PAMPLONA BULLFIGHT TICKETS

The evening Corrida performances are the ending to the Running of the Bulls each day during the Festival de San Fermin. The Feria del Toro is one of the most iconic parts of the Fiesta. It attracts the best bulls and most esteemed matadors from around Spain. Imagine being in Spain’s second-largest bullfighting stadium – among 20,000 cheering aficionados – and watching a centuries-old athletic duel between man and beast.


Trying to get tickets for the daily bullfights at the famed Plaza de Toros is a continuous headache, not only for foreigners, but for locals as well.

Because of the scarcity of Pamplona bullfight tickets during the Festival de San Fermin, almost all are sold on the secondary market at many multiples of the face value. Only 10% of the tickets for each performance are available for direct sale by the venue to the public. The remaining 90% of the tickets are closely held by local Pamplonese who have yearly subscriptions to the premier seats for the evening shows. These season ticket holders make significant annual financial commitments to secure their seats and retain their tickets for each of the 10 performances. Proceeds from sales of Bullfight tickets are dedicated to “Casa de Misericordia” which is an organization that provides housing and care for elderly people in need in Pamplona.

We are the only secondary market for these tickets in the United States.

We are a leading supporter of the nightly Bullfight performances at Plaza de Toros. All our seats are located on the shade side of the arena. Our buyers purchase their tickets online with confidence, then pick up their tickets in person at our office in Pamplona. Bullfights happen every day from July 5th to July 14th at 6:30 pm. Entrance to the arena requires a physical ticket. We recommend you get to the Plaza de Toros no later than 5:40 pm to locate your seat.

 

Tickets for July 6, 7, and 8 are usually the most challenging to source because these are very busy days at the opening of the Festival de San Fermin. The July 5th performance is with younger bulls called novilladas. July 6th is the Rejones featuring matadors on horseback. The other performances are reserved for traditional bullfights with the six bulls that ran in the Encierros earlier that day.

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PAMPLONA BULLFIGHT TICKETS BY SECTION

Seating at Plaza de Toros is divided into tiers from the Andanada section in the upper most part of the stadium to the Barrera section on the front row. Each of the tiers rings the stadium and is further divided into the “Sun” half and “Shade” half. Ticket prices increase as you get closer to the arena floor and seats in the shade cost more than seats in the sun.  All our seats offer shade from the intense evening sun.

The back half of this upper tier section is covered, while the front half is exposed. The Sombra (shade) seats carry a premium because you avoid the hot summer sun and sit away from the raucous “Peñas” (social clubs) which bring their rowdy nature to the Corrida (bullfight performance) each evening.


These are the most popular tickets in the arena. This seating is located directly behind Contrabarrera and in front of the Palco box seats. These seats offer good views from the lower deck and don’t carry the significant premiums attached to the elite Barrera and Contrabarrera tickets. The Sol (sun) seats are close to where the Peñas (social clubs) party, if you’re seated there, be prepared to join in their music, fun and other antics. In the Sombra (shade) seats, your neighbors will be serious Taurinos (bullfight fans). They expect you to remain quiet during each Matador’s performance.


Palco Box Seats [SOLD OUT]

Located behind the Tendido rows, these are the only lower-deck seats covered by a roof and they offer chairs with backs. These seats have a private entrance and are located next to the box of the President of the Plaza de Toros and other officials and VIP’s. They offer an excellent view because the matadors play to this section of the crowd.


Contraberra Seats [SOLD OUT]

Contrabarrera Sombra (shade) seats are the two rows behind the elite Barrera section. You are seated in the first three rows of the arena which is a place of honor for most fans of Spanish Bullfighting. These seats are occupied by very serious fans who require you to quietly observe each Matador’s performance. If you prefer to avoid the intense evening sun, you'll want Sol y Sombra (partial sun) and Sombra (shade) tickets. Prices of the tickets in this section reflect the high demand for these seats. 


These front row seats at Plaza de Toros are the most coveted in Pamplona. They give you the best possible view. Here, you fully experience the sights and sounds of each performance on the sands of the stadium floor. The Sombra (shade) seats are the most expensive in the house because you avoid the hot summer sun and are seated with the truest aficionados. Your neighbors require you to observe each Matador’s performance quietly and respectfully. Prices of these tickets reflect the tremendous demand for these seats.

PAMPLONA BULLFIGHT TICKETS BY DAY

Since most visitors to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona only come for a few days, it is important to secure bullfight tickets for the exact day you will be there.  While you could show up the day of the bullfight and hope to buy from ticket scalpers outside Plaza de Toros, the price, quality, and authenticity of the ticket are not assured. Plus, it is not legal to sell bullfight tickets on the street, so your transaction could be interrupted.  If you’ve already spent thousands of dollars to come to Pamplona, we recommend spending a bit more to ensure your seats are reserved for the bullfight.  We’ve helped create the secondary market for Pamplona Bullfight Tickets and we have the process down to a science.  We hope you join us. 

July 5

July 5th is the day of the “Novilladas” which features younger bulls and younger bullfighters.  

July 6

July 6th is the exhibition of the Rejones, or traditional mounted bullfighting. The Corrida de Rejones features Rejoneadors instead of Matadors, as they conduct the entire bullfight from atop their horse. This is not just a spectacle of bravery, but also of incredible horsemanship.

July 7

July 7th is the first day of the Matadors performing traditional bullfighting in Pamplona’s Plaza de Toros. It is also the first full day of the Fiestas de San Fermin, along with the first Running of the Bulls at 8 a.m. This is the busiest day of the year in Pamplona. Every seat in the bullfighting arena is coveted on the 7th, so buy your tickets early if you hope to attend.

July 8

July 8th is the second performance of the Matadors in Pamplona. It is typically the second busiest day in the city. The bullfighting arena will be sold out, so it is important to buy your tickets in advance.

July 9

July 9th is the third performance of the Matadors in Pamplona’s Plaza de Toros. As it is the third full day of the San Fermin Fiestas and the Running of the Bulls, a few better-quality tickets will be available – this is because some season-ticket holders begin offering their tickets to others after having attended the opening days themselves.

July 10

July 10th is the fourth performance of the Matadors in Pamplona. Since this is the middle of the Fiesta, you see more families enjoying the bullfights. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

July 11

The fifth performance of the Matadors in Pamplona occurs on July 11th. It is a great opportunity to choose from seats in all sections of the bullfighting arena because many season ticket holders offer their tickets for sale on this day.

July 12

Reserve your July 12th bullfight tickets to see the sixth performance of the Matadors in Pamplona. Watch the Peña (social club) bands march into the Plaza de Toros and start the party in the Sol (sun) section or sit among the serious Taurinos in the Sombra (shade) section.

July 13

July 13th is the next-to-last bullfighting performance in Pamplona.
As the Fiestas de San Fermin draw to a close, this is one of your last opportunities to experience the history, pagentry, and artistry of Spanish Bullfighting in the famed Plaza de Toros.

July 14

July 14th is the last day of Spanish Bullfighting in Pamplona. It coincides with the end of the Running of the Bulls and the San Fermin Festival. Be sure you buy your tickets early, because the last performance in Pamplona is especially important to experience.

In addition to 2024 bullfight tickets, we also offer: exclusive Pamplona balcony rentals along the bull run route, reservations in Pamplona hotel rooms, Running of the Bulls travel packages, Pamplona tours, and much more.


PAMPLONA’S BULLFIGHTING STADIUM: PLAZA DE TOROS

The Plaza de Toros de Pamplona was inaugurated July 7, 1922. It had an initial capacity of about 13,000 seats. The famed bullfighting arena was designed by Francisco Urcola, who also designed Sevilla’s “Monumental” Plaza de Toros, and “El Chofre” plaza in San Sebastian. The bullfighting stadium was financed by construction bonds issued by the Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona (House of Mercy charity) backed by three banking institutions and hundreds of Pamplona residents. Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona continues to manage the facility and the annual bullfights to the great benefit of Pamplona’s elder citizens lacking the financial means to support themselves.  

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In the 1960’s, Rafael Moneo led the renovation of Plaza de Toros and its capacity was expanded to 19,721 spectators. The project was completed in 1967. On July 6, 1968, just after the Chupinazo marking the official opening of the Festival de San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, the famous “Monumento to Hemingway” was dedicated. It was prominently placed just outside Plaza de Toros near the narrow alley way between Amaya and Aralar streets that brings fearless Encierro runners on a downhill sprint into the stadium each morning during the Running of the Bulls. On the statue’s pedestal is an inscription in Spanish and Basque which translates to, "Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize in literature, Friend of this town and admirer of its festivals, which he knew how to describe and propagate.” The popular monument was made by Catalan sculptor Luis Sanguino, who was known as a great fan of bullfighting. The base is made up of a block of granite from the Guadarrama mountain range that creates a pedestal that outlines Hemingway’s torso. His arms are crossed in a position that was typical of him watching the bulls and runners from behind the temporary barricades along the bull run route.

 

An article written by Hemingway published on October 27, 1923 in the ‘Toronto Star Weekly’, described the first morning bull run of that new festival saying, “We followed the crowd that was leaving through a narrow gate on the walls towards a yellowish, flat and empty field, where the new and white bull ring stands: it was packed. Once the bulls have been locked in their pen, the aficionado bullfight – vaquillas, begins”. Plaza de Toros in Pamplona, Spain is mentioned by Hemingway in his novels, ‘The Sun Also Rises/Fiesta’, ‘Death in the Afternoon’, and ‘The Dangerous Summer’.


HISTORY OF BULLFIGHTING IN PAMPLONA

The Grand Plaza del Castillo hosted the first bullfights in Pamplona, Spain. Using four panels, they made a makeshift arena, which depended on the balconies of the surrounding buildings to accommodate the spectators. As the event grew in popularity, it became clear a proper arena was needed. The next host to the bullfights was a bullring located near Plaza del Castillo at what today is the beginning of Avenida Carlos III. Built in 1843, that structure had a capacity of only 900. It was used until 1849 when construction began on the new arena which was opened in 1852 in time for the opening of the annual San Fermin Festival.


FERIA DEL TORO

The Feria del Toro (Fair of the Bull) is intricately linked with the Fiestas de San Fermin and the Running of the Bulls. Since 1922, Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona has had complete responsibility for organizing everything to do with staging the nightly bullfighting performances at Plaza de Toros. This includes hiring the bullfighters, selecting the ganaderias (bull ranches), managing the Corrales de Gas (lower bull pen), and the Corrales de Santo Domingo (upper bull pen), the Encierillos (night walk of the bulls from lower to upper bull pen), and the Encierro (Running of the Bulls) itself, which requires Pastores (shepherds), carpenters to erect the barricades, and many more participants.