Pamplona Spain – The Running of the Bulls and the San Fermin Fiesta – Episode 269

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Vicente Perez about his home city of Pamplona, Spain.

Pamplona is best known for the festival of San Fermin and of course for the running of the bulls. Vicente tells us more about that colorful festival, of which, the running of the bulls is actually a very small part. From the Txupinazo, the ceremonial firing of a rocket on July 6th until July 14th the population of Pamplona swells with celebrants. Processions of giant figures (the Comparsa), music, bullfights and lots and lots of partying fill the days and nights. But Vicente also tells of some of the other features of Pamplona and the Navarre region that can be enjoyed at any time of year including wonderful food, beautiful mountains, castles, and the nearby cave of Zugarramurdi (Known for the Basque witch trials).

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Show Notes

City of Pamplona
San Fermín
Saint Fermin
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The Corrida
Running of the Bulls
Navarra Tourism
Parador de Olite
Ayuntamiento de Olite
Kingdom of Navarra
Paradores Spain
The Txupinazo
Giants and big-heads parade
The Peñas
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Bardenas Reales Natural Park
San Sebastián
Basque Witch Trials
The Witches of Zugarramurdi
Semena del Pincho
Guide to the Bars Participating and Their Pinchos (Tapas)
Navarra Wine
Asparagus from Navarre
Turnera de Navarra – Chuleta
Piquillo Peppers from Lodosa
Espárrago de Navarra
Cod ‘al ajoarriero’
Navarra Food Festival


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Pamplona Spain – The Running of the Bulls and the San Fermin Fiesta – Episode 269”



Listened to this episode at work this morning, and had to quit about 10 minutes in and take an early lunch. The segment on tapas is pretty mouthwatering!

Rachel Scott


Does anyone get killed doing this?! I’ve been to quite a lot of Spain but never this bit, must make a plan to see it this year.

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