This annual festival takes place in Pamplona, Spain – it is also known as the “Running of the Bulls”.
|Official Name||San Fermín|
|Also Called||Sanfermín, Sanfermines (plural)|
|Main Location||Pamplona (Spain)|
|Begins||6th of July|
|Ends||14th of July|
This festival is celebrated in honor of Saint Fermin – the patron saint of Navarra. The religious aspect has taken a back seat over the last few decades and has come to be better known as a gathering of people from all over the world. Parties, fun and frolic are what this festival is associated with.
The Encierro or “The Running of the Bulls” is at the heart of the San Fermin Fest – an unforgettable spectacle and unimaginable in any other part of the world. Getting the bulls from all over the region to the bullring was the original reason. It starts at the Calle Santo Domingo Corral at 8 AM – after two rockets are launched, the bulls are let out of their pens and they charge out into the waiting crowds. The run usually lasts under 5 minutes, but can take longer if any one of the bulls strays from the herd.
The prelude to this run is quite emotionally charged – the crowd asks the saint for his blessings and they start running when they hear the bulls coming. Experienced people take up positions along the route to help the runners to fan out and take the bulls towards the corral as fast as possible.
This run is a great experience for all involved and can be risky. Some things for participants to keep in mind is that a good measure of physical fitness and agility is a must. Runners must also be able to keep a cool head.
This is quite a fun event for participants and spectators alike – so check out the official website for more information on accommodation, tickets, directions etc.
|July 6th||Evening Vespers|
|July 7th||1st Bullrun/Encierro|
|July 7th||Riau Riau|
|July 7th-14th||Merienda in Bullring|
|July 8th-14th||Caldo Soup|
|July 14||Closing Ceremony- Pobre de Mí|