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1. TRAVEL THE CITY
Felipe II ordered the construction in 1571 of what is nowadays one of the most fabulous examples of Renaissance military architecture . Going through it means entering a maze of gardens that dress its moats and bastions .
It is undoubtedly one of the hallmarks of the most impeccably maintained city. It has access through five doors, is a National Historic-Artistic Monument since 1973 and works as a true green lung for the city.
Citadel of Pamplona © Getty Images
2. STOP AT THE CONSISTORIAL HOUSE
The first time one sees the square of the City Hall of Pamplona is surprised by the dimensions, it seems much smaller than when hundreds of locals go to the ' Poor of me' .
The imposing Rococo facade of the Town Hall, built in 1755, is the only thing left of a building that has been rebuilt a few times. Of course, you can spend hours watching it because it is simply fascinating .
3. ORDER BEER IN ZURITO OR CAÑÓN
The Pamplonians like wine but also beer. Of course, if you want a cane (or a short) you have to ask for a little cow . If you want a double, ask for a cannon . If you stay thirsty, don't be shy, ask for another . Of course, do not forget to pair with good skewers and keep the belly satisfied because alternating in Pamplona from bar to bar is a non-stop task. Friend's advice.
Facade of the City Hall of Pamplona © Getty Images
4. GO TO A WINE TASTING
Navarra is a land of wines with its own Denomination of Origin . We are in a land not only of rosé wines, but of an extensive variety of wines of great weight. From the days of the Muscat of Corella to the Day of the Rosado of San Martín de Unx or the Day of the Wine of Lekunberri .
The center of Pamplona is full of places where it is easy to sign up for a tasting of these wonders. In many occasions, these tastings arise in the same bars spontaneously.
5. ENJOY THE SOURCE OF THE NAVARRERIA
The source has become unfortunately famous because every year it receives a whole legion of foreign tourists who are determined to throw themselves from above. This stupid tradition shadows a wonderful 18th-century fountain whose initial location was at the crossroads of Calderería, Mercaderes and Curia streets.
It was also known as Fuente de Santa Cecilia because it was located next to the Basilica of the same name, currently missing. There are hundreds of bars in that area, it is a better way to take care of the heritage of the city. From the ground, obviously.
6. MAKE FRIENDS
The pamplonica character is incredibly affable and close. It is very easy to meet in a bar where no one is known and end up making friends, burning ground and making the dawn appear with the occasional photo uploaded to instagram, of which one later regrets having climbed. In addition, the pamplonica loves his city and is always delighted to show it to you
The charming streets of Pamplona © Getty Images
7. ALTERNATE IN THE STREET STREET
Being the street with the most famous curve of the enclosures (and the most dangerous), Estafeta Street is a true festival for lovers of skewers and beer. An essential stop is Alex Múgica's kitchen (Estafeta, 24), which has a tasting menu of ten and a wide variety of bar skewers, perhaps more sophisticated. Of course, it is not a low cost area. The good is paid. That's how it is.
You have to stop to eat in Estafeta © Álex Múgica's kitchen
8. TRANSFER TO JAPAN
One of the most unique green spaces in the Navarre capital is undoubtedly Yamaguchi Park. It was conceived in 1997 by a group of Japanese landscapers as a sincere tribute to the four seasons.
Next to it is the Planetarium of the city of Pamplona, which has a dome 20 meters in diameter and a huge program of activities and exhibitions. It is undoubtedly one of the places in the city where we can better listen to the silence and, in passing, give an exotic touch to our trip.
Yamaguchi Park © Alamy
9. EAT IN ROLLER
Going to Pamplona and not dropping by the Rodero Restaurant (Emilio Arrieta, 3) is almost like going to the April Fair to eat fabada . For more than four decades they have been doing wonders in Pamplona with wonders like their old beef steak with miso parmentier, capers and ginger and their sirloin tartare.
The second generation, the Rodero brothers, continue the tradition of their parents with great doses of creativity, sophistication, productazo and respect for traditions.
Going to Pamplona and not dropping by Rodero is like going to the April Fair to eat fabada © Rodero
10. RETURN TO THE LANDABEN MARKET
In Pamplona they can boast of having their own Rastro, as in Madrid. And this peculiar market is almost the must for all locals to find real treasures in their picturesque stalls. Its schedule is on Sunday mornings but the months of July and August are not open so you will have to wait until September which, on the other hand, will be less hot. You already have another excuse to return to Pamplona.
11. LOSING THE HEAD IN OTAZU WINERIES
Already willing to take advantage of the trip to Pamplona, a beautiful excursion may well be done to one of the most important wineries in the Community.
Located in the town of Otazu, the famous wineries keep inside a crypt where “rest” the best wine that can be found in the region. In addition, in the Señorío de Otazu you can visit the Church of San Esteban, a Romanesque temple of the 12th century simply spectacular. Of course, always with the option of going to their master tastings or their pairing with skewers, two of the great bets of this great winery.
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12. BEHAVIOR AS A TRUE PAMPLONIC
Because that will make the San Fermín festival what it has always been, a big and friendly party.
A true pamplonica keeps its streets clean and does not urinate in any corner. A true pamplonica does not make scandals at many in the morning. A true pamplonica physically prepares for weeks to run in the bull runs and does not run drunk. A true pamplonica respects the laws and shares his citizenship with tourists. And, above all, a true pamplonica respects women .