When does the Sanfermin Fiesta take place?
The Sanfermin Festival is celebrated in Pamplona
from the 6th to the 14th of July. On the 6th the
Fiesta opens with the txupinazo,
- the fireworks rocket that is set off from the
balcony of the Town Hall at 12.o’clock midday
to announce the start of the Festival - and from
then on its non-stop action until midnight of the
14th when the Pobre
de Mí- the closing act of the Festival
is announced from the same balcony of the Town Hall.
When does the Bull-running
take place ? Is it necessary to sign-up somewhere
if you want to run in it?
The first bull-running take places on the morning of the 7th of July at
8,00’clock in the morning and then each successive
morning up to and including the 14th.
There’s no need to sign-up anywhere. It’s
simply a matter of walking inside the fencing about
one hour before the bull-running starts (before
the fencing is closed) and waiting for the rocket
to go off to announce the start of the run. The
important thing is simply to be sure you want to
run and to be conscious and considerate of the others
runners so that you don’t disturb them through
any reckless misbehaviour. It would be a good idea
to check out the route
of the run so that you can choose the particular
spot you want to start from. You could have a look
at our section about the bull-running, where we
offer some tips about how
and where to run.
Where can you get tickets for the bull-fights?
The fact is that it is not easy to
get tickets to see the afternoon bull-fights
since the vast majority of the seats belong to season-ticket
owners. The only tickets sold to the public daily
are about 10% of the total tickets and these are
sold at the bull-ring at about 8,30 the evening
after each fight (the tickets for the 7th of July
are sold the 6th, from 10,00 to 14,00). There are
usually large queues waiting for the box-office
to open at 8,30 and most of these people are ticket
louts who buy up as many tickets as they can so
that they can resell them at much higher prices.
In most cases you will have to buy from them if
you want to get a ticket. You should be on your
guard so as not to get ripped-off too much as most
of these people are “sharp” cookies.
However, if the price seems reasonable to you, you
may like to see at least one afternoon’s fighting.
And when does the official program come
The official program of the Festival is published
by the Town Hall about two or weeks before the Festival.
As soon as it appears Kukuxumusu puts it on the web page. In any case, the program
doesn’t change much from year to year, except
for some of the music concerts and shows where obviously,
there are new and different performances each year.
Where can the San Fermin Poster and The Feria de
Toro Poster be got?
San Fermin Poster is printed and published by the
Town Hall the same as the official program, and
these are available from the book stores or in the Tourism Office.
The Yoar distributor also sends it with a policy of payment on receipt by calling telephone 948 30 22 39 or by sending a fax to 948 30 27 08. The Feria de
Toro Poster is printed and published by “La
Casa de Misericordia” (better known as “La
Meca”) which is the charity organisation which
puts on the bull-fights. They have an office at
No. 1, Vuelta del Castillo, where the posters can
be got. Or you could also go to the “Tombola” (the Charity Draw) in Paseo Sarasate.
For a first-timer to the Fiestas what are the things
that shouldn’t be missed?
There are lots of things going on each day and it’s
difficult to say what would be the most interesting,
but there are certainly some things which in our
opinion shouldn’t be missed out. The first
would be the txupinazo,
one of the most emotional moments and which announces
the opening of the Fiesta. Another would have to
be the bull-running,
which you must know about, even if only from hear-say.
Here, is where the multitude gather in the narrow
central streets of the town to run before the pack
of bulls and lead them up to the bull-ring. Don’t
miss the parade of the
giants and their consorts every morning through
the streets of the city; is a wonderful spectacle
And in the afternoon bull-fights
to see the same bulls in action in the ring. But
even if you have no interest in bull-fighting, the
scene on the terraces is a spectacle in itself and
is certainly one of the highlights of the fiesta.
The fact is, the real spectacle of the San Fermin Festival is what is happening
each day and night on the streets where there are
all sorts of things worth seeing. The "Peñas
sanfermineras" or social clubs, are usually
the protagonists of the night life with their bands
of music as they march around the streets of the
old part of town. After the bull-fights they provide
a raucous spectacle as they parade out of the bull-ring
in unison and slowly head back to their club premises.
The final act of the Fiesta, The Pobre
de Mí is very emotional and a must for
most people, while for others it is a depressing
moment and best ignored. In any case, it seems to
be getting more and more popular among many people
to prolong the Festival well into the morning of
the 15th. Some of them will go to the street where
the bull-pen is found and, although there are now
no bulls, they will run in front of the 8 o’clock
-city transport-bus or have some such final fling.