This is probably the most famous street in Pamplona, since here is where the bulls run before getting to the bullring.
We can see the holes where the barrier is installed. The remaining of the year it is a centrally situated street with lots of people and souvenir shops and bars. It is really nice to walk the street and see the shop windows, they have classic and very interesting facades.
This beautiful work of art by Rafael Huerta is located in the city center, overlooking the bullring. It's amazing how everything is prepared to the smallest detail, the drawings of the soles of the sandals, the wrinkles in the scarves, the faces filled with anguish of the runners ... Shame it was raining!
Built in an oriental style, this park was designed in 1997 by Japanese landscapers, so it contains all the elements of a garden that is imported from the culture of the Rising Sun. That means it includes all its pampering, refinements, and delicacies. The park is a symbol of the twinning of the cities of Pamplona and Yamaguchi, near Hiroshima, which took place in 1980. It was built as a reminder of the evangelization of St. Francis Xavier, patron of Navarra since the sixteenth century.
The first time you come here you don't believe it is the famous San Fermin Square that looks so great on TV. It is exactly that what attracts thousands of people every year to kick off these parties. Check out the council, a solitary building with a very pretty and ornate facade.
This military construction dates back to 1571 when Philip II aimed to address the attacks of the French army against his country. Currently aimed at cultural uses, it is surrounded by a large green area which is the heart of the city of Pamplona. Not that this place particularly drew my attention, but it is a peaceful place to wander around while enjoying the outdoors.
What pleasantly surprised me was what I found at the data points in the area. Besides the typical informational signs there were other plates, also related to the Citadel, but these, instead of being printed, were recorded in the Braille alphabet (this is a writing and reading system for the blind). These details show, in my opinion, that there are things that people don't do simply because there is no interest, not because they are not able to do it.
The Plaza del Castillo joins the old zone with the new zone of Pamplona. It's a large, open, pedestrian space where you can relax with a drink on a terrace while admiring the surrounding buildings, or attend some of the many events and markets that are held here in the area. You will see a lot of activity in this square, which is the nerve center of the city.
Taconera Gardens are one of the greatest places in Pamplona. The gardens are old but give a very romantic flavor to the city. It is nearly 90,000 square meters in size, where you can walk among trees, manicured gardens, along the ramparts and moats ... Throughout these walks you find numerous fountains, statues and monuments such as Julian Gayarre or the the Mariblanca that once presided over the famous castle. Children can have fun on the swings there. There are lots of animals living in the gardens, including deer, goats, rabbits and peacocks.
Who hasn't heard of San Fermin? Thousands of people dressed in white with red scarves prepare to welcome locals and tourists to the Running of the Bulls. The party atmosphere is great fun, with a number of cultural activities scheduled, not just the traditional bullfighting. You'll need to get to the bullring early, at about 6 am, to be sure to get a good spot. It starts to fill up little by little, and before long it's completely packed. What an atmosphere! Book a hotel room early to avoid disappointment, and rest assured that you can explore the whole centre on foot.
Pamplona Cathedral is a Gothic church built because of the collapse of the former cathedral in 1389. Construction began in the late 14th century and was finally completed in the 16th century. Its structure bears a strong stylistic unity. It has 3 naves with side chapels, cruise accused in plan and elevation, and strange polygonal presbytery ambulatory of pentagonal and hexagonal sections.
After walking all day, we went straight to the Yamaguchi Park to visit the Pamplona Planetarium. It is the largest planetarium in the Iberian peninsula, built of brick, with a dome of 20 meters. The red makes a striking contrast with the greens of the surrounding landscape. It represents the solar system, and on the roof there is a striking window with zodiac signs. Before entering, we dedicated some time to visiting the exhibition about the lives of astronauts in space. There were various samples of spacesuits and dehydrated food, in cans or sachets. It seems incredible to imagine the number of gadgets necessary to survive up there. One inside the projection room, we settled into the reclined seats, ready to enjoy the panoramic show. I think their website is worth a visit, as it has plenty of entertaining information on the subject. They also offer plenty of activities to introduce kids to astronomy.
You can go inside the Corte Inglés if you want to, but really the exterior is the best part. It's certainly an impressive building and is located right next to the Citadel. If you're lucky enough to be there when the sun goes down, you can see the beautiful shadows making surprising shapes on the building.
This fortified church was built to defend the village of San Nicolas. Today there's only one watchtower remaining of the original three, and the entire perimeter of the church is surrounded by fortified porches. In the corner you can see a representation of St Nicolas' seal in stone. The floor is made of oak, and there are several numbered graves set into it, with coats of arms belonging to noble families. There's a beautiful crucifixion and a carving of St Nicolas on the old altarpiece. The large Baroque organ is one of the most important in Pamplona. Entrance is free.
On this hill, at one end of the old town of Pamplona, is where the San Fermin festival begins, just below the little saint which is embedded in the wall.
This street is very narrow and quite steep, making it a rough start for the bulls. Next door you'll find a small church, and in the lower part of the slope you'll find the end of the old part of Pamplona, with sweeping views of the valley.
Pamplona is famous for the running of the bulls, which takes place in the streets of the city in mid-July, on the occasion of the feast of St Fermin, the patron saint of the city. At other times of the year, this place is a separate part from the life of the city; it's hard to imagine the spectacle that takes place here. In the square, you can see a bust of Hemingway, who was fond of Pamplona and its most famous festival.
This is one of the most beautiful areas in Pamplona. You can relax and enjoy solitude, silence, and shade. There are good temperatures in spring and summer, and an amazing view of all the gardens surrounding the city. Snow in winter is common here, so here are some pictures of the park under a carpet of pure white. It's a beautiful haven of peace, just two minutes' walk from anywhere in the centre. Proof that there's more to Pamplona than the festival of San Fermin.
The aqueduct was declared a cultural monument a few years ago, ensuring its care and maintenance. Noáin Township is located about 5 km from Pamplona. It was opened in 1790 to carry water from the spring of Subiza to Pamplona, as there wasn't enough drinking water in the capital. The solution was the construction of this enormous aqueduct, with a total of 97 arches stretching approximately 16 km. Some of the arches measure up to 18m high, currently there are only 94 and they had to destroy the other 3 in order to make way for the railway and the highway that runs through it now. In 1895 it stopped being used, with a new source of water being found in Arteta.
Gutierrez is one of those stores that have been able to survive the passage of time without losing its essence. For more than 170 years, it has stood in Pamplona's Plaza del Ayuntamiento, selling berets, hats, sandals, costumes, textiles, and more. When I lived in Pamplona, a glance at the old red facade would transport me back in time. I bought my favourite pair of sandals here.
There are many things to see in Pamplona as it is a city rich in both architectural and cultural heritage.
Religious attractions in Pamplona include the Catedral de Santa María la Real, the most complete cathedral complex in Spain. In addition to this church, cloister, and vestry, the chancery, refectory, chapter, and bedroom are also preserved, and a tour around the complex should be at the top of the list of stuff to do in Pamplona. The cloister is considered a marvel of European Gothic art.
You should also visit San Saturnino Church, a religious Catholic building in the Old Quarter of the city that attracts thousands of tourists each year and is one of the many Pamplona attractions.
If looking for what to do in Pamplona regarding civil architecture, one of the most famous places to visit in Pamplona is the Citadel or New Castle. It's a Renaissance fortification that was formerly used by the military, and was built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Much of it is used as a garden and for cultural activities. Also relevant Pamplona activities are a visit to the Plaza del Castillo, located in the city center, which is considered the "living room" of Pamplona, and the House Comptos of Navarra, one of the most iconic things to do in Pamplona.