This beautiful work of art by Rafael Huerta is located in the city center, overlooking the bullring. It's amazing how everything is prepared to the smallest detail, the drawings of the soles of the sandals, the wrinkles in the scarves, the faces filled with anguish of the runners ... Shame it was raining!
There are 66 kilometers between Roncesvalles and Puente la Reina (Gares), a place where I sleep tonight, on my second night of the journey.
They say that this brigde (built by the orders of the wife of the king of Navarra to faciiltate the pilgrims’ journey), is the most beautiful bridge of the journey. It is the most visited part of the town and what gives it its name.
Alter crossing Pamplona and leaving the forests behind, this landscape is less green, with wheat fields and vineyards, with red soil. I walk around the center of town to get to know better the tradition and history of the Camino.
During the walk, I crossed a few sleeping options (Reparadores, 5 €/night; Albergue Jakue, 8 €/night, y albergue Santiago Apóstol, 8 €/night). There are a few hotels and a hostel, three or four restaurants and a few shops.
After the walk and after taking some pictures, I sit on a terrace to have a glass of wine (amazing!). I saw a sign that said “Cementery”, and since it is one of my favorite places to spend the night I went there to sleep next to the those who lived these lands.
Good night and good journey.
Pamplona is famous for the running of the bulls, which takes place in the streets of the city in mid-July, on the occasion of the feast of St Fermin, the patron saint of the city. At other times of the year, this place is a separate part from the life of the city; it's hard to imagine the spectacle that takes place here. In the square, you can see a bust of Hemingway, who was fond of Pamplona and its most famous festival.
The Monumento a los Fueros is a 25-meter-tall 20th century statue wchich stands on Paseo de Sarasate in front of the Navarra regional government buidling. The lower part has five faces, representing the five regions of Navarra and is topped with five large sculptures symbolizing work, peace, justice, autonomy and history. Then, there's a large column of red marble with white capitals, on which there is a five-meter bronze statue holding a broken chain meant to represent the autonomy of the region from the central government.
You should go underneath this tower to go from this tower to where the plaza is and the wine museum, toward the Town Hall Plaza. Spire Tower is a building that you can't visit, but that is very well-known, also called the Clocktower. They used it as a supply warehouse, and after that it became a meeting point of the Town Council. In its spire is where the bell is, which alerts Olite's neighbors in case of emergency.