Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls

Running of Bulls in Pamplona Spain

Running of Bulls in Pamplona Spain

Each year, on July 6th, the San Fermin Festival kicks off in Pamplona, Spain.  It’s a festival filled with tradition, one of them a crazy, adventurous, daring, and downright dangerous tradition.  It’s the annual running of the bulls through the streets of the town.  The running of the bulls originally started as a practical means to move the bulls from one part of the town to the other.  Since those original days, it’s been romanticized in books and film – Ernest Hemingway said running with the bulls fueled his creativity – and now it’s become a tradition attracting visitors from around the world.

The bulls run the half mile course every day of the fiesta at around 8 am, with six bulls and a hundred or so people, many of whom are alcohol-fueled.  Runners wear white shirts with a traditional red scarf tied around their necks, and every year a few of them are gored or otherwise injured.  It doesn’t seem to diminish the festivities, although the more sane festival goers take refuge on a balcony overlooking the streets to watch.

The Festival of San Fermin runs July 6 – 14th, and starts and ends at the stroke of midnight on the respective days.

Would you run with the bulls?  Or watch from the balcony?

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

One Response to “Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls”

  1. July 3, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Definitely would run! Not very many people do get hurt in any year, and from what I understand, most who do are severely hungover from the day before…

    Go, run, survive, and brag about it until you run out of air or your friends gag you!

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