Running with the Bulls in Spain

by Emma Hackwood

One of Europe’s most iconic festivals is called Fiestas San Fermin which includes the ‘Running of the Bulls’. Immortalized in literature by Ernest Hemingway, this explosive, passionate and occasionally gory festival is an important element of Spanish heritage. Our Travel Consultant Emma Mitchell shares her experience and photos with us:

In July I headed to Pamplona to experience the festival that is known as Running Of The Bulls with On The Go tours. For 9 days every July the small city of Pamplona turns into a sea of red and white as hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate.


Opening Ceremony

Running of the Bulls Festival Spain
Everyone gathered in the 40 degree head in the main square to see the opening of the ceremony. The energy was electric and red and white filled the streets.


Sangria Throwing

throwing sangria in Spain

The ceremony kicks off with everyone throwing Sangria in the air – everyone dresses is white with red scarves for this tradition!


The Streets of Pamplona 

Running of the Bulls in Spain
After the opening ceremony and the first bull run everyone lines the streets and heads to the bars in the narrow streets of Pamplona.


The Stadium

Running of the Bulls Stadium
You have the option to watch the run from the balconies in the street, or to buy tickets to the finale int he stadium where the runners finish their run and the bulls are let into the ring.



Running of the Bulls Spain
The bulls charge at the runners while they run around the ring.



Looking for more information on travelling to Spain for this festival? Contact Emma Mitchell, an International Travel Consultant at Flight Centre Pender Street in Vancouver by connecting with her online or calling 1-866-299-3114.