Pamplona

As famous as it is for the authentically mad but utterly thrilling Fiestas de San Fermín, when the bulls run, every July, Pamplona’s a place worth visiting any time of year. It’s a decent-sized city but its Casco Antiguo is where you want to be, and easy to explore: an amazing mash-up of buildings from all eras, cafes, twisting lanes, stone alleys, old shops, even older bars, medieval curiosities.