Today we're carrying on from last Tuesday and posting another travel post, I am still being original and calling it Travel Tuesday. The places I am going to be mentioning are Egypt, Spain, Tunisia and Cuba.
I not going to be talking about the more touristy places in Spain, I am going to be talking about Pamplona this hidden gem is all the way up in the north of Spain. Pamplona will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first solo trip I took. You’ve probably heard of it in a negative light as its where San Fermin festival takes place or the running of the bulls. I visited in September long after the bull run had happened, I also think that was a brilliant time to visit as it wasn’t to warm or too cold, I think during my two-week trip I had rain for one day.
I did, however, get a map from the tourist centre that mapped out the bull run and walked the route from start to finish. The size of the bull ring at Pamplona was a stunning sight despite not agreeing with the event. On the outside of the ring, they have signs promoting how the money raised helps the old people who have been forgotten and orphans. I am so sorry but it is going to take a little more than that to make me agree with you.
One thing I will say it’s a little difficult to get to Pamplona directly. I had to fly to Bilboa and catch a bus to Pamplona it only too an hour and a half so it wasn’t too bad. Pamplona is also on the pilgrimage route called Camino de Santiago (The way of Saint James). However, despite the added travel time the city is very easy to navigate turn right enough times and you’ll end up right where you started.
Almost every place of interest can be found within the well-preserved medieval city walls and is within walking distance from the Plaza del Castillo (Castle Square). Inside, the walls you have the old citadel and Vuelta del Castillo Park. Also in walking distance is the La Catedral de Santa María la Real de Pamplona and the Church of Saint Lawrence. The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real is stunning, to the left of the building is a small shaded courtyard that is the perfect spot to read.
Pamplona is stunning by foot the stone-paved streets of the Old Town wind their way through the historic heart of the city, between medieval churches, palaces and, of course, plenty of bars and restaurants. The Taconera Gardens are the oldest and beautiful park in Pamplona at the time of my visit I wasn’t aware of the age of the site. This beautiful park combines trees and flowers with a wide range of sculptures and has a miniature zoo in the moat of the walls that contain deer, ducks, pheasants, swans and peacocks. Below is the Portal de Francia.
If you get the chance when you visit you need to visit the indoor markets in Pamplona, they are such a wonderful and brightly coloured experience. The sight can almost overwhelming, the sight, smells and sounds are a barrage on the senses. Fresh vegetables meat and fish are wonderfully displayed, you can smell fresh herbs and meats cooking away as well as hear the sounds of deals being made.
The food in Pamplona is scrumptious and they are very generous with portion sizes the picture below is a salad that I’m pretty sure only cost me 5 euros which is around £4.53 or $5.57. There are plenty of places with wonderful menu’s but it would be a shame if you didn’t take advantage of the set dinner menus that offer fantastic value for money for three courses and a bottle of wine.
Pamplona is worth a visit for a week or a long weekend away. You can explore so much on foot which is wonderful and you’ll find lovely hidden gems where you can sit and read or take a minute to watch the world go by.