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Plaza del Castillo with Hemingway

Published May 20, 2022
Updated Oct 26, 2022

📍 🇪🇸 Plaza del Castillo & the heart of Pamplona 

The Plaza del Castillo has been the historical hot spot of the city. Named after a 1310 castle which stood nearby, the plaza has witnessed a succession of historical landmarks: a Roman settlement, Muslim necropolis, medieval convent, market, and many celebrations and parades. 

Today, you can admire the Plaza and do some people watching from the terrasse of the legendary Belle époque Café Iruña, the oldest café in Pamplona and the first to get electrical light in Spain. 
“It was good to get out of the sun and under the shade of the arcade that runs all the way around the square.”, wrote Hemingway in The Sun Always Rises. 

Immerse yourself in the soul of Pamplona and experience its vivid pulse like Hemingway and his characters did before you. While savouring a café con leche or a glass of vino tinto with a delicious pintxo at Café Iruña, you will have a front-row seat to witness the city’s succession of busy nothings and the delicate, intricate 19th-century architectural details surrounding its fabulous square.

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>> Ernest Hemingway, “Fiesta: The Sun Always Rises,” 1936

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