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BALUARTE CONGRESS CENTER AND AUDITORIUM OF NAVARRA

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Plaza del Baluarte s/n
31002 Pamplona-Iruña, Navarra
Spain

GPS Coordinates

Longitude: 42º 48′ 49″ N
Latitude: 1º 38′ 50″ W

Opened in 2003 and designed by the architect Francisco Javier Mangado, the Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra was built in order to become a meeting point for science, art and culture. It is one of the biggest auditoriums in Spain. It receives its name due to the remains of San Anton’s bastion, which was destroyed at the end of the 19th century. These remains were discovered during the construction of the building.

This building is located in the center of Pamplona-Iruña, next to other emblematic buildings such as the Citatel or Navarra’s Parliament. It is a three-floor, modern construction in the shape of an L. From the outside, it is seen as a big, dark-gray granite block. However, on the inside, it turns out to be a heart-warming space with wooden walls that hold three exposition rooms (The Wall, Lower Floor and Mezzanine) and three conference rooms (Gola, Boulevard and Crown). This building also holds two big concert rooms: the Symphony Room or Main Auditorium (1.560 people) and the Chamber Hall (500 people).

This architectural work hosts a great number of artists and events every year due to its extensive activity program. The Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra is, therefore, a gathering place that combines the technological necessities of the 21st century and the homelike atmosphere of the center of a welcoming city such as Pamplona-Iruña.

TOURISM

Pamplona-Iruña is a center of culture, arts and tradition that echoes internationally. As a mixture of the tradition provided by the Santiago Way and the exhilaration of the international San Fermin festivities, Pamplona-Iruña rises as a city that provides both an ancient and spirited atmosphere for everyone who visits it. Its medieval city walls evoke the great history that the Romans left when they founded it. Since then, this community has been developed, combining the best of ancient and modern times.

Therefore, Pamplona-Iruña offers many places to visit, as well as many activities to do:

WHAT TO SEE

The City Walls of Pamplona-Iruña

This five-kilometer construction is one of the best-preserved walls in Spain.

St. Mary’s Cathedral 

Its neoclassical front contrasts with the gothic interior of this cathedral, built in the 14th and 15th century. It is a mandatory stop in the Santiago Way.

Pamplona-Iruña City Hall

This building was built in the old center of Pamplona-Iruña, to join the different counties that surrounded it, becoming a symbol of union for the people.

Chapel of San Fermín

This chapel, located in St. Lorenzo’s Church, is a religious meeting point during the San Fermin festivities.

The Palace of Navarra 

This majestic building that rises in the heart of Pamplona-Iruña is decorated with exquisite art such as a portrait of Fernando VII painted by Goya and a great tapestry of the battle of Navas de Tolosa (1212).

The Citatel 

The Citatel, or New Castle, was built in the 16th and 17th century to provide protection for the city. It has been named World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

POPULAR FESTIVITIES IN PAMPLONA-IRUÑA

San Fermín Festivities

These festivities are celebrated from the 6th to the 14th of July. During this time of the year, the city blooms with the red and white colors of the typical outfit of this celebration. People from all over the world come to Pamplona-Iruña to celebrate one of the most recognized events in Spain: the San Fermin festivities. Apart from the most famous bull runs, there are also other activities organized such as processions, bull fights and fireworks, which flood the city with their cheer and liveliness.

TRANSPORT

AIRPORTS

Pamplona-Iruña Airport (PNA) (Spain)

http://www.aena.es/es/aeropuerto-pamplona/index.html

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 6,5km, 10′

How to reach Pamplona-Iruña Airport

Bilbao Airport (BIO) (Spain)

http://www.aena.es/es/aeropuerto-bilbao/index.html

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 159km, 1h 50′.

How to reach Bilbao Airport (BIO)

Biarritz-Anglet-Bayona Airport (BIQ) (France)

http://biarritz.aeroport.fr/es/

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 101km, 1h 27′

How to reach Biarritz-Anglet-Bayona Airport (BIQ)

CAR ROUTES

From Madrid to Pamplona-Iruña

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 393km

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From Barcelona to Pamplona-Iruña

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 485km

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From Bilbao to Pamplona-Iruña

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 156km

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TRAIN ROUTES

Train Station in Pamplona-Iruña

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 2km

More info on train schedules

From Madrid (Atocha Station) to Pamplona-Iruña Train Station

Estimated time: 3h 5min

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From Barcelona Sants Train Station to Pamplona-Iruña Train Station

Estimated time: 4h

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From Bilbao Train Station to Pamplona-Iruña Train Station (with transfer)

Estimated time: 4h 20min

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BUS ROUTES

Pamplona-Iruña Bus Station

Distance to Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Navarra: 300m

How to reach

More info about schedules of both urban and national buses.

URBAN BUSES

From Pamplona-Iruña Bus Station to Baluarte

Line L16: From Av. Gipuzkoa rot Cuatrovientos to C/Padre Moret (Baluarte)

Estimated time: 14min.
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Line L21 San Ignacio: From Av. Gipuzkoa rot Cuatrovientos to C/Padre Moret (Baluarte)

Estimated time: 14min.
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From Pamplona-Iruña Renfe Station to Baluarte

Line L9 Upna: From Renfe Station to C/Navas de Tolosa, 13

Estimated time: 19min.
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INTERURBAN BUSES

From Madrid (Exchanger Avenida América) to Pamplona-Iruña Bus Station

Estimated time: 5h 15min.
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From Barcelona Nord Bus Station to Pamplona-Iruña Bus Station (with transfer)

Estimated time: 6h 5min.
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From Bilbao Bus Station to Pamplona-Iruña Bus Station (with transfer)

Estimated time: 3h 30min.
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