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Precautions Taken at the Running of the Bulls™

On July 2nd a non-slip surface will be applied to several sections of the streets where the Running of the Bulls takes place in order to reduce the number of falls by the runners and bulls. The Running of the Bulls Working Group noted in their meeting this morning that next Tuesday, July 2nd an anti-slip substance will be applied to various sections of the bull run route, especially in the area near the curve at Mercaderes Street, as an added security measure. Also, they have addressed various issues about the coordination of the Running of the Bulls after analyzing the races last year and reviewing the rules for participation of the runners. As it has done since 2005, the…

The Sanfermines Soundtrack

When I came to Dallas one of the strangest sensations I felt was when I was at a party – everyone knew the song lyrics except for me. There I was in the middle of all the locals singing and I didn’t know any of the words. This put a damper on my nights out because I wasn’t having as fun as the locals. I would like to help prevent this same situation for you while in Pamplona. During the San Fermin Festival, the music is varied, but all good Pamplonica have to know the basic songs of the fiesta: 1 de Enero This song is going to be present at all parties, it is sung at the beginning, middle,…

Rojoneo, A traditional Bullfight

Many people traveling to Pamplona think that there are bullfights the entire year, but in Pamplona they only occur during the Running of the Bulls™. From 7 to July 14 you can attend traditional bullfights, but only on the July 6 can you enjoy the Rejones, a special bullfight where the bullfighter rides a horse. I can boast of having not missed a single Sanfermines my entire life, but it was only three years when I learned that traditionally bullfighters were on horseback and not on foot. On July 6, 2010 my father, who is a big aficionado of bullfighting, asked me if I would accompany him to the Rejones. I accepted and after seeing the first bull I understood…

The mysterious history of the Tortilla De Patatas.

There are few pleasures cheaper than eating a good Spanish omelette (Tortilla de Patatas). Tasting this staple within Spanish cuisine is a “must” when you visit Pamplona during the San Fermín festival. This delicacy is varied but is something that almost everyone loves. Actually, you can find tortilla de patatas in any bar in Spain. It is a simple and inexpensive dish, but has also captivated chefs worldwide, like Ferran Adriá, who has included it (his tortilla de patatas is more sophisticated and unconventional) among his exquisite dishes. Until recently, the first known document that referenced the tortilla de patatas was a letter dated from 1817, led to the Cortes de Navarra, in which it was says that the people…

The Apartado – An Essential Piece of the San Fermin Festival

For me, the word “apartado” is synonymous with culture, tradition and exclusivity. The Apartado reminds me of my grandmother. She loved the bulls and wanted her grandchildren to enjoy this tradition as much as she did. Children under 13 years old are not permitted to enter the Bullring, meaning we couldn’t watch the bullfights. Instead, my grandmother took us to the Apartado, Encierro, Corrales and other bull events that take place in the Plaza de Toros during some mornings of the festival where children are allowed. The Apartado is an event that can be difficult to understand because of its speed (people talk very fast) but is also full of tradition and nuances. Every Pamplonica has been to the Apartado…

My favorite Sanfermines event… do I really have to pick just one?

When someone asks me what my favorite event during the San Fermin Festival is, I find it hard to decide my response. There are so many things happening in only 9 days in the small city of Pamplona: the Encierro, the Procession, the Giants and Big Heads Parade, Bullfights, Pobre de Mi, Fireworks Contests, the Fair and more. I truly appreciate everything and each event has its audience. Before I started working at RunningoftheBulls.com, I think my favorite events were the Encierro (Running of the Bulls™) and the Procession. While these events are totally different from each other, both are full of tradition. I am fond of the Encierro because it has been a long-time tradition for me. My grandfather…

Can you really eat bull while in Pamplona?

The cult of the bull is one of the fixed features of Spanish culture, even at the table. While uncommon in some parts of the world, dining on bull in Pamplona is easy. Don’t be fooled though, the bulls that are killed during the Bullfights are not the bulls that we eat in restaurants. Bulls used in restaurants have to be tracked and must pass many alimentary controls. Therefore, restaurants cannot access the animals used in the Bullfights. If you are daring enough, you can also try a strange yet typical meal: bull testicles (or criadillas). This delicacy is served each day at the Apartado using the testicles of the bulls that fought bravely against the matadors in the previous…

Welcome! Are you ready for Sanfermines?

Welcome to my blog, La Pamplonica – giving you an insider’s look into Pamplona, Spain and the San Fermin Festival! As a native of Pamplona, my goal through this blog is to show you the best way to enjoy my city and provide you with ideas and tips so that you can take advantage of every opportunity during your visit to Pamplona, Spain. Though it is the most famous event of our fiesta, there is much more to the city and the San Fermin Festival than just the Running of the Bulls™, or encierro. I am here to: Teach you how to experience the festivities like an authentic Pamplonica. Answer any questions you may have. Alleviate any doubts or fears…
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