Overview:

Pamplona is the ancient capital of Navarre; a historic gem resting on the banks of the river Arga made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, published in 1926.

Today the city is known across the world for El Encierro the nine day ‘running of the bulls’ affair that’s part of the Festival de San Fermin which runs between July 6 – 14th.

Thousands of people arrive each year to take part or watch the unfortunate bulls get herded into the town’s narrow cobbled streets and chased by a baying crowd to the bull-ring, where the matadors await.

However, there is a lot more to Pamplona than bovine-bothering, the city is steeped in history and boasts some the finest authentic gothic architecture in the whole of Spain. The region of Navarre is renowned for its excellent red wines and the climate is a pleasant mixture of the oceanic and the Mediterranean.