Right in the heart of the Autonomous Community of Navarre, on a plain surrounded by mountains, lies Pamplona, the capital city of the Ancient Kingdom of Navarre. Founded in 75 B.C. by the Roman general Pompey on the ancient Vascon settlement of Iruña, it has been crossed by several cultures throughout the centuries and has always been an important stopping point on the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela.
Nowadays, with a population of almost 200,000 people, it is a welcoming, modern city with many large parks, full of charming corners with history. The Old Quarter, surrounded by walls and watched over by towers and belfries, is a medieval city of narrow streets, small squares, churches and noble houses.
Go deeper into the city and its stones will tell you its history. Feel the hospitality of the people of Pamplona. Take a stroll around the city walls and taste its pintxos (tapas) and its rich cuisine. Ignore tourist clichés; let yourself be enchanted by a historic city that has turned its main festivity, the festivals of San Fermín, into a synonym for the word ‘fiesta’ all over the world.
THE BEST SPOTS IN PAMPLONA
Pamplona City Hall.In Plaza Consistorial
Cathedral of Saint Mary. In Plaza Santa María
General Archive of Navarra . C/ Dos de Mayo
Bullring. Paseo de Hemingway, S/N
San Lorenzo Church. In C/Mayor, 74