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The Running of the BullsFast Facts
- Location: Pamplona in the northern Spanish province of Navarra.
- Best time to Visit: July 7 — 14.
- Preferred Timing: 07.30 a.m.
- How to reach:
The nearest airport is Pamplona Airport (PNA). Iberia Airlines have several flights a day from Madrid and Barcelona to Pamplona. You will also find Spanair from Madrid and TAP from Lisbon. There are also three international airport nearby which include Bilbao Airport (BIO) (156 km), Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ) (170 km) and Biarritz — Anglet — Bayonne Airport (BIQ) in France (115 km).
Daily trains are available to Pamplona from a number of destinations including Madrid, Barcelona, Vitoria, Galicia, and Asturias. You can take urban busses to reach downtown from the railway station.
Bus is the cheapest mode of transportation to reach Pamplona. You can find a number of daily services from destination like Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastií¡n, Bilbao, Vitoria, and Zaragoza etc.
- Nearest Rail Station: Pamplona
- Nearest Airport: Pamplona Airport (PNA).
In the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, a number of brave, determined, and of course crazy runners come to participate and run in front of a bull with huge horns. Though full of excitement, this event is also full of injuries as participants are quite prone to injury by trampling.
The Running of the Bulls — the Event
The Running of the Bull in Pamplona is a part of the San Fermín festival organized every year during July 6 — 14. The Running of the Bull starts on July 7 and is organized on each of the following morning at 8 a.m. In order to participate in the event, one needs to be over eighteen years of age and has to enter the itinerary before 7.30 a.m. The event begins as the runners sing a prayer thrice to Saint Fermin — “A San Fermín pedimos, por ser nuestro patrón, nos guíe en el encierro dí¡ndonos su bendición" (“We ask San Fermín, as our Patron, to guide us through the encierro and give us his blessing”).
Tips — If You Are Running
Let it be made very clear at the very beginning that running in front of the bull may be quite dangerous, especially if you do not have prior training. So, if you want to run in front of the bulls, consider it well beforehand. You may use the following tips that could be helpful for you while running in front of the bulls:
(i) You need to enter through the gates in the Plaza Consistorial before 7.30 a.m. (ii) Pay due attention to the most dangerous stretches which include Callejon-Plaza de Toros and the end of the Cuesta de Santo Domingo. (iii) Maintain the proper dress-code. Do no carry any items like cameras, backpacks etc. with you. (iv) It is always better to ask for advice from the experienced runners. (v) Getting in and out is important. You need to get in to the flow gradually as other runners get out. (vi) Beware of falling as the chances of stumbling and falling are quite high. There is always a threat of getting stampede by the huge crowd.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=zFKy6Ld9gU8#: To get a taste of the Running the Bull event at Pamplone, watch this video! You will find how it feels to be running in front of a raging bull, despite the poor video quality.