Put your white clothes on, grab your red handkerchief and enjoy the festivities!
Viva San Fermin!
You can't talk about leisure in Pamplona without mentioning the internationally recognized 'fiestas de los Sanfermines' (San Fermín Festival), which is medieval in origin and immortalized by the writer Ernest Hemingway, who was a fan of the bulls and even got to run in the 'encierros' (bull runs). After the 'Chupinazo' which kicks off the festivities from the 6th to 14th of July, Pamplona is dressed in red and white, bulls and young people take to the streets and they become the centre of attraction at the night party in the streets. The folklore of San Fermín doesn’t only consist of the bull run, there’s also the 'verbena' (open-air dance), 'cabezudos' (carnival figures with oversized heads), craft markets, the procession of the 'Mulillas' (adorned mules followed by the municipal band) and the 'Encierrillo' night when six bulls are subsequently slaughtered during the bullfighting in the 'Plaza de Toros' (bull ring).
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