What to see in Navarra in 3 days

Navarra, that hidden gem in the north of Spain, is a region full of charm, culture and impressive landscapes. With a unique combination of history, tradition and nature, Navarra has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. If you're planning a three-day getaway to this beautiful region, you're about to embark on an unforgettable adventure. In this article, we'll walk you through some of the top places you should visit to make the most of your time in Navarre.

Pamplona and its medieval history

Begin your exploration of Navarra in the captivating city of Pamplona, the capital of the region. Known worldwide for the famous Sanfermines, Pamplona has much more to offer. Stroll through the old town, walking through its narrow cobbled streets and admire the magnificent Cathedral of Santa María la Real. Stop at Café Iruña, an iconic hangout for writers like Ernest Hemingway.

Don't miss the Citadel of Pamplona, an impressive military fortress dating back to the 16th century. You can also visit the Museo de Navarra to learn more about the rich history of the region. At the end of the day, go up to the Yamaguchi Park Observation Deck for a panoramic view of the city.

More specifically, below we delve into some of the places that you cannot miss.

Castle Square

The Plaza del Castillo in Pamplona is the beating heart of the city and a place that you cannot miss during your stay. With its historic charm and lively atmosphere, this square becomes the perfect meeting point for locals and tourists alike. Surrounded by emblematic buildings, cafes and shops, Plaza del Castillo is an ideal place to enjoy a pleasant walk or sit on a terrace and enjoy the lively atmosphere that surrounds it. In addition, the square has a bandstand that often offers concerts and cultural events.

plaza del castillo de pamplona

Old town

The old town of Pamplona is a historical treasure that transports you through the centuries. With its cobbled streets and buildings with colorful facades, this medieval maze is a lovely place to explore. Walking through its narrow streets is like traveling back in time, discovering picturesque squares, centuries-old churches and charming family-run shops. The heart of the old town is the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, with its imposing Baroque façade and the bronze statue of San Fermín in the center. Around the square, you will find bars and restaurants where you can savor the delicious local gastronomy. In addition, the old town is home to emblematic monuments such as the Cathedral of Santa María la Real and the Portal de Francia, one of the old gates of the city. Immerse yourself in the history and unique atmosphere of the old town of Pamplona, and let yourself be seduced by its medieval charm that makes it a place that you cannot miss.

casco antiguo de pamplona

The citadel of Pamplona

The Citadel of Pamplona is an impressive military fortress that stands majestically in the heart of the city. Built in the 16th century, this imposing defensive structure is a living testimony to Pamplona's military history. Its imposing walls and bastions are a reminder of the strategic importance it had in its time. Today, the Citadel is a meeting place for locals and visitors, with large green areas, walking paths and a moat that is now used as a stage for cultural events and open-air concerts. In addition, it houses the Interpretation Center of the Fortifications of Pamplona, where you can learn more about the history and defensive architecture of the region. The Citadel of Pamplona is an emblematic place that offers a perfect combination of history, architectural beauty and open spaces to enjoy, and is an essential destination for those who visit the city.

ciudadela de pamplona

The natural beauty of the Bardenas Reales and the charm of Olite

On your second day, head south to discover the impressive Bardenas Reales, a natural park declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. This semi-desert landscape will captivate you with its arid beauty and unique rock formations. You can explore the park by car or by bike, following the marked paths.

bardenas reales de Navarra

After enjoying the Bardenas Reales, head to Olite, a charming town known for its impressive medieval castle. The Royal Palace of Olite will transport you to the time of kings and queens with its Gothic architecture and its exquisite details. Don't miss the gardens and panoramic views from the castle towers.

palacio real de olite

The mystery of the Zugarramurdi caves and the beauty of the Irati Forest

On your last day in Navarra, delve into the mystery of the Zugarramurdi caves, also known as "the caves of the witches". These historic caves have a fascinating history of witch hunts in the 17th century. Explore the caves and visit the Museo de las Brujas to learn more about this intriguing part of Navarre's past.

After exploring the caves, head north of Navarra to discover the Selva de Irati, one of the largest beech and fir forests in Europe. Immerse yourself in nature while you walk through its trails and admire the beautiful landscapes. In autumn, the jungle is transformed into an impressive spectacle of colours.

cuevas de zugarramurdi

Navarra is a hidden treasure that deserves to be discovered. In three days, you can experience the best of this region, from the medieval history of Pamplona to the natural beauty of the Bardenas Reales, the Selva de Irati and the Zugarramurdi caves. Navarra will captivate you with its charm, its culture and its dazzling nature. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in this wonderful region of northern Spain!

If you have already decided to see Navarra in 3 days, do so from a camping in Navarra is a great idea. We are located in a strategic area so that you can discover both the north and the south of Navarra without long journeys. We have bungalows and all services to make your stay great. Come and discover Navarra from Camping Acedo!

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