Pamplona’s San Fermin, is one of the wildest and craziest festivals in Europe. Join Topdeck and revel in the amazing atmosphere of Spanish street parties, dancing and copious sangria fights! Nothing can prepare you for your first Pamplona experience.
The Spanish sure know how to party and the famous San Fermin Festival is no exception. There is so much going on at this fabulous celebration of Spanish culture – but in order to truly appreciate it, nothing can compare with being there and taking part!
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The residents of Pamplona began this festival to celebrate the life of 'San Fermin', the first Bishop of Pamplona who was martyred by the Romans. The modern day festival can be traced back to the 14th Century. Over many years San Fermin has evolved into an intense festival of music, dancing and markets. And yes, also bull runs. The festival itself runs from July 6th until July 14th each year.
The 'fiesta San Fermin' officially opens at midday on July 6th each year. Traditional festival dress is all-white clothes with a red scarf around the waist and another around the wrist. As the bell strikes noon, the crowd wave their scarves overhead before tying them around their necks where they are worn for the duration of the festival. During the day you can expect atmospheric singing, dancing, plenty of sangria and non-stop partying in the streets.
Running of the Bulls
It is true that this festival is perhaps best known for its 'Encierro' (Running of the Bulls). At Topdeck, we believe that there is much more to this festival to be celebrated other than the running of the bulls and we discourage our passengers from taking part, both for their own safety and out of concern for the event itself, and instead focus our programme on the numerous other celebrations that take place over this festival fortnight.
However, we cannot forbid passengers who wish to join the runs from doing so. We only ask that they observe the local customs and rules for runners and recognise that their participation is entirely at their own risk.
How do I get there?
Topdeck offer return and one-way coach trips from London, which include overnight drives in a modern Topdeck coach. However we also give you the flexibility to make your own way to Pamlona and join us there. In this case, you have a few options.
There is only one small airport in Pamplona, with regional flights from Madrid arriving only a few times per day. So flights to Pamplona are often really expensive!
Bilbao airport, located on Spain's northern coast, is used by most budget travellers getting to Pamplona. A bus runs several times a day from Bilbao bus station to Pamplona and takes about 2 hours. Alternatively, if you fly into Madrid or Barcelona there are both buses and trains to Pamplona. Since these cities are a little further away, it takes between 3 and 6 hours to get to Pamplona, depending upon how you travel.
Once in Pamplona you can make your way to either our camping or centrally-located accommodation; directions will be provided in your pre-departure information.