Summers are pretty much party time in the Basque Country and Navarre, and whichever week you visit the two regions, you are bound to be able to find a town or city with a festival or, failing that, a local holiday or saint’s day to bring out the local people in traditional costume. I can’t remember exactly which saint’s day this was, but the tradition evidently called for a mock cross-dressing wedding. That’s right, all the men here dressed up as women (in traditional Basque costume) and vice versa. They then held traditional dances and the wedding procession. Of course, the bride and groom weren’t cross-dressing – they, instead, where buruhandiak, or huge papier-mâché heads. Buruhandiak are a part of any traditional festivity in Basque towns (just as giants are popular at Catalan festivals). The odd thing was that these buruhandiak then went on a rampage, hitting children with pillows and chasing them around the square. The procession then went into the old town and towards the north-eastern ramparts, stopping along the way for refreshments. In general, it was quite fun and spontaneous, like most festivities in the Basque Country and Navarre.
first you see all the people entering the arena that wanted to run but be nowhere near the bulls. they enter the arena just after the first cannon, meaning they were at best 700m away from the bulls.
at this stage everyong jeers them as it defeats the purpose of the whole running.
Convento and Plaza de las Recoleta
El Convento de las Recoletas is a 17th century Augustine monastery that includes a church. The Augustine order flourished in central and northern Spain during the 16th century, when various monasteries were built in Castille and Aragon. This monastery was constructed in the beginning of the 17th century, and was done in the same style of monasteries in Madrid, with a particularly plain but nevertheless appealing Renaissance style. The actual building and copula were completed by the 1640s, but the interior of the church, including the altars and the paintings, were only completed during the beginning of the 18th century, when masters from across Spain were brought in. The complex was built with the financial contributions of the various affluent families living in Pamplona. The nuns here make a point, at least on their website, that the convent is very much a part of the city and that the nuns have, throughout the history of the convent, survived the same calamities that befell the city’s laic population, including wars. Today, the convent can be visited (I believe), but it is a fully operational religious institution, and thus behaviour and visits are controlled. Even if you don’t go into the convent, it is still a marvelous completion to the picturesque scene of the Plaza and the nearby Iglesia de San Lorenzo. The Plaza de las Recoletas is 16th century plaza that connects the Calle Mayor (which bisects the Casco Antiguo) with the main gate out of the old city and onto the road to the railway station. It is among the most pleasant parts of the old city (I think), because it combines the authentic Renaissance atmosphere of Pamplona’s core areas with an open and airy atmosphere that is not easy to find elsewhere in the old city. There is a large obelisk in the centre of the square, although I’m not sure of the exact significance of the monument. There are fountains near the base of it, so it may have just been a decorative fountain that was erected during the construction of the square and the city’s defensive walls. The plaza itself is a popular location for gatherings during festivals both public and private. When I was visiting Pamplona, a wedding party made good use of it, followed the next morning by the dancers performing for a Saint’s day.
Pamplona Attractions and nightlife
I work here now since June 2002, and it is a very small town but with a powerfull life, especiall the nightlife and the SAN FERMIN days. U can go out at every time and every day in the night. Especial in the old central of town. If u are the first time there, only call a taxi and tell the driver u wanna enter any disco and u will see. There are also a lot of bars for everybody and everything.