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Where to Sleep

It is not really normal to sleep out in the open air in the parks of Pamplona in Sanfermin. It is much better to try to get a hotel, apartment or camping site. It is true that you can find people who are totally played out from the partying and who take a rest and nap at whatever spot they can find before heading home to their beds

What you sleep through is all that you haven’t lived and during the fiestas of Sanfermin you shouldn’t miss a scrap of all that is going on. However, the moment comes when sheer tiredness brings down the best of us. The possibilities of sleeping in off in Sanfermin are varied. If money is no object, a good hotel would be for you. But if you haven’t booked well in advance, forget it. Many people simply sleep it off in the parks around Pamplona. And between these two extremes there are endless possibilities of boarding-houses, private houses,, campings, etc. For sure, you will find something to suit you.

It is also quite customary to rent out apartments or rooms in Sanfermin. At our Notice-Board Sanfermin.com you can usually find people who are offering and searching for places. Sanfermin Booking (Powered by sanfermin by locals & Sanfermin.com) offers various packets that could be of interest as they are varied and open to different kinds of travelers. You can book the balconies to the running of the bulls too. If you can book hotel rooms or flights to Pamplona you can visit travel.sanfermin.com (Powered by Findor & Orbitz). If ever an issue arises you can call or email Findor team at any time (Live Chat & Voice). They’re always available and ready to help.

Hotel

Prices for accomodation go up for the days of the Fiesta. But if money is no big problem, the best place is always a good hotel. That’s what they are there for. The best-known ones are to be found in the old part of town.

 

Hotel La Perla has long been associated with Hemingway. The Hotel Yoldi, near the old quarter, has long been associated with the bull-fighters and their entourage; the toreros used to go there. Hotel Maisonnave and the Hotel Restaurante Europa are both to be found within the old part of town. The former has an underground parking lot. The Europa also has the famous Restaurante Europa. This hotel usually organizes somekind of exhibition connected with the Fiesta during the San Fermines. The latter hotel has one of the best restaurants in the city. Nearby is the Hotel Eslava and each of these places has all the pandemonium and atmospere of the Fiesta at their doorstep. On the periferies of the old quarter you can find the Hotel Leyre (in former times called The Orhy)the Hotel Avenida (where a foreign “Peña” -The Borussia – always stay). Tres Reyes, stands out as the biggest hotel and looks onto the old quarter in all its solemn splendour. Near of the city center between Pamplona and Burlada you can find the Muga de Beloso four stars hotel.

It must be remembered that all these hotels are very close to all the action going on in the old part and if you are a light sleeper and seek some peace and quiet then it might be better to look for an hotel further out in the newer suburbs. In the area of San Juan, Ermitagaña and Iturrama you can find AC Marriot-Ciudad de Pamplona, Hotel Reino de Navarra, Hotel Sancho Ramírez, Hotel Iruña Park and Hotel Albret or Suites Mendebaldea. There are others hotels near of the city like AC Zizur MayorHotel Don Carlos (Huarte-Pamplona), Hotel Restaurante Alaiz (Noáin), Hotel Andía (Orcoyen) and Hotel El Toro (Berrioplano).

Boarding houses

Boarding houses, hostels and hostales come at a cheaper Price than the classic hotels, and can be just as comfortable. There are several located around the old quarter of the city and some others in the outlying neighborhoods. Just as is the case for hotels, apartments, hostels, and indeed, all types of accommodation. Remember that you should book as early as possible. Don’t hesitate to phone for a booking ten months beforehand, it is quite normal for Sanfermin bookings. We can also inform you about distances from the downtown area (Plaza del Castillo, etc.) and how long it would take to arrive and how to get there. There is another possibity with a new service, the tourist apartments.

They are very close to the city center and well equipped for 2 and 4 people like Hemingway Hostel, Aloha Hostel, Xarma Hostel, Hostel Ciudadela and Hostal Pamplona. With more experience there are others like Hostal Navarra and Hostal Acella. All the year working Alojamiento PamplonaHosteletAlojamientos Acella y Alojamientos Olga.

También puedes consultar las pensiones de Pamplona aquí.

Open-air

If you have nowhere to sleep, or if the money is short, or if you are all spent out, you can always sleep out (From Sanfermin.com Travel tips guide) It is also quite customary to rent out apartments or rooms in Sanfermin. At our Notice-Board Sanfermin.com you can usually find people who are offering and searching for places. Sanfermin Booking (Powered by sanfermin by locals & Sanfermin.com)  offers various packets that could be of interest as they are varied and open to different kinds of travelers. You can book the balconies to the running of the bulls too.

© Maite H Mateo. La siesta te pilla sin avisar y haces lo que puedes.

 

If you just don’t sleep or just want to crash out for a few hours on the grass, remember you can do so but it is not possible to set up tents in the city parks or anywhere else that is not a proper camping site. However, you could crash out with a sleeping bag in the public parks. Pamplona is quite well served with parks, but remember that it could get cold at night (From around 14 to 22 degrees centigrade), and that it could rain. Also be aware of early morning city hall cleaners who might be hosing down the parks from early morning and give you a disruptive awakening.

If you can book hotel rooms or flights to Pamplona you can visit travel.sanfermin.com (Powered by Findor & Orbitz). If ever an issue arises you can call or email Findor team at any time (Live Chat & Voice). They’re always available and ready to help. Practically anywhere you like although most people head for one of the public parks and look for a quiet spot to crash out.

There is no real danger of robbery or whatever

Lot of people will be doing it and maybe it’s a good idea to crash out where there are others doing the same thing close by. Perhaps the best place, as it is the biggest, is the park at the Vuelta del Castillo. Not far from where the action is, yet reasonably quiet. At the old walls, The Redín, there is some green space. But be careful, you are sleeping on the edge of the city walls where there is a thirty-foot drop should you roll over too far. Perhaps better if you go through the old city gates (Portal de Francia) and find a grassy spot under the walls.

© Maite H Mateo. La espalda siempre recta, aunque duermas en cualquier parte.

 

There is another quiet park at the Media Luna, although a bit short on grass. There are several other similiar places around the city [map] and the further away from the centre, the quieter it will be. There is another park not very far away from the city centre, between San Juan / Donibane and Ermitagaña neighborhoods, just beside the Iruña Park Hotel, which is very quite: it is called la Vaguada. In any case, a sleeping-bag is recommended. The nights will always get a good deal cooler in Pamplona even on very hot days. An underblanket also helps. Anyway, you have got the idea and this is not the place to give camping lessons to anyone.

If you have to sleep rough, a handy service will be the public showers

There are public baths at Eslava street (948 22 17 38) in the old part where you can have a hot shower/bath. Also at the Antoniutti park a little further out. You can read de Sanfermin Guide. Remember that you can also go to a municipal swimming-pool (Aranzadi) and also be able to have a shower there. Should you have to sleep out, it will be a very good idea to leave your pack or baggage in the Left Luggage (during Sanfermin) at the schools of Plaza de San Francisco(948 21 24 80).

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