Pamplona, Spain Pamplona, Bulls and Hemingway Mini Guide by Isabella Ruiz

Follow in Hemingay's footsteps while he was writing The Sun Also Rises, have some incredible Navarra wine and delicious local tapas, and check out the major highlights where the bulls run during the Festival of San Fermin.

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Pamplona's main square, defined by the locals as the city's "living room." it is surrounded by bars a terraces and open almost all year long. Despite its name ('castillo' means castle) it is not in a castle. There is a bandstand in the middle of it. In Plaza del Castillo you will find Café Iruña, where Ernest Hemingway once mingled with the locals and had a drink...or two. A statue of him can be found inside.

Plaza del Castillo

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Since 1988 Cafe Iruna is an institution in Plaza del Castillo, famous for being Hemingway's favourite bar when in town. Interesting fact, it was the first building with electricty. From the opening day it has been a meeting point and privileged witness of the passing years.

Cafe Iruna

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Gran Hotel La Perla is a sophisticated hotel dating from 1881, which combines modern facilities such as free Wi-Fi with stylish, classical décor. It was Hemingway's favourite. He stayed there almost on every visit, that's why the room he used to book is named after him.

Gran Hotel La Perla

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The church of San Saturnino, more commonly called San Cernin (in French) is a Catholic religious building located in the Old Quarter of the city of Pamplona. The present church is Gothic of the thirteenth century. However, there was once an early Church and other Romanesque (12th century) buildings on the same site. In the Middle Ages, it was both religious and defensive.

San Cernin Church

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This is the iconic building of the city in the Plaza Consistorial. In the Town Square is where a loud bang starts the San Fermin Festival each July 6 at 12:00.

Ayuntamiento de Pamplona

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The Plaza de Toros de Pamplona is the bullring of the city, projected in 1920 in the Second Widening of Pamplona to celebrate the bullfights. It has a capacity of around 19,720 spectators, after the last reform to meet safety standards, making it the biggest bullring of Navarre, and the fourth largest in the world in terms of capacity, after the arenas of Mexico, Valencia (Venezuela) and Madrid. It is famous for the running of the Feria de San Fermin , which takes place annually between the 7th and 14th July. Now it also used for concerts and shows.

Plaza de Toros de Pamplona

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The Cathedral of Royal Saint Mary is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the archdiocese of Pamplona, Spain. The current 15th century Gothic temple replaced an older Romanesque one. Archaeological excavations have revealed the existence of other two previous churches. The Neoclassical façade was designed by Ventura Rodríguez in 1783. It has a 13th-14th-century Gothic cloister, that gives access to two other Gothic rooms: the Barbazan chapel and the refectory. The Mediaeval kings of Navarre were crowned there and some of them were also buried. The Navarrese Cortes (Parliament) was held there even during the early modern ages.

Pamplona Cathedral

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Parque de la Taconera is a park in Pamplona, where an art-deco "Cafe Alt Wien" is cited in "The Sun Also Rises" by Hemingway.

Parque de la Taconera

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San Nicolás was built in the 12th century not only with religious functions, but also as a defensive bastion of the quarter during the strife with the neighbouring ones of St. Saturnino and Navarrería. The military role is evident in the watch tower. In 1222 the original Romanesque church was destroyed by a fire, and was replaced by a new building, consecrated in 1231.

San Nicolás

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The Museo de Navarra is an institution of the Government of Navarre and was founded in 1956. It is located in the old town of Pamplona. This major museum of Pamplona is located in a 16th-century hospital and includes rich collections of Roman artifacts including 2nd century mosaics. Its façade and chapel date from the sixteenth century. It contains parts for the artistic and archaeological heritage of Navarre, from prehistory to the twentieth century, with incredible artworks by Goya. It also offers an extensive cultural program that develops in the temporary exhibition hall, auditorium, educational workshops, and more.

Museo de Navarra

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This bridge is part of a medieval city of Pamplona path traversed by the pilgrims who are coming to town.

Puente de la Magdalena

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