Private hostel (26, 6€, March to October) Casa Paderborn, a little off the Camino. Cross the zig-zag bridge or turn left immediately after Puente de la Magdalena. It's on the banks of the river. Run by German volunteers. Laundry facilities. Breakfast. Small garden by the river. Tel 948 211 712 Open 12:00
Private Hostel (20, 15€ with breakfast) Albergue Casa Ibarrola on the Camino on the right as it enters the old city. Kitchen, Laundry facilities. Space-agey capsule beds, good facilities, positive reports. Website www.casaibarrola.com Tel 948 223 332 Open 11:30
Private Hostel (22, 16€, February to November) Iruñako Aterpea on the Camino on the left. Kitchen, Laundry facilities. Breakfast. Spacious, modern dorms. Website www.alberguedepamplona.info Tel 948 044 637 Open 11:00
Private hostel (24, 18€ with breakfast) Plaza Catedral just opposite the cathedral a little to the left of the Camino. Kitchen, Laundry facilities. Website www.albergueplazacatedral.com Tel 948 591 336 Open 11:00 Book here!
Municipal Hostel (112, 8€, closed Christmas) Jesús y María left of the Camino on Calle Compañía, turn left at Calle Curia. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Under the management of ASPACE, an organisation which offers employment to people with cerebral palsy. Comfortable, modern. Pamplona's oldest pilgrim hostel. Tel 948 222 644 Open 12:00
Private hostel (24, 16€) Hostel Ciudadela, left of the Camino at the end of Calle Mayor, on Calle Ciudadela. Kitchen. Tel 616 786 479
Private Hostel (30, 19€ including breakfast, January to December) Hostel Hemingway, from the Camino turn left down Calle Estafeta and continue straight on Calle Amaya for about 500m. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Tel 948 983 884 Book here!
Private hostel (26, 15€ with breakfast) Aloha Hostel, leave Plaza del Castillo by its south west corner, walk down Avenida San Ignacio to a roundabout, it's on Calle Sangüesa opposite and a little left. Kitchen. Good reports. Website www.alohahostel.es Tel 948 153 367 Book here!
Private hostel (18, 16€) Albergue Xarma on Calle Baja Navarra. The easiest way to get to it is from is to continue straight across the bridge at the roundabout with the fountain where the Camino veers right, before entering the city. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Buffet breakfast. Website www.xarmahostel.com Tel 948 046 449 Open 12:00 Book here!
Pamplona, with a population of 197,000, is the biggest city on the Camino Francés and has all services you're likely to need on or near the Camino. Tourist Information on Plaza Consistorial next to the Ayuntamiento. Supermarket Carrefour on Calle Mayor which is on the Camino, open all day and Sunday morning. Pilgrim shop Caminoteca on Calle Curia, open from 07:00 every day March to October, has everything for pilgrims, run by pilgrims from Hungary. Locutorio / Call Shop for SIM cards, internet, printing, on Calle San Lorenzo, right off Calle Mayor. Free WiFi on Plaza del Castillo. If you need to forward excess luggage there's a Post Office / Correos on Paseo Sarasate, just south west of Plaza del Castillo, open Monday to Friday 0830 to 2030 and Saturday 0930 to 1400. There are also has hotels to suit everyone's pockets. However, beware! Pamplona is popular for party / stag / hen weekends and some of the accommodation around the centre also caters for this clientèle. Pensión Escaray on Calle Nuevo has singles from 20€ and is recommended. The famous running of the bulls / encierro takes place here during the San Fermín festival from 7 to 14 July. During this time this otherwise pleasant and beautiful city becomes something resembling Backpacker Hell.
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