Who hasn't heard of San Fermin? Thousands of people dressed in white with red scarves prepare to welcome locals and tourists to the Running of the Bulls. The party atmosphere is great fun, with a number of cultural activities scheduled, not just the traditional bullfighting. You'll need to get to the bullring early, at about 6 am, to be sure to get a good spot. It starts to fill up little by little, and before long it's completely packed. What an atmosphere! Book a hotel room early to avoid disappointment, and rest assured that you can explore the whole centre on foot.
On February 3 the religious festival of San Blas is celebrated (they say that this saint heals all illnesses of the throat). That day in Pamplona, starting early in the morning, a gourmet market in the Plaza de San Nicolas, which is near the church of the same name, is held.
At this market you'll find people selling buns, donuts, cakes made with txantxigorri and anise, sweets shaped like pacifiers, animals or hammers ,and some candy canes filled with caramel known as "chochos" to the delight of children and the not-so-young. The custom is to go, buy whatever you want, and go to the Church to have your purchase blessed to avoid disease of the throat. The environment is phenomenal, complete with ecstatic children and homemade pastries for everyone
This photo of the bullring was taken on July 12 from a balloon, 10 minutes after the lockdown ended in the square. They have already the bulls and you can see people in the center of the square having fun and it's full of observers.