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Guide to Pamplona

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Guide to Pamplona – Introduction

You’ve more than likely to have heard of Pamplona through either Ernest Hemingway, the annual running of the bulls festival, or, more likely, both. The San Fermin festival, held in July is of course the city’s major talking point and headline grabbing event, but there is much more to Pamplona as economic, cultural and financial capital of Navarra.

The original Basque settlement of Iruña was overcome and settled by the Roman commander Pompey, who in 75BC founded the town of Pompaelo, what was to become modern day Pamplona. Although there followed brief occupation by the regular players in Spanish history (Muslims and Visigoths), Pamplona quickly became the capital of the Kingdom of Navarra. With it’s position close to the French border and at the foothills of the Pyrenees, Pamplona was a classic fortress town, made wealthy by it’s position.

Pamplona is a lovely place, and worth visiting at any time of the year. It is regularly ranked as the Spanish city with the highest standard of living, and that can be noted in it’s ordered streets, pleasant old town and fabulous array of bars and restaurants. The area by the river is a great spot for a stroll and with it’s jovial atmosphere and excellent day trips, by the end you’ll wonder why the bulls and runners in the San Fermin festival seem in such a hurry to run through it.

What to See and Do in Pamplona

  1. Start with a stroll – Pamplona is best enjoyed in the old fashioned way. Wander from the pretty riverfront to the old town, taking in the old city walls and charming architecture.
  2. Visit Pamplona’s spectacular Cathedral. Started in the 13th Century, the Catedral de Santa Maria la Real features a beautiful cloister and a facade designed by the famed Ventura Rodriguez.
  3. Take in the 16th century Citadel, a large construct in the south west of the city featuring a number of interesting expositions. The Citadel is positioned in a lovely green area of parks and outdoor space, so if you have time, take a mind-clearing stroll in amongst the flora and fauna.
  4. Head back towards the river and visit the Museo de Navarra, detailing the rich and varied history of this fiercely independent region.
  5. Go to the majestic Plaza del Castillo (the central square) during the day or at night, which down the years has been used for everything from bullfights to fiestas to public demonstrations and even a market. Sit down and enjoy a drink, people watching in the Navarrese capital.

Where to Stay in Pamplona

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