The game originated long ago from the simple pasttime of hitting or throwing a ball against a building. Nowadays, there are several variations. Played on what's known as a "frontón", players hit the ball with their hand, a paddle, a racket, a bat or a basket-like contraption. This final variation is popular known internationally as "jai alai". There are several frontóns located throughout Pamplona, for example in the Ciudadela park, where you can catch a match or two.