A Guide to Dining in Pamplona During the Fiesta De San Fermín
A short guide to the Gastronomy of Navarra and where to dine during the Fiesta, provided by
Iberian Traveler, a premier provider of luxury food, wine and cultural tours in Spain, Portugal &
the south of France.
Seattle, WA, June 15, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Most people traveling to Spain for the first time will need to
make some minor adjustments to their normal eating habits. This holds true both for the north and south,
especially during the summer months when the days are long and don't cool down until after 9:00 pm.
Eating times come later in Spain than foreign guests are used to, especially in summer.
Desayuno - Breakfast is typically the lightest meal of the day, something simple after a late night dinner
the night before. Visitors to the city for the fiesta should be able to find some sort of packaged pastry and
espresso at any bar or restaurant open in the early morning hours, but during Sanfermín breakfast is not
served until around 8:30, after the encierro.
During Sanfermines it's always “bulls before breakfast.”
Be sure to try churros (fried crullers) and hot chocolate in the morning. This is quite popular in Pamplona
as well as Madrid. The most lively spot for this typical Spanish breakfast is the bar in the Hotel
Maisonnave in the old city.
There is also the traditional mid-morning break, called the Almuerzo, generally served between 10:30 and
noon, when the first tapas (pintxos in the Basque country) of the day are served, including a tortilla
espanola (a potato omelet) with pan (fresh bread) or a bocadillo (a filled baguette).
Comida - Lunch, which is generally considered the main meal of the day, begins after 1:00, but is usually
closer to 2:00 for most people. This holds true during the fiesta and is often starts even later on the
weekends. This is also a major social hour for time with family and friends. Note: butter is seldom served
after the morning hours unless requested.
Cena - Dinner in the north typically begins at around 9:30 and i