Pamplona City Council


Pamplona is a comfortable, welcoming, modern, green, safe city with a wide range of gastronomy based on local produce. It stands out for its health services and commitment to the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants and visitors. Its walled enclosure, dotted with parks and gardens, in which the footprints of the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago and San Fermín can be glimpsed, has a wide range of cultural activities, including high quality festivals and small festivals aimed at art lovers. Its location in the centre of Navarre and its proximity to other places such as Donostia, Bilbao or the French Basque Country, make Pamplona an ideal place to plan a holiday or a getaway.


Declared a National Monument and more than 5 kilometres long, the walls and the Citadel of Pamplona constitute one of the most interesting and best-preserved Renaissance military complexes in Europe, and are one of the city’s most important tourist attractions. The Citadel, now converted into a cultural centre managed by the City Council, hosts numerous events and festivals. Pamplona also conserves an Old Quarter with a medieval layout made up of three boroughs, Navarrería, San Cernin and the town of San Nicolás, which were united in 1423 when Charles III issued the Privilege of the Union.


The festival of San Fermín, declared a festival of International Tourist Interest in 1980, is held every year from 6 to 14 July. The fiestas begin on July 6th at 12:00 with the launching of the rocket in the Chupinazo, and end on July 14th at 00:00 with the Pobre de Mí, the official farewell to the Sanfermines. These are world-famous fiestas. Nine days of non-stop fiesta in which Pamplona is transformed and in which the main protagonist is the people. It is precisely their participative, diverse and spontaneous nature that makes the Sanfermines a unique, unrepeatable and special fiesta in which everyone can enjoy themselves freely, in their own way and with respect.


Situated on the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago, Pamplona is the first city on the pilgrimage from Roncesvalles, which has conditioned its history and character since ancient times. As the first city, it becomes the first point of support and reference for the thousands of pilgrims who arrive throughout the year, offering a wide variety of services geared to their needs. The Way of St. James Interpretation Centre, Ultreia, shows the whole history of the city and its relationship with the Way of St. James.


Pamplona and Navarre offer visitors the flavour of yesteryear, because this land has managed to preserve a traditional recipe book that is nourished by all the products provided by the varied Navarrese landscape and which makes food a social event. But it has also evolved and renewed itself, and is a focal point for gourmets who do not want to miss out on the creations of our best chefs.


The history and development of the city has led to the construction of a city full of green areas and trees, where cultural heritage and urban nature merge. The most important parks in the city are the Taconera Gardens, the Media Luna Park, the Paseo Fluvial del Arga, Yamaguchi Park and the Citadel and Vuelta del Castillo. These areas make Pamplona a green city with interesting specimens of trees. Its 300 hectares of green areas account for 15% of the city’s surface area.

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