On July 7th, one of the most popular festivals in Spain takes place: San Fermin in Pamplona. The festivities begin the night before with the Chupinazo and over a week, there are a large number of encierros, or the running of the bulls, the most popular activity.
Pamplona is a beautiful city, founded by the Romans, and crossed by the Way of St. James, so many times, it is a crossing point for many travelers. If this is your case and you only have a few hours to explore the city, you can follow this one day tour of Pamplona in order to discover its monuments, history, parks ….
This oriental-style park designed in 1997 by Japanese experts, contains all the elements of a traditional Japanese garden, such as ponds, bridges, waterfalls … A true relaxing corner.
The Citadel of Pamplona, also known as New Castle, is a former Renaissance fortification to military use, built between the 16th and 17th centuries. Currently, it is large garden where you can enjoy a large number of cultural activities within the historic buildings that still remain.
The Cathedral of Santa María la Real is ranked as the most complete cathedral complex which are preserved in Spain, as well as the parts we can usually find in other cathedrals, it still maintains the larder, dining hall, living room and capitual bedroom areas where the common life of the church took place.
Located in one of the oldest areas of the city of Pamplona, it is an ideal place to admire beautiful views of the surroundings. It has ponds, skating rinks, fountains and above all, many trees that make it a true oasis in the city center.
The Plaza del Castillo o Castle Square is the meeting point of the inhabitants of the city, as it is very close to Avenida Carlos III, the main shopping and business street of Pamplona.
6. Town Hall Square (Plaza Consistorial)
It is the most popular square of Pamplona, the Chupinazo, the act that marks the beginning of San Fermin, happens here.
7. Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)
It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. It was built in 1752, although currently, it only retains the original baroque facade.
It contains a large number of pieces for the artistic and archaeological heritage of Navarre, from prehistory to the twentieth century, as well as an extensive cultural program.
This medieval bridge is part of the urban trail of the city of Pamplona that crosses the Arga and it is traversed by the pilgrims, marking its arrival to the city.
10. Alfonso XII Fort
The Fort of Alfonso XII or the Fort of San Cristobal is a military fortress built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It never was used for defensive purposes, because it was completed in 1919 and it became obsolete with the advent of aviation. However, it was used as a military prison from 1934 to 1945.