The Fiesta of San Fermín is one of Spain’s best-known celebrations, mainly due to the risk factor associated with the tradition of the running of the bulls. The festival starts with the launching of a rocket firework, or chupinazo, signalling the beginning of a week-long celebration of dancing, fireworks and traditional sporting contests. The big draw, however, is the encierro, or running of the bulls - an activity which takes place each day at 8am when a crowd of hundreds run for their lives in front of six bulls around a designated route ending at the bullring.
The Fiesta de San Fermín takes place from 6th to 14th July 2017 in Pamplona in the Navarre region of Northern Spain. The easiest way to get to the festival is to fly to either Madrid or Barcelona and get a connecting flight to Pamplona’s domestic airport in the village of Noain, just six kilometres from Pamplona. Alternatively, you can take a coach to Pamplona from all of the major northern cities, including Barcelona, San Sebastian and Bilbao. There are also good train connections from all major cities - check out the Renfe website to plan your journey.
The Fiesta is held to celebrate the city’s co-patron saint and Pamplona’s first bishop, San Fermín. Although he is believed to have been beheaded in France, legend has it that he met a painful end by being dragged through the streets by bulls - a mythological tale in which the famous running of the bulls has its origins. The bull-running is a dangerous pursuit and it draws thousands of thrill- seekers to Pamplona on an annual basis. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted - hundreds are injured during the event each year, with 25 human deaths and countless bull fatalities on record.
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Pamplona boasts wonderful surroundings and there are plenty of things to do and sights to see in the area, including: the 14th century Santa Maria Cathedral, the city’s impressive fortress and walls and the amazing views of Mount San Cristobal from the city’s main square, the Plaza del Castillo.
To find out more information about the Fiesta of San Fermín, please head to the official Pamplona Tourist Information website where you’ll be able to find out plenty of facts about the bulls, the origins of the event and more about the history of the running of the bulls, including the number of deaths that have taken place.
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