Running of the bulls open ceremony 2019

Resumen de la juerga. Así hemos empezado la que va a ser una de las mejores juergas de la historia.


This moment is marked by a rocket -the “Txupinazo”- which is set off to announce the start of the Fiesta. All morning, crowds gather in the “Plaza Ayuntamiento”. It is often a hot day and there is not an inch of free space in the packed Square. The passion and intensity grows every minute until it reaches a crescendo at midday. At that point the Mayor and members of the Council step out onto the balconies of the Town Hall to greet the crowds.A nominated person shouts the announcement; “Pamploneses, Pamplonesas, Viva San Fermín! Gora San Fermín!” (people of Pamplona, long live San Fermín!) The crowd responds with cries of “Viva!” and “Gora!” and the rocket is launched into the sky.

At this moment the Square erupts as hundreds of bottles of Champagne are uncorked and sprayed liberally over the crammed crowd. The smart, clean clothes of the excited people take their first, but not their last soaking from the jets of spraying Champagne. All over the city the same collective madness bursts out and a whole new atmosphere reigns in the town.

The first bout of drinking has started as thousands of bottles of champagne are guzzled down for the start of an uninterrupted party until the day of the 14th of July arrives. Within a few hours many people will be on a high that will last for the whole week. The Txupinazo begins a high that for many people will last the whole week.


How to take part in the Txupinazo rocket

If you want to get right in there among the packed crowd it means getting there an hour before and pushing your way in among the packed crowd. If you want to see the spectacle then the best place would be from any one of the many balconies of private houses which surround the square. But of course that means getting an invite from of the owners or to rent the balconies of The square is so crammed that it might be better just to go along to one of the surrounding streets where you can feel the atmosphere of the whole thing. Or you can just do the same as many of the locals do, and watch it from the T.V. in some bar or other.

Inside the square

If you want to get right in there among the packed crowd it means getting there an hour before and pushing your way in among the packed crowd. To experience the whole spectacle in this way is unique of course, but remember that you won’t be able to move a muscle in the tight space. It will also very likely be teeming hot even if the heat is only coming from the milling crowd of sweating drinking singing bodies crammed together. Some young people make a very disgusting mixings: quetchup, cacao, mustard, flour, saving foam, etc. The whole thing can be so suffocating that people from the balconies often pour buckets of water over the crammed crowd to give them some relief. There can sometimes be waves of bodies pushed forward and some people can fall to the ground among the avalance of people. When it’s all over the departing crowd often look like they have just come out of an old washing machine what with all the water, champagne and sweating.

There are always some first-aid posts to attend to those who have fainted or bruised themselves, though it has never gotten more serious than something like that.


Open ceremony advices (Chupinazo tricks)

It’s no place for kids. They could get stepped on and at their height there is not much air moving round.
It’s no place for wearing sandals or light shoes. You’re going to get stepped on and also many people drop their empty champagne bottles on the ground when they have finished them, so broken glass is to be found all over the square.
Don’t wear any clothes that you value, and this is good advice for the whole of the Fiesta.
Don’t take your camera or any valuables with you. Taking decent photos will be impossible with all the liquid spraying round. And if you drop anything like your wallet or whatever it could be difficult to look for it among the packed crowd.
If you don’t want to see it inside the plaza, you can just do the same as many of the locals do, and watch it from the T.V. in some bar or other or at the big screens at the Plaza del Castillo.


Open ceremony from our balcony

If you can watch the Open Ceremony from a balcony we can offer to you the best of them. Surely the best balcony to watch the Open Ceremony with the rocket launch (The Txupinazo). You can be exclusive witness of the Fiesta from a safe and privileged position. Our local guides (Spanish, English, French) accompany you to the apartment, from which you can watch the event while enjoying a typical snack with drinks.

Ya conocemos los encierros para Sanfermin 2019

Hoy hemos conocido los carteles definitivos para la Feria del Toro de Sanfermin de 2019 en la Casa de Misericordia. Abrirán los encierros los astados de Puerto de San Lorenzo y terminaremos las fiestas con Miura. Veremos a Cayetano y al Juli en la Feria y no faltará Roca Rey. Podrá ser un Sanfermin de toros y encierros inolvidables.


Viernes 5 de julio 2019, a las 20:00

Novillos de Ganadería de Pincha de Lodosa (Navarra), para los novilleros:
Francisco de Manuel, Antonio Grande y Diego San Román

Sábado 6 de julio 2019

Toros de El Capea, de San Pelayo de Guareña (Salamanca), para los caballeros rejoneadores:
Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Leonardo Hernández y Roberto Armendáriz.

Domingo 7 de julio 2019

Toros de Puerto de San Lorenzo, de Tamames (Salamanca) para los matadores:
Emilio de Justo, Alberto López Simón y Ginés Marín.

Lunes 8 de julio 2019

Toros de Cebada Gago, de Medina Sidonia (Cádiz) para los matadores:
Manuel Escribano, Rubén Pinar y Juan del Álamo.

Martes 9 de julio 2019

Toros de José Escolar, de Lanzahíta (Ávila), para los matadores:
Fernando Robleño, Javier Castaño y Pepe Moral

Miércoles 10 de julio 2019

Toros de Jandilla, de Mérida (Badajoz)  para los matadores:
Diego Urdiales, Sebastián Castella y Roca Rey

Jueves 11 de julio 2019

Toros de Victoriano del Río, de Guadalix (Madrid), para los matadores:
Antonio Ferrera, Julián López “El Juli y Pablo Aguado.

Viernes 12 de julio 2019

Toros de Núñez del Cuvillo, de Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz) para los matadores:
Miguel Ángel Perera, Cayetano y Andrés Roca Rey.

Sábado 13 de julio 2019

Toros de La Palmosilla, de Tarifa (Cádiz) para los matadores:
Román, José Garrido y Javier Marín

Domingo 14 de julio 2019

Toros de Miura, de Lora del Río (Sevilla) para los matadores:
Rafael Rubio “Rafaelillo”, Octavio Chacón y Juan Leal.



© 2007 Xabier Ansó. El dispositivo especial de Sanfermin permite acceder el propio recorrido del encierro

The Running of the Bulls is rejected by many Insurance companies

Bill lives in Ontario, Canada. He is a monitor of risk sports and he remembers the first time he ran the running of the bulls from the Santo Domingo stretch. A runner by his side, with a look of panic, told him just before the bulls were released, “I don’t think my travel insurance policy will cover this.” And it turned out to be that case. At times, Bill has thought about taking part in the running of the bulls since then, but he feels the risk is higher than the profession he performs in his working life as a monitor of risk sports.

Travel insurance companies don’t cover risky behaviour.

Chris after his experiences in the 1995 Sanfermines, expressed his attitude as follows: “Forget about Bungee jumping, forget about the jalopy car racing, forget the rest…This really guarantees an authentic adrenaline boost. There are no security nets; there are no safety belts or airbags. You and a dozen bulls running in among a couple of thousand runners who are just as terrified…as you.”

Chris encourages his American colleagues to take part in the running of the bulls and gives some sound advice, considering that he has been a runner from abroad. His final piece of advice is “Ensure that you have good medical insurance, and it is probably wise to make sure that your will is up to date.”

Planning to run with the bulls? Jump off cliffs?
Check your coverage

There are two insurance policies made by Pamplona City Hall and by the organizers of the bull fair – the Casa de Misericordia. These serve to cover compensations in cases of disablement or death. Those injured or wounded and born within the province of Navarra, or from neighboring provinces, receive free medical treatment from The Public Health Service. However, foreigners are charged through their medical insurance. Anyone injure or wounded will obviously be given full treatment with no questions asked, but later The Navarra Health Service will try to have the cost paid by the patients medical insurance.

The hospital is obliged to charge by law

The Navarra Public Health Service is obliged, by law, to charge for its health care, when there always exists a third party to pay, as occurs in the case of traffic accidents. Consequently, in the case of people who are resident in another country, they must try to find someone to take responsibility for the costs. In any case, all patients can leave the hospital without paying the cost – which does not occur in some other countries – and there have been cases where the Embassy of the infirm person has had to affront the costs of their citizens in cases of insolvency. In the case of other European countries, there exists a corresponding compensation system between the different national health systems.

When it comes to paying, the costs in Navarra are quite cheap in comparison with other health systems in the first world. So, consequently, if someone decides to take part in the running of the bulls without any kind of insurance, and should he be admitted to hospital, he can be assured of receiving good attention and the hospital bill will be lower than if it had occurred in any other place.

Difficulties to get insured

Whoever comes to Pamplona from abroad, could find some problems if they need treatment arising from some accident in the running of the bulls. For example, World Nomads is one of the biggest travel agencies in the world for travel insurance. In its publicity on the web page, Nomads announces instant universal insurance all round the world, but when faced with a specific request for travel insurance from an American citizen who wanted to take part in the Pamplona running of the bulls, the answer was. “Regretfully, as part of our policy we cannot cover you as an American citizen or resident to take part in the running of the bulls.”

The Allianz Insurance Company, in its coverage of travel agencies who organize trips from Australia, New Zealand and The United States, has a list of activities which are covered and a list which is excluded from coverage. The traveler can take a ride on an elephant and if there is a fall, there is coverage… but if a Polar Bear attacks off the track of the polar safari, besides dying of fright or even really dying, there is no insurance cover in this case. And watch out…another one of the activities excluded is the Running of the Bulls, whether or not there are any safaris…

Without specifically stating Pamplona, but using the expression “running with the bulls” the text reads: “I assume and accept the risks and dangers and the possibility of suffering personal harm and being hospitalized…” This kind of formula is now common to inform tourists that they have been warned of the risks and the element of chance which lies in the running of the bulls…

For example, another recent warning came from the Sidney Morning Herald, in Australia, when it recently informed its readers that jumping from the Navarreria fountain or taking part in the running of the bulls, is not recommended by the principal insurance companies.

Another example we could consider comes from The Association of American Programs in Spain which specifically recommends that travelers should not take part in risk activities and cites the running of the bulls as a clear example of this. It reminds travelers that both tourists and local runners have both suffered serious and mortal accidents over the years in the running of the bulls.

Another of the formulas being used at present by some agencies is to have a form signed which renounces all rights of suing made by the travelers if they take part in the running of the bulls and something happens to them. These forms free the agency from all responsibility in the matter and oblige the person who signs to assume that “I am conscious of the risks inherent in the running of the bulls and I am conscious of other added risks and dangers coming from other runners (…) that there are runners who are unaware of the dangers inherent in the running of the bulls and who could act irrationally and prejudice me in the participation of the running of the bulls.(…) I am conscious that the enjoyment and the emotion of the running of the bulls comes, in part, from the participation of the bulls and if I choose to take part it is at my own volition and risk, and my responsibility and at my own expense.”

There are also some overstatements such as the agency that states that in Sanfermin, the muggings increase exponentially and it is not safe to go out alone at night. The solution, of course, is to contract insurance…

César Barrio. Autor del cartel de la Feria del Toro de 2019.

Una obra de César Barrio anunciará la Feria del Toro de 2019

La Feria del Toro de 2019 ya tiene cartel y es de César Barrio. Este nombre se une a la excelente colección de carteles que desde 1959 han cumplido con su misión de anunciar la feria entre las ferias torunas. La obra tiene su miga porque te hipnotiza, te come, envuelve al toro y te lleva a la feria de un sanferminazo. No queda duda qué anuncia y quién organiza.

La Casa de Misericordia dejó claro hace muchos años que la feria era del toro y no de los toreros, y en los carteles hace igual; Los carteles son de los artistas y no hay lugar para concursos. La serie histórica es vibrante y de gran calidad, con variedad de técnicas y estilos y a la vez uniforme en el mensaje. Hay de todo y muy bueno con obras de Mariano Sinués (1984), José Antonio Eslava (1967 y 2017), América Sánchez (1987) Joaquín Vaquero Turcios (1968) y Eduardo Úrculo (1986) entre otros. Estos dos últimos autores participaron activamente en la formación de César Barrio que nació en Oviedo en 1971, vivió 13 años en Pamplona y estudió arquitectura en la Universidad de Navarra (1999). Actualmente Barrio vive y trabaja en Madrid aunque realiza estancias en estudios de Lisboa y Viena.

¿Quién es César Barrio?

Para empezar puedes echar un ojo al blog de César Barrio para intuir de dónde le mana el arte. Si quieres algo menos intenso puedes atajar con el resumen de Global Square Magazine. César Barrio es un reconocido artista que destaca por la profundidad de su obra, el sentido que tiene todo lo que hace y la versatilidad de las técnicas que aplica. Por ello, César Barrio colabora activamente con estudios de arquitectura, entre los que destacan las obras realizadas para el Estudio Vicens-Ramos en Córdoba, y se puede permitir intervenciones que le apetecen como la realizada en el espacio Las Catedrales de Aránzazu donde se recluyó dos meses y creó cinco obras de gran formato en homenaje a Gaston Bachelard (Rituales del imaginario).

Barrio buscaba algo distinto y realizó varias intentonas hasta encontrarse satisfecho con su trabajo. Cuenta César Barrio a la web Feria del Toro que el relato de esta obra se basa en dos temporalidades distintas: la plaza como algo matérico y el toro con un trazo más delicado. Nosotros hemos visto un comecocos de Atari de lejos y luego hemos aterrizado. César Barrio lo explica en este video:

Las reproducciones del cartel de 2019 pueden ser adquiridas en dos formatos, al precio de 3 € y 2 €, en la recepción de la Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona, en la Plaza de Toros o través de la web

Aquí está el cartel de San Fermín 2019

Aqui está el cartel que anunciará y protagonizará Sanfermin 2019. El alcalde de Pamplona, Joseba Asiron, la concejala delegada de Cultura y Educación, Maider Beloki, y la directora del Área, Maitena Muruzábal, han dado a conocer este mediodía en el Palacio del Condestable las ocho obras finalistas del concurso. Entre ellos está el que anunciará las fiestas de este año.

Nos ha hecho mucha gracia la propuesta del cartel sanferminero que emula la acción de Bansky “Girl with ballon”.

Junto a ellos han participado en la rueda de prensa miembros del jurado que en esta ocasión ha estado compuesto por María Tellechea, experta en comunicación designada por la Asociación Navarra de Empresas de Comunicación; Marisa Mantxola, diseñadora gráfica; María José Recalde, artista plástica, Carlos Cenoz, artista urbano e ilustrador; Javier Eguiluz, artista plástico, y Javier Manzanos, técnico municipal de Artes Plásticas.

El premio está dotado con 3.600 euros.

Los encierros con el suelo mojado


Esta mañana una tormenta ha descargado sobre el recorrido del encierro a las siete de la mañana. Los encierros en mojado son más seguros que la media sobre suelo seco. Nos apuntan varios corredores que ellos mismos toman más precauciones y que algunos incluso abandonan el recorrido del encierro, mientras que los toros no suelen variar en tiempo su carrera con lluvia o sin ella. Los últimos cinco encierros con el suelo mojado han dejado una media de duración de 2 minutos y 45 segundos y en total registraron cuatro cornadas. Se percibe claramente un número bajo de heridos, relacionado directamente con la menor presencia de corredores y con la asunción de precauciones por quienes participan en el encierro.

24 encierros se asjustan a tus criterios de búsqueda
Fecha Ganadería Duración Heridos asta Traumatismos Atendidos Piso
10/07/1980 Miura 3.46 3 No disponible Mojado
11/07/1980 Dolores Aguirre 4.58 No disponible Mojado
10/07/1981 Conde de la Corte 4.24 1 4 No disponible Mojado
12/07/1982 Ortega Sánchez 3.57 1 8 No disponible Mojado
12/07/1986 Marqués de Domecq 7.58 2 4 No disponible Mojado
09/07/1991 Cebada Gago 5.06 2 11 Mojado
10/07/1992 Conde de la Corte 3.05 2 22 Mojado
08/07/1996 Guardiola Fantoni 5.03 1 21 Mojado
09/07/1997 Maria Luisa Domínguez 6.16 1 2 14 Mojado
12/07/1999 Jandilla 2.55 3 19 Mojado
11/07/2000 Jandilla 3.49 3 12 Mojado
12/07/2000 Núñez del Cuvillo 3.44 2 8 29 Mojado
09/07/2001 Cebada Gago 3.02 2 1 21 Mojado
11/07/2001 Santiago Domecq Bohórquez 3.58 1 4 19 Mojado
11/07/2002 Jandilla 2.52 2 6 40 Mojado
14/07/2002 Miura 2.50 5 27 Mojado
07/07/2004 Torrestrella 2.40 8 35 Mojado
10/07/2004 Dolores Aguirre 2.56 2 4 28 Mojado
11/07/2004 Miura 2.23 1 2 25 Mojado
07/07/2012 Dolores Aguirre 2.53 1 5 No disponible Mojado
09/07/2014 Victoriano del Río 3.23 2 3 No disponible Mojado
12/07/2014 Fuente Ymbro 2.50 3 No disponible Mojado
07/07/2016 Fuente Ymbro 2.28 5 No disponible Mojado
13/07/2016 Núñez del Cuvillo 2.32 1 6 No disponible Mojado
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, 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.


© 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 you can usually find people who are offering and searching for places. Sanfermin Booking (Powered by sanfermin by locals & 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 (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.


© 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)


Oficina de objetos perdidos de Sanfermin. ©

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.

piscinas de verano de aranzadi

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.