The Running of the Bulls

 

Dead Man's Corner at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona SpainBull Run Pamplona in San Fermin

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San Fermin Festival in Pamplona

The bull runs in Pamplona are famous worldwide for good reason. These nail-biting “encierros” are the cornerstone event of the San Fermin Festival, which is staged every year from July 6-14th. More than 1 million spectators gather around the streets of Santo Domingo, Mercaderes, and Estafeta to witness the excitement and volatility that characterizes the running of the bulls.

Every morning adrenaline-junkies line the bull run route, ready to sprint alongside and, occasionally in front of, enormous bulls weighing upwards of 1300 pounds. The festival promises 9 days of unbridled partying and plenty of family-friendly activities in Pamplona’s Old Town, known as “Casco Viejo.” Visitors from all over the globe are invited to delve into Pamplona’s rich culture, sample Navarra’s delectable cuisine, and experience one of Spain’s most iconic festivals.

 

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Traveling to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls can be overwhelming. All resources are extremely limited, which can seriously tarnish your vacation experience. Our main goal is to provide guests with a flawless yet affordable trip that exceeds their expectations. We accomplish that by offering all-inclusive Pamplona bull run packages. One purchase and you're all set. No more stress or worries, or last-minute bookings for balconies or bullfight tickets -- we made it that easy. 

Bull Run Pamplona 2020

The San Fermin Festival features around 400 events throughout the city, including parades, competitions, live music performances, firework displays, cultural events, and kid-friendly activities. The official Pamplona bull run 2020 schedule is up! Check out the Running of the Bulls dates and start planning the adventure of your life. 

Running of the Bulls 

Navarre’s historic capital is the perfect backdrop for the Pamplona bull run – an exhilarating event that starts on July 7th and is repeated every day of the festival. At precisely 8 AM, six fighting bulls – bred for strength, size, and nobility -- are released onto the street, accompanied by six oxen that help herd the beasts and keep them on course.  In terms of popularity and numbers of spectators, only La Tomatina (tomato fight) in Bunol, Valencia, rivals the running of the bulls.

The bull runs are the heart of Sanfermines and make the fiesta a world-renowned spectacle. The bull run’s origin stems from practical need: they had to find a way to get the bulls from the countryside outside the city into the bullring. The encierro starts on Calle Santo Domingo corral when the church of San Cernin clock strikes eight. After two rockets are fired, the runners flee for 875 meters (the distance from the corral to the bullfighting stadium) with bulls charging right on their heels. 

The run usually lasts less than four minutes, but you never know. If a bull goes rogue and breaks from the herd, the run can last much longer, and result in more injuries.

San Fermin Tour Packages

During the San Fermin Festival, the city of Pamplona swells to capacity, as more than one million visitors arrive for 9 days of non-stop crazy fun. Needless to say, finding a place to sleep, transportation, bullfight tickets, and balconies becomes a challenge if you don’t book in advance. Our Pamplona tour packages are the easiest and most cost-effective way to ensure a stress-free holiday.

Unless you’re planning to run, it’s crucial to secure a Pamplona balcony to see every thrilling second of the encierro. Getting decent views of the bull run from street level is close to impossible, and balcony rentals are the safest and most comfortable perch from which to take in the spectacle.

The tradition of bullfighting in Spain is centuries old, and another highlight of the San Fermin fiesta. Tourists and locals fill up the grandiose Plaza de Toros to witness some of the most talented matadors encounter Spain’s largest bulls that were run earlier that day. Tickets to Pamplona bullfights are in short supply, as local residents hold 90 percent of all seats.  

About the Encierro: The Running of the BullsWatch the running of the bulls from a balcony.
The encierro is an indescribable experience for runners and spectators alike. Barriers and fences are placed to corral the bulls along the city center streets to the bullring, where they will later face their demise. Since 1910, 16 people have died while participating in the bull runs, the majority from being gored.

A first-time runner should not downplay the dangers and should learn all of the protective strategies needed to stay safe and unharmed throughout. Not everyone is a good candidate to run the encierro. It requires steady nerves, sharp reflexes, and a high physical fitness level. Anyone who does not have these three should not take part as it is a highly risky enterprise.

Bull Run Rules 

You must be 18 or older to participate in the bull run. The following actions are prohibited: 

  • Crossing police barriers in place along the bull run route
  • Standing in areas along the course that have been prohibited by the local police force.
  • Participating in the bull run while intoxicated, while under the influence of drugs, or in any other way that is deemed to be improper.
  • Carrying any objects that may interfere with the event
  • Wearing inappropriate footwear or clothes 
  • Provoking the bulls or intentionally drawing their attention at any point along the run route
  • Running backwards or running behind the bulls
  • Harassing the bulls, holding them, or barring them from running or completing the course
  • Jeopardizing other runners by ceasing to run, standing on or by the fence, or stopping in doorways or by barriers.
  • Taking videos or photos during the run without prior official permission 

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