Running of the Bulls Balconies. Sanfermin, Pamplona 2017

Travel Tips

Follow our advice to come to Sanfermin if you want to get the most out of the fiestas. You can find a hotel, a rented room or even come as a backpacker, but what you really need to know is how the party scene and the fiestas really thrill and buzz.

Dress in white color, it’s the Fiesta code
Make your reservation early in advance
Eat enough to stand alive!
Sleep and relax from time to time
Keep safe your luggage
In case you loose something, go to the Lost Items Office
Have a shower, or more, even if you avoid hotels
Show respect! There are rules even in Sanfermin

Dress in white color, it’s the Fiesta code

One of the characteristics of the fiesta is that everyone dresses up as they please…, but in white gear. This is not an inconvenience but rather one of the inside ways of becoming more intimate with the fiesta spirit and allowing you to party better by mixing in better with the rest of the crowd. So, the first piece of advice is to dress in white trousers or shorts or whatever, – in white – and also with a white shirt, tee shirt, or whatever. A minimum item and pretty much a must is the characteristic red necktie. All the clothes stores are selling in Kukuxumusu before and during the fiestas and they are also widely available at street markets.

In addition, it pays to wear some good quality footwear. Flip-flops and sandals are not very suitable as it is easy to step on broken glass or simply have people step on you as there are big crowds just about everywhere.

Make your reservation early in advance

Just as we advise you to let things unfold at their own time to enjoy the fiestas; we equally advise the opposite if you are planning a trip to Pamplona. You should make sure you have travel tickets to get to Pamplona well beforehand. It is also well worthwhile ensuring you have a place to sleep before you come.

Accommodation basically comes down to hotels, renting apartments or going to camping sites. We would heartily recommend going for regulated accommodation as service and quality are guaranteed. However, it may be necessary to fall back on private rented accommodation because demand is so high. You can make hotel bookings at Findor.com, with a 24 hour attention service and in your own language. You can also find some tourist package offers at Sanfermin Booking where you can book a balcony from which to watch the Running of the Bulls. You could also check out our own noticeboard for private apartment renting.

Eat enough to stand alive!

The best way of keeping in form during all the partying is to make sure to eat plenty. The best thing would be to follow the locals in their habits of eating a breakfast, a mid-morning snack, a meal, an evening snack and a late dinner. There is a very wide range of offers in food during Sanfermin. From Monday thru Friday supermarkets are open but on Sundays and on the 7th of July, they are closed to the public as this is a holiday in Pamplona. However, even on those two days some small food stores would be open around the old part of the city.

While there is a wide range of restaurants, there are also some street traders at places such as -Antoniutti and Barracas- and ordinary bars that would provide some basic food and snacks or pinchos. In Sanfermin, you can expect to pay a bit more than during the rest of the year so it is a good idea to ask the price before ordering.

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© Javier Martínez de la Puente

Sleep and relax from time to time

The city doubles its number of inhabitants during Sanfermin and the hotel vacancies are all filled, especially at weekends. It is permitted to sleep out in the parks and such public places but it can get cold at night (14-22 Cº) and sometimes it could rain. There are several options for sleeping in Sanfermin. From the most expensive to the cheapest in the following order: hotels, hostels, boarding-houses, camp sites, renting an apartment, renting a room and maybe just not sleeping or sleeping on the ground in some public park or similar. The best thing would be to make an early booking.

It is also quite customary to rent out apartments or rooms in Sanfermin. At our Notice-BoardSanfermin.com you can usually find people who are offering and searching for places. Sanfermin Booking (Powered by sanfermin by locals & Sanfermin.com) offers various packets that could be of interest as they are varied and open to different kinds of travelers. You can book the balconies to the running of the bulls too.

If you can book hotel rooms or flights to Pamplona you can visit travel.sanfermin.com (Powered by Findor & Orbitz). If ever an issue arises you can call or email Findor team at any time (Live Chat & Voice). They’re always available and ready to help.

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© Javier Martínez de la Puente

Keep safe your luggage

There is a good dependable left luggage office set up especially for the fiestas. It guarantees security and ease of mind about your things. Being able to drop off your backpack in a safe place allows you enjoy the fiestas with an easy mind as it is very hard to keep an eye on your things with such large crowds of people about

There are two Left Luggage Offices during Sanfermin where all sorts of equipment and baggage may be left. The biggest and cheapest is the one that Pamplona City Hall organizes each year at the public school of San Francisco, in the city center. It is always open from the 4th of July until the 16th of July. Spanish, English, Basque language and French and German are all spoken by some or other of the attendants. There are also changing rooms available there if you want to make a quick change of clothing. There is also a tourist information office.

Price per item of baggage or equipment for each 24 hours is about 4,5 euro. If you do take it out to have a change of clothes or whatever, then you are charged again when you put it back for safekeeping. When you leave in your pack they make a photocopy of your passport and they give you a receipt and a tag and they will charge you for the first day. To take out the pack you will need to show your passport and your tag and they check off your data with the photocopy that goes with the pack. This is the safest and best system.

There are also two rows of automatic storage lockers at the Pamplona Coach Station which work with coin slots and if you arrive by coach this might be a handier option.

In case you loose something, go to the Lost Items Office

There is a lost property service available at the local police station where everything picked up in the city is handed in and the public can come to check the articles. When someone gets so caught up in all the partying, it is sometimes difficult to keep a close eye on one’s things. If something gets lost, hopefully some honest citizen who finds it will hand it over to the municipal police or to one of the collaborators in civil protection – those people wearing an orange-colored jacket – who will see that it finds it way to the Lost Property Office.

This office obviously works intensely over the eight days of fiestas, and afterwards it remains open some days more to facilitate the recovery of objects for the public. It is also possible to fill in a form on the Pamplona City Hall web site, giving a description of the lost property and a search will be made at the Lost Property Office for the object. Should it be found, contact will then be made with the owners. You can also telephone directly to the Lost Property Office at +34 948 420 612. You can fill an online form to register your lost property, but the web are only in spanish language (You can try)

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Oficina de objetos perdidos de Sanfermin. ©Sanfermin.com

Have a shower, or more, even if you avoid hotels

Pamplona during Sanfermin fiestas has some special premises, both public and private, where you can shower. After being out on the town during Sanfermin the moment comes when it is necessary to have a wash. There is a large public facility – the Casa de Baños y lavandería Pública available in the old part of town which where showers are available. This premises is located in the street – calle Hilarion Eslava 9, – very closet o the left luggage premises at San Francisco square. The best thing about using this public center is that towels and soap are also available so that it is not necessary to carry anything with you.

Many visitors avail of the public swimming pools to have a relaxing swim and do some sunbathing in the quieter hours of the day before the partying takes off again. The swimming pools in the Piscinas de Aranzadi, are public and reasonably close to the whole part of town. There you will find open air and indoor pools as well as a gym, dressing rooms, some green areas for sunbathing and even a restaurant.

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Piscinas de Aranzadi.

Show respect! There are rules even in Sanfermin

Pamplona in San Fermin has a name for being anarchic -a place where- during the days of the Fiesta – anything goes. And that first impression, when you see the whole town in celebration, seems to conform this fact. However, it’s not quite true. Any misdemeanours are punished, just as in any other place, with a night in the caboose, or a fine or whatever. Proof that things are never too unruly is that you will see many young children with their families strolling among all the hustle and bustle. They can be seen, for example, at the exit of the “Peñas” to see how people “enjoy” themselves. Or at the “Dianas” to see the survivors from the all-night sessions.

Stepping over the line might sometimes depend on where and when you misbehave. It’s a question of using your instinct and being generally prudent at all times. Adapting and accepting the local norms and learning from what you see around you.

Imagen de Lucinda Poole frente a la obra completa de Hemingway en un posado.

Kukuxumusu awards American journalist Lucinda Poole with the “Guiri Del Año” award of Sanfermin 2017

Photo by José Luis Larrión

American journalist, Lucinda Poole, will be awarded during Sanfermin 2017 with the XIV Premio Guiri del Año, an award which is given each year by Kukuxumusu and Sanfermin.com to a foreigner who has stood out for their love of the Sanfermin fiestas. This year, in its fourteenth edition, the winner of this award is the versatile journalist and translator, Lucinda Poole, who will follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Englishman Tim Pinks. Continue reading…

Presentación de la iniciativa del vaso reciclable con Armando Cuenca.

How the system of recycled drinking glasses will work in Sanfermin

This afternoon, the Area of Urban Ecology and Sustainable Mobility from Pamplona City Hall, has invited representatives from the catering and bar sector as well as other interested citizens to a meeting – discussion session in order to present an outlined plan to promote the use of recycled drinking glasses during the Sanfermin fiestas of 2017 in the hope of achieving more sustainable fiestas this coming July. While some details remain to be agreed upon, the target of, “0 Plastic” is the aim behind these steps to try to replace the throwaway plastic glasses which have been in use over these past several years. It is hoped to reduce the garbage content of the plastic glasses by some 75% (56.000 kilograms less). Some earlier experiments carried out at other large -crowd events such as Nafarroa Oinez, Gora Iruñea, Bayonne, Terrassa as well as some other smaller trials made by the City Hall of Pamplona during Sanfermin Txikito in September, have led the authorities to believe that there exists a good base on which to try to implement the changes for the coming Sanfermin fiestas in 2017.

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Maximiliano Cosatti será la imagen de los Sanfermines de este año tras recibir el 27,4% de los votos

‘Sanfermin mornings’ –created by Maximiliano Cosatti is the winning image for this year’s Sanfermin poster

 

Poster no. 1, entitled ‘Mañanas sanfermineras’, was chosen as the image for the 2017 Sanfermin fiestas after it received 27,4% of the total number of votes from the 5.682 people who took part in this open vote system organized by Pamplona City Hall. The author is Maximiliano Cosatti, born in Argentina in 1979 and who has been living in Pamplona for the past 4 years. He gave a press conference alongside the mayor of Pamplona, Joseba Asirón, and in the presence of the councilor responsible for Culture, Language and Sport, Maider Beloki. The prize money which went to the winning poster was 3.600 euro.

Maximiliano Cosatti has a degree in Design and Publicity Work, and he first worked in this field in Argentina. In 2016 he designed a stamp which is currently used, ‘Universo Cervantes’, after winning first place in the II National Competition for Stamp Design – ‘DISELLO’ – organized by the national post office entity. Last year, another poster of his, was selected among the 100 finalists and it was on exhibition in some commercial premises during the year and in the Jara’s Hairdressers in the neighborhood of Mendillorri.

The voting, open to all citizens who are on the census list in Pamplona took place between the 11th and the 27th of April. A total of 5, 682 citizens took part in the voting – 396 less than last year when the figure reached 6, 078 votes. This figure was the second highest over the past nine years since this voting system was set up. In 2015, there were 5,124 participants; in 2014 there were 3, 474 and in 2013 a total of 4, 964 votes were counted.

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Maximiliano Cosatti

 

Running of the Bulls Balconies. Sanfermin, Pamplona 2017

We now have your balconies available for Sanfermin 2017

Sanfermin.com and Sanfermin by Locals are once again preparing a range of balcony offers to watch the Sanfermin bullrunnings in maximum comfort in Pamplona from the 7th to the 14th of July, 2017. As well, we have a special exclusive balcony available to watch the opening Txupinazo event, located beside the City Hall of Pamplona to allow you to enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience

The Sanfermin.com offers include a guide and a breakfast and this offer can be further extended to include other activities such as a Tour of the Bullrunning Course or reserving a select viewing spot from which to watch the nightly fireworks display from the roof terrace of the Baluarte Building. Check out our Web Page and learn more about our team as well as our offers and products.

After Sanfermin 2016…The Mundaka Festival

There are still some days of Sanfermin 2016 remaining to be enjoyed but one of these days it will unfortunately come to an end. So, if you finish up all spent out and ready for a complete change, we suggest a nice getaway plan to renew your spirits.  As the summer sun starts to roast us in earnest, we will head off to the beach at Mundaka (Bizkaia). Because they are holding a very appealing Festival there in which Kukuxumusu is also collaborating and taking part in with its drawings and other such like merchandizing stuff.

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© Hanna Quevedo

Casi seguro: no lloverá en el Chupinazo

El tiempo es increíblemente difícil de predecir, cambia cual veleta en huracán y parece que el de Pamplona no queda lejos. Unos días nos dicen que puede que llueva en el chupinazo y otros que no. Pero a poco más de 48 horas para que empiece la fiesta, podemos asegurar que no lloverá. 

La temperatura durante el día estará entre 17 grados de máxima y 29 de mínima, y a la hora en la que se lance el cohete estará en torno a los 22 grados. Las posibilidades de que caiga agua se situan en ¡0%!. Soplará vientecillo norte de 11 kms/h.

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Mister Testis, el toro azul de Kukuxumusu, muestra la nueva web Sanfermin.com en su tablet.

Sanfermin.com is warming up for the greatest party in the world

Carousing, partying, debauchery, merriment. Year after year, Sanfermin never fails to deliver an authentic rave-up. And here at Kukuxumusu we too join whole-heartedly in all the fun with our drawings, our up-to-the-minute reports at the Sanfermin.com web page and also by organizing some cool scenes so that the thousands of visitors who come from all over the world will depart happy and content and ready to return the following year for more of the same.

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Resumen encierros 2016

The feared horns of Cebada have become

The Cebada Gago Bulls will be on show in the Pamplona streets once again this year. Their sharp horns tend to ensure increased danger in the morning Running of the Bulls. Meanwhile we can but wait to see how the novel Pedraza de Yeltes bull-ranch will behave when they make their debut in 2016. The following information should be helpful to any runners thinking of taking part in this year’s Running of the Bulls event and hopefully ensure that no perilous punctures are caused to the body.

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