The Taconera already appeared in city plans of 1719 as a park. It is always open to the public and its northernmost entrance, the Portal de San Nicolás
(1666), which is a Baroque recreation of a triumphal arch, is located in calle del Bosquecillo. Another entrance is through the Portal de La Taconera, next to the Antoniutti gardens.
La Taconera will captivate you in a matter of minutes. Walk over to the viewpoint on calle Navas de Tolosa to see the mini zoo in the moat of the old city walls
. Deer, rabbits, bucks, ducks, pheasants, swans, goats, peacocks and other ducks abound. Altogether about thirty different species live in a space that is decorated with a natural-sized and lit Nativity at Christmas. At the other end of the moat, on the north side, it another viewpoint to watch the animals through five beautiful pointed arches.
The park has very varied vegetation, with ancient and exotic trees. It is surrounded by part of the old city walls
of Pamplona, and also conserves ornamental elements that encourage the visitor to stop along the way: the Monument to the world-famous tenor Julián Gayarre (1844-1890) in the central section. Very nearby, another parterre pays tribute to the musician from Burlada Hilarión Eslava (1807-1878).
Hidden among the trees is the statue of the "Mariblanca"
(white virgin) from the end of the 18th century. This is one of the best-loved images in the city and represents and allegory of Abundance or Beneficence.
On its northern side the park has a viewpoint that offers excellent views of some neighbourhoods of Pamplona and the mountains behind. The old Portal de Santa Engracia (now called Portal Nuevo) is another point where you can enter or leave the park.
The youngsters also have a play area with a pretty drinking water fountain nearby. The Viennese café, previously used as a cycle hire hut, is a coquettish octagonal cafeteria
under the shadow of a twisted Japanese acacia tree where you can enjoy a wide range of coffees, teas and tasty cakes.
Larraina park is the natural continuation of La Taconera and has excellent views over the river Arga. The Antoniutti gardens are also nearby, with many trees and good shade that has a skating rink, a children's' play area and a skateboarding track.