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The opening ceremony of the San Fermin festival, known as the Chupianazo, is a spectacle to behold.
From the evening of July 5th up until noon, the city of Pamplona swells in population in anticipation of the stroke of noon. Thousands of excited patrons from all corners of the globe pack into the narrow streets surrounding the Plaza Ayuntamiento in front of Town Hall.
At the strike of noon, the Mayor of Pamplona and members of the Councils step out onto the balcony, causing the crowd to erupt. An announcement is made:
“Pamploneses, Pamplonesas, Viva San Fermín! Gora San Fermín!” This translates to “people of Pamplona, long live San Fermín!”
A rocket is fired into the sky, and the moment it explodes into the Spanish Sky, the square explodes. Hundreds of bottles of Cava are uncorked and sprayed all over the crowd, and the party is officially underway.
The opening days of the San Fermin festival are one-of-a-kind, mainly because of the Chupianazo. In regards to the week long celebration, this portion is always the most attended time during the festival. In turn, it is also the most popular with our guests, so we are limited on how many guests we can host during this stretch of the San Fermin Festival
While each day of the festival contains a magnificent amount of excitement and entertainment, but there is only one day with the opening ceremony.
Regardless of the day of the week the festival begins, the first two days of the San Fermin celebration will be the most attended and boisterous days of the week. Hotel rooms are in higher demand and acquired at higher rates. There is also a one-time event called the Chupinazo, which is an extremely popular event. We host an open house at our balcony to watch some of the debauchery during the opening day.
Opening Festival Packages Include
P.M. Guided tour of the bull run course by Running of the Bulls veteran, ending with Spanish happy hour with local wine and tapas (or pinchos as they are called in this part of Spain) at Los Burgos de Iruña
Watch the Pamplona Opening Parade and Ceremonies (known as the Chupinazo). From there join us for an Open House at our balcony apartment. Celebrations continue until about 5:00 p.m. (well, they go on for about a week!).
That evening, we will enjoy a traditional Spanish Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
A.M. Witness the inaugural Running of the Bulls from the Pamplona Tours Balcony on Estafeta Street, Spanish breakfast and drinks included!
P.M. Attend a bullfight at the Pamplona stadium, seated in the sombre (shade)
A.M. Watch the encierro from the Pamplona Tours balcony, enjoy Spanish breakfast and drinks included
Departure from Pamplona
3-Night Hotel Stay at our 4 Star property
It’s been a fine tuned process helped by tips from our experienced guides that we believe is the best of both worlds. Hotels located within the party areas are often congested and sleep is hard to find. Our 4-Star hotel, the AC Cuidad, is a Marriott property located less than a mile away from the heart of the festivities, but far enough away that uninterrupted slumber is obtainable. You’ll see what we’ve talking about when you arrive…
For each scheduled group activity, our Staff members will personally escort you from the hotel, including each morning to the VIP viewing balcony. The hotel is equipped with computers and free internet in the lobby, and has single, double, and triple occupancy rooms. Please note that our packages are priced based on double occupancy (two people) per room.
Each of our guests is provided a unique evening dining experience during their stay. Complete with traditional dishes and local wines, Pamplona Tours sends you off with an authentic Spanish meal.
Pamplona Tours is a part of the Bucket List Events family. We’ve been taking clients to the Running of the Bulls festival every year since 2007 and are confident we take clients on the best Pamplona tour possible!