This centuries-old tradition dates back to 1591, when the fiesta was celebrated to honour San Fermin, patron saint of Pamplona, Navarra.
The annual event now draws in over a million revellers with its energetic parties and the anticipated bull run that typically lasts between three to four minutes.
The bull shepherds, or runners, lead the bulls through the streets and into the bullring as part of the festivities.
Due to the risks involved, only those with a good level of physical fitness can be a runner – so you’re sure to see some fit Spaniards running around.
This is one of the most traditional festivals in Europe in July which also a best-known festival in the city of Pamplona, Spain. Over the course of the week, almost a million people come to the old part of the city to participate in the various festivities such as the San Fermin procession, the struendo (when people gather to play drums, pots, pans), and the closing candle lit ending ceremony of Pobre De Mi. However, the festival is renowned for the running of the bulls in the narrow calles held at 8 AM from July 7th to 14th. The event is streamed live on TV and the whole of Spain fixates on matadors for the week.
Spain’s most famous and controversial festival also takes place in July. Each year from July 6 to 15 you can test your bravery against a stream of raging bulls in Pamplona, or watch from a safe distance. Either way, San Fermín is not for the weak of heart, but it’s a cultural festival like few others.