On the banks of the river Arga, raised on a plateau, surrounded by mountains and dominated by the flatlands that spread out to the south, Pamplona, given its geographical location, has historically been considered as the doorway to the Pyrenees and Cantabrian sea,making it a natural and strategic linking point between mainland Spain and Europe.
With a population of just over 200,000 inhabitants, Pamplona is a relatively small city that has been able to prosper.
With the opening of the walls and the subsequent expansion from the 19th century, Pamplona has transformed from a traditional city to the modern city with a high quality of life that we know today, home to an important industrial and commercial fabric, a high level of social services, a broad educational offer and a quality healthcare system.
Pamplona is a well-connected, comfortable, welcoming and pleasant city. It has numerous and extensive green areas, many trees and a large variety of leisure and recreational areas. Located on the Santiago Way, it is the first city encountered by the pilgrims that arrive from Roncesvalles. It also has one of the best-preserved walled ensembles in Europe. All of these factors, along with a rich and plentiful historical and monumental heritage, and of course the San Fermín festivities, make Pamplona a top-rated tourist destination.