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Chasing bulls and literature in Pamplona

Chasing bulls and literature in Pamplona

Have you ever heard of the Spanish kingdom of Navarre? Lots of medieval legends are linked to this old center of troubadour poetry and ballad, but today, the capital city of the region, Pamplona, is a beautiful place between worlds, mixing the old and the new, history and modern life. I suggest today we go chasing bulls and literature in Pamplona.

Pamplona was founded by the Romans in the first century BC by general Pompey. Over the Middle Ages, the city lived through a turbulent period, first during the German invasions, then under the Muslim rule. In 1512, Navarre was conquered and annexed to Spain and Pamplona remained the capital city of this semi-autonomous kingdom. Today, Pamplona is one of the most industrialized and wealthy towns in Spain.

But despite the pronounced urban and industrialized quality of the region, Pamplona preserves its authentic air, wonderful culture and pride for its rich history.

Among the most prominent tourist attractions in Pamplona, we simply must mention the Pamplona Cathedral first. This late-Gothic architecture gem with splendid decorations, the tomb of Carlos III of Navarre and the classical 18th century additions, it is a symbol of the city.

We recommend two museums as well. The outstanding Museo de Navarra, hosted in an old medieval hospital, where you can learn everything about the local history and legacy. The Oteiza Museum contains over 3000 pieces by the famous sculptor Jorge Oteiza.

Pamplona is famous for the running of the bulls, an annual event described in a fascinating way by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel, “The Sun also Rises”.

If you want to visit all corners of the town, we recommend Pamplona car hire!