One thing is certain, most want to reach this path, even if they don’t have the courage to go down in the middle of the action. If you are one of the thousands of tourists who are addicted to adrenaline, this is the perfect place for a week full of action and entertainment. The risk is quite high, considering that around 200 people are injured each year and 15 have been edited since 1910, when this tradition began. Even so, more and more people come to see the show every year.
Bull running is the main event of the festival, which lasts for eight days each. At 8 o’clock in the morning, 6 large bulls were released on Pamplona days and the participants started running from them. The final goal is to direct all the bulls in the arena at the end of the course. Even though this only takes a few minutes, it is very intense. The participants, mostly dressed in white with red scarves and mostly young men, tried to avoid bulls when they ran. The committee placed barricades in secondary streets and made room for people to get out. There are certain rules that need to be respected so that everyone is safe.
Bull running is not the only strange but exciting festival event. The day starts with this race, but continues with many activities that can be just as interesting, even for people who don’t run with bulls.
The bulls brought into the arena are used for bullfighting during the day. This was highly valued by the Spaniards, but was highly contested by animal rights activists. Another interesting point is the religious procession that goes on in honor of San Fermin. On every festival day there are many traditional music concerts and theater representations on the city streets.
For the rest of the year, Pamplona is a medium-sized regular city. To reach Pamplona, you have several options. The first is the flight connection. If you can arrive in Madrid or Barcelona, there are regular flights to Pamplona every day. Of all the major cities, there are trains and coaches going to the city, but during the festival it is very crowded, so make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible. The trip from Madrid or Barcelona to Pamplona takes between 3 and 5 hours. For accommodation, you have many choices, from expensive hotels to sleeping in the park, which is not recommended at all.
This is one event that you must attend once in a lifetime to see or participate in a crazy bull race. If you are one of the tourists who are looking for adventure and unusual then this is the perfect festival.