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The Walls of Pamplona

If you visit Pamplona, there are a few things that are very noticeable. First off are the trees, a lot of them: along the streets, in the plazas and also many of the park areas. Then, there are the walls.

Cannon placements on the Fortress walls.

Regardless of how you arrive (except from the airport), you cannot help but see, those high granite walls. Pamplona was a fortress city and much of the fortifications still remain. There were a few ways into the city, notably the France Gate and the Citadel. Entering via the French route was the easiest.

This was and still is the approach for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago Frances. The route through the city is marked by the disk (inserted on the left) embedded in the pavements, plus other signage.

A solitary pilgrim makes his way toward the entrance.

The draw bridge and France Gate into the old town center. Both are still used and can get quite busy in the summer months.

I chose this as the route into Pamplona, because most people don't enter this way, primarily pilgrims and locals. There will be more coming on the Walls of Pamplona.

I wasn't the only one shooting fotos on this section of the wall. This university student is taking a photography course in addition to her regular studies.

You can walk around the existing walls, about 5km of them, by yourself or go to the Office of Tourism in Plaza Consistorial and book a guided tour. Some hotels also offer guided walks.

Nov 06, 2016
The Walls of Pamplona are being considered as a World Heritage Site as of 1 November 2016.

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Pamplona had a great vibe. Would like to see it without the San Fermin madness. Can tell you put a lot of time into chasing these photos down in good light. Looks great!
Nov 13, 2016 at 0409
Hi Ted, I enjoyed looking at these pictures. I’ve always loved old stone buildings.
Keep Posting.
Nov 10, 2016 at 0828
On my bucket list, just added it! Beautiful spot!
Nov 05, 2016 at 1250