Las Monjas Bulls run the 1st encierro of the Fiestas de Tafalla 2019

 

Tafalla’s running of the bulls began this morning with the Las Monjas bulls from Sevilla.  It was a fast run of just over 2 minutes with only 4 injuries, three from Navarra and one from France.

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See the Official Program

The Fiesta in Tafalla, located 30 km south of Pamplona, runs from August 14-20 each year in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption (15th) and San Sebastián (16th ), Tafalla’s patron saints, with religious ceremonies, accompanied by dancers, pipers, txistularis, the giants and kilikis parading through the streets.

The next fiesta, with it’s own running of the bulls, will be in the medieval village of Sangüesa, to the east of Pamplona.  The Fiestas de Sangüesa is celebrated each year from September 11-17, and is in honor their patron saint, San Sebastián.

Sangüesa, Tudela, Tafalla and Pamplona are the four Navarran towns where you can run with the bulls.

CONTACT IBERIAN TRAVELER – MARIBEL’S GUIDES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO REQUEST A CUSTOM ITINERARY TO SPAIN, PORTUGAL OR FRANCE.
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Sanfermines 2019 Cartel Poster

This year’s cartel poster is a work by César Barrio, the 60th poster commissioned by La Casa de Misericordia, the charity which owns the bullring, the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona, the 3rd largest bullring in Spain.

Contact Sanfermin Tours for additional information or to arrange a package for the running of the bulls.

“El chupinazo”, The Opening Ceremony

Some people arrive early the morning of July 6 to get their favorite spot, but the Plaza Ayuntamiento really begins to fill up starting around 9:30 am as more people find their way and by noon the crowd fills the small plaza with more than 15,000 festival goers, with 10s of thousands more filling the streets leading to the plaza and several thousands more filling the Plaza del Castillo, the center of the fiesta, watching everything on the giant screens set up in the plaza.  Most people are dressed in the traditional white and red, swaying back and forth as if in a giant mosh pit.  Before long, most are covered from head to toe in cheap red wine.  

As the morning progresses the intensity of the crowd grows as they await the clock atop the town hall to strike high noon when the first of several rockets, el chupinazo (txupinazo in Basque) will be fired from the balcony of the mayor’s office overlooking the town hall square.  “Viva!”, Gora!” comes the cry, followed by ”Pamploneses, Pamplonesas, Viva San Fermín! Gora San Fermín!”  The crowd erupts.  The fiesta has begun.

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If you plan on joining the crowd in the “mosh pit”, do not wear any clothes you value, do not wear sandals or carry a camera.  This is also not the place for children.  You and the children would be better off watching from the comfort of a balcony.

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Contact Sanfermín Tours if you’d like to join Peña Seattle de Sanfermines in Pamplona for the fiesta.