Not very well-known and yet famous, Pamplona competes with the likes of the Sanfermines, the Rio Carneval and the Munich Oktoberfest!
The city flushes with festivities and excitement when it is time to honour its patron saint. Returning to normality, in Pamplona you experience Spain from the inside, to the rhythm of the pilgrims who make their way along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. No lo piense más... ¡Atrévase!
At the heart of the autonomous community of Navarre, in a fertile plain, rises Pamplona ('Iruña' in Basque). Located on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James), the city has an historic architecture inherited from the Romans, the Visigoths, the Moors, the Franks and the Spanish, who all occupied it at some point in history: the palace of Navarre, the Gothic cathedral or even the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real... Celebrated in the novel 'The Sun Also Rises' by Ernest Hemingway, its running of the bulls (encierro), the most famous in Spain, takes place in July during the San Fermín festival and attracts thousands of visitors every year. A former fortified town, Pamplona is surrounded by nature of unequalled beauty between the Navarrese Pyrenees and the natural park of Urbasa-Andía. It is a pleasant, authentic and festive city. A destination off the beaten track, perfect for learning Spanish.