Monday, 9 July 2012

Pamplona Bull Runs in Spain 2012

San Fermin Bull Runs

The festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it’s more commonly known outside Spain officially begins at midday on 6th July every year with the ‘chupinazo’ which takes place on the balcony of the Casa Consistorial in Pamplona.
Thousands of people congregate in the square awaiting the mayor’s official announcement that the fiestas have begun, a rocket is launched and the partying begins.

The bull runs date back as far as the 13th century and used to be run in the month of October.

Over many years the mainly religious festival of San Fermin was diluted by music, dancing, bullfights and markets such that the Pamplona Council proposed that the whole event be moved to July 7th when the weather is far more conducive to such a celebration. To this day San Fermin remains a fixed date every year with the first bullrun at 8am on July 7th and the last at the same time on July 14th.
Pamplona Bull Run Map
1. Corralillos
2. Cuesta de Santa Domingo
3. Plaza del Ayuntamiento
4. Curva de Mercaderes hacia Estafeta
5. Calle Estafeta
6. Curva de Telefónica
7. Callejón
8. Plaza de Toros
9. Plaza del Castillo

A third rocket is set off once all the bulls have entered the bullring and the fourth, and final, rocket means that the bulls are now in the bullpen and the bullrun has finished.

To watch the daily running of the bulls go to this link and click on the day of the run you wish to see…

Some random photos of the event…

Useful San Fermin Links
Navarra Tourist Board
Check out the official website of the local tourist information office
San Fermin
The official website of San Fermin – the Pamplona Bull Run
Pamplona Balconies
For the best view of events see if you can get a place on one of the city’s balconies.

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