The San Fermin Festival takes place from the 6th to the 14th of July every year in Pamplona and is home to the famous Pamplona Bull Run (The Encierro). The festival takes place at night when fireworks kick off the festivities which go on throughout the night. The fiestas see people gathering from all over the world to honour San Fermin, the patron saint of Navarra. A visit to the festivities makes a great change from the usual activities you take part in on your cheap package holidays to Spain. Read more »
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Date 6th July – 14th July 2011
The annual San Fermin Festival takes place in July every year. Thousands of people celebrate this nine day action event which includes a wide range of events starting with the launch of a huge rocket (the Chupinazo) from the Plaza Consistorial at midday on the 6th July. The launching of the firework
marks the start of the festival. All morning crowds flock to the public square, getting into the party spirit by drinking cava and waving red neckerchiefs. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival including firework displays, sports competitions and traditional Basque music.
The first main event is The Day of San Fermin which takes place on the 7th July. The colourful procession which marks the day travels from the town hall, winding its way through the streets to the local cathedral and is an amazing sight.
The most famous part of the festival is the running of the bulls (encierro). Every day bulls are let loose in the city’s old town district, running along the streets until they reach the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona (local bullring) about half a mile away. On their journey to the bullring the animals are joined by brave and daring people who run alongside the bulls as they journey to the Plaza for the nightly bullfight. Before the bulls are released the gathering crowds and runners sing to the image of San Fermin, asking the Patron Saint of Fermin to guide them through the Bull Run and give them his blessing.
Pamplona, the capital of the Navarre region, is a modern yet traditional city.
The Plaza Consistorial is centrally located and it is here that you will find the town hall with its majestic Baroque facade. Pamplona is steeped in history and has many wonderful buildings and places of interest to visit. Holiday packages to Pamplova should include a visit to Santa Maria la Real Cathedral, the Gothic Church of San Saturnino, the Gothic Church of Santo Domingo, Camara de Comptos (the oldest building in the city), the Palace of Navarre (whre the Navarre government sits) and the Museum of Navarre. Visit the old town and sample the varied Navarre cuisine. Here you can enjoy traditional meals with some fine Navarra wine. In the area surrounding Pamplona there are some beautiful sites of natural beauty. To the west is Urbasa y Andia Nature Reserve and the Atlantic Pyrenees where you will find the Bertiz Nature Reserve. To the north of Pamplona are the Navarre Pyrenees where you will find beautiful little villages set in the valleys.
There is so much to include when booking your holiday deals to this amazing city, one thing is for certain, you will always have something to do or see.