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Fiesta de San Fermín

Fiesta de San Fermín

Fiesta de San Fermín

Fiesta de San Fermín – this event (the running of the bulls) is celebrated in Pamplona every year from July 6 – 14. Bulls are lead through the streets of the old quarter as far as the bull ring by runners. This event starts at the corral in Calle Santo Domingo when the clock on the church of San Cernin strikes eight o’clock in the morning. After the launching of two rockets, the bulls charge behind the runners for 825 meters, the distance between the corral and the bullring. The run usually lasts between three and four minutes although it has sometimes taken over ten minutes, especially if one of the bulls has been isolated from his companions.

 

Those participating in the run (encierro) should start somewhere between the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (City Hall Square) and the pink-slab Education building in the Cuesta of Santo Domingo, and they should be there before 7:30am because entry to the run is closed from that time on. The rest of the run, except for the stretch mentioned above, must be completely clear of runners until a few minutes before 8am.

 

Note: the running of the bulls is not for everyone. It requires cool nerves, quick reflexes and a good level of physical fitness. Anyone who does not have these three should not take part. It is a highly risky enterprise.

 

The Festival of San Fermín includes many more events and sights besides the bull related ones, such as parades, traditional Basque sports exhibitions and a nightly fireworks competition.