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.
Together with the Vuelta del Castillo, which surrounds it, the Citadel makes up the great green space in Pamplona, 280,000 square metres in which pavilions, moats, bastions, ravelins, fortifitions, other buildings and gentle slopes are places where the city's inhabitants can relax or enjoy sport or culture. The Citadel, the main architectural focal point in the city of Pamplona, is also considered the best example of military architecture from the Spanish Renaissance and one of the most outstanding defensive fortifications to have been designed in Europe.
Around the city centre of Pamplona, in the Segundo Ensanche and at the southern end of the city walls, is the Parque de la Media Luna (literally, "half-moon park"), one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the city. It owes its name to its design in the form of a waning moon.
The river that flows through Pamplona is called the Arga. And its course has become a colourful nature walk of around 12 kilometres. It also has a long and winding river walk, the Parque Fluvial, which meanders along about 12 kilometres. The million square metres it covers make it the first and largest green space in the city.
Pamplona is splashed with beautiful patches of green, but there is none quite like Yamaguchi Park: it covers 85,000 square metres in one of the most modern areas of the city.
The park was designed in 1997 in an oriental style by Japanese landscape gardeners, which is why it contains all the features typical of a garden imported from the land of the Rising Sun, with all its refinement, delicacy and attention to detail.