The latter is the Spanish way to call the famous bull-run. Indeed, Pamplona makes the news worldwide every year in the second week of July. Tens of thousands of travelers influx the place for the San Fermin fiesta. For eight days in a row people from all around the globe take on the bold challenge to run away from the bulls coming after them on the narrow streets of the Old Town. Quite a risky adventure. But it turns out that more and more humans are ready to pump that of adrenaline in their veins. Local people get a little fed up with the invasion but you would not anyone blaming Hemingway for that. The American writer made the place famous with his novel “The Sun Also Rises.”
Is there any good reason to visit Pamplona in the rest 51 weeks of the year? In fact, there are countless great reasons to make a trip to the heart of the Navarre. The city is gorgeous, and it is much more safe to take a walk around the Old Town when the San Fermin craze is not there. The food is remarkably delicious. Whether it be for the pintxos (the local type of tapas), the typical stews for the region (try the Bull’s tail specialty), the fish or the salads, the culinary experience is always exceptional. Don’t forget the wine – some of the best in Spain is sold and served in Pamplona.
You will probably love it even before you land. The city lies just south of Pyrenees, and the scenery from the plane is just amazing. If you make a trip outside of the main urban area in Navarre, you can enjoy it even more. But you can reach Pamplona in a different manner. The city is a cornerstone in the French route of Camino de Santiago.
One thing is for sure. No matter how you travel and no matter what is the purpose of your visit, Pamplona has it all to love it and to come back again.