As the traditional Pamplona countdown to San Fermín song goes, “1 de enero, 2 de febrero, 3 de marzo, 4 de abril, 5 de mayo, 6 de junio, 7 de julio San Fermín… A Pamplona hemos de ir…”.
It all starts on 6th July at 12 o’clock midday with the Chupinazo rocket in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where the cries of “Viva San Fermín! Gora San Fermín!” add to the explosion of the rocket, setting off a myriad of emotions. From this moment on, red and white - the colours par excellence - flood the streets of Pamplona for 8 days, in which the bulls, the music, the traditions, the dance and the great atmosphere spill from every corner.
If you want to find out all the details of how to organise a typical San Fermín day, so you don’t miss out on anything, this is our suggestion:
We start by watching the bull run from a Balcony located on the route, accompanied by a local Pamplona tour guide and San Fermín expert. After the bull run is the compulsory breakfast. If you are lucky you will be able to enjoy it in El Nuevo Casino, for example. This private premise with member-only access, located at the very heart of Pamplona in the Plaza del Castillo, is where some of the Pamplona society meets to have breakfast and to enjoy this very special atmosphere. There you will no doubt come across journalists, politicians, diplomats, and runners and herders from the bull run... etc.
From 18:00 until 20:30, you can watch a bull fight in the upper section of the ring, and to finish off, participate in the setting off of the peñas, one of the most colourful attractions of the San Fermín festivities.
At night you can enjoy a tapas route and end up watching the fireworks from the Baluarte terrace - the Conference Centre and Auditorium of Pamplona, located just opposite the citadel, with a glass of cava in your hand. We will end the night with live music and songs at the same location.