Hi, I'm backpacking though Western Europe this summer and my first stop is Pamploma. I have already checked and all hostels seem to be full for the festival. Is it common/safe to just bring a tent and camp out, and is there a way to lock up my pack so I can actually participate in the running of the bulls?
Also, are there other places in say Paris, Rome, Athens to set up tent. My tent is not freestanding either, it needs to be staked into the ground, would that be a problem?
Thank you for all your tips!
You could join the Couchsurfing network which offers free accommodation to members (a couch to sleep on) plus the opportunity to meet people who will show you around. Their FAQ page explains how it all works. Might save you having to drag the weight of a tent around too.
Tent in Rome:
Tent in Paris:
Pamplona is a small city that doesn't get much tourist traffic outside the Running of the Bulls, there are very few accomodation options there. I haven't been there, but I think that most people visiting the festival camp in their own tents. You cannot really lock up a tent, the best thing to do is to secure the zipper of the entrance with a small lock. This won't stop anybody really determined, so do not leave anything valueable inside. Take electronics, documents like passport and all money with you, leave only your unwashed undies and your backpack behind.
[ Edit: Edited on 05-May-2009, at 04:48 by t_maia ]
Here's the official site for the 2009 event which contains info on public transport. Might come in handy: Running with the bulls - July 5 to 14
I would join couchsurfers but Im only living where im at now for about 2 more months then Im moving.
Thanks t_maia, those websites, quelled my fears on camping. They are kind of pricey for a camp spot, but cheaper than a hostel. Do you recommend I buy locks for my backpack zippers? Im kind of worried about people opening it while im walking around.
That running of the bulls site was helpful, thanks.
Also, somewhat off topic; I was intending on taking about enough to have 50 Euros a day but unforeseen events have dropped my budget to about 33 Euros, do you think that will b enough? I have 2 month unlimited Eurail pass already.