Enjoy the San Fermin Festival in Spain. 

Feb 15, 2023, Reading Time: 7 minutes

We've all seen the movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” and everyone wants to travel the world, but first they want to visit Spain to take part in the Tomatina festival and the running of the bulls, which is described in the article "Running Of The Bulls 2022: All About The Craziest & Most Adventure-Filled Festival In Spain."

“La Vida Es Una Aventura Loca Y Debes Tener Esta Experiencia Al Máximo.”

Life is an incredible adventure that you must fully embrace. You have to do it all, whether it's just dancing beneath the stars all night at Tomorrowland or taking it to the next level by participating in the Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona in 2020. The popular Bull Run in Spain, which we believe is a good enough cause to place this extravagantly unconventional festival at the top of your Spain travel agenda, tests your guts while the music festival like the former asks you to have deeper funds.

But before you do, it's only right to be fully aware of what you would be agreeing to by taking part in this heart-pounding event, both morally and practically. Don't hesitate to browse below for a helpful guide that was created just for you!

All About Running of the Bulls

This bull run event, which the locals affectionately refer to as the San Fermin Festival, is a centuries-old custom that may have begun in 1951. The celebration was first observed in October, but it was quickly relocated to July due to the better weather. The most amusing thing to know is how it began.

The famed Saint Fermin, who was thought to have been a martyred saint, is why the Fiesta de San Fermn was created. The bull run, trade fairs, and bullfights were started as a way to celebrate him around the world, and they eventually drew millions of people to the city. Several organizations promote this festival, which is attended by people of all ages and colors in this area of Navarra.

Running of The Bulls 2023 Schedule

One of the largest fiestas yet will take place for the Running of the Bulls in 2023. The festival receives one million visitors annually, thus the pent-up demand from the previous two years will be excessive. See the Running of the Bulls 2023 Packages; we advise making reservations as soon as possible.

The Running of the Bulls will take place in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7–14, 2023. From July 6, 2023, at noon, until July 14, 2023, at midnight, is the San Fermin Festival.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023: the day of arrival for those planning to attend the opening ceremony the following day

Thursday, July 6, 2023: If you want to observe the opening rituals, get to a balcony by ten o'clock in the morning. The Rejones bullfight (matador on horseback) takes place at 6:30 p.m. today and is the only one of the festival.

Friday, July 7, 2023: The first traditional bullfight takes place in the Plaza de Toros at 6:30 p.m., followed by the San Fermin procession at 10:00 a.m. and the first Pamplona bull run at 8:00 a.m. (if you want to view it, get to a balcony by 7 a.m.). Due to it being the inaugural run, it was a very crowded day at the bull run.

Saturday, July 8, 2023: Bull runs and bullfights continue every day. The first bull run and the opening ceremonies were the main events for visitors who had only come for one day. Excellent arrival day to get mid-fiesta pricing savings of up to 45%.

Sunday, July 9, 2023: Bullfights and bull runs occur every day. Europeans who wish to attend the festival start to arrive at the start of the weekend. As a result, prices increase and availability decreases.

Monday, July 10, 2023: Bull runs and bullfights continue every day in Pamplona. On the weekends, there are many visitors from other parts of Spain, and there is a crowded bull run on Saturday mornings.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023: Due to weekend visitors in town, the morning bull run is crowded. Prices drop Sunday night, making it a great day to arrive for people attending the fiesta's last days.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023:  Continued bull runs and bullfights. Excellent arrival day for the Closing Ceremonies 4-day, 3-night package.

Thursday, July 13, 2023: Bull running and Pamplona bullfights continue. Must arrive today to see the final bull run on Wednesday morning.

Friday, July 14, 2023: Final day of the festival. Pobre de Mi Closing Ceremony occurs at Midnight in Plaza Consistorial (be on a balcony by 10:00 pm if you want to see it from above).

Saturday, July 15, 2023: Typical departure day for people who watch the Closing Ceremonies of the San Fermin Festival.

Tickets for Running of the Bulls

The fact that everyone can attend the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, is its best feature. No tickets are required to enter the venue, whether you want to participate in the race or simply watch it. You only need to spend money on the drinks you must bring to the square because you can only leave after 2:00 PM. If you intend to reserve it for the run, of course, on the balcony as well.

Participate in Running of the Bulls

There are no prerequisites or registration deadlines to join the race. You can turn up and participate if you are at least 18 years old, properly attired, have no alcohol in your system, and have been given the go-ahead by the local authorities. This will satisfy your need to experience the long-desired surge of adrenaline.

However, residents and experts agree that booking a balcony that allows you to take in an unimpeded view of the San Fermin Festival while enjoying decadent sweets and breakfast is the best course of action if you want to be a sporting spectator at the festival. Since they frequently run out of space, you can choose the balcony of your choosing and reserve it up until March. Standing in the throng behind the barriers is an option for taking in the race, but it has advantages and disadvantages of its own.

Tips for Attending the Bull Run

  • Regardless matter how enjoyable the Bull Run may seem, being hurt or perhaps dying there is a given. Since 1910, there have been 15 fatalities. So, decide very carefully if you want to participate in the race or watch it from the sidelines as a competitive spectator.
  • If all you want to do is watch the race with your family, your age is irrelevant. However, if you intend to participate in the race, be sure you are at least 18 years old. Regardless of whether you plan to run or just watch, you must wear tennis shoes or other sports shoes.
  • AVOID wearing valuables like a watch or jewelry, a lot of cash, credit cards, or other items on your body. You should make sure to leave your travel documents in your hotel or vehicle as well. 
  • If you want to participate in the San Fermin Festival like a local, wear inexpensive, basic white clothing. Anything else would only make you stand out from the crowd, potentially in the wrong way.
  • You should not consume any alcohol on the day of the run. Many authorities in casual attire are on hand to keep an eye on both the runners and the spectators. If you are discovered to be intoxicated, you will be requested to leave the area right away.
  • If you're racing at your own risk, be sure to be fit, and well-trained, and to follow the officials' dos and don'ts. 
  • If you want a better view of the run, reserve a balcony. If money is an issue, arrive at the running square by 6 or 7 AM to get a space directly behind the barriers.
  • Partying in Pamplona all night is a tradition but make sure you’re not a part of it if you wish to enjoy it fully.
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