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1. Posted by emma_wales (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Has any1 been to this?
We are landing in madrid and beginning interrailing on the 11th of July, we were thinking of catching a train straight up there and returning to mardid on the 13th. Does any1 know anywere we could stay for the couple of days, rather than paying a fortune for the hotels? x

2. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

Hello Emma!

I have never been there, although I am from Vitoria, about 1 hour away to the west by car.
To give you an idea of what a massive party and event it is, the city of Pamplona goes from about 200.000 inhabitants (during the year) to 1.500.000 people during the week of festivities!!!! More than 1 million people... A lot of them with the lack of accommodation decide to sleep in the street (is not a joke) or in tents...

Anyway, my advice is that you book something as soon as possible, and that you try other cities nearby, such as Vitoria itself or San Sebastian. They will also have high prices because they get the effect of the San Fermines, but much less than in Pamplona. Also try in this website: which belongs to basque association of rural guesthouses and farmhouses. You can check online the availability at each guesthouse, although for most of them it is necessary a car to reach the place.

Hope it helps!!!!!
And have fun in Pamplona, even if it's crowded, people always say it's worth the effort!!!!

Yolanda :-)

3. Posted by emma_wales (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Thank you! well by the sounds of things i have been reading it sounds mad, maybe we will just visit it for the day, because its something ive allways wanted to go and see and the party looks amazing! xx

4. Posted by Gusiluz (Full Member 77 posts) 9y

Try to arrange that one day visit from Monday to Thursday. The rest of the days Pamplona gets so crowded for the San Fermin Festivities that is difficult to really enjoy it. Remember that the running itself starts at 8:00 and only lasts 4-5 minutes. And DO NOT RUN, no matter how much you've drunk.

A nice introduction (read the 'El Encierro'-The run- section):

San Fermin Official Site

If you want to have even more fun, join the 'running of the nudes' :I'd support them if only I had some free days in July.

Running of the

PD:Dedicated to our friend Oslaue, honorific member of that wise organization. Not everyone in Spain supports bullfighting. In fact they're a minority in which I'm not included.

[ Edit: Edited on May 17, 2007, at 10:57 AM by Gusiluz ]

5. Posted by emma_wales (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

im not too botherd for the running of the bulls because im not keen on them being hurt and tormented or the people even tho they are stupid enough to run it. There is no way i would run it, haha and ive allredy had the big warning afrom my dad, i wanted to visit it for the atmosphere, were thinking oof maybe only spending a day there and staying somewre nearly so we cold catch a train back later on.

thanks for the advice x

6. Posted by adell (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

I was staying in san sebastian at the time of san fermin so we just caught the last bus of the night through to pamplona then headed for the fun fair and watched the fireworks. We had no accomodation so just had a sleep on the middle of a roundabout and then headed for the bull running route very early the next morning. Most people party all night and then head to the bull running route.

Its an experience i'll never forget due to the sheer amount of people and also trying to find a toilet is an experience as well !!!

7. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Quoting adell

Its an experience i'll never forget due to the sheer amount of people and also trying to find a toilet is an experience as well !!!

Hehehe... Yes, that is the general rule for any party, funfair, parade or festivity in Spain... So busy having fun we forget to put more portable toilets around...

x x Miromar x x