Pamplona Spanish Courses
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A beautiful, historic city in northern Spain with a student atmosphere and plenty of green spaces, Pamplona is world renown thanks to its annual festival featuring the San Fermín Running of the Bulls. The city is also famous for its excellent and varied cuisine, offering many delicious types of meat and quality wines.
Spanish Courses Offered in Pamplona
Located in Navarra, the beautiful city of Pamplona mixes historic sights, many square miles of wide-open green spaces, cider houses and hearty food. It is highly recommended for students who want to experience Basque traditions with all the modern amenities of a lively and youthful city—and a relaxed way of life. The city is considered a progressive haven; universities are very influential in life here, and Pamplona hosts a huge number of important scientific, technological, business and cultural conferences.
At the heart of Pamplona there is a stunning medieval city, complete with an impressive Renaissance citadel. There are several things to see and do at Santa Maria Cathedral and Museum: seasonal concerts, beautiful art and history. Another good museum is the Museo de Navarra, with intricate mosaics and fascinating Roman artefacts on display. There are many palaces and old churches here too. A wander around Plaza del Castillo reveals a number of restaurants, cafes and bars; it is an ideal place for students to socialise. When it comes to eating, Pamplona is known for its rich selection of fresh vegetables and tasty “pintxos”. Pintxos are similar to tapas, and being cheap and tasty, are ideal for sharing in a student group. Wine from the area is also very good.
Pamplona is the city of parks, and green land can be seen everywhere in the city. The oldest and most romantic park is Parque Taconera, dating back to 17th Century. One of the most visited and stunning parks include the Yamaguchi Park, which has a rare Japanese garden. The Media Luna Park (meaning Half Moon Park) is located in the northern part of Pamplona and offers vast lawns, paths for relaxed strolling and several sculptures.
Pamplona is most famous for its huge July festival, Sanfermins. The festivities last for a whole week, with huge street parties, loud music and typical food and drink. There are nightly firework displays and the most well known event is the Running of the Bulls. This takes place every evening throughout the festival. Six bulls stampede through the city and daring people can race along in front of them. Although this can be a great adventure, it can also be quite dangerous—watching is often better than actually taking part!
Dry and hot summers and cool winters are typical to Pamplona. Summer highs reach about 27ºC (81ºF) and July and August are the driest months. Winters can be just a couple of degrees above freezing, with frost in December, January and February. Pamplona is a very cloudy city; there are more than 300 cloud-covered days per year—and 130 of these are rainy. Rain in Pamplona is mainly concentrated in the winter months, the wettest being December. Spring and autumn are generally pleasant; these are usually said to be the best times to visit for those students who prefer moderate temperatures.
In Pamplona, and the Navarra province in general, both Spanish and Basque (called Euskera by the locals) are spoken. Spanish is more prevalent and everybody can speak it, but some people in Pamplona consider Basque their first language. This can make it harder to get to know a percentage of the locals during longer immersion periods, when students usually want to integrate more with the community around them.
Pamplona is an ideal location for short courses, from 2 weeks to 3-4 months, or combined with another Spanish city. Students who wish to experience two different Spanish cultures should visit Pamplona, plus one of Spain’s sunny destinations, such as Malaga, Seville or Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.
The costs of food, transportation, entertainment and clothing are very similar to those in Madrid—this means that Pamplona is quite an expensive destination within Spain. Accommodation costs are slightly cheaper here than in the capital, though. Avoiding restaurants and bars in the city’s main business district helps to keep costs down, and buying food from the supermarkets or open air markets is also a good way for students to live within their budgets.
Pamplona is truly a green city with its nearly four million square meters of parks and gardens. The city is considered a progressive haven; universities are very influential in city life and the city hosts an increasing number of important scientific, technological, business, cultural and health conferences every year. Pamplona is a city replete with culture. Some of the most important festivals in Spain take place here, the most famous of which is the San Fermín Running of the Bulls.
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