One of the greatest festivals in Europe that you don’t want to miss is San Fermin Festival. Also known as The Running of the Bulls event, the fiestas which are celebrated by many Spaniards every year, have become popular internationally.
If you have a long holiday and want to experience something unusual and exciting, going to San Fermin Festival is a nice thing to try. Do you want to know more about the festival? Read on!
What is the San Fermin Festival?
The Running of the Bulls festival begins on July 6th and concludes on July 14th, 2019. During the 9-days event, people from all over the world will gather to enjoy the festival. Some will run together with a dozen bulls in the narrow streets of Pamplona, Spain. Pamplona is located in the northern region of Navarra, Spain.
The San Fermin festival has a long history traces back to the 12th century. The festival goers chose to participate in the running event because they want to feel the “adrenaline rush” and have some fun! The fiestas are celebrated in honor of San Fermin, the patron saint of Navarra. In the evening after the bull race, there will be a bullfighting event as well.
Every year, the event is celebrated not only by bullfighting and bull race, but also with other entertainment such as live music, DJs, fireworks, food and drinks. During the event, the city is filled with people dressed in traditional red and white costumes.
If you travel with your children, there are also some entertainment available for them. They can play on inflatable castles, doing some workshops, watch some entertaining shows of fake bulls, and many more.
What to Expect during the 9-days event?
- July 6, 2019: The opening ceremony. No bulls will run on this day. At noon, the crowd will gather in the square in front of the Town Hall to start the fiesta, marked by a rocket launch which is also called the Chupinazo. People will watch the Mayor and members of the council to step out the balconies to greet the crowd. Expect non-stop partying on the streets, dancing, singing and plenty of sangria!
- July 7, 2019: On the second day, come early to the festival location to reserve a nice spot, and enjoy the first Pamplona bull run that starts at 8.00 a.m. at Corrales de Santo Domingo. The first day of the bull run is going to be really crowded.
- July 8, 2019: Bull runs continue. The bull will run through a winding 849-meter course to the city bullring.
- July 9, 2019: Bull runs, and bullfights continue. The location is not as packed as the previous days.
- July 10, 2019: Bull runs, and bullfights continue. Enjoy the event as it will be exhilarating and unforgettable.
- July 11, 2019: Bull runs, and bullfights continue. Find a balcony early in Pamplona to watch the bull run with people of all ages!
- July 12, 2019: Closing days of the San Fermin Festival begins. Bull runs and bullfights continue.
- July 13, 2019: Bull runs and bullfights continue.
- July 14, 2019: The last day of the festival which will be marked by the closing ceremony. The bulls run will end on July 14 at 12 a.m. (midnight). Overall, during the 9-days event, you’ll be entertained by fireworks contest, folkloric music of Spain, concerts, and many more.
What to Wear during the Event?
Everyone must wear the traditional uniform during the event. Both male and female should wear the official San Fermin costume, which is a white shirt, white pants or skirt, a red sash, and a red neck-scarf.
You have to wear the red waist sash on the left side of your body. If you’re a tourist, you can by the traditional clothing at shops around the festival area. Many local shops sell the traditional costumes. You can also bring your own plain white shirts and white pants from your hometown!
Why Join the San Fermin Festival?
San Fermin Festival is one of the world’s biggest festivals that must be on your bucket list! Each year, about 1,000,000 participants from all over the world participate in the event. There are various activities that you can enjoy during the festival, such as bull fights, fireworks, parade of giants and many more!
It is a festival you should attend at least once in your lifetime! This is the chance for you to see bull run, accompanied by hundreds of adrenaline-fueled participants. Enjoy the non-stop street partying on the street, duck into one of the attractive bars in town, and enjoy Spanish famous drink called claimotxo (red wine and coke).
Watching the bulls run in the morning, and seeing the bullfight in the evening is so fun! You’ll get a chance to see the country’s top bullfighters. The special atmosphere that you can feel when you are in San Fermin Festival is something you will not feel in any other place in the world!
How Much is the Ticket Price?
Tickets for The Running of the Bulls sell out very quickly. You can buy the tickets in package, or per day. Generally, if you want to watch on the balconies of many apartments, you can book a place online, but it is easier if you know the locals. The ticket to stand at a balcony at superb locations along the bull routes is usually priced at around €100 – €140.
The ticket price for the opening ceremony or often called Chupinazo, is way higher than the ticket price for the other day. To watch the rocket launch from the safe location, expect to pay €600, but the price is already included a local guide, snacks and drinks.
In order to watch the bullfight at Pamplona Bullring that will take place every evening during the San Fermin Festival, the ticket price is around €75. If you want a privileged location, the ticket can reach €175.
Where to Stay in Pamplona?
There are many hotels in Pamplona, but keep in mind that a lot of those hotels will be all booked before the festival begins. You can book for accommodations in and around Pamplona by using tiket.com. There are many alternatives of hotels that you can choose. Want to stay away from the crowds at night? You can book the hotels that are not too close to the festival location.
If you want to save your budget, you can also stay overnight at the campsite called Camping Ezcaba, which is about six kilometers outside the city. Other campsites located about 25 kilometers outside the city include Camping Urrobi, Camping Aritzaleku, Iturbero and Lizarra.
What are Nearby Attractions Around Pamplona?
- Plaza del Castillo – a spacious public square that is the central feature of Pamplona, the heart of the city
- Museo Universidad de Navarra – a museum that displays diverse archaeological objects and fine arts
- Plaza de Toros and Bullfighting Monument – this is the ending point of the Running of The Bulls event. Don’t forget to take selfies here!
- San Sebastian – located 50 miles from Pamplona. In this city, you can enjoy beautiful beaches, incredible architecture and best food in Europe!
How to Get to Pamplona?
Pamplona has an airport with daily flights from Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon. It is about 50 miles from the Pyrenees Mountains and the Spanish French border, and around 250 miles north of Madrid.
Besides using airplane, you can also reach Pamplona by using train from Barcelona, Madrid and San Sebastian.
Want to come to Spain? Book your flight ticket at tiket.com now. There are many hotels alternatives that you can choose in Spain.
Going to the festival with your children? If you want to go to Spain with your kids and they still don’t have the passport, you can follow the simple guides to make children passport.