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:


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