8 Best Things To Do In Pamplona, Spain!

things to do in pamplona spain

Pamplona is famous for many reasons, but mostly for its Running of the Bulls event in the summer. People travel all over the world for this timeless famous event. Streets are full and travelers intermingle with locals to appreciate the culture of Pamplona. Full of history and traditions, residents and travelers appreciate the rich culture of Pamplona while walking through the beautiful sights in Pamplona. This city is easy to navigate and full of ancient gems.

1. Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls 2014
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Running of the Bulls is an event in July holding parades of Gigantes (Giants) and Cabezudos (Bigheads) and a procession of San Fermin (Sain Firmianus). Throughout the event, bullfights are held. The event started as a functional way to transport the bulls through the city, but now it works as a form of entertainment. Every year, between 50 and 100 proper become injured during the run, but Pamplona is doing what it can to keep guests safe by adding a double wooden fence. This July event is a must for travelers!

Running of the Bulls

Website: Running of the Bulls

2. Cathedral de Pamplona

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Cathedral de Pamplona is located just inside the ancient town of Pamplona. Built in the 15th century, the cathedral is a Gothic stylistic achievement. Travelers can visit the cathedral and look at the glorified adorations of the 15th century including, the alabaster tomb of Charles III the Noble, the Capilla Mayor, famous paintings and the Capilla Barbanazana. Travelers have the chance to walk through the Cathedral and marvel and religious wonders of Pamplona and Spain. This cathedral is free and worthy of your time!

Cathedral de Pamplona

Address: Calle Curia, s/n, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain

Website: Cathedral de Paplona

3. Plaza del Castillo

Plaza del Castillo originally was a stage for bullfights, but in 1844 it became a social gathering. Currently, many people refer to the Plaza as “Pamplona’s living-room.” The Plaza provides a large amount of shade to combat the intense Spanish heat of Pamplona. It is a meeting place for locals to shop, go for a drink or sit with friends. The bandstand of the Plaza was installed in the 1940s and is located in the middle of the square. Travelers must see this cultural artifact!

Plaza del Castillo

Website: Plaza del Castillo

4. Plaza de Toros and Bullfighting Monument

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Plaza de Toros is the Bullring of Pamplona named in honor of bullfighting fan Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway wrote the novel “The Sun Also Rises” about Hemingway’s venture to Pamplona and his unique experiences in Spain. Within the Plaza, four panels make a makeshift area for the bullfighting.

The Bullfighting Monument created by sculptor Rafael Huerta Celaya is 11 meters (36 feet) in length and created from bronze. These statues truly convey the emotions and anxious expressions of the bulls while running through Pamplona. The statue provides the opportunity for travelers to experience the run firsthand. By looking into the statue, travelers have the chance to experience what it would have been like to be a spectator during the original Running of the Bulls.

Plaza de Toros and Bullfighting Monument

Address: Paseo de Hemingway and Avenida Roncesvalles, Pamplona

5. Parque de la Taconera

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After a day of monument visiting, travelers should venture to Parque de la Taconera to see the ancient walls of the Old Town and gardens of almost 100,000 square meters (1,080,000 square feet). The gardens showcase various flowers and trees. Along the park fountains, statues and monuments are sprinkled throughout. Many animals also habitat in the gardens including deer, goats, rabbits and peacocks! The park is home to a small zoo and Viennese Cafe for travelers to explore. This park is a must see in Pamplona!

Parque de la Taconera

Address: Calle de la Taconera, 6, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain

6. Pamplona Town Hall

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Pamplona is full of amazing Baroque architecture which includes one of the most famous buildings, the Pamplona Town Hall. When walking through the beautiful historic Pamplona, travelers pass by the Town Hall without even taking the opportunity to marvel at Pamplona’s past. The iconic Town Hall is in the center and stunning at night when it is lit. During the Running of the Bulls, it is jam packed and decorated with flags. Viewers line the streets and balconies to view the amazing and catastrophic event. Make sure you don’t just pass by this gem!

Pamplona Town Hall

Address: Plaza Consistorial, s/n, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain

Website: Town Hall

7. Fortress and Walls of Pamplona

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Within the walls of Pamplona lives the rich history of Pamplona. The fortress was built during the 16th and 18th century and now serves as a place to explore the city’s heritage. The fortress is huge and well preserved with original buildings and well-kept gardens. The fortress is perfect for an after-dinner evening stroll through the city. When traveling it is very important to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city, especially when visiting the beautiful Pamplona.

Fortress and Walls of Pamplona

Address: Avenida del Ejercito, Pamplona, Spain

Website: Fortress and Walls of Pamplona

8. Parque Natural Urbasa Andia

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Travelers must visit the beautiful mountains of Parque Natural Urbasa Andia. Travelers have the option to walk the trails or drive along the path. There is no entry charge and sometimes travelers are especially lucky when the fog rolls over. The park is a beautiful way to escape the rigorous city of Pamplona with beautiful pools and decadent waterfalls. The winding roads offer multiple viewpoints with little traffic.

Parque Natural Urbasa Andia

Address: C/Gonzalez Tablas 9, Pamplona, Spain

Website: Parque Natural Urbasa Andia (in Spanish)

Pamplona is more than just “Running of the Bulls!"

A visit to Pamplona will enrich travelers in a unique way with its ability to captivate the soul. Whether it is the Bullfighting Monument or the Cathedral de Pamplona, Pamplona will steal the hearts of those who let them explore.

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