Luxury hotel holiday Palacio Guendulain Pamplona

Palacio Guendulain is a beautiful 4 star hotel in Pamplona, located in the old town. Enjoy the history and culture of Pamplona and sample the fine Basque cuisine in the hotel's restaurant or nearby bistros. Ideal to use as a base to explore further into the Basque region, the hotel is also perfect for a short stay as part of a longer touring holiday.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways to Bilbao
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona

Palacio Guendulain is a sumptuous 4-star hotel in an excellent central location. This opulent hotel, which is steeped in history, showcases the best of Basque history, culture and cuisine and an excellent base for exploring Pamplona.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is 8-minutes' walk from to the Citadel of Pamplona

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Bilbao Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is just under 2-hours' drive from Bilbao Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Gastronomic Restaurant, Bar serving light snacks, Rooftop Terrace, 24-hour Reception, Parking (charged), Collection of Carriages, Bicycle Hire and Laundry Service.

Land sports

Bicycle hire is available at the hotel.

Out and about nearby

Plaza del Castillo, Pamplona Catherdal and Plaza Principie de Viana are all less than 1km away.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 3 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code EXH1815

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona

Palacio Guendulain is a four star hotel in the heart of Pampalona's historic old town, occupying a grand 18th Century building. Formerly a family home for over two centuries, the hotel was briefly the royal residence of Queen Isabel II in 1845. Today, a museum of beautifully ornate carriages marks the opulent history of the hotel and flanks its inner courtyard. Palacio Guendulain is maintained and decorated to luxuriously high standards. Its staircase of shallow, pale stone steps spirals to the top floor whilst golden guilt furniture topped in marble embellishes its high ceilinged rooms. The 25 bedrooms are a welcoming blend of traditional and modern luxury. Displaying a simple elegance, the rooms are decorated in soft, pastel colours whilst wide armchairs and crisp bed linens offer guests the upmost comfort. A gastronomic restaurant, fit for the hotel's previous aristocratic inhabitants, is of impeccably high standards and has been mentioned in the Michelin guide for the past 5 years for its succulent meat and sea food tied with the earthy and spicy flavours of the Basque Country's cuisine. Head to the hotel's rooftop terrace to relax in the brilliant sunshine or watch the dwindling sunset over Pamplona's rooftops. Palacio Guendulain's location makes it ideal for days spent exploring Pamplona's old town, soaking up its history and culture.

Room descriptions

Palacio Guendulain has 25 rooms and suites containing complimentary Wi-Fi, TV, minibar and bathroom. Interconnecting rooms are possible.

Double Classic Room
Deluxe Double Room
Suite with separate living room, spacious bathroom and large wardrobes

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 3 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code EXH1815

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Bilbao. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet and Jet2 for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 2 hours' drive from the airport and we recommend that we book for you either a private car transfer or a hire-car, depending on the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: A cot for children under the age of 2 is free of charge.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double room for 3 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code EXH1815

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palacio Guendulain, Pamplona

About Spanish Basque country

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Basque Country in northern Spain include the very best four and five star hotels across the region, including seaside retreats, city properties and vineyard hotels in La Rioja. Lying at the point between the Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay is the Basque Country, a name which refers both to an autonomous community within Spain and to a larger cultural area which comprises parts of Spain and France. Known in Spanish as the Pais Vasco, you will find a unique culture here with fascinating traditions and a regional language which is widely spoken throughout. The region's key attraction is the closeness of both sea and country - the spectacular coastline boasts sweeping sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, stunning sunsets over the ocean and surf breaking on rocks; but only a short drive inland are rolling green hills and flower filled fields. Lying around 10 miles away from the north coast is the vibrant and energetic riverside city of Bilbao, whilst further east is San Sebastian, an elegant seaside resort set on a beautiful bay only a few miles away from the French border. Stretching away from the Basque coast and forming the border with France are the Pyrenees, where rocky mountains with waterfalls and lakes stretch into Navarre, a region which is dotted with unspoiled villages and mediaeval towns which line the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Further west are the undulating hills of La Rioja, a region whose name is synonymous with the fine wines that it produces. Although parts of the region are heavily industrialised, there are many areas of unspoiled countryside as well as over 150 miles of coastline, making it a superb destination for a luxury holiday. The natural environment has long played a huge role in the lives of the region's inhabitants, with charming fishing villages along the coast which celebrate marine festivals as well as mountain farmers inland whose traditions remain unchanged. Throughout the region, visitors are sure to experience the unique culture of the Basque country through its language, cuisine and traditions.

Cultural highlights of Spanish Basque country

Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum, a Frank Gehry-designed landmark which transformed the city. The charming old town of San Sebastian, located between the beach and the river. Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Country which is home to a mediaeval old town and two cathedrals. Guernica, a small town which was bombed during WWII and inspired a famous painting by Picasso. Fishing villages between Bilbao and San Sebastian including Bakio, Bermeo, Zumaia and Lekeitio, some of which are home to wonderful beaches and are also popular surf spots. Hondarribia, a historic town situated on the border with France. Pelota, a traditional ball game which is played throughout the region on a two-walled court. Numerous bars across the region which serve ‘pinchos’ (a Basque version of tapas), including those in Logroño. Wine-producing towns across La Rioja where visitors can enjoy cellar tours and wine tastings, which can also be enjoyed at the luxury vineyard hotels which we feature. Yuso and Suso Monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in La Rioja. The fortress city of Pamplona, renowned for the annual bull running festival.

Gastronomy of Spanish Basque country

The Basque Country is renowned for its varied and innovative cuisine, with numerous Michelin-starred restaurants found across the region. San Sebastian alone is home to eight Michelin-starred restaurants, two of which have been included within the top ten of Restaurant magazine's list of the world's 50 best restaurants. Wine is of course an incredibly important product, primarily in La Rioja which is known for its high-quality reds as well as a number of good white and rosé wines. A regional variation of tapas called ‘pinchos' can be found throughout the Basque Country and Navarre, frequently eaten as a snack in bars. Regional cooking varies according to location, with plenty of fresh fish and shellfish to be found along the coastline and a greater use of meat and game further inland. Local dishes include ‘Bacalao' (salt cod), ‘Marmitako' (fresh tuna stew), ‘Cordero al Chilindron' (spicy lamb stew) and ‘Txangurro relleno' (stuffed spider crabs).

Festivals in Spanish Basque country

19 to 20 January: San Sebastian Drum Festival, 29 June: Haro Wine Festival, 6 to 14 July: Los Sanfermines Bull Running Festival (Pamplona), July: San Sebastian Jazz Festival, 4 to 9 August: Festival of the Virgin Mary (Vitoria-Gasteiz), August: Bilbao's Big Week, September: San Sebastian International Film Festival, September: San Mateo Wine Festival (Logroño).

Climate in Spanish Basque country

The Basque Country's climate is generally quite mild and wet, although there is some variation between coastal and inland areas. The Basque coast experiences relatively high levels of rainfall, cold winters and warm summers where temperatures regularly reach 25 degrees, whilst some areas further south enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and little rain.

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