Sanfermines 2017

The fiesta begins at noon on the 6th of July with the firing of the rockets, el chupinazo in the town hall square, and ends at midnight on the 14th with the "pobre de mí the solemn candlelight ceremony, which marks the beginning of the countdown to Sanfermines 2017.

encierro, the running of the bulls, is one of the central events during Pamplona’s world famous Fiesta de San Fermín and takes place each morning from the 7th through the 14th of July at 8:00 am.  In Mediaeval times the bulls were led on foot from the countryside to the public square, which was set up as a bullring.  The last stretch was covered at dawn at a running pace in order not to disturb the cities residents.  The original path ended in the Plaza del Castillo but was changed in 1844 when the first bullring was built.  The encierro went along Called Estafeta for the first time in 1856.   The route, starting on Santo Domingo, is just over a half-mile, which the fastest bulls can cover in under two minutes.

Running with the Dolores Aguirre bulls along Calle Estafeta

Sanfermines is a combination of two major festivals held each year in Pamplona, the Fiesta de San Fermín, the celebration of Navarra's co-patron Saint, San Fermín, and the Feria del Toro de Sanfermín, the Festival of the Bull and the encierro.  

The legendary Running of the Bulls was first introduced to the world in Hemingway's 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises (Fiesta), which each year continues to attract thousands of visitors from around the world.  The encierro, the running of the bulls, could one of the most adrenaline charged moments you may ever experience!

Come for the adventure… run with the bulls!
Peña Seattle, and a cast of thousands, in a celebration of one of the world’s most popular and exhilarating festivals.  Follow along with Pamplona’s famous 
Giants, Kilikis, Cabezudos and Zaldikos as they parade and dance through the streets of the historic quarter to the delight of the hundreds of children who follow them everywhere during fiesta.

Gather in the park with the Pamplonicas each night for some of the most exciting professional fireworks displays provided by major pyrotechnic companies from around the world.  Or watch the fireworks from the terrace of the Baluarte Performing Arts Center overlooking the Ciudadela, Pamplona's historic fortress in the center of the city.  The international fireworks competition continues nightly from the 6th through the 14th.

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