The starry sky is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes we can see from Earth. Thousands of stars dotting the sky above our heads provoke that feeling of infinity and at the same time smallness. The humans have felt this since we got up our eyes at the sky. But what lies beyond? If we were able to look farther and farther away and to study this black background of the night, what would we see?
We invite you to a stunning 30 min show in the Tornamira Room of the Pamplona Planetarium. Its 20-meter hemispherical dome is among the largest in Europe. A star projector in the middle of the room accurately reproduces the starry sky.
Pamplona (and its San Fermin festival) goes beyond what you have been told on TV: an old European capital with a surprising history and a unique tangible and intangible heritage. We invite you to join us in a 45-minutes guided tour to learn about a city with a rich history and countless secrets yet to be discovered.
Some interesting places to visit during this guided tour are:
- Church of San Lorenzo and visit to Chapel of San Fermin
- City Hall
- The Encierro (Bull Run) route
- Plaza del Castillo (Castle Square)
- Visit to the Cathedral of Santa María, venue of the welcome reception.
A welcome reception will take place at the Refectory of Santa Maria Cathedral. The Pamplona Cathedral ensemble is one of the largest in Europe, and comprises buildings from the 11th, 12th, 15th and 18th century, as well as the highly awarded exhibition – Occidens – inaugurated in 2012.
The refectory was an old canteen of the canons built between 1330 and 1335. It also served as a meeting room for the Royal Courts. In 1860 the room became the chapel of San Francisco Javier and in 1960 the exhibition room of the diocesan museum. The altarpiece of Las Navas de Tolosa (15th century) presides the room.
A city whose Basque name means star. Like the ones in the Milky Way that guided the pilgrims as they walked. And you can feel the Way of St James everywhere here, with all its pilgrims, symbols, bridges, churches and palaces. Perhaps that is why it’s known as the “Toledo of the north”. Its remarkable Jewish quarter, which surrounds the entire city, makes Estella a reputed member to the network of Jewish quarters Red de Juderías de España - Caminos de Sefarad.
Take note of these three Romanesque jewels: the Palace of the Monarchs of Navarre, the cloister of San Pedro de la Rúa, and the portal of San Miguel.
The Gorraiz castle lies on the peaceful outskirts of Pamplona. It is a 16th century palace-cum-castle giving a panoramic view of the city of Pamplona, surrounded by spectacular greenery. The gala dinner will be held in a restaurant annex to the original castle tower, with regal Baroque chandeliers illuminating plush carpets and velvety curtains.