Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls

Pamplona's Running of the Bulls

Heading to Spain this summer? If you time your trip right, you’ll witness one of Europe’s most exuberant festivals and craziest spectacles: Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. For nine days each July, throngs of visitors descend on the city for the adrenaline-filled event. Revelers enjoy carousing, music, parades, fireworks, and lots of sangria. My TV crew and I were there for two days with front-row seats for the stampeding action. I was really impressed at how the people of Pamplona have it organized: party, party, party, bulls run, clean up, sleep, party, party, party…repeat daily for nine days.

If you’re thinking of taking in this one-of-a-kind festival, get started on planning with my “Rick Steves Spain 2018” guidebook: