Pamplona is the historical capital city of Navarre, an autonomous community in northern Spain bordering the Basque Country, La Rioja and Aragon.
This historic city is famous for hosting the San Fermín festival, which is one of the biggest fiestas in Spain, attracting over a million visitors.
Held annually from the 6th to the 14th of July, it is a deeply rooted celebration held in honour of Saint Fermin, Navarre’s co-patron, beginning with a literal bang – a huge pyrotechnic display at midday.
Of all the traditions, it is the encierro, known as the ‘Running of the Bulls’, that is the biggest draw. Fighting bulls are corralled down 875 meters (957 yards) of Pamplona’s old cobbled streets en route to the bullfighting arena, while people dressed in white and red have to outrun them. Dangerous and thrilling, it was enshrined in literary history in Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Sun Also Rises’.
The city and its diverse surroundings offer plenty more to see and do, such as seeing the 16th-century fortifications, the Gothic Catedral de Santa María la Real or exploring the beautiful mountains.