To call some of these people "foreigners"
seems unjust for they have been coming for so long,
year after year, that they have already become "pamploneses"
It is said that this is the first foreign peña
that came to Pamplona. From 1961, without fail, they
have come every year from the city of Lund in Sweden.
Nowadays they only meet for the festivals and they
like to wear a blue blouse with yellow neck and cuffs.
The scarf is blue too and they stay at La Perla Hotel
in the Plaza del Castillo. The late Anders Thornberg
was the founder. Bulls are their passion.
They started in Madrid in1975 with the help of the
Peña 7. Lars Swärd is the founder and
president. Some of its members began to come to Pamplona
in the 50’s and among them it is easy to find
people from the Swedish Peña too. They wear
a special blouse for the Sanfermin: checked in red
and white and the scarf with their logo on. They are
around 100 people and some years ago they used to
meet up in the Bearán Hostal. They come to the Sanfermin
in a group of 10-20 people and enjoy going to the
bullfights. Every year during the festivals they celebrate
the birthday of some people of the group and they
like to organize talks on the bulls in different parts
of Pamplona. They publish a magazine called "El
Cartelito", which includes articles in swedish
They began in 1988, but some of the members
came to Pamplona many years before. You will find
them in the Eslava Hostal and among the different
events of the festivals they prefer the ones related
with the bulls. The founder was Tor Engebakken and
now Lars Grinde is the president.
CLUB TAURINO OF NEW YORK
The experiences of the great American writer
Ernest Hemingway in Pamplona during the Sanfermin
festival and the book he wrote about the fiesta attracted
many Americans to the festivals. The Club Taurino
of New York started in 1978 and it's members were
in love with the Sanfermin festival. Since then they
have come every year with a red scarf around the neck.
They are quite well known because they like to meet
up in the Bar Txoko in the Plaza del Castillo every
morning after the running of the bulls.
AMIGOS DE PAMPLONA DE MIAMI
Around 100 people met in Miami in 1985 to
celebrate a typical Sanfermin weekend. Since then
they organize parties similar to the Sanfermin festival
in the Caribbean, but in July they come to Pamplona
year after year. They stay in the Windsor Hostal in
the Plaza del Castillo, just beside La Perla. You
may identify them by their scarves, which read: Los
Amigos de Pamplona de Miami.
TXOKOS GUTTER CLUB
The peña started back in the mid 70’s
when a mixed European bunch started to meet up each
year in the Casa Flores; a typical bar of the festivals
situated in the Estafeta street. Some of them have
been coming to Pamplona for nearly 20 years.
In the 80’s they became the Peña Flores
with people from Scotland, Germany, England, Ireland,
Holland, Sweden, America …etc. The Dutch people
of the peña made a group themselves and at
the end of the 80’s-beginning of the 90’s
they began meeting along with the Peña Flores
in the Gutter outside the Bar Txoko. They were looking
for a new name and finally they decided that it would
be a good idea to call themselves the Txokos Gutter
They organize a Vodka party every year. The party
began when some members of the Peña celebrated
their 10th anniversary. They still keep up the tradition
that only members with more than 10 years in the Peña
are entitled to invite some other people to the Vodka
The annual Pelota Competition (a softball version)
they started in 1995 it is open to teams of three
and it is held in the open air pelota court behind
("No Bullshit!" magazine by Graeme Galloway,
member of Txocos Gutter, lot of practical info on
PEÑA SEATTLE DE SANFERMINES
Founded in the summer of 1972 in Pamplona
as the RdSFFTAELS (the Robert de San Fermin Free Thinking
and Easy Living Society) and they meet once a year
to celebrate the Sanfermin festivals. Their Sanfermin
headquarters is the Hotel Avenida of Pamplona and
the peña is open to anyone who has been to
Sanfermin and survived the running of the bulls, or
have some relationship with the Basque Club of Seattle
and The Scarlet Macaw association.
PEÑA OSASUNA DE ROSARIO
The members of the Peña Osasuna belong
to the Centro Navarro de Rosario. The members of the
Peña Osasuna, descendants of inmigrants from
Navarre, try to keep up the Navarrese traditions.
Every year, they celebrate the Sanfermin festival
in the Centro Navarro and follow the fiesta closely.
They also organize a parade of giants and "cabezudos"
to the local Cathedral, where mass is heard.
Inside the Centro Navarro there are also the peña
"Oberena", made up by women and the peña
"La Jarana", made up by the young danzaris
of the Centro Navarro.
Centro Navarro de Rosario
Entre Ríos 248
2000 - Rosario - Santa Fe (Argentina)
Tf.: 54 341 4215708
They started to came to Pamplona in 1978,
after the “riots” when German Rodriguez
was killed and the festival was cancelled. They met
a local, who suggested them to form their own peña.
They only meet in Pamplona during Sanfermin and tend
to be of more “mature years”. As they
say, the ravages of Time, The Taxman and too much
patxaran has cut them down a bit. Their president
is Bruce Clark, from Australia and most of the members
are “aficionados” of the Corrida. The
used to organize lunches and dinners and nowadays
they can mostly be found in the Santo Domingo Market
bar around 12.30 p.m. This bar closed when the market
does, at 2.30 p.m., and that’s the hour when
they know it is time to eat.
If you want to contact them here you have their e-mail
VIVA SAN FERMIN PEÑA
This peña was set up in 1995 by some
friends from Villeneuve de Marsan (100 km. from Bayonne-French
State-) who usually came to Pamplona for the festival.
The 19 members come every year for the festival and
one day they bring their children with them. They
like the txupinazo that announces the commencement
of the Fiesta, the running of the bulls (they don’t
take part), the atmosphere during the day and at night
in the old part of the city, etc. You can meet them
at the bar of the municipal market in La Mañueta
street at 12.00. Their logo is the very same image
of San Fermín and they also celebrate the “Pobre
de mí” in their town.
You can find information
about this italian peña at their
See also: Club