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Statue along the Paseo de Sarasate
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Luggage Storage During San Fermin
I'm planning on going to the San Fermin festival.
I have 2 options. I can either arrive to Pamplona in the evening straight from Madrid. Lock all my stuff up somewhere, then party the night away, see the bulls run then head to San Sebastian for sleep.
Or, I can head to San Sebastian from Madrid. Drop my stuff off at my booked hostel, then from San Sebastian head over to Pamplona during the day or evening.
1. What option do people recommend?
2. What time of day is best to arrive to get the most out of the festival? Daylight? or late at night? Dawn?
3. If I were to arrive straight fron Madrid in Pamplona, is there a guarantee that I'll be able to store my luggage somewhere? I'll have just one backpack. Or does storage space run out sometimes because there are so many people?
4. Do you have to bring your own lock?
Thanks so much in advance for any tips or advice!!
Re: Luggage Storage During San Fermin
Pamplona is quite small city, and you will find problems finding a lock specially arriving late night, you should consider that there are thousands of people arriving and thinking the same.
I would recomend you to arrive around 13 noon have luch some beers and the party begins! and you´ll decide when to leave, usually is better to party during the day because at night the place get so crowded that is a little nighmare, I´ve been there more than 20 years and during the day is much more fun.
Travel Tips for Pamplona
The ENCIERRO or RUNNING OF THE...
The ENCIERRO or RUNNING OF THE BULLS is the single most characteristic event of the Fiesta of San Fermin
This is the event which has given the Fiesta world-wide fame and which appears on news broadcasts around the world during that special week in July.
It is held at eight o'clock each morning from the 7th to the 14th of July inclusive. It consists largely of young men (although it admits all types) who run in front of the bulls to lead them from their pen up and into the bull-ring. It usually lasts from two to three minutes - although if there are complications due to loose bulls it can last much longer
Pic by Luis Azanaza
Plaza del Castillo
The Plaza del Castillo fulfills the “Plaza Mayor” function in Pamplona. That is, it is a huge square in the centre of the city where you will find huge cafés, the Teatro Principal and the seat of the Diputación. Although this square has taken on the name of Plaza de la Constitución at times, Plaza del Castillo was its original and longest-standing name. The reason for the name is that, when the city’s defensive walls were erected in the Middle Ages, it was determined that there were too many castles inside the walls and that, with the construction of the citadel, those fortified buildings inside the walls should be taken down. This square was created in 1513, when Fernando the Catholic ordered the removal of the castle, and it was completed in 1600. Over the years, the Plaza del Castillo has had numerous renovations, which is why there is a mish-mash of Baroque and neo-Classical styles. Obviously, those buildings erected in the 19th century and early 20th century were more likely to be done in neo-Classical style, such as the Palacio de la Diputación and the Teatro. The music kiosk in the centre of the square was only erected in the 1940s, but it is as much a cherished component as any other structure. Some of the cafés along the sides of the Plaza are quite famous; Café Iruña especially. Make sure to have coffee in at least one of these before you leave, and you too will be able to pretend that you’re a character in The Sun Also Rises (although, hopeful your visit won’t drag on like the book).
El Segundo Ensanche
The Segundo Ensanche or the Second Extension was Pamplona’s second move to join the ranks of normal, healthy cities. Up until the end of the 19th century, the Spanish military refused to allow the city of Pamplona to tear down at least some of the defensive walls to make way for urban expansion. The city’s growing population made life inside the walls increasingly unhealthy, and finally in the 1880’s the military agreed to tear down the walls and allow el Primer Ensanche in the direction of the Citadel. In the 1920’s, they agreed to allow for el Segundo Ensanche, which would expand the city’s developed areas from the Paseo de Sarasate out to the south-east. The late development of the Ensanches explains the lack of modernist architecture, and the development of the Segundo Ensanche through the 1920s and 1930s explain why there are various different styles present in the area, including neo-Classical design, Art Deco and some of the sorts of triumphalist neo-Classical designs of the early Franco era. This area contains a large number of the buildings that were supposed to service the industrial and manufacturing expansion of the city’s economy, as well as the foundation of banks and new entertainment for the middle class during the Primo de Rivera and Republican periods (Plaza de Toros, Teatro Gayarre, etc.). The problem is that the second, post-War wave of construction in the 1940s and 1950s was met with general economic stagnation caused by the Fascists’ failed economic policies and the decline of northern industries. That’s why the whole area has a bit of weird feeling to it – like it was supposed to be similar to the Ensanches of Barcelona, San Sebastian and Bilbao, but came about too late to really enjoy any of that heyday.
i was quite surprised whilst planning this trip that there are very few pages on this delightfully ridiculous exercise so i thought id better try to put in as much useful or otherwise info in as possible. perhaps this is just testament to the relatively good mental health of the majority of most members who avoid this kind of activity.
to head to pamplona between 6th and 14th of july is to guarantee yourself a party that few can rival (at least in terms of alcohol consumption and the sheer stupidity of some (most) peoples actions).
the festival of sanfermines is a very long running tradition whos main feature, for the mostly foreign gathering, is the infamous "running of the bulls".
first things first- the opening ceremony which kicks off at 12noon on the 6thjuly. thousands upon thousands pour into town, each clutching their trusty bottle of bubbly (insert plural at this stage) to contribute to the thousands of corks that fill the sky as the festival is officially started.
needless to say, the partying continues for the rest of the day and often the rest of the night.
at 6am the next day, the streets are filled with the thousands who have not had the benefit of a sober moment to ponder the possible insanity of the adventure on which they are about to embark- the first day of the running. the streets are so full of people that it is extremely difficult to move, bringing a moments panic to the somewhat groggy brain when one considers that within 5 minutes the bulls will be charging through here- whether or not the people have moved.
suddenly the crush spreads out as the first barrier is removed, allowing many to sprint at top speed to the arena.
the adrenaline rush that takes over as the first cannon is fired is indescribable- possibly only overshadowed by seeing the first pack come charging towards you from about 10m away!!
a bit of advice for anyone planning on running- they release 2 packs of bulls which i didnt know, so after stopping for a photo as the bulls ran past, i was celebrating my survival as a new surge of people began charging my way. i suddenly realised why as i saw the second pack charging up. carl lewis impression no. 2 was in order and suddenly, just before the arena, the police pulled me out which is a good thing as i had no desire to get into the arena but was running so hard that i hadnt realised it was the arena.
second bit of advice for runners- if you want to get into the arena, dont have your camera in your hand as i found out that was the reason for my being ejected from the course.
next bit of advice for all- avoid the mussel bar- at least avoid jumping off it. if you want an adrenaline kick, run with the bulls. on our second day we heard that there had been one death and another who luckily survived with a broken neck. that was only day 2 but without a tv we couldnt keep up with events.
all in all, it makes octoberfest seem very timid indeed, if only for the adrenaline-charged atmosphere but people are really out partying 24/7 throughout the fest.
thankfully we were camping outside town so we only had to try to keep up with the 2-3,000 aussies and kiwis that had taken over the campsite (plus maybe 20 americans and 20 brits), rather than the many thousands who had no place to stay and just partied til the end of theyre trip.
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