Jai Alai (regional sport) — Jai Alai (a.k.a. pelota) is a important Basque sports event during the San Fermin fiestas. The Labrit court, located in the Old Part of the city, fills to overflowing with jai alai enthusiasts anxious to witness the contests between the players. The tension is increased by the customary bets made by spectators.
The most important tournament is the San Fermin Trophy, one of the most prestigious hand-ball tournaments in Spain. The San Fermin Tournament, within the four and a half category, is contested from the 17th June onwards and counts on the presence of the best players. Navarra province has had, and continues to produce, renowned pelota players, amongst whom one should mention Retegui, Arretxe, Galarza, Bengoetxea, the Olaizola brothers, Eugi, Martínez de Irujo and Abel Barriola, among others.
This tradition is so deep-rooted that there are few towns that do not have a frontón (court) on their streets, some of them even located in buildings of traditional architecture as is the case of the “Trinquete” in Elizondo. In general, it is possible to play in any of them if you reserve in advance. The Frontón Labrit (Calle Jual Labrit, Pamplona) is a worthy place to see this sport in action. See its website for details: www.fnpelota.com