San Fermin: The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona

The festival of San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain is better known at the Running of the Bulls

The festival of San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain is better known at the Running of the Bulls

Whether you choose to watch from the sidelines, or run for your life down the streets of Pamplona, the fiesta of San Fermin is a must-see tradition. While customarily a religious festival in honor of San Fermin, tourists from across the globe now journey to Spain for the parties, events and excitement that is better known as the Running of the Bulls.

The tradition is born from practicality – transporting a number of bulls from outside the city to the bullring. When the San Cernin clock strikes the two rockets are launched prompting the bulls to run the 825 metre distance between the corral in Calle Santo Domingo and the bullring.

Each day of the festival, runners race in front of the charging bulls, the level of risk dependent on the speed and experience of each. It is a risky event, with a record of injury (and in some cases even death!), so participation is not recommended for those without the required physical fitness and fast reflexes.

It’s an energetic festival of color, which is only heightened by the enthusiasm of locals. We took a look through our database of 800,000 properties to find three of the top rated hotels in the city, for those looking to get close to the action:

Hotel Palacio Guendulain

The grand Hotel Palacio Guendulain

The grand Hotel Palacio Guendulain

This hotel has been rated 9.4 out of a possible 10 by 18 guest reviews on HotelsCombined.com

Centrally located, this 18th century luxury hotel is close to all of Pamplona’s main tourist attractions. It’s one of Pamplona’s most prominent buildings and offers guests a combination of modern luxury and historic charm. Complete with a library and lovely dining room, the hotel’s central location is perfect for those who hope to join in the fiestas of San Fermin.

Alma Pamplona Hotel

The modern-style pool at the Alma Pamplona Hotel

The modern-style pool at the Alma Pamplona Hotel

This hotel has been rated 9.4 out of a possible 10 by 23 guest reviews on HotelsCombined.com

Located just a short distance from the heart of town; the Alma Pamplona Hotel is five-star luxury guesthouse overlooking the rolling hills of Pamplona. The modern-style hotel facilities include a sauna, spa and pool, as well as a beautiful restaurant with a peaceful ambience.

Gran Hotel La Perla

The Gran Hotel La Perla is right on the Running of the Bulls path

The Gran Hotel La Perla is right on the Running of the Bulls path

This hotel has been rated 9.1 out of a possible 10 by 19 guest reviews on HotelsCombined.com

This elegant 19th century hotel located in the heart of Pamplona, has been home to a number of notable people like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin. In fact, some of the rooms still contain preserved furniture and personal objects of these historical figures. The hotel overlooks the Running of the Bulls path, so you’ll be sure to be at the centre of the action.

Are you taking part in the Running of the Bulls Festival this year? Or is it on your bucket list?

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