On the banks of the Arga river, surrounded by mountains and overlooking a plain stands Pamplona, a city historically considered the gateway to the Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay, and a natural, strategic link between the Iberian peninsula and Europe.
With a population of just over 200,000, it is a relatively small city which has not lost its identity. With the opening of its defensive walls and urban expansion in the 19th century, Pamplona was transformed from a rural town into a modern city, with generous green areas and gardens, a sign of the great quality of life its inhabitants enjoy.
It is the first city on the Way of St James and has some of the best preserved Renaissance fortifications in Europe, protecting an old town with a mediaeval street plan. Known for its great food based on high quality local products, it also has a rich and extensive cultural agenda, the absolute headliner of which is the San Fermin festival.