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Pamplona - Castle square
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Pamplona - University of Navarra
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Pamplona - Magdalena bridge
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Pamplona - City Walls' surroundings
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Founded by the Romans and located on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago, Pamplona is now a modern and welcoming city with a wide range of activities that include walking around century-old walls and cobbled streets; resting in parks and terraces; trying its delicious tapas (or pinchos as they're known locally); visiting historical monuments; attending great shows or watching traditional sports such as Basque pelota.

Furthermore, its central location makes it the perfect place from which to discover the region's diversity at your leisure. We present you with the main locations for leisure and culture in the capital of Navarre, as well as the best of its history.

. The mark of Rome: 75 B.C. The Roman general Pompey established his camp on high ground where the cathedral stands today and where an old Basque people already existed. He founded the city and gave it the name of Pompaelo. Pamplona later fell into the hands of the Visigoths and the Muslims.

. Capital of a Kingdom and the consolidation of a single city: in the Middle Ages, the city first became the capital of the Kingdom of Pamplona and later of the Kingdom of Navarre. The desire to repopulate the city by successive kings led to the area being segregated into three walled boroughs: Navarrería, San Cernín and San Nicolás. The constant battles between Basques and Franks from different hamlets led King Carlos III the Noble to sign the 'Privilege of Union' in 1423, through which Pamplona became a single city. The Jurería (a new town hall) was built, a new coat of arms was created for the city and the construction of future internal fortifications was prohibited.

. Pamplona, a true bastion: after Navarre became part of Castile in 1512-1515 Pamplona became an outpost for the Spanish crown against France. Its image as a fortress-city is reinforced by the construction of the Citadel and the new city walls (16th-18th centuries).

. The new Pamplona: in the 18th century the city began to modernise. Lighting, drains, a new town hall, Neoclassical fountains, etc. The process was interrupted, however, by the invasion of Napoleon's troops. In 1915, part of the walls was knocked down to allow the city to expand, and this period was accompanied by industrial, social and cultural development that continued right up to the Pamplona of today. It is a green city with high standards of healthcare and education, but above all, it is a welcoming place full of hospitable people.

. Cathedral of Santa Maria (14th and 15th centuries): the sobriety of its Neoclassical façade is in contrast with the Gothic aesthetic inside. The jewel in the building's crown is the cloister, considered to be one of the most exquisite examples of the Gothic style and an essential stop-off during your visit. There are two beautiful doors here as well as a chapel with a stellar vault. [+ info]
. The three boroughs and their fortified churches: la Navarrería, San Cernin and San Nicolás, each one with its own layout and fortress-church (the cathedral in la Navarrería, the church of San Saturnino and the church of San Nicolás) were the origin of what is the old part of the Mediaeval city today, surrounded by walls and narrow streets, small squares and palaces, and protected by towers and bell towers.

. Pamplona City Hall: situated in the heart of the city's old part, its location is no coincidence. King Carlos III 'the Noble' declared the 'Privilege of Union' in 1423 and ordered the construction of this building in the place where the three mediaeval boroughs came together, as a symbol of the consolidation of a single city. Its colourful façade, combining baroque and neoclassical styles, is especially noteworthy. The central balcony on the second floor is the scene of the launching of the ceremonial rocket ("chupinazo") that signals the beginning of the San Fermín festival every July 6th.[+ info]

. Museum of Navarre, Kingdom: an old hospital converted into a museum, it is an essential stop-off for anyone who wishes to learn more about the art and history of Navarre from prehistoric times to today. Inside the museum you will be able to admire items as important as the Mozarabic chest from the Monastery of Leire or Goya's portrait of the Marquis of San Adrián. [+ info]

. Mediaeval walls: 3 miles of walls, bastions, gates, demilunes, ravelins and forts provide this defensive feature with the sobriety and sophistication that were enough to make it a National Monument. Indeed, it is considered one of the most interesting and best-conserved defensive complexes in Spain. Get to know its history in the new Centre of the Fortifications of Pamplona.

. Palaces of interest: the Royal Archive, the Palacio del Condestable and the Diputación Foral (Government building): The Royal and General Archive of Navarre, the old Kings' Palace, is an emblematic 13th-century building which underwent renovation work by the renowned architect Rafael Moneo and which maintains its vaulted Gothic room and interior arched patio intact. . The Palacio del Condestable is the only example of 16th-century civil architecture in Pamplona. The palace has been restored so that its original appearance and elements such as its fanciful corner have been recovered, and nowadays it is home to the legacy and music of the brilliant violinist Pablo Sarasate. The Palace of Navarre, popularly known as "la Diputación" is the seat of the regional government. It is an emphatic neoclassical building that contains beautiful rooms such as the Throne Room. The building's clock chimes Navarre's anthem every day at 12pm. Its garden is home to the city's tallest tree, a 150-year-old 37-metre-high sequoia.

. Castle Square: the square at the heart of the city. An imperfect four-sided area from which the narrow streets of the old town start, the square is surrounded by a large number of colourful 18th-century houses with their eye-catching rows of balconies, turrets, attics and large windows. Ernest Hemingway's mark is also present in many of the square's locations, such as the mythical Café Iruña, the Gran Hotel La Perla or the Txoko bar.

. The Planetarium: located in Yamaguchi park, its projection dome, 20 metres in diameter, is one of the biggest in the world. The Tornamira room brings together sophisticated projecting systems of stars, planets, images of all kinds, video and special effects. It has a permanent programme of shows that feature themes relating astronomy to our cultural surroundings and is also an auditorium and exhibition room.

. Rincón del Caballo Blanco and Plazuela de San José: at a corner of the city walls, this is a place full of charm and mediaeval atmosphere. The terrace of the bar located here is popular when the warm weather arrives. As well as enjoying the views over north and east Pamplona, you can also be entertained by open-air concerts. Walk from here underneath a "hanging house" to reach the coquettish San José square (which gets its name from the side façade of the Cathedral that opens out onto this small square), where you will be able to see the city's oldest house, search for the way out through a street called Salsipuedes (translated as "get out if you can") or admire Pamplona's only fountain that doubles up as a street light.

. The Ciudadela (citadel), the city's fortress and largest open space: considered to be the best example of military architecture from the Spanish Renaissance, on the inside it contains other fortresses and smaller buildings - el Polvorín, el Horno, la Sala de Armas - which are used for cultural and leisure activities and exhibitions. Both inside and around the enclosure, meadows and trees fill moats and glacis, areas that the people of Pamplona use for walking, playing football or jogging.[+ info]

. A mini-zoo in the moat at La Taconera: this pretty park created in the style of Versailles holds quite a few surprises: gates in the style of triumphal arches, illustrious monuments like the one to the tenor Julián Gayarre and old sculptures such as the popular 'Mariblanca', pointed arches, fountains and a smart coffee house. But the park's most curious element is, without a doubt, the small zoo located in the moat, in which deer, ducks, pheasants, goats, swans and peacocks live together. [+ info]

. La Media Luna: one of the most romantic and oldest parks in the city, it is shaped like a waning crescent moon and bears the mark of the architect Victor Eúsa. Its vantage points over the Arga river offer great views of a skyline that is an eternal feature in the work of Navarre's artists, taking in the bell towers of the Cathedral and mediaeval churches, as well as the market gardens of La Magdalena below. It is also home to a fishpond, a giant sequoia, and a monument to the musician Pablo Sarasate. [+ info]

. Yamaguchi: the result of the twinning between Pamplona and this Japanese city, the park was built with the typical elements of a Japanese garden. Plants and tree species, some indigenous, live alongside decorative elements such as the suhama (beach), azumaya (little house on the lake), yatsubashi and ishibasi (footbridges), taki (waterfall) or the geyser on the lake - a jet of water that reaches a height of twenty metres. [+ info]

Did you know that...?

Festival of International Tourist Interest:

. Fiestas of San Fermin ( 6-14 july).



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  • Cinema
  • Discotheque
  • Fronton
  • Guided visits
  • Health centre
  • Internet
  • Medical centre
  • Outdoor sports area
  • Petrol station
  • Pharmacy
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  • Pub
  • Restaurant / coffee-houses
  • Shpping centre
  • Spa
  • Sports centre
  • Supermarket / shop
  • Swimming-pool
  • Theatre
  • Tourist Office

Wifi zone: 

Consulte las zonas wifi gratuitas de la ciudad aquí.


el mercado semanal se celebra los domingos por la mañana (salvo julio y agosto) en el polígono Landaben, calle A.


*Para moverse por Pamplona, utilice el servicio de autobuses urbanos "las villavesas". Acceda al buscador de líneas para conocer recorridos, frecuencias, horarios y paradas.

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