The running of the bulls (Encierro in Spanish) involves running in front of and amongst a small group of bulls as they stampede their way through the streets to the bull ring. The run is part of an eight day festival, Sanfermines. The Bull Run is a chance for people to show off their bravado and get the adrenaline pumping.
Running of the Bulls
Running of the Bulls
[ When ]Early July each year
[ City ]Pamplona, Spain
[ Good For ]Dare devils, not animal lovers
[ Weather ]Ideal summer, warm and sunny
[ Crowd ]20,000 +
[ Cost ]$
[ Sex Work ]
Legal, but pimping is not
[ Sexy Score ]
Getting there Air travel within Europe is cheap once you get there. There are also some great train trips if you’re into the scenic travel style. Getting around Pamplona will be relatively easy. There is a huge fleet of buses with exceptionally cheap fares. If you’re wondering how to get to the Bull Run, follow the crowds.
Watching the Bull Run from behind the barriers is not the best. The bulls run by so quickly and you will see little from behind the barriers. You're better off booking a balcony. The prices of hotels in Old Town Pamplona tend to double during San Fermin/Running of the Bulls. So, it might also be an idea to stay in nearby towns (like Olave) - a cheap taxi ride away.
The Bull Run is a bit of sausage fest - maybe because only guys are dumb enough to do it? However making it out alive is sure to get the adrenaline and masculine hormones pumping - make the most of it girls! Plus, Spain does have a bit of a sexy reputation.
- At 10pm, in front of the Ayuntamiento, there is a fake bull with fireworks attached to a guy running around the streets. It's pretty awesome. Go and check it out
- Buy tickets for the Recortadores. It’s a competition of people jumping over bulls or throwing rings on the bulls. Ask your hotel or the Bull Ring/Plaza Del Toros about this.
- This town is super curvy so it’s recommended to invest in a walking map.
- Wear a good pair of runners for the event - the cobble stones can get slippery and you'll need to be fleet of foot to outrun those 2 tonne beasts!
Out running a bull is not something for the light hearted. In 2013, there were between 200 and 300 people with injuries. Most are due to falls and people are likely to make quick recovery. Goring is less common but far more dangerous, and in many cases life- threatening. Local medics and the Red Cross team up to provide quick and effective medical aid. They are stationed all along the Bull Run route so you won’t have to look hard to find them.
If you need medical assistance for any non-bull related issues, here are the details to a local medical centre:
Centro Navarro de la Audición, Medical Centres
Calle de Paulino Caballero, 14 31003 Pamplona, Spain. +34 948 151 676
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