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    Pamplona

    Pamplona (Basque: Iruña), situated in the picturesque foothills of the Pyrenees, is the capital city of the autonomous region of Navarra. The university town with around 200,000 inhabitants is a popular stop on the Way of Saint James (or Camino de Santiago). Pamplona is well-known for its annual San Fermín festival in July, which attracts thousands of tourists with its spectacular bullfights and bull runs. However, there has long been more to Pamplona than the festival:

    Its medieval town center, the Navarrería, as well as its city walls, are exceptionally well-preserved. Today the green spaces around the citadel and along the banks of the River Arga form a generous recreational space to be enjoyed in the city. Pamplona also serves as an ideal base for activity and adventure holidays in the Pyrenean regions of the Basque Country, La Rioja and Aragon.

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    The Plaza del Castillo is the central hub of life in the old town center; the music pavilion stands proudly in the middle

    Ciudadela (Citadel)

    Avenida del Ejército
    31001 Pamplona
    Spain

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    The fortress from the 16th century was originally shaped like a regular pentagon with a bastion in each corner; today only three bastions remain. The citadel is the perfect example of military architecture from the Spanish Renaissance. The fortress is located in the Vuelta del Castillo park, a popular recreational spot in the city.

    Murallas (City wall)

    Calle Emilio Arrieta / Ecke Aralar
    31002 Pamplona
    Spain
    Tel.: +34-94/821 15 54
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1400 and 1700-1900 (beginning of April-end of October)
    Tue-Sun 1000–1400 and 1600–1800 (beginning of November-end of March)

    The medieval fortifications around the market towns of San Cernín, San Nicolás and Navarrería were connected to form a single, circular wall after the three towns merged to become Pamplona in the 15thcentury. It was then expanded with the construction of the citadel. Today, a five-kilometer footpath runs along the wall with a spectacular view of the old town. To find out more about this national monument and the city’s history, visit the modern information center on Calle Emilio Arrieta.

    Ayuntamiento

    Plaza Consistorial
    31001 Pamplona
    Spain
    Tel.: +34-94/842 01 00
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    A town hall has stood in this location since the early 15th century. The current building originates from the 1950s, but the beautiful façade, with its baroque and classicist elements, remains unchanged since the 18th century. The magnificent reception floor and assembly hall can be viewed on a guided tour.

    Catedral Santa María la Real (Cathedral)

    Plaza Obradoiro
    15705 Santiago de Compostela
    Spain
    Tel. +34-981/569 327
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    The Gothic Santa María cathedral crowns the highest point of Navarrería, the old town, which was once the site of the Roman settlement Pompaelo. The carefully restored interior is well worth seeing, as is the Museo Diocesano with its cathedral treasures. The former kitchen, where the St. James pilgrims were fed in the Middle Ages, is also accessible to the public. The bells of the cathedral are particularly impressive, which include the cast-iron bell La Maria, made in 1534, the biggest in Spain. The bell is rung only on days of religious significance.

    Museo Oteiza

    Calle de la Cuesta, 24
    31486 Alzuza
    Spain
    Tel.: +34-94/833 20 74
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1500
    Sat 1100-1900
    Sun and public holidays 1100-1500 (beginning of July-end of August)
    Tue-Sat 1100–1900
    Sun and public holidays 1100-1500 (beginning of September-end of June)

    In the little village of Alzuza, nine kilometers north-east of Pamplona city center, the Oteiza Museum was opened in 2003, housed in a spectacular red cube. The sculptor Jorge de Oteiza (1908-2003) spent a large part of his life in Alzuza. The museum exhibits a selection of the artist’s work, consisting of sculptures, pieces from his experimental workshop, as well as collages and drawings.

    Plaza del Castillo

    Plaza del Castillo
    31001 Pamplona
    Spain
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    The Plaza del Castillo is the central hub of life in the old town center. Here the locals meet for a break during the daytime, and in the evening, enjoy the nightlife in the little streets of the surrounding old town. The huge square is lined with beautifully restored town houses from the 18th century. Many of them now house cafés and restaurants. A music pavilion built in 1943 takes pride of place in the center of the square.

    Plaza de Toros de Pamplona

    Paseo Hemingway
    31002 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Pamplona’s bull-fighting arena is the finishing point of the traditional bull run during the Fiesta San Fermín: Between July 6 and 14, six bulls are driven through the city center along a kilometer route every day, ending at the arena. This spectacle is called encierro and was first made world famous by Ernest Hemingway’s portrayal in the novel “The Sun Also Rises”, published in 1926. A monument in front of the arena commemorates the author. 

    Museo de Navarra

    Cuesta de Santo Domingo 47
    31001 Pamplona
    Spain
    Tel.: +34-84/842 64 92
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 930-1400 and 1700-1900
    Sun 1100-1400

    In 1956, the regional museum of Navarra was opened in the former hospital of Nuestra Señora de la Misericordia. Exhibits of the region’s historical and artistic heritage are displayed on four levels in chronological order. Showpieces in the collection include the Roman mosaic “Bacchus’ Victory” from the 1st century AD, the “Portrait du Marquis de San Adrián” by Francisco de Goya (1804), as well as a collection of contemporary art.

    Parque Natural Señorío de Bértiz

    San Juan Bautista
    31720 Oieregi
    Spain
    Tel.: +34-94/859 24 21
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    This nature reserve is located around 40 kilometers north of Pamplona. It includes a botanical garden, that is more than 100 years old, and an open-air sculpture gallery. The well-signed hiking paths through the landscape of the Baztan river are between three and eleven kilometers long, and some are also approved for cyclists.

    Real Colegiata de Santa María de Roncesvalles

    Orreaga-Roncesvalles
    31650 Roncesvalles
    Spain
    Tel.: +34-94/876 00 00
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    The monastery at Roncesvalles, around 50 kilometers north of Pamplona, is one of the most-visited stations of the Way of Saint James, as it is where three of the four routes to Santiago de Compostela intersect. The abbey church from the 13th century is part of the former Augustine monastery of the Colegiata.

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    Country overview

    Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Endless beaches, brilliant sunshine and azure waters draw beach lovers to the Mediterranean coast, and the Balearic and Canary Islands. But visitors also flock to see the historical architecture of cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Leon, Seville and Segovia.

    If you want to experience the real Spain, don’t go to bed too early. In these parts, people stroll the city squares and dine out late into the night.

    Geography

    Spain accounts for roughly four-fifths of the Iberian Peninsula, with Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar occupying the remainder. In the northeast, the Pyrenees form a natural frontier to France. The state territory also encompasses the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located southeast of Barcelona, in the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Ceuta, Chafarinas, Melilla and Ladu are tiny Spanish enclaves in North Africa, relics of the former Spanish Empire.

    Spain is a mountainous country. The Pyrenees extend for 400 kilometers from the Basque Country in the northwest to the Mediterranean. Some peaks rise more than 3000 meters above sea level; the highest elevation here is the Pico de Aneto at 3404 meters above sea level. The country’s interior consists of a vast plateau, the Meseta, which is intersected by a number of mountain ranges.

    In the north and northwest, the Meseta is bordered by the Cantabrian Mountains and the Iberian Mountains, and in the South by the Sierra Morena, beyond which lies the Guadalquivir Valley. Galicia’s mountainous landscape runs along the jagged Atlantic coast. The extreme south is also mountainous; the Sierra Nevada southeast of Granada belongs to the Betic Cordilleras, which run parallel to the Mediterranean and include the highest mountain on the Spanish mainland, the Mulhacén (3481 meters above sea level). The highest elevation on Spanish territory is the Pico del Teide (3718 meters above sea level) on Tenerife.

    Spain has just under 5000 kilometers of coastline. The Mediterranean coast extends from the French border to the Rock of Gibraltar. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and divides Spain from North Africa.

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    Key facts

    Population: 46.43 million (2016)

    Population Density (per sq km): 92

    Capital: Madrid.
    Population: 3.16 million (2016)

    Language

    The official language is Spanish (Castellano, Castilian). Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken regionally; in tourist regions, English and German are commonly spoken foreign languages.

    Electricity

    220 V, 50 Hz (sometimes 110/125 V in older buildings in smaller places)

    Currency

    1 euro = 100 cents
    Currency sign/abbreviation: €, EUR (ISO code). Banknotes are available in the values 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins, in the nominal values 1 and 2 euros, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the period January 2017 through December 2018 are listed below.

    Please note

    a) Several regional public holidays also exist.
    b) It is usual for public holidays which fall on a Sunday to be substituted by work-free days on subsequent weekdays.

    * not in all parts of the country

    2017

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2017
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2017
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2017*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): April 13, 2017*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): April 14, 2017
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 17, 2017
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2017
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2017
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2017
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2017
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2017
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2017

    2018

    Año Nuevo (New Year’s): January 1, 2018
    Epifanía (Epiphany): January 6, 2018
    Día de San José (St. Joseph’s Day): March 19, 2018*
    Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday): March 29, 2018*
    Viernes Santo (Good Friday): March 30, 2018
    Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday): April 1, 2018
    Día del Trabajo (Labor Day): May 1, 2018
    Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption Day): August 15, 2018
    Fiesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Day): October 12, 2017
    Fiesta de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day): November 1, 2018
    Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day): December 6, 2018
    La Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception): December 8, 2018
    Navidad (Christmas): December 25, 2018

    Information subject to error.

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    Restaurants in Pamplona

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    Navarra’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscape – the best way to get a taste for it is starting with pintxos (appetizers) and cazuelica (an appetizer cooked in a clay hotpot). In Pamplona, there are tapas bars and restaurants in the old town center, all around Calle San Nicolas and Calle de la Estafeta.

    Useful tip: On Thursdays, many bars take part in jueves pintxos, when you can get a wine or beer with a small appetizer for a particularly low price.

    Europa

    Espoz y Mina 11-1
    31002 Pamplona
    Spanien

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    Price: Luxury

    This restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2017, is located near the Plaza del Castillo. The restaurant’s Basque-inspired menu is just as modern as its simple yet elegant interior. It is located in the hotel of the same name.

    Rodero

    Calle de Emilio Arrieta 3
    31002 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Price: Luxury

    This family business, managed by Koldo Rodero, offers uniquely creative cuisine of the highest standard – the tasters from the Guide Michelin 2017 were so impressed that they awarded it a star. Two tasting menus are offered daily.

    Katuzarra

    Calle San Nicolas 34-36
    31001 Pamplona
    Spanien

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    Price: Moderate

    Meat and fish dishes prepared on the charcoal grill are served on simple wooden tables. The house specialties include txogitxu, Basque luxury steak from aged cows.

    Al Norte del Sur

    Plaza Consistorial 5
    31001 Pamplona
    Spanien

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    Price: Budget

    All around the Plaza Consistorial in the old town, there is a wide variety of cafés and sandwich bars. A visit to this one is particularly worthwhile, thanks to its excellent coffee selection and adjacent, well-stocked book shop.

    Letyana

    Travesía de Bayona 2
    31011 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Price: Budget

    This tapas bar is located in the San Juan district. Here you can taste exceptional pintxos (appetizers) in many different varieties.

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    Nightlife in Pamplona

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    In the evenings, people all over Spain meet on streets and plazas to chat, drink and have a bite to eat, and Pamplona is no exception. Calle San Nicolás, Calle Estafeta and Calle de Jarauta are lined with bars and cafés where evening revelers like to gather, inside and out. Clubs, discos and music pubs on Avenida de Bayona are the city’s primary dancing hotspot.

    Café Iruna

    Plaza del Castillo 44
    31001 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Café Iruña is an institution. It opened in 1888, and to this day remains true to its original style: Its Belle-Époque decor, with its elaborately decorated ceilings and large wall mirrors, is almost unchanged. Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time here and described the café extensively in his novel “The Sun Also Rises” (1926). These days, it serves as a meeting point in the evenings, before moving on to the streets of the old town.

    Canalla

    Avenida de Bayona 2
    31011, Pamplona
    Spanien
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    The Canalla (in English: rascal) is a large, trendy discotheque on the party mile of Avenida de Bayona west of the Jardines de la Taconera. Particularly at the weekends, it attracts a young crowd who like to dance to indie, rock and pop. The disco also has a restaurant.

    Infernu Taberna

    Calle San Agustín 4
    31001 Pamplona
    Spanien

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    This rustic bar hosts jazz jam sessions every Thursday, and at the weekends, rock and metal gigs. During the week, guests come for the easy-going atmosphere and the large selection of local beers.

    The Gallipot

    Calle Ermitagaña 2
    31008 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    The gastro-pub near the Yamaguchi park serves import beers such as Guinness on draught, as well as a solid selection of pintxos (appetizers) and other simple dishes.

    Bar Gaucho

    Calle Espoz y Mina, 7
    31002 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    This small bar always attracts a crowd, as its cocina en miniatura (“miniature cuisine”) is one of the best in the city; the cocktail menu is delectable too.

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    Festival de Música Sacra

    April 2018
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    Location: Churches such as Santo Domingo, San Nicolás y Carmelitas and Catedral de Santa María

    Religious music (in the broadest sense) is performed during this festival which is several days long. This includes requiems as well as the “Sacred Concerts” of Duke Ellington. The concerts in the churches are free, while the performances in the Baluarte conference center are subject to an admission fee.

    Fiesta San Fermín

    6 – 14 July 2018
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    Location: Town hall square, Cuesta de Santo Domingo, Plaza de Toros

    Many thousands of visitors come to Pamplona for this spectacle – the bull run, which races straight through the city every morning at eight, is world famous. This can be attributed to Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises” in particular, in which the Pamplona-loving author portrayed the encierro as a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. During the festival, Pamplona celebrates with music, dance and street food.

    Media Maratón Roncesvalles-Zubiri

    September 2018
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    Location: Roncesvalles

    This half-marathon takes place on the last weekend of September every year. What makes this race unique is that large sections of the route follow the Way of Saint James. The marathon is accompanied by a fringe program for families.

    Semana de la Cazuelica

    October 2018
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    Location: Restaurants throughout Pamplona

    Cazuela is a hotpot dish and a cazuelica is an appetizer that is prepared and served in a small clay hotpot. In “Cazuelica week”, this specialty is offered in restaurants all over the city for low prices. Local wines from Navarra and La Rioja make an excellent accompaniment.

    New Year’s Eve

    New Year’s Eve
    31 December 2018

    Location: Old town

    The New Year is greeted in exuberant style on the streets of Pamplona. What makes this event so unique is that it’s almost like an early carnival celebration, as almost everyone wears fancy dress.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Pamplona

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    The range of hotel rooms available in Pamplona in all price categories is very good – except in the second and third weeks of July. Then tourists flock to the city in their droves for the Fiesta San Fermín.

    Only visit the city at this time if you plan to take part in the Fiesta. The hotel prices, which are usually moderate, shoot up at this time of year.

    Gran Hotel La Perla

    Plaza del Castillo 1
    31001 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Category: Luxury

    The “best hotel in town” is housed in a town palace built in 1881. It features luxurious amenities and a classically decorated interior. This hotel has previously hosted Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin, as can be seen in the guestbook.

    Hotel Tres Reyes

    Jardines de La Taconera
    31001 Pamplona
    Spanien

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    Category: Luxury

    The Tres Reyes does not reveal its charm at first sight. But the somewhat bulky building in Taconera park conceals a luxurious interior, both in its rooms and its infrastructure: Guests can enjoy the exceptional hotel restaurant Tres Reinas, an elegant piano bar and an outdoor pool – and all this in direct proximity to the conference center.

    Palacio Guendulain

    Zapatería 53
    31001 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Category: Moderate

    This boutique hotel is housed in a palace from the mid-18th century on the Plaza Consejo in the city center. While the guest rooms are lavishly decorated with gold accessories and dark wood, the bathrooms have a minimalistic, modern design. The attraction of the hotel is its exhibition of historical coaches in the inner courtyard.

    NH Pamplona Iruña Park

    Arcadio Mª Larraona 1
    31008 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Category: Moderate

    The Pamplona Iruña Park hotel by the NH hotel chain is located somewhat outside the city center in San Juan. All rooms were completely renovated in 2016, so guests can stay in modern, quiet rooms for an affordable price. The hotel has multiple conference and event rooms for up to 1,300 people.

    Hotel A Pamplona

    Calle Sancho Ramírez 15
    31008 Pamplona
    Spanien
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    Category: Budget

    This small twelve-room hotel features a modern design and offers friendly service. It is located near the Yamaguchi park just outside the city center. It is also popular with pilgrims as the Way of Saint James passes very close by.

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    Climate & best time to visit Spain

    The Spanish climate varies from region to region, spanning moderate in the north to Mediterranean in the south, and even subtropical on the Canary Islands.

    The best times to visit Spain are generally in the spring and the fall, when temperatures are agreeable. In most parts of the country, it is very hot at the height of summer, but sea breezes on the coast keep it bearable; the interior is best avoided in July and August. The climate on the Atlantic coast and in all of Galicia is pleasant even in summer. In winter, you can enjoy winter sports in the Pyrenean Mountains or agreeably warm days on the south and southeast coast, as well as on the Canary Islands.

     

    Best time to visit Navarra

    Navarra is at its loveliest in the pleasantly mild summer months. Although rain is a possibility all year round, bad weather doesn’t normally last long.

    The major Catholic holidays that are celebrated in Pamplona and along the Way of Saint James also fall in the summer months, such as Ascension Day in the late spring and the Fiesta San Fermín in July. The winters are equally temperate due to the influence of the Atlantic, though in the highlands of the Pyrenees there is snowfall, sometimes until well into March.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +34

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Pamplona

    Stadtführer, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Shopping, Einkaufen

    Avenida Carlos III ‘El Noble’ and its side streets form the main shopping district of Pamplona. Here you can also find branches of the major fashion department stores. Throughout the old town, you can find little shops that sell souvenirs like T-shirts, mugs and figurines related to the Fiesta de Fermín. Here you can buy locally crafted products, such as botas (leather wineskins), as well as culinary specialties like wines from Navarra and La Rioja.

    Three weekly markets also offer regional products: Mercado de Santo Domingo (Mon-Sat 8-14), Mercado de Ermitagaña (Mon-Fri 9-14 and 17-20, Sat 9-14) and Mercado del Ensanche (Mon-Thu 8.30-14.30, Fri 8.30-15, Sat 8.30-15). There are multiple shopping centres in and around Pamplona. In the south of the city center, there is a branch of the department store chain El Corte Ingles (Calle Estelle 9); the building clad with metal panels cannot be missed.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    It is polite in Spain to shake hands in greeting. The usual courtesies should be observed. If you are invited to someone’s home, your host will appreciate a small gift. Flowers are given only on special occasions.

    Clothing

    Casual dress is appropriate almost everywhere, although some hotels and restaurants require men to wear a jacket and tie; evening dress is only required for particularly formal occasions. Swimwear belongs without exception on the beach.

    Smoking

    A smoking ban applies in all public institutions, on public transportation, in telephone booths and in rooms containing ATMs, as well as in children’s playgrounds and schoolyards. The smoking ban also applies to all bars, cafés and restaurants. Smoking areas inside bars and restaurants are no longer permitted.

    Tipping

    Tips are generally included in hotel and restaurant bills. It is nevertheless usual to leave a small tip for the service staff. Porters receive a small sum per item of luggage. The usual amount tipped in restaurants is between 10 and 15 percent. When the waiter brings your change, you leave some as the tip. It is considered extremely rude, however, to leave two- or five-cent pieces. When tipping your taxi driver, simply round up the fare.

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    Health

    Emergency telephone number: 112

    Lyme disease, TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) and leishmaniosis are all diseases which are passed on by ticks and mosquitoes and also occur in Spain. Clothing that covers the skin and insect repellents provide protection.

    Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur all over Spain. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Visitors planning an extended stay and close contact with the local population, and generally with children and young people, should also have a hepatitis B vaccination.

    Measles and whooping cough occur in Spain. Before traveling to Spain, visitors should definitely check whether their vaccinations are up to date and if necessary, get a booster shot.

    Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis occur in Spain. Visitors should seek protection by getting a vaccination and avoiding large crowds. Children and young people, in particular, should be vaccinated. According to the latest recommendations, the vaccination applies as required travel vaccination for extended stays for certain groups of people (teenagers, school and university students). Visitors should consult their physician regarding the need for vaccination in the light of recommendations in the country of destination.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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