is located in the heart of Pamplona’s Old Town.The Camino de Santiago and the route of the Encierro pass through this square. It is also one of the most famous places in Pamplona, as it is the scene of the Chupinazo (the launching of the rocket), which kicks off the Sanfermines every year.A square so small and so big at the same time!This square is home to the Town Hall, one of the city’s most important and recognisable monuments. The Town Hall was built as a result of the unification of the boroughs of Pamplona, following the Privilege of the Union granted by Charles III the Noble in 1423, and was erected in an open space, in a “no man’s land”, where the three boroughs of Navarrería, San Nicolás and San Cernin converged.
  • Resident’s tip: Every 6th of July, the Plaza Consistorial gets packed with people who, as the hands of the clock approach 12:00, become more and more animated, until, a few minutes before the appointed time, the square is full to capacity and its 2,502 square metres become a white and red tide of people who, to the cry of “San Fermín, San Fermín”, wait impatiently, with their scarves held high, for the moment to tie them around their necks.

El Churrero de Lerín

  • Address: Calle de la Estafeta, 5.
  • GPS: 42.81909, -1.64290
  • Phone: 618 43 49 76
  • Access: From the Town Hall, along Calle Mercaderes, you will come to the famous Calle de la Estafeta.
  • Description: Eating churros during the Sanfermines, with or without chocolate, has become a tradition. And the two famous churros shops, La Mañueta and El Churrero de Lerín, are experts in this tradition.
    During the year it is a quiet place in a bustling street. The quietness stops between 6 and 14 July, especially after the Sanfermin fiestas. This is when long queues form outside the tiny shop to buy hot chocolate and churros, which are delicious.

Churrería la Mañueta

  • Address: Calle Mañueta, 8.
  • Opening hours: The two Saturdays before the Sanfermines: from 08:00 h. to 11:30 h.During the Sanfermines (from 7 to 14 July): from 06:00 h. to 11:00 h.October: Sundays from 07:45 h. to 11:00 h.
  • GPS: 42.81987 -1.643147
  • Phone: 948 22 76 27
  • Access: from Plaza de los Burgos or from Calle Mercaderes.
  • Description: The Churrería La Mañueta, one of the oldest in Spain, has been sweetening the mornings of the Sanfermines for almost 150 years for the people of Pamplona and visitors alike. In this churrería, Paulina and her family still follow the family recipe and the only trick is the use of beech wood from Navarre cut by hand with an axe, as well as some olive oil.
  • Resident’s tip: They offer guided tours of the kitchen, where you can contemplate the incessant work in this old establishment, where old photos and newspaper covers summarising its history hang on the walls.

Gurgur Delicias de la Estafeta

  • Address: Calle Estafeta, 21.
  • Opening hours: De lunes a sábado de 9.00 a 21.00 y los domingos de 9.00 a 19.00 h.
  • GPS: 42.81869, -1.642516
  • Phone: 948 20 79 92
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  • Description:Gurgur is a delicatessen shop in the central Estafeta Street that brings together the best of Navarre’s pantry to indulge your palate with tasty products and the best of Navarre’s gastronomy, with quality and traditional and local production. Among the types of products available are good wines with Designation of Origin, traditionally made patxaran, cheeses awarded for their flavour and quality, preserved vegetables with their own name, typical sweets and pastries and other treats with the flavour of the best of our cuisine.They also prepare and send all kinds of hampers, of all sizes and with the products you like the most.
  • Resident’s tip: While you visit the city centre and discover all its charms, come and we will advise you on the best artisan products of Navarre. Located in Estafeta, a street famous for the running of the bulls during the Sanfermines.

Café Iruña

  • Address: Plaza del Castillo, 44. 31001,
  • GPS: 42.81822 -1.64319
  • Opening hours: Uninterrupted morning and afternoon.
  • Phone: 948 222 064
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  • Description: Café Iruña is a café, bar and restaurant that was founded in 1888 and is located in the Plaza del Castillo in Pamplona, in the heart of the city.

    This mythical Café is a must for people visiting Pamplona, as it is one of the most exclusive places in Pamplona due to its history and tradition.

    El Rincón de Hemingway (Hemingway’s Corner) is a cosy and quiet corner, located next to the Café, in which the spirit and image of the writer Ernest Hemingway dominates.

    This exquisite space has become a must for locals and visitors alike. A privileged place from which to enjoy the tranquillity and warmth of the Old Town.

    Café Iruña is also a meeting point for the people of Pamplona due to its tradition, its unbeatable location, its emblematic lounge and its large terrace, as well as being a very good choice for pinchos (tapas), lunch or dinner.

  • Resident’s tip: Access to the old town is restricted and controlled. This is one of such points. Find out before you take the car.

Gran Hotel la Perla

  • Address: Plaza del Castillo, 1.
  • GPS: Latitud: 42.81850 – Longitud: 1.64265
  • Phone: 948 22 30 00
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  • Access:   If you are coming by car, once inside the city, follow the yellow signs for “hotels centre”.
  • Language: The hotel staff is multilingual.
  • Description:“3 centuries, 4 generations, 5 stars” in which history makes this place a welcoming and unique hotel in the world.The Gran Hotel La Perla is an establishment with history and a commitment to it.In the heart of the city centre of Pamplona, 44 comfortable, personalised rooms await you, dedicated to the personalities who have stayed with us, such as Ernest Hemingway, Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Iglesias and Woody Allen, among others. Since the 19th century, the hotel has witnessed and even been at the centre of local and national history.  Other great personalities such as Orson Welles, Manolete, Charles Chaplin, Pablo Sarasate, Julián Gayarre, Imperio Argentina, Cayetano Ordoñez and Ignacio Zuloaga have contributed to making this luxury hotel in Pamplona a unique establishment.
  • Resident’s tip: The privileged location of the hotel in the Plaza del Castillo will allow you to visit Pamplona Cathedral on foot, discover the old town and the city walls, while letting yourself be seduced by the charm of its streets and shops or enjoy the varied gastronomic offer. And if you want to experience the fiestas of San Fermín in a unique way, this hotel is the perfect place for you.

Plaza de Toros (The bullring)

  • Address: Paseo Hemingway, s/n,
  • GPS: 42.81639, -1.63987
  • Phone: 948 225389
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  • Language: Spanish, Basque, Catalan, English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese.
  • Description: The Pamplona Plaza de Toros (bullring), inaugurated in 1922 and internationally famous for the San Fermín bull runs, now offers us a unique opportunity: to enter for the first time inside and get to know the ins and outs of the fiesta and the excitement that takes place every year in this bullring from 6 to 14 July. You can get to know it either on a guided tour or individually with a self-guided tour.The fourth largest in the world in terms of capacity, and which opens its doors so that visitors can feel the excitement of one of its most dangerous sections, when the bulls cross the narrow passageway of the alley and enter a bullring full of spectators and runners. It is not the same as San Fermín, but the videos and explanatory panels help us to feel, in part, that same emotion. The exhibition is completed with a visit to the corrals, the chapel, the fear room… all accompanied by interactive supports that explain the art of bullfighting.

Rodero's Restaurante

  • Address: Calle Emilio Arrieta, 3,
  • GPS: 42.81653, -1.63735
  • Phone: 948 22 80 35
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  • Description: Situated in a privileged location, right in the centre of Pamplona, next to the bullring, its atmosphere is surprising from the first moment you walk through its stately cherry-coloured door, guarded by two pine trees, and set foot in the restaurant.Rodero, a pioneer in surprising and unorthodox cuisine, has been delighting lovers of good food with his non-traditional creations for more than 40 years. Proof of this is its Michelin star, which it has held since 1994 and which makes it a safe bet as one of the best restaurants in Spain.Raised in the kitchen, Koldo Rodero’s vocation was evident from very early on, when he dreamt that flavour would be the cornerstone of his proposal. Nowadays, this chef gives us a magnificent vision of today’s Navarrese cuisine, more creative, intelligent, technical… and he has a gift for showing it to us in a tremendously suggestive way. Together with his sisters, both of whom are in charge of everything in the dining rooms, he has managed to transform the family business, just a few steps from the touristy Plaza de Toros, so that it adapts to the times, always vindicating the virtues and flavour of the spectacular Navarrese produce.

Monumento al Encierro (The bullring monument)

  • Address: Avenida de Roncesvalles, at its junction with Avenida de Carlos III.
  • GPS: 42.815492, -1.6414525
  • Description: This sculptural ensemble is made up of nineteen figures, six bulls, three steers and ten runners, which immortalise in patinated bronze a snapshot of the running of the bulls along the section of Estafeta Street. Weighing more than ten tons, it is placed on a reinforced concrete platform covered with tiles like the ones that cover the floor of the Avenida de Carlos III. The Biscayan sculptor Rafael Huerta conceived this work as a tribute to his adopted land of Navarre.The sculpture project was carried out in two phases. The monument was inaugurated for the first time on 6 July 1994, a few metres from the Plaza de Toros. This first bronze sculptural group consisted of two runners trying to drive a straggling bull with a newspaper. A decade later, in February 2004, the Bilbao sculptor was commissioned by Pamplona City Council to develop the entire group.The second inauguration took place on 21 April 2007, as part of the festive day organised to mark the opening of the new pedestrianised section of Avenida de Carlos III, between Plaza de Merindades and Calle Cortes de Navarra.

Capilla de San Fermin (St. Fermin’s Chapel) church of San Lorenzo

  • Address: Calle Mayor, 74
  • GPS: 42.817619, -1.64927
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  • Description: While the streets of Pamplona are the main stage for the universal fiestas of San Fermín, St. Fermin’s Chapel, located inside the church of San Lorenzo, is the meeting point for the faithful during the religious events of the Sanfermines.The procession of San Fermín starts from this church every 07 July, as it is the church that houses the statue of the Saint.Replacing another Baroque style church, the building dates from 1901, according to a project by Florencio Ansoleaga, and the interior is in the Neoclassical style. The chapel was built between 1696 and 1717, and is the work of Santiago Raón, Fray Juan de Alegría and Martín de Zaldúa.The geometric play of its domes and the lantern that crowns the upper part stand out. The image, which was placed there on 06 July 1717, is kept there.The carving is a reliquary from the 16th century and although it is made of wood, it was adorned in silver in 1687. The relics of San Fermín are kept in the oval of the chest and the carving is placed on a pedestal, also carved in silver.Curiosities: It is not known whether the original image showed a black saint or whether San Fermín’s face has darkened with the smoke of the candles and the passage of time. In any case, he is depicted as a dark-skinned saint.