12 January 2015

Weekend Getaway: Pamplona, Spain

Since I came to live to Barcelona that I don´t have a car, first because I’ve been living in the city center, so I don´t really need it, and second because I have other priorities for my money, nevertheless I miss having one every time I feel like leaving the city.
When one of these days some friends, who own a car, invited us to make a road trip to Pamplona we didn´t hesitate on saying yes!

Pamplona is a city in the North of Spain and it’s mainly famous for the festival of San Fermín, which Hemingway helped making famous worldwide in his novel The sun also rises, and consists basically on bulls running on the narrow streets of the old town until they reach the bullring. There’s more to it, but not only we didn´t go during the festival, also I’m not a big fan of this traditions involving animals, so let me tell you what happened in Pamplona that weekend: We ate, we drank and we had loads of fun.

Usually I research exhaustively my next destination whether it’s a 3 week trip or just a weekend because I don´t want to miss anything interesting, but this time I didn´t have much time to google Pamplona and the only time I did it I was quite impressed, it looked really pretty… and it is!
Nonetheless there was a thing we all knew we would find in Pamplona and we couldn´t wait for it, Pinxos!!! It’s the region’s tapas and famous for being one of the best in Spain, so after the five hour drive, we dropped the bags and off we went for some pinxos!
It’s not difficult at all to find bars/restaurants with pinxos, but getting inside might be and getting a table, well… good luck with that, I guess this is also part of the experience.  One thing is guaranteed, most likely you won´t repeat pinxos because almost every bar has its own specialties. It’s an entire experience itself, so if you go there, don´t miss it!!!

The small old town center, with its narrow streets, beautiful old and colorful buildings and shops really gave us good vibes. Because it was autumn, there were people selling roasted chestnuts in almost every corner with cute little cars. Glorious chestnuts, I love it! 

The city center is the Plaza del Castillo, with a bandstand in the center and surrounded again by beautiful building with arcades, most of them with terraces and Cafes, including Hemingway’s favorite, the Café Iruña which opened to public in 1888. It is totally worth the visit because it’s very beautiful and it has a delicious Caldico, another typical food, you should try it.

It is believed that Pamplona origins dates back to 74 a.C, so yeah, it’s pretty old and although we didn´t see any roman ruins we saw the Ciudadela, which is a fortification with a star shape built in the 16th Century and it’s still in a very good condition. Now it’s a park inside and has some exhibition rooms, so if you took a tiny bit too much sidra, a typical alcoholic drink from the region, and need some fresh air  this is the perfect spot. 

Pamplona it’s quite a small city but it was really a pleasure to wander its streets and I totally recommend it for a weekend getaway.

Have you ever been to Pamplona? If so, what did you love the most about it?

1 comment:

  1. Navarre is a social mix of the Basque impact from the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean and beyond. Pamplona is the main town of the area, popular for its Bamboula de San Fermin (Running of the Bulls). Navarre offers many structural pleasures such as historical cathedrals, castles, mansions and museums. Pamplona's region