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Taconera gardens

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Taconera gardens
Taconera gardens
Taconera gardens
Taconera gardens
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The Taconera Gardens are the oldest and most beautiful and emblematic park in Pamplona. Its 90,000 square meters are located near the old city walls very close to the Old Quarter of the city, and the park has a marked romantic and Versaillesque character.

It combines trees and flowers with a wide range of sculptures to offer the visitor a series of different itineraries. If anything characterises this delightful place it is the mini-zoo in the moat of the walls that contains deer, ducks, pheasants, swans, peacocks... in a state of semi-freedom.

The Taconera also contains gates in the style of triumphal arches, a monument to the famous Navarrese tenor Julián Gayarre, sculptures such as the well-loved "Mariblanca", or the pointed arches of the monument to King Theobald II. The Viennese Café is a popular place for artists and students or simply to meet friends.

The Taconera already appeared in city plans of 1719 as a park. It is always open to the public and its northernmost entrance, the Portal de San Nicolás (1666), which is a Baroque recreation of a triumphal arch, is located in calle del Bosquecillo. Another entrance is through the Portal de La Taconera, next to the Antoniutti gardens.

La Taconera will captivate you in a matter of minutes. Walk over to the viewpoint on calle Navas de Tolosa to see the mini zoo in the moat of the old city walls. Deer, rabbits, bucks, ducks, pheasants, swans, goats, peacocks and other ducks abound. Altogether about thirty different species live in a space that is decorated with a natural-sized and lit Nativity at Christmas. At the other end of the moat, on the north side, it another viewpoint to watch the animals through five beautiful pointed arches.

The park has very varied vegetation, with ancient and exotic trees. It is surrounded by part of the old city walls of Pamplona, and also conserves ornamental elements that encourage the visitor to stop along the way: the Monument to the world-famous tenor Julián Gayarre (1844-1890) in the central section. Very nearby, another parterre pays tribute to the musician from Burlada Hilarión Eslava (1807-1878).

Hidden among the trees is the statue of the "Mariblanca" (white virgin) from the end of the 18th century. This is one of the best-loved images in the city and represents and allegory of Abundance or Beneficence.

On its northern side the park has a viewpoint that offers excellent views of some neighbourhoods of Pamplona and the mountains behind. The old Portal de Santa Engracia (now called Portal Nuevo) is another point where you can enter or leave the park.

The youngsters also have a play area with a pretty drinking water fountain nearby. The Viennese café, previously used as a cycle hire hut, is a coquettish octagonal cafeteria under the shadow of a twisted Japanese acacia tree where you can enjoy a wide range of coffees, teas and tasty cakes.

Larraina park is the natural continuation of La Taconera and has excellent views over the river Arga. The Antoniutti gardens are also nearby, with many trees and good shade that has a skating rink, a children's' play area and a skateboarding track.



The Café Vienés is open every day in the high season from 09:00-22:00 and at weekends and on public holidays the rest of the year.

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