From July 6th to 14th every year the word fiesta is written in capital letters in Pamplona. The Sanfermines have arrived. When the chupinazo (ceremonial rocket) is fired the city explodes into life. Thousands of people from all over the world descend on the city, which dresses up in red and white. For nine days the streets turn into a feast of friendship, joy, music and non-stop partying, to the rhythm of the charangas and the peñas.
The Encierro (Bull Run) is the only moment of the day when the party stops, and great tension descends on the route just a few minutes before the bulls start their 'race' behind the mozos (young men). The surge of emotions culminates in the bullring at the end of the run. The fiesta continues with caldico (clear broth) chocolate with churros (long doughnuts), the Gigantes (ceremonial giants) and Cabezudos (carnival figures with big heads), the aperitif, the bullfight in the evening, or the fireworks at night. These then give way to all-night partying.
San Fermín... The universal fiesta
And after the fiesta... comes the calm. After experiencing this world-famous fiesta, what better way to enjoy a deserved rest by visiting one of the most welcoming parts of Navarre. Relax in the green Pyrenees, stroll through leafy oak and beech woods, or swim in a crystal-clear river. If you prefer, head south to meet the warm and friendly people of La Ribera and the plains under the hot sun, and enjoy the gastronomy of the Ebro valley.