Pamplona is the capital city of the Autonomous Community of Navarre, in the north of Spain. It was founded by the Roman general Pompey, who named it Pompaelo in 75 B.C.
Pamplona is globally known as the headquarters of the international “San Fermín” festivities. But more than just a fiesta, today Pamplona is a modern and welcoming city where visitors can enjoy many attractions: strolling along the centenary city walls and cobbled streets, relaxing in the parks and terraces, trying some of the delicious “pinchos” in the bustling old part of town, visiting historical monuments, shopping, going to see first-class shows, or watching traditional sports such as “pelota”.
Pamplona stands out for its magnificent mediaeval city walls, considered one of the most interesting and best conserved defensive systems in Spain, and declared a National Monument. The Citadel makes up the great green space in Pamplona, 280,000 square metres in which pavilions, moats, bastions, ravelins, fortifications, other buildings and gentle slopes are places where you can relax or enjoy culture.
This city is very easy to navigate and most of its artistic heritage of interest lies within the walled perimeter in the historic quarter and is within walking distance from the Plaza del Castillo (Castle Square). The highest point is the Cathedral of Santa María(12th and 15th centuries), which hides one of the most beautiful Gothic cloisters in Europe behind its neo-classical façade.
There is a constant, steady flow of visitors, many of whom are pilgrims or hikers doing the Camino de Santiago (Route of St. James or Santiago Way), which crosses the city.
Pamplona is a green, walled and gourmet city, from where you can comfortably discover the best of Navarre.