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Programs During Fiesta
About the Fiesta:Sanfermines is the single most unique, renowned and celebrated festivals in the world today and is a combination of two major festivals held each year in Pamplona, the Fiesta de San Fermín, the celebration of Navarra's co-patron Saint, San Fermín, and the Feria del Toro de Sanfermín, the Festival of the Bull. The legendary Running of the Bulls, the encierro, was first introduced to the world in Hemingway's 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises (Fiesta), which each year continues to attract thousands of visitors from around the world. The encierro, the running of the bulls, could one of the most adrenaline charged moments you may ever experience!
The fiesta begins at noon on July 6 with the firing of the rockets, "el chupinazo", from the mayor's office in the town hall square and ends at midnight on the 14th with the "probe de mí", the solemn candlelight ceremony that marks the beginning of the countdown to the next Sanfermines. Sadly, for many visitors to this historic city in the Navarran Pyrenees, the deeply rooted traditions and customs of the region may go unnoticed or even misunderstood. For this reason, Iberian Traveler’s Sanfermín Tours offers a series of special Festival Programs which will help you enjoy the cultural aspects of this unique religious, family oriented cultural event in the heart of Navarra.
Join Peña Seattle, and a cast of thousands, in a celebration of one of the world’s most popular and exhilarating festivals. Follow along with Pamplona’s famous Giants, Kilikis, Cabezudos and Zaldikos as they dance through the streets of the historic quarter to the delight of the hundreds of children who follow them everywhere during fiesta. Gather in the park in the evening for some of the most exciting professional fireworks displays you'll every see, provided by major pyrotechnic companies from around the world. The international fireworks competition is held nightly in the Park Ciudadela from the 6th through the 14th.
Balcony Reservations for the Chupinazo (txupinazo)The Opening Ceremony (3 hours)Enjoy the spectacle of the rockets at high noon on July 6 from a private balcony overlooking the Town Hall Square with this special festival program. The chupinazo marks the beginning of Sanfermines. The program includes the services of our guide, balcony reservations, wine, Cava (Spanish champagne), beer and cold drinks, and appetizers (pintxos) while we wait for the firing of the first rocket.
- El chupinazo Program - €500 EUR/person (included with all Deluxe Programs)
Balconies Reservations for the encierroRunning of the Bulls program (1-1/2 hours) In Mediaeval times the bulls were led by the pastores, shepherds, on foot from the countryside to the cities public square, which was set up as a bullring, to be fought by nobles before being taken to slaughter. The last stretch of the route was covered at dawn at a running pace in order not to disturb the cities residents. The original path ended in the Plaza del Castillo, but was changed in 1844 when the first bullring was built in Pamplona. The "encierro" went down Calle Estafeta for the first time in 1856. The route, starting on Santo Domingo, is just over a half-mile long, which the fastest bulls can cover in under two minutes. Now each morning, from the 7th through the 14th, you will be able to witness this spectacle from one of our premium balcony locations in the town hall square, along Mercaderies or on Calle Estafeta.
Balcony reservations include the services of a local guide. The VIP Balcony Program includes a special breakfast following the running of the bulls.
- VIP Balcony Program - €200 EUR/person (included in all hotel packages)
- Standard Balcony Program - €150 EUR/person