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Park of the Citadel

Pamplona’s Citadel is one of the most important defensive complexes belonging to Renaissance military architecture in Europe. Philip II ordered that it be built in 1571 to counter the then-frequent incursions by the French. It now houses a peaceful park with small trees and lawns with avant-garde sculptures: Jorge Oteiza, Néstor Basterretxea, Vicente Larrea, Alberto Eslava, Ricardo Ugarte, Imanol Aguirre, Pablo Juarros, etc. The military buildings host exhibitions and contemporary art shows.

Vuelta del Castillo Park

The largest park in the city. This English-style park consists of large, green fields with trees and pedestrian footpaths, ideal for walking or sport. It is located on the glacis of the Citadel: the open land surrounding the building which gently sloped up towards the moats. This park also exhibits some of the best exponents of contemporary sculpture: Alberto Eslava, Faustino Aizkorbe, Alfredo Sada.

Park of La Taconera

Romantic, French-style park, set out on one of the bastions of the city walls. This is the oldest park in the city (1830) and there is a zoo in its moats with deer, goats, ducks, swans, rabbits and peacocks in semi-liberty. It has a varied, exotic range of trees, with a few extremely old examples. The Café Vienés, with a long menu of coffees and teas, is located beside a spectacular Pagoda tree. The path is scattered with sculptures: the famous Mari Blanca (XVIII), the monument to the tenor Gayarre, the Gateway of San Nicolás (1666) or the gothic arcade of Teobaldo II.

Park of Antoniutti

This park is entered by the Gateway of San Nicolás. It is full of trees and also has a roller-skating track and skateboard park, often packed with youngsters trying their skills. There is also contemporary sculpture in the form of José Ramón Anda’s Polyphemus. The Park of Larraina, the continuation of the Park of Antonuitti, is located right on the city walls and offers some extraordinary views over the River Arga.

Park of La Media Luna - Tejería

A park based on a romantic, half-moon design with fountains, fishpond, roller-skating track and a pretty cafe. It has 43 different tree species, including several Sequoias. There are several commemorative monuments along the path, such as the one dedicated to the Navarrese violinist Pablo Sarasate or the one of Sancho the Great, King of Pamplona. The park continues beneath the city walls to become the Park of La Tejería, which reaches the mediaeval bridge of La Magdalena.

Park of Yamaguchi

The good relationship between the twin towns of Pamplona and Yamaguchi gave rise to this oriental park, the design of which relied on the help of Japanese landscape gardeners. The park is a large, green area with Japanese ornamentation: a large geyser, a stilt house, a pond with bridge and waterfall, and several Japanese bushes and trees. It is a tribute to the four seasons. The park houses the Pamplona Planetarium, which puts on different programmes and exhibitions throughout the year.

Campus of the University of Navarre

The campus of the University of Navarre has become one of the most important green areas in the city. It covers more than 40,000 square metres and has more than 43,000 trees and bushes, which include examples of Sequoia, Maple, Mountain ash, Lime, Lombardy poplar, Judas tree, Fir, Eastern white cedar, Cedar, Willow, Pampas grass and Gingko biloba among their number.

Campus of the Public University of Navarre

The gardens on the campus of the Public University of Navarre exhibit more than one hundred species from the five continents: Africa (Palm tree, Libyan fir, Atlas cedar, etc.), America (Sequoia, Acacias, Magnolias, etc.), Australasia (Eucalyptus), Asia (Japanese pagoda tree, Turkish filbert), and Europe. Autochthonous species from Navarre are also represented.

Parks and gardens

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