The Bulls Return To Pamplona As San Fermin Rises

One of Spain’s most celebrated fiestas is back after a three-year pandemic induced hiatus.

The San Fermin Festival in Pamplona including its famous early morning encierros that sees thousands of revellers try their luck running the bulls through the town’s streets kicked off yesterday, Tuesday 6th July with the traditional “chupinazo” firework blast at noon.

The first bull run took place today the feast day of San Fermin – the patron saint of the town in Navarre.

As is usual there were a few injuries and bruises but only 6 people required hospitalisation.

The bull run takes the 6 Toro Bravo bulls and accompanying oxes through the ancient towns cobbled streets over around 1 km to the bullring.

In all the run takes no more than around 3 minutes though most if not all of the runners are actually running for more than a few seconds and metres before being overtaken by the charging bulls

The injured included a 30-year-old American visitor and a 16-year-old who lost part of a finger in the bullring, in a pile-up as at the entrance of the bullring.

The week-long festival has been a favourite with international visitors since the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises.