Casco Viejo – Old Town:
The real essence of Pamplona lies in the beautiful Old Town. It is surrounded by the majestic walls, which were once established as defensive measures, and are now added to the sights to tour. The stone-paved streets reach the pedestrians to the historical attraction of the medieval churches and palaces.
The Castle Square is situated in the middle of the Old Town and it is followed by a line of cafes and restaurants. The Cathedral, City Hall and Navarre Museum are three major attractions of this area. After going through these, spare some more time for the three famous churches of Saint Nicolas, Saint Saturnino and Saint Lawrence.
The most popular street in the Old Town is definitely Estafeta Street. It is the main route through which the bulls run down during the festival of San Fermin and it also has a charm of its own!
Parque Natural Urbasa Andia:
This is natural area draws in visitors due to the panoramic views. It had been established as a Natural Park in 1997 and is preserved and protected since then. The water body is surrounded by extensive valleys and beech forests. The beech trees and grasslands have been historically present here, and the configuration of the park has been made around them. The Mountain Range of Andía cavities between the chasm and caves and the pastures include cattle which graze and inhabit the area.
Fortress and Walls of Pamplona:
Just as most walls of Pamplona had been created for defending the people from invaders, this too had been built for a similar cause. It includes a citadel which was protected by the walls around. It had been built between 1571 and 1645 and was the first one in Iberian Peninsula. Pamplona is referred to as the ‘City-Fortress’ and the origin of the name started with this establishment. It was pivotal of the military force when Pompey founded his camp during the winters of 75-74 BC.
The Town Halls reflects the architectural qualities which have been blended in different styles. The three lower floors boast of the beauty of Baroque style, while the top portion has Neoclassic. The Baroque style includes Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian designs, and makes it look classy and exclusive. There is a big clock at the top and the façade has made of wrought iron. The sculptures of Prudence and Justice beside the main door, and the statues of Hercules and Fame at the top are specific portions of the building people take time and see. There is a tradition to light the ‘chupinazo’ rocket from this balcony before starting the festival of San Fermin.
Parque de La Taconera:
At present, this is a public park, situated in the middle of the city. The walled parts have been modified at present, but they still project the fortifications built in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are monuments spread all around the park and they are dedicated to eminent characters in the history of Navarre. Natural lovers must not miss out to spend an hour or two in this well-maintained ground.