Poor Pamplona! This wonderful town in the Navarra region of Spain has become known for just one crazy annual activity – the Running of the Bulls. Certainly you’ve seen it on television. Each July, a group of wacky locals – as well as plenty of nutty foreigners – gather on certain streets within the city limits while a group of angry bulls is released into their midst. The object? Outrun the darn things before they gore you to death! All of this is done in honor of the Festival of San Fermin (and to transport the chosen bulls to the bullring), though chances are you’ve heard little about the rest of the event.
And while you may have always dreamed of watching the Running of the Bulls, whether from close up or far away, you can rest assured that once that fairly brief event has come to a close, the city of Pamplona has plenty more to offer tourists, from beautiful architecture and lovely little museums to an urban center that’s actually quite nice, with lots of parks and green areas and plenty of places to enjoy a meal and a little nightlife. (more…)