Section 3 - Navarre

Irurtzun - Pamplona / Iruña - 20Km

A new stage of 22 kilometres starts which finishes in the capital of Navarra, Pamplona. The route runs through the municipality of Iza and level with Erice, 4 kilometres away beneath a rocky wall, comes to the small Chapel of the Virgen de Oskia. Following the EuroVelo 1 path we leave behind Añezcar, where riding enthusiasts can take a spin on a horse, to then arrive in Pamplona.

Pamplona/Iruña, founded by the Romans and crossed by the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago, is now a modern and welcoming city offering a wide range of activities: strolling among centenary walls and cobbled streets; relaxing in parks and at pavement cafés; savouring its delicious tapas; visiting historical monuments; attending excellent shows, and admiring traditional sports such as pelota vasca.

A stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town allows the cyclist to get to know remnants of the past, crossing the three boroughs and their defensive churches: La Navarrería, San Cernin, and San Nicolás. Each of these with its layout and its fortress-church (the Cathedral in Navarrería, the Church of San Saturnino, and the Church of San Nicolás) was the origin of what is now the old part of the medieval city, surrounded by walls and with narrow streets, small squares, and palaces watched over by towers and belfries.

In the middle of the three boroughs in the heart of the Old Town stands the Pamplona Town Hall, a symbol of the consolidation of a single city. It is noted for its colouristic façade which combines baroque and neoclassical styles. The central row of balconies is where the rocket is launched every year on 6th July to initiate San Fermín, a Festival of International Tourist Interest.

Points of Interest

Heritage: 5
  • Founded by the Romans and crossed by the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago*,  Pamplona is today a welcoming modern town with a wide variety of activities: strolling among centenarian walls and cobbled streets; relaxing in parks and pavement cafés; savouring its delicious tapas; visiting historical monuments; attending top-level performances; or watching traditional sports such as pelota vasca.

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  • One of the most interesting and best preserved defensive ensembles of Spain, which has earned it the declaration of a National Monument; with its five kilometres to explore it allows an unusual and evocative stroll on the edge of the town. The Citadel* is considered to be the best example of military architecture of the Spanish Renaissance and one of the most noteworthy defensive complexes of Europe.

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  • The sobriety of its neoclassical façade, the work of Ventura Rodríguez, contrasts with its Gothic interior, the central nave of which is 28 metres high and holds the fine sepulchre of Charles III of Navarra and his wife Leonor of Castile. The true treasure of this Cathedral is however its cloister, which is considered one of the most exquisite of the universal Gothic style and cannot be missed.

    (Foto: Patxi Uriz)

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  • Villava pays tribute to one of its most famous personalities with a sculpture of this giant of cycling, Miguel Induráin Larraya. Considered one of the best cyclists in history, he won the Tour de France for five consecutive years and the Giro de Italia for two consecutive years among other prizes.

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  • Every year from 6th to 14th July the word "Festival" is writ large in Pamplona-Iruña. This festival is of international tourist interest.

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Nature: 3
  • These two huge vertical grey rocky crags are separated by the River Larraun where imposing vultures can frequently be observed overhead; the area provides a pleasant stroll for the whole family

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  • The Gardens of La Taconera constitute the oldest, most beautiful, and most emblematic park of Pamplona-Iruña. With its 90,000 square metres it extends around the city walls very near the old quarter in a clearly Romantic and Versailles type style.

    (Foto: Patxi Uriz)

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  • The Arga is the river of Pamplona-Iruña and its course has become a colourful nature walk of some 12 kilometres. Its million square metres make it the most important green lung of the town.

    (Foto: E. Buxens)

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Gastronomy and wine: 2
  • Navarre has 15 quality certifications that guarantee the best raw material. Moreover, if they are cooked with a recipe book full of nuances and influences from Basque, Riojan, Aragonese and French cuisine that have enriched it for centuries, the menu of the best restaurant can be written. The tasting will be like its territory, full of contrasting notes. 


  • If you visit Pamplona-Iruña you cannot leave without having shared with the locals one of the most typical and attractive customs of the town: sampling tapas. You can taste traditional tapas but also true works of art in miniature worthy of the most demanding palates. Ask the locals and you won't go far wrong!



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