In rain or shine, you’ll want to make sure to visit the best museum in the city – the Museo de Navarra. Situated in the Old Quarter, it’s housed in the former hospital of Our Lady of Mercy and traces the history of the region of Navarra from prehistoric times to the present day. It showcases many works of art including the Marquis of San Adrián, painted by Francisco de Goya. One of its highlights is the Roman mosaic of the Triumph of Bacchus.
Calle de Santo Domingo, 47, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain +34 848 42 64 92
If you want to truly escape the rain, then what could be better than zooming off into space? The Pamplona Planetarium first opened in 1993 and since then has provided an excellent educational space for both kids and adults. As well as learning all about space and the science of our solar system, you can spend time here browsing exhibitions or joining in events and workshops.
Located on the university campus, the Universidad de Navarra is a huge art museum, covering 11,000 square meters (118,400 square feet), and designed by Rafael Moneo. It has two collections: one of contemporary art and the other of photography. You can spend hours here on a rainy afternoon admiring works by the greats, from Pablo Picasso and Wassili Kandinsky to Mark Rothko and Eduardo Chillida.
Food is always a good idea when it’s raining, so why not make your way to one of the best pintxos bars in the city? Bar Gaucho is an award-winning bar where delicious meals are served in miniature. Try the pulpo (octopus) with creamy mashed potato, sea urchin or scrambled eggs sprinkled with grated truffles.
Hiding out in a cafe is the perfect way to while away a rainy afternoon, and Café Iruña is one of the best in the city. Located on Plaza del Castillo, the cafe is a Pamplona institution, which first opened in 1888. Decorated in period lamps, gilt-edged mirrors and elegant pillars, you’ll certainly have a lot to look at here. The author Ernest Hemingway spent much of his time here when he lived in the city, and there is a sculpture of him sitting at the bar.
Plaza del Castillo, 44, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain +34 948 22 20 64
Duck inside Pamplona’s magnificent Catedral de Santa María la Real to keep dry. It has a striking neoclassical façade and a majestic Gothic interior. Most of the cathedral was built during the 14th and 15th centuries, and at the time it was one of Spain’s most important cathedrals. It was here where many kings and queens were crowned.
Calle Curia, s/n, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain +34 948 22 56 79
Kukuxumusu is a great Pamplona souvenir shop, which is an ideal place to head to when it’s wet outside. The store first opened here back in 1989 and today has branches all over Spain. Inside you’ll find everything from shoes and umbrellas to t-shirts and bags printed with their funny cartoony designs. The store’s mascot is a blue bull, which has become associated with the city’s famous San Fermín festival for many years.