The ‘French Route’ of the Pilgrims Way crosses Pamplona from north-east to south-west. You can follow this thematic route to discover the city and feel like a pilgrim, even if only for a short time..
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with the itinerary in blue.
The Pilgrims Way enters the city across the river Arga over the mediaeval bridge of La Magdalena
. It crosses a part of the city walls
and goes up to the historic quarter of Pamplona over the drawbridge of the Portal de Francia
(Gate of France). It crosses the Plaza de la Navarrería
, very close to the Cathedral
, and then continues along Calle Mercaderes
, with the famous Calle Estafeta
- the longest section of the famous bull run of San Fermín- to the left. It continues along Calle Mercaderes as far as the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (City Hall
Square), where a ceremonial firework rocket is fired to inaugurate the city’s famous festivity every July 6th.
Passing the mediaeval church of San Saturnino
on the left, the route runs past the Palacio del Condestable
along Calle Mayor
as far as the church of San Lorenzo
, which contains an effigy of the city’s patron saint San Fermín. It then passes through the romantic Taconera
park and heads for the Vuelta del Castillo, a large park around the Citadel
. After that, it runs along Calle Fuente del Hierro and drops down to the campus of the Universidad de Navarra
, where it leaves the city.
Two kilometres further, up the hill, it reaches the next locality, Cizur Menor
Do not miss the most notable sites along the way:
1. City Walls
: one of the most interesting and best conserved defensive complexes in Spain. Declared a National Monument.
: built between the 12th and 15th centuries, it hides one of the most beautiful Gothic cloisters in Europe behind its neo-classical façade. Just round the corner, do not miss the picturesque spot of the Caballo Blanco.
3. City Hall
: it has a fine and colourist façade that combines the baroque and neo-classical styles.
4. Church of San Cernin
(also called San Saturnino): one of the two mediaeval fortress-churches conserved in Pamplona. The other is San Nicolás.
5. Palacio del Condestable
: the only example of 16th-century civil architecture in Pamplona. Take the opportunity to have a look inside.
6. San Lorenzo
: it contains the chapel of San Fermín, co-patron saint of Navarre together with Saint Francis Xavier.
7. Taconera Gardens
: a French-style park with a moat that is home to deer and peacocks, among other animals. It is the oldest, most beautiful and emblematic park in the city.
: an authentic ‘green lung’ for the city, now used for lesire, sports and cultural activities. Large areas of grass alternate with bastions, ravelins and fortifications.
9. University campus
: more than 400,000 square metres of carefully-tended gardens and educational buildings that belong to the prestigious Universidad de Navarra.