Mi apologia. But I can’t leave the subject of “Hemingway’s Pamplona” without mentioning the well-preserved murallas or walls of Pamplona. This fortified city may boast of the Encierro (the running of the bull) which is quite a spectacle like no other. Taking place from the 7th to 14th of July, the bulls are made to run from the corral in Calle Santo Domingo along Calle Estafeta into the bullring. Before them charging bulls are men and a few women who dared run nearly 1 kilometer for a brief 3-4 minutes at the risk of their lives. It’s insane. No wonder Ernest Hemingway was so enchanted. But what about its Cathedral, Plazuelas and murallas?
We took time to walk in and around Pamplona, weaving through its tiny streets and alleys. What impressed me most was how well- preserved its 16th to 18th century walls are. The moat and sentry towers are still intact and the fortifications remind one of Pamplona’s deep history and importance as the capital of Navarra. All of 5 kilometers, it’s a good walk right up to Parque Taconera. Indeed, a National Monument and Treasure!
From the Rincon Del Caballo Blanco, we made the uphill climb to Plazuela San Jose. Very impressive! More so as one strolls all the way to Pamplona Cathedral. We paid the small admission fee to enter this Cathedral and visit its cloisters. There was a lot of construction repairs going on at the time we visited, but that didn’t take away the beauty of this religious monument .
If you’re visiting Pamplona, don’t forget it has so much more to offer other than the Encierro and Hemingway’s fav haunts. Flex those limbs and trace these medieval walls, ending up in La Taconera Park. The Park presents majestic views of the river and some deer and other animals. Best visited at sunset! Come nightfall, you can walk back to Plaza Del Castillo and meet up with Ernest 😜