Running with the Bulls

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on May 13th, 2011

Are you an adventurous kind of traveler? Is Danger your middle name? Do you perform death-defying acts like it’s nothing more than pouring a glass of milk? Do you want to travel to Spain and run with the bulls? If you answered yes to any or all of the above, you are in luck!

From the 6th to the 11th of July, Pamplona, Spain will be holding its annual San Fermin Festival. The biggest event at the festival is the Running of the Bulls. The tradition began back in the 14th century as a means for butchers to get the animals to market, however, times have changed. Nowadays, rather than chase the bull through town, the bulls chase the people! This happens from the 7th through the 14th at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

You don’t have to run ahead of the bulls to enjoy this event, though. Along the outer ring, seating is provided for those who prefer being spectators over participants. You must get there early because these ringside seats go fast.

Besides the bull run, there are other events which make a trip to Pamplona worthwhile. The beginning of the festival is marked by the firing off of chupinazo (pyrotechnic rocket) at noon on July 6th. Every morning, to the delight of attending children, a parade, Gegants i Capgrossos (Giants and Big Heads) is held. In the afternoons, a bullfight begins at 6:30 and each evening ends with an impressive fireworks display. At midnight on the final evening, the San Fermin Festival ends with everyone meeting at the Townhall Plaza to sing the sad old tune, Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) by candlelight.

The events of the San Fermin Festival were the basis for Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, which he wrote while on vacation in Pamplona. Book a cheap flight to Spain now and start planning for the trip of a lifetime!


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