Tourist Places To Visit In Pamplona
A city for thrill-seekers, Pamplona is famous for being a historically significant city for the ancient act of Bull-fighting and more recently the running with the bulls, San Fermin Festival. However, the city is full of other cultural and historically relevant structures that tend to surprise most visitors with their beauty and elegance. Some of the best tourist-spots includes the Plaza De Toros, Catedral De Pamplona, Museo De Navarra and the public park called the Citadadela. There is a general combination of Baroque, Romanesque and even Moorish influences on the historic structures. There is something unique on offer here to suit every kind of visitor preference.
San Fermin Festival (Plaza De Toros)
The second half of July sees the annual San Fermin Festival place take place which involves the running of the bulls. This takes place at the Plaza De Toros in the morning, making it one of the best places to visit in the city. This festival is the star attraction of the city and draws thousands of visitors from all over the world. Try and rent an apartment with a window to check out the festivities.
Museo De Navarra
A historic structure dating back to the 1500’s, it is a must-visit for lovers of art and design as it houses some stunning paintings and sculptures from the Roman, Moorish and Medieval time periods. Some of the most noted artists here include both Morales and Becerra.
Catedral De Pamplona
Another one of the best places to check out is the Pamplona Cathedral, built in the 15th century and drawing design influences from the Gothic style. Then later on in the 17th century Neo-classical inspiration saw a tower constructed and work done on the façade of the structure. There are stunning stained glass windows, inscriptions and frescoes. It is ideal for history lovers.
Created by King Felipe in the 16th century, the pentagonal fortress was planned initially with 5 defence strongholds but unfortunately only 3 survived. Today the area has been turned into a gorgeous public park that draws visitors from all over the world. It is one of the best places to visit to just unwind and maybe even enjoy a day picnic.
Plaza Del Castillo
Considered to be the focal point or the heart of Pamplona city, this plaza is naturally a must-visit spot and was originally a bull-fighting spot till about 1843. The centre is tastefully designed with a central summerhouse to lounge and sophisticated houses with attached balconies. These are complemented by boutique stores and cafes.
Created in the 17th century, this impressive structure can be found on the northwest side of the Plaza Del Castillo. An important symbol of the city, it can be visited by special permission only. But the external façade is gorgeous and it draws visitors in anyway. It is designed in the Baroque style with lions and a charming angel blowing a trumpet being the key structural features.
Iglesia De San Nicolas
Constructed as early as the 12th century, the structure was initially Roman-influenced and is arguably the only historic monument to retain that influence. A large part of the church was destroyed by a Castillian attack hundreds of years ago but would the interiors would go on to be renovated in the Gothic style. This is a great place for visitors to refresh their history on the city.