by Erin Elaine
In Pamplona we found delicious pintxos, great wine, and one of the most charming main squares I’ve come across. Pamplona’s main claims to fame are the San Fermin Festival (“the running of the bulls”) as well as being a town that Hemingway often visited, and loved.
Thankfully, we visited Pamplona in the off-season, and the delightful city combined with the perfect 70F weather (21C) made for a really enjoyable 2 days.
We arrived in time for lunch the first day, and decided to check out Cafe Iruña, the one of Hemingway’s old haunts. I can definitely see why he spent a lot of time here – it’s absolutely gorgeous inside. Somewhere this beautiful would be charging 40$ a plate (plus tax and tip) in the US, but here we got half a bottle of wine, bread, two courses, and a dessert for 13€. Pretty good.
Next, some shots from around town, including the City Hall:
The bull ring, which is ONLY used during the San Fermin Festival:
The countryside and the old city walls:
The monument to the running of the bulls:
And saving my favorite part for last, the charming main square bathed in sunlight: