San Fermin Festival

Fiesta de San Fermin – Running With the Bulls

Fiesta de San Fermin takes place every year between the 6th and the 14th of July in Spain. This festival gathers over 1.000.000 people in the city of Pamplona. This 2-week celebration is held in honour of Saint Fermin. Mostly, it is known for the running with the bulls. This is one of its most famous events but there are many activities at which you can participate. During the festival several traditional events take place.

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This event is the official mark of the beginning of San Fermin. A pyrotechnic rocket is launched from a balcony during which thousands of people celebrate it in the city hall.

Fiesta de San Fermin
Running with the bulls

This is one of the most famous activities which take place during the Fiesta de San Fermin. Every day starting at 8.00 AM, the crowd can run along with 6 bulls on the narrow streets of Pamplona. Finally, the run ends when they arrive in Pamplona’s bullring.

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San Fermin procession

Dancers and entertainers move along with the Saint Fermin statue, performing the Jota, an ancient specific dance. Gigantic puppet figures join the dance. In the meantime, they offer a rose to the statue and ring the bells of the Maria Cathedral.

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Pobre de mí

Finally, the Pobre de mi. This is the official closing of the festival. It takes place on the 14th of July when people gather in the middle of the city hall at 11.59 and sing Pobre de mí. During the festivity, the participants light a candle and wave a red handkerchief, which symbolizes the end of the festival.

Fiesta de San Fermin

Tours & activities in Pamplona

  1. Take a VIP tour of Pamplona’s Gothic Cathedral. You have after hour access in the Cathedral, followed by gourmet Tapas and Wine in the courtyard -> Pamplona Cathedral Tour and Gourmet Tapas 
  2. Visit two local wineries in Navarra. You will be able to taste the wines and have an ecological lunch made form products from the farm. Each winery has won several prizes and they are really appreciated by the locals -> Navarra Wineries Tour with Optional Lunch from Pamplona
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