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The best part about my job as the Director of Concierge of the Running of The Bulls Travel Network is that I am able to help tourists make the most of their trip to Pamplona. With my help, instead of a tourist, you’ll live Sanfermines like a local, or even a Pamplonica! Make the most of your trip to Pamplona with Runningofthebulls.travel.

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 RunningoftheBulls.travel, 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