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"The Walls" Top 5 Page for this destination Pamplona Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

Pamplona Things to Do: 118 reviews and 346 photos

  The entrance on Travesía de Bayona
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  • The entrance on Travesía de Bayona - Pamplona
      The entrance on Travesía de Bayona
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  • The gate from the Parque Antonietti - Pamplona
      The gate from the Parque Antonietti
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  • Walls at the north-east edge - Pamplona
      Walls at the north-east edge
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  • The walls from above - Pamplona
      The walls from above
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  • More of the north-east walls - Pamplona
      More of the north-east walls
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Pamplona’s ramparts and defensive walls are quite impressive, especially if you make the long trek up from the train station (which is, obviously, lower down in the new quarters) by foot. As you wind your way up to the old town, you gradually come to face with incredibly well-maintained late Mediaeval fortified walls. In fact, both you and the street traffic will have to pass through the gate in order to be able to reach the historic centre of town. They were erected in the 16th century as part of an Italian plan for the fortification and protection of the city (that is, it was taken from the Italians, not implemented by the Italians). These parts of the walls have remained intact and are quite well maintained as tourist attractions, but the opposite end of the enclosed area was opened up in the 19th century in order to make way for the Primer Ensanche, which extends past the Paseo de Sarasate to the south-west and the citadel. The army insisted on keeping these standing, and it was likely practical to do so, as it would have been too problematic to build housing down the side of the mountain. Good views of the walls and the gates can be had from the Jardines de la Taconera, or otherwise from the newer city below.

Directions: On the approach from the train station

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  • Written Jan 7, 2009
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