Pamplona offers a whole host of entertaining options for families, transforming a visit to the city into an unforgettable experience.
Parks and gardens
Pamplona has many parks and gardens very close to the Historical Centre, boasting both historical and monumental interest. Particularly outstanding is the Taconera Park, which is a firm favourite among children, as it is home to a small open zoo, with deer, peacocks, swans and other bird species living in semi-freedom. Stroll through the gardens and admire the numerous statues and fountains, then take a break at the quaint Vienés Café. Guaranteed fun for all the family.
Next to the Taconera is the Antoniutti Park, which is famous for its skating track and rope climbing-frame, where little ones can have lots of fun. Other gardens that are ideal for the family can be found in the Media Luna Park, which has ponds filled with colourful fish, and impressive views over the city walls.
Games and other activities
The former Pamplona bus station, very close to the city centre, has been reformed and is now a sheltered plaza. Here younger children can enjoy the playground, slides and other attractions, whilst older children can have a go at rock-climbing, table tennis, table football and other games. It is an ideal space for rainy days. The Geltoki space is also here, with shops, a bar-café and a packed programme of activities.
For families looking for an original plan, the Pamplona Planetarium is a great choice. Located in the Japanese Yamaguchi Park, it offers stargazing projections and holds many fascinating exhibitions that are sure to delight all the family. Outside is the Galaxy Garden, which is a scale reproduction of the Milky Way, made with plants and shrubs, where visitors can become space explorers with an interactive game for mobile phones.
Pamplona’s pump-track, opened in 2018, is a space for sports such as skating or acrobatic biking. The track is located near the river Arga, which also offers a river park that is ideal for walking or enjoying other sports. There is also the option of treasure hunting (geocaching), an activity that consists in searching for small objects hidden in the city using GPS devices.
Whoever said that museums weren’t for kids? Pamplona has cultural options to suit all the family?. The award-winning Occidens collection at the Santa María la Real Cathedral has a designated children’s section, helping them discover the liturgical and artistic elements that form the cathedral.
In turn, the Museum of Navarre also has child-friendly materials, helping them learn whilst having fun on a visit to see the collection, turning them into Guides for a Day. The San Pedro Environmental Education Museum in the nearby neighbourhood of Rochapea lets all the family discover more about the Pamplona Basin’s natural resources.
The General Archive of Navarre, located in the former Palace of the Kings of Navarre, is an interesting location for family visits. Among the other attractions of the building (which dates back to the 12th century, though it was rehabilitated in 2003 by Rafael Moneo), is an enormous scale model revealing how Pamplona looked in 1900.