SAN FERMÍN FESTIVAL
ALL YOU NEED FOR THE FIESTA
Every year, from July 6th to 14th, the word fiesta is written in capital letters in Pamplona. When the chupinazo (a ceremonial rocket) is fired the city explodes into life. Thousands of people from all over the world descend on the city, which dresses up in red and white. For nine days the streets turn into a feast of friendship, joy, music and non-stop partying, to the rhythm of the charangas and the peñas.
The encierro (Bull Run) is the only moment of the day when the party stops, and great tension descends on the route just a few minutes before the bulls start their ‘race’ behind the runners. The surge of emotions culminates in the bullring at the end of the run.
The fiesta continues with chocolate with churros (long doughnuts), the Gigantes (ceremonial giants) and Cabezudos (carnival figures with big heads), the aperitif, the bullfight in the evening, or the fireworks at night. These then give way to all-night