San Sebastián

San Sebastian is just 75 km from Pamplona. It is a coastal city near the French border, small and cosmopolitan, monumental and friendly. Framed by the sea and the mountains, La Concha Promenade is a fantastic place for a leisurely stroll past its majestic mansions, while you breathe in the healthy sea air.

Try some of the tapas in the Old Town. See how Art challenges nature at the Peine de los Vientos (the Wind Combs). Listen to a concert in Kursaal. Stroll along its wide avenues. Do some shopping on its glamorous commercial streets. These are just a few of the things you can do in this city.

The easiest way to get to San Sebastian from Pamplona is to take the bus which takes one hour and buses run very frequently.

Beach Towns

Other suggestions for a day at the beach:

  • Biarritz, France (130 km from Pamplona 1.5 hours in car). Known as one of the better surf areas in France.
  • Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France (112 km from Pamplona, 1.2 hours in car). Quiet small town with lots of shops and picturesque views.
  • Zarautz (90 km from Pamplona, 1 hour in car). Small beach town that is great for surfing and camping.
  • Hondarribia (102 km from Pamplona, 1.2 hours in car).
  • Zumaia (104 km from Pamplona, 1.17 hours in car)
  • Castro-Urdiales (200 km from Pamplona, 2.6 hours in car). Beautiful old town with lots of history that dates back to the middle ages.
  • Laredo (211 km from Pamplona, 2.2 hours in car)

The Way of St. James (El camino de Santiago)

Every year, thousands of pilgrims cross Navarra on their way to Santiago de Compostela. They set off to travel along the way of St. James, which is one of the most important Christian pilgrimages and subsequently has become one of the most hiked trails in the world. The main trails sets across northern Spain however there are some paths that even begin as far east as Germany!


A village in the middle of the Baztán Valley near the French border. Its houses have remained unchanged for centuries, with stables and barns, and with a heavy stone coat of arms embellishing their façades.

Bardenas Reales

Bardenas Reales is a desert in southern Navarra. There are mountains that rise like castles out of the plain, defying the laws of gravity. And a unique tourist experience awaits you - you can sleep in houses that burrow into the rock like caves.