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.