Pamplona’s oldest park offers scenic views

May 24, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 1.30.47 PMWhile running with the bulls can be a good workout, there are other ways to get some fresh air and exercise in Pamplona. La Taconera, the city’s oldest park, sits in the center of Pamplona. The park is open night and day for visitors wanting to stretch their legs and appreciate a calmer part of nature.

The park was designed in the late 18th century, utilizing the old city walls, and has since become a symbol for the city, according to the Navarre Tourism department. It stretches along the Arga River, occupying 90,000 square meters of gardens, walkways and green space.

Along the northern edge of the park is the main entrance, the Portal de San Nicolás, a Baroque version of the Arc de Triomphe. From there, the main pathway leads through gardens to the Julián Gayarre monument, a tribute to a famous tenor from that region. The monument was built in 1950 to honor the local singer for his achievements and is one of the most important structures in the park, according to the Pamplona City Council, .

Locals like Pilar Garces enjoy walking through the park and appreciate its natural beauty.

“It is such a quiet place,” she said. “It’s the beauty, the sound of animals and water. It’s very peaceful.”

The park sits along the moats of Pamplona, which have been converted into a mini-zoo featuring over 30 species of deer, ducks, goats, pheasants, rabbits, swans and peacocks. Visitors can admire the animals from within the park but also along calle Navas de Tolosa, the street on the park’s south side.

According to Navarre Tourism, one of the park’s most popular statues is the “Mariblanca,” or the white virgin. It was designed by Louis Paret in the late 18th century and has come to symbolize abundance for the city.

La Taconera is located near the Old Quarter and the Citadel of Pamplona. Other parks in the area include the Park of Antoniutti and the Arga River Park.