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IATA Logo Traveling to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls 2018
November 15, 2017

With the first frost coming over us in North America we are starting to dream of warmer days to come. That’s not the only reason to start planning your summer vacation at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona 2018. Flights for the Opening Days July 5th through 8th most certainly sell out 2-3 months ahead of time and the prices continuously rise until then. If you are even 80% sure that you are going to Pamplona in summer 2018 you may want to consider booking a flight from Madrid to Pamplona airport now.  That way you can lock-in a great price and guarantee a  direct trip to Pamplona without too much of a financial downside.  Roundtrip flights from Madrid … read more

Running of the Bulls Tours TrustPilot Rating Running of the Bulls® Tours Rated Excellent Via TrustPilot
November 13, 2017

Running of the Bulls, Inc. announced that they had achieved an “Excellent” rating, based on the verified reviews of 65 of their 2017 guests. The reviews were collected by a third-party review service, called TrustPilot, which ensures accuracy and transparency of the customer reviews. Past guests rated the company’s Pamplona Tours an average of 92%, which is considered Excellent by TrustPilot. Responding to the rating, Mark Hellmann Regouby, founder of the company, commented, “A long time ago, we committed to differentiate our Running of the Bulls tours based on service, and our guests are noticing. We work hard to give our guests our trademark Perfect Pamplona Trip™ and it seems to be working.” He continued, “After winning the Trip Advisor … read more

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence #1 Pamplona Tour Company Wins 2nd Year in a Row
November 2, 2016

Pamplona’s highest-rated tour company, Running of the Bulls, Inc. earned a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row.  The 2016 award was given based on guest feedback on the independent travel review site.  Each of the guests had traveled with the tour operator on one of their Pamplona tour packages, Running of the Bulls® balconies, Pamplona hotels, or Pamplona bullfight tickets and provided feedback on the overall experience. The President of the company, Mark Hellmann Regouby, responded to the news, saying, “Pamplona has been a special place for me, ever since I lived and studied there in 2006. It is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce so many people to this beautiful city – especially … read more

Visit the Running of the Bulls from cruises beginning and ending in Bilbao and Barcelona. Running of the Bulls, Inc. Announces Shore Excursions for Cruise Guests
September 1, 2015

Are you cruising from Bilbao or Barcelona next summer?  If you time it right, you can take in the excitement of the Running of the Bulls and the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.  Here’s how it works: Book your cruise on Norwegian, Celebrity, Holland America or Princess cruise lines, so that your departure or arrival dates fall near the fiesta.  The Festival of San Fermin is held from July 6th through 14th every year, and the bulls run each day July 7th through 14th, so it is easy to catch all the action in the streets of Pamplona. Once you know your cruise dates, contact us about Pamplona, and we will recommend the best Pamplona Hotels, Running of the Bulls … read more Running of the Bulls, Inc. Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
May 20, 2015, and Running of the Bulls, Inc. were recognized for providing superior guest experiences. The 2015 Certificate of Excellence is awarded to companies that consistently receive excellent ratings from their guests. Our company, now the largest tour operator in Pamplona, Spain, is the highest rated service provider for the Fiesta, and offers for 2,000 bull run balcony spots, 1,000 Pamplona bullfight tickets, daily bull run tours, Pamplona restaurant reservations and Pamplona transfers. Operating as since 2006, the company has received 45 Excellent ratings and 11 Very Good ratings on its TripAdvisor Profile.  Guest service is our #1 priority, and we hope you will feel equally pleased with your time with us in Pamplona. In 2016, we are expanding our list of … read more

IMG_3586 Running with…Bulls, Mansos and Vaquillas
February 9, 2014

The animals are the stars of the morning in Pamplona. The most important event of the San Fermín Festival, El Encierro (The Running of the Bulls™), take place every morning from July 7th to July 14th at 8:00 a.m. Thousands of people watch the Running of the Bulls™ in the streets, on balconies, and in their living rooms on the television. The Running of the Bulls™ is when six bulls are transferred from the corrals of Santo Domingo to the bullring where the fights will occur that even. evening will be fighting. But, are these bulls the only stars of El Encierro? No. Fighting bulls are bulls that have been bred to fight in a Bull Ring. The breeders are … read more

ROTB_0037 What do I need to attend the Running of the Bulls™?
January 16, 2014

I love to plan my own trips! Even prior to working in tourism I was always planned my family and friends’s trips around the world. I do this because I love to learn about every place I’m going and I like to be independent in during my trips by knowing where to go and what to do. Sometimes it takes me a long time to get prepared because destination or event I’m attending it a bit confusing. In my opinion, The Running of the Bulls™ is one of the most difficult trips to organize. If you are reading this post is because you love organize your trips too, and you need some advice.  I know, there is a lot of information about events … read more

Locals-Eating-at-the-street1 The Running of the Bulls™ Dictionary
November 13, 2013

If you want to come to Pamplona and feel like a Pamplonica, you should know a few necessary words to get around the city like a duck to water: Barracas: popular name given to the carnival at the bottom of the hill along the Arga River. This is where you can find rides and attractions for adults and children. Capotico de San Fermín: Term used when someone is saved from a dangerous taurine (bull) situation, especially during the Encierro (Running of the Bulls). It means that San Fermin takes care of that person and therefore, they were not hurt. Corrida de Toros (Bullfights): The traditional bullfights at the Plaza de Toros (Bull Ring). In Pamplona there are bullfights only during … read more

bodegon1 Cheers!
October 15, 2013

What drink do you love? We love wine! We use wine to cook, drink,and even as a ingredient for great massages (yes, we can arrange a massage paired with glasses of wine while you’re in Pamplona). So, for Navarra’s people, wine is a big part of our culture! When I think of family moments I can imagine my uncle opening a magnificent wine reserved for a special occasion. As a child I enjoyed vermut with my parents, and now, I remember seeing them drinking wine and eating pintxos (tapas) with many friends and giving to us wine for kids named “mosto”, a tasty grape juice with no alcohol, served always with a green olive! Navarrans really love their wine and … read more

ROTB_0036 Can’t wait until next Running of the Bulls™!?
August 22, 2013

I’m still reminded each time I enjoyed in the past Sanfermines and I decide that I can’t wait until next year! Many people do not know that it is not necessary to wait a year to dance with the Peñas (music bands), watch the giants and big heads, or to run in front of Torico de Fuego (fireworks bull). Every year on September 25th in Pamplona, in the neighborhood of Navarrería, the San Fermin Chiquito occurs. It’s a small festival to commemorate the martyrdom of the saint in Amiens, France. This festival isn’t eight days like San Fermin, but instead four (from, always, Thursday through Sunday). Though the event is mainly aimed at children, it’s still full of tradition and … read more

ROTB_0020 The Sanfermines Soundtrack
May 29, 2013

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 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, and … read more

CORRIDA DE REJONES FERIA SAN FERMÍN Rejoneo, a Traditional Bullfight
May 15, 2013

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 … read more

Tortilla-de-patatas The Mysterious History of the Tortilla de Patatas
March 5, 2013

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 … read more

Pobre-de-mi-2 Pobre de Mi – Saying goodbye to the San Fermin Festival
February 26, 2013

The last day of the Sanfermines is a bittersweet day because of the many farewells and overall melancholy- However it’s alsoa happy day, because the mayor of Pamplona, tells us that there are only 365 days until the next Sanfermines! July 14 is a very special day for me, because throughout there are many events you can attend which can be emotional. For example, the farewell to the giants, and kilikis at Plaza Consistorial, where children and adults say goodbye to the big heads who made us run and the giants who have danced for us every morning to the beat of the bagpipes and txistus (typical instrument). In the afternoon we also sadly say goodbye to the Peñas in … read more

El-apartado-elpais.com_ The Apartado – An Essential Piece of the San Fermin Festival
February 4, 2013

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 … read more

Txupinazo My Favorite Sanfermines Event… do I really have to pick just one?
February 2, 2013

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, 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 … read more

Estofado-de-toro-hola.com_ Can you really eat bull while in Pamplona?
January 31, 2013

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 … read more

WelcomePost Welcome! Are you ready for Sanfermines?
January 25, 2013

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 … read more