Bird Watching (UK) - - Bird The World - WORDS: DAVID LINDO

The rain in Spain falls mainly… in Pam­plona, it would seem – but don’t let that put you off from vis­it­ing for a won­der­ful bird­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

HOW MANY OF you can hon­estly point out the Span­ish city of Pam­plona on a map? A brief car­to­graph­i­cal study would re­veal that this city in the Navarre re­gion is tucked away in the north-east of the coun­try and is de­light­fully close to the Pyre­nees, as well as to the French border. That means the po­ten­tial for the dis­cov­ery of win­ter­ing mon­tane species in the area is pretty high. The cli­mate is classed as oceanic, so it is not typ­i­cal of what most of us con­sider for Spain. While the sum­mers in Pam­plona are warm, the win­ters can be pretty cold. The land­scape out­side the ur­ban ar­eas is green, rem­i­nis­cent of Bri­tain, as is the fairly fre­quent rain dur­ing the year. The city is fa­mous, or per­haps more cor­rectly, in­fa­mous, for its an­nual bull run­ning fes­ti­val that oc­curs in July. The fes­ti­val at­tracts masses of tourists and thrill seek­ers and was also the source of lit­er­ary in­spi­ra­tion for none other than Ernest Hem­ing­way.

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