Bull Run Honeymoon?

Jessica Write Posted 2016-10-13 08:23:15

Not everyone wants a romantic beach get away for their honeymoon, so what about those thrill seekers or those looking for something different to tell the grand children in years to come…  What about the ‘The Encierro’... The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, northern Spain?

The fiestas of San Fermin are celebrated in Pamplona, in the region of Navarra, every year from the 6th to the 14th of July. They have become internationally known because of the running of the bulls, where the bulls are lead through the streets of the old quarter as far as the bull ring by runners.

The fiestas are celebrated in honour of San Fermin, patron saint of Navarra, although the religious aspect would seem to have taken on a secondary role over the last number of years. Nowadays, the fiestas are seen as a mass gathering of people from all the corners of the world and where the partying, the fun and the joy of it all are the most outstanding ingredients.

The Encierro is the event at the heart of the Sanfermines and makes the fiesta a spectacle that would be unimaginable in any other place in the world. It was born from need: getting the bulls from outside the city into the bullring. The Encierro starts at the corral in Calle Santo Domingo when the clock on the church of San Cernin strikes eight o’clock in the morning. After the launching of two rockets, the bulls charge behind the runners for 825 metres, the distance between the corral and the bullring. The run usually lasts between three and four minutes and the frenzy and excitement builds up to a crescendo of pure unadulterated adrenalin high!

It's an eclectic and dangerous mix that attracts the young and the old, the pious and the profane, the devout and the debauch. And they all come to spend the next 216 hours in an orgy of revelry, dancing, prayers and bacchanalian excess. Pamplona dons the mantle of the happiest place in the world - blood and gore notwithstanding, it's all about spirits - of the booze and boisterous kind!

Planning on experiencing some unadulterated adrenaline rush at the Bull Run? Here are a few tips to help you survive and not become one more statistical figure in the column of casualties.

Tips -

1.      Observe the run a day prior to the day you run.

2.      If you fall, cover your face and stay down until an onlooker taps you with a newspaper roll when it is safe.

3.      Don’t drink before running.

4.      Get some good night sleep.

5.      Listen to the rocket sounds at the start.

6.      Stick to the side of the bull, not literally!

7.      Run for your life!!

8.      Please leave the animal alone, the goal is to race not touch it!

 

Other Reasons to Visit

We know The Bull Run won’t be for everyone, but you shouldn’t dismiss Pamplona all together. Outside the festival period it is a beautiful town packed full of stunning buildings and architecture, great local food and drink and friendly locals. Here’s out top 5 reasons to visit outside of the festival:

1.      Catedral de Pamplona - An impressive sight soaring above the town, the Cathedral of Pamplona is near the Plaza del Castillo just inside the ancient town walls. The cathedral was built in the 15th century in the Gothic style; the Neoclassical facade and towers date to 1780.

2.      Museo de Navarra - The Museo de Navarra is housed in an old pilgrims' hospital, a lovely historic building with a Plateresque facade that dates to 1556. In its 34 different rooms, the museum displays a diverse collection. The exhibits include a range of archaeological objects and fine arts: ancient Roman artifacts, medieval religious paintings, and old Moorish treasures.

3.      Ciudadela - This 16th-century fortress was built during the reign of King Felipe II who commissioned an Italian military engineer to construct it. The pentagonal citadel was designed with five defense bastions, although only three have survived.

4.      Plaza del Castillo - This spacious public square is the central feature of Pamplona, the heart of the city and a hub of social life. The Plaza del Castillo is used for public events, processions, and markets, and until 1844, it was a stage for bullfights.

5.      Ayuntamiento - With colorful flags swaying from the facade, the Ayuntamiento is an impressive 17th-century town hall building. The Ayuntamiento is found northwest of the Plaza del Castillo on the Plaza Consistorial, a charming small square.

 

Areas to Stay

Pamplona offers lots of good accommodations, but during San Fermín expect all hotels in the city to be completely occupied or have raised their prices four- or fivefold. So ensure that you book your accommodation well in advance.

Palacio Guendulain, Gran Hotel La Perla and Hotel Castillo de Javier are some the best hotels aound that will give you a complete feel of Pamplona and San Fermin.



Honeymoon, Europe, Spain, Bull Run, Pamplona




It's a great party atmosphere enjoyed by young and old(er) alike



The Bull Run s a dangerous event, not one for the faint hearted!!!



The bull ring, where the 800m run ends



An impressive sight soaring above the town, the Cathedral of Pamplona



The Museo de Navarra is housed in an old pilgrims' hospital, a lovely historic building with a Plateresque facade



This 16th-century fortress was built during the reign of King Felipe II



This spacious public square is the central feature of Pamplona, the heart of the city and a hub of social life.



The Ayuntamiento is an impressive 17th-century town hall building


Honeymoon, Europe, Spain, Bull Run, Pamplona


About The Author!

Hello There!

I love weddings, beach holiday and Christmas so two out of the three isn't bad... 

I'm Jess from New England, USA. Been lucky to have seen quite a lot of the world, but still so much to see. I write for a number of blogs and magazines mainly to pay for the next adventure. 

Hate writing about myself so I'll leave it there ;)

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