Pamplona (not a raging bull to be seen) and the Drive South

We woke up to rain and so cancelled our cycle into Pamplona although there is a very good off road route from the campsite that follows the river all the way into the town.  Instead we left the campsite and drove into Pamplona and parked beneath the old town walls.  We took the venicular lift up to the old town and wandered through the meandering narrow streets and imagined how it would feel if you were being chased by a herd of bulls and at one point I think I heard them but it was just the road sweeper!  The running of the bulls actually takes place in July so there wasn’t a bull to be seen apart from the wonderful sculpture along from the bullring in Avenue de Carlos III.

Old town Pamplona is a myriad of narrow cobbled streets that is easy to orientate.  The wonderful  Plazo de Castillo, where bullfights took place up to 1893, is surrounded by many cafes and a great place to sit outside for a coffee but not today as it was raining again and cold!

Pamplona is well worth a visit there is more to explore than you imagine and although it is famous for the annual bullrun, visiting outside  the festival is well worth it.

We continued our journey south, passing some heavy flooding (we are not the only ones to have experienced a lot of rain) and have covered over 400km today listening to our New Year’s Eve party music to help us along the way and thinking of you all!

We are now in a small town called  Segorbe, about 20 miles north of Valencia, and parked on a Spanish aire together with our Dutch and Danish fellow campers!

The skies are a lot clearer so we are hoping for complete sunshine tomorrow as we hit the Spanish coastline.

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5 thoughts on “Pamplona (not a raging bull to be seen) and the Drive South

  1. Mick P March 4, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I thought you had taken the wrong turn & ended up at Ribblehead Viaduct. Avenue Carlos III rang a bell, you must try a Carlos I brandy after a special meal. Not cheap but very nice (if you like brandy of course).

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    • Rosie Pike March 6, 2015 / 7:06 am

      HI mick, it reminded us of the Ribblehead viaduct too! Not tried the brandy yet!

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  2. Peter and Nia March 4, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Sunny here, but windy! We’re heading inland about 5 miles tomorrow probably to Camping l’Orangeraie at Càlig. We found the coastal sites a bit crowded but had great day at Peniscola today…must blog it….
    xx

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  3. Mandy March 5, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Was going to say the sooner you get to Espana the better but it would appear the rain clouds are still hovering what a shame. Keep up the good writings. Mandy

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    • Rosie Pike March 6, 2015 / 7:05 am

      Weather greatly improved now that we are down in the Med!

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