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Programs During Fiesta

About the Fiesta:

Sanfermines is the single most unique, renowned and celebrated festivals in the world today and 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. The legendary Running of the Bulls, the encierro, 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!

The fiesta begins at noon on July 6 with the firing of the rockets,
"el chupinazo", from the mayor's office in the town hall square and ends at midnight on the 14th with the "probe de mí", the solemn candlelight ceremony that marks the beginning of the countdown to the next Sanfermines. Sadly, for many visitors to this historic city in the Navarran Pyrenees, the deeply rooted traditions and customs of the region may go unnoticed or even misunderstood.  For this reason, Iberian Traveler’s Sanfermín Tours offers a series of special Festival Programs which will help you enjoy the cultural aspects of this unique religious, family oriented cultural event in the heart of Navarra.

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 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 in the evening for some of the most exciting professional fireworks displays you'll every see, provided by major pyrotechnic companies from around the world. The international fireworks competition is held nightly in the Park Ciudadela from the 6th through the 14th.

Contact Iberian Traveler to reserve a festival package

Balcony Reservations for the Chupinazo (txupinazo)

The Opening Ceremony (3 hours)Enjoy the spectacle of the rockets at high noon on July 6 from a private balcony overlooking the Town Hall Square with this special festival program.  The chupinazo marks the beginning of Sanfermines. The program includes the services of our guide, balcony reservations, wine, Cava (Spanish champagne), beer and cold drinks, and appetizers (pintxos) while we wait for the firing of the first rocket.
Program runs from 10:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm.  You can add the special celebration lunch in the old quarter following the opening ceremony (see below).

Balconies Reservations for the encierro

Running of the Bulls program (1-1/2 hours) In Mediaeval times the bulls were led by the pastores, shepherds, on foot from the countryside to the cities public square, which was set up as a bullring, to be fought by nobles before being taken to slaughter. The last stretch of the route 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 in Pamplona. The "encierro" went down Calle Estafeta for the first time in 1856. The route, starting on Santo Domingo, is just over a half-mile long, which the fastest bulls can cover in under two minutes. Now each morning, from the 7th through the 14th, you will be able to witness this spectacle from one of our premium balcony locations in the town hall square, along Mercaderies or on Calle Estafeta.  

Balcony reservations include the services of a local guide. The VIP Balcony Program includes a special breakfast following the running of the bulls.

Dining During Fiesta

We highly recommend making lunch and/or dinner reservations at least 60 days in advance to be assured of a table.  If you decide not to reserve lunch or dinner, you will still be able to enjoy a selection of traditional pintxos at one of the more than 300 neighborhood pintxos bars, cafés and taverns around the city.

Special Celebration Lunch - July 6

Join Sanfermín Tours and Peña Seattle de Sanfermines for our special celebration lunch following the opening ceremony. Enjoy some of the best Navarre Basque cuisine the city has to offer - €100 EUR/person (included with all Deluxe Programs)

Bullfights in the Plaza de Toros

Feria del Toro, the Festival of the Bull (daily at 6:00 pm) These are said to be the most unique bullfights in all of Spain due to the festive atmosphere that the Peñas help create.  We offer Tendido, Grada and Andanada Sombra (shade) seating. If you like to sit with the Peñas in the sun, we can arrange that as well...

Guided Tours of Navarra

Full day and half day small group tours are available prior to, during and following the Fiesta.  Not available on July 6, 7 or 14.

City Tours

Visit the old city to learn about its history and origins, including the pilgrims route to Santiago that passes through the heart of the city.  On the 7th you will join the official procession honoring the cities patron saint, Fermín, as it winds its way through the streets of the old city carrying the statue of the saint, lead by the giants and big heads, the city band and the official city delegation.  The city tour is included with all of our VIP balcony reservations.

Special Wine & Gastronomy Tours During Fiesta

Available from July 8 to July 13 for groups of 4 to 12.
Contact Iberian Traveler for group pricing and availability during fiesta
  • Bodega Tours in Navarra (6 hours)
    VIP tour and tastings at two of the premier wineries in Navarra, lunch included
  • Bodega Tours in the Rioja (8 hours)
    VIP tour and tastings at two of the premier wineries in the Rioja, lunch included

Private Transfer Services

Private transfers to your hotel in Pamplona are available from airports, train stations and hotels in Bilbao, San Sebastian-Donostia, Madrid, Barcelona and Biarritz (France). Private transfer service from Pamplona’s airport or train station to your hotel is included in all Deluxe and Standard packages.

Contact Iberian Traveler for additional information or to request a reservation.
Agent Net Pricing available upon request.