By definition, Sanfermin is synomymous with street-partying.. It’s a wild mixture of carnaval, a baccanal party and general fooling around, all helped by the imbibing of generous helpings of alcoholic drinks.
The rave-up basically consists in the consumption of large quantities of alcoholic beverages (and/or the consumption of other light - but illegal- doses) and music and then whatever energetic response each individual wishes to add. It's as simple as that. Perhaps one of the most surprising things about the Sanfermin Festival is the abscence of hassle or rows, considering the amount of alcohol that is being consumed. There are rarely if ever any rows or disturbances of any kind. On the other hand, accidents are not infrequent what with all the mayhem going on. Enjoy yourself and let the rest of the people doing the same. That is the gold rule.
The alcoholic rave-up is mainly concentrated in the old part of town, although there are other scenes, somewhat quieter and less hectic, going on in some of the other parts of town. During the Sanfermines you can go everywhere to have a drink with your friends, cause everything is mixed up. The rest of the year there are different scenes with their distinctive character, so it will depend on your tastes.
Let the real sybarites abstain. ¿What could be more appealing than a king-sized “kalimotxo” or a “cubata” in a plastic glass ?