No, I’m not going to get into that old debate.
Cruelty or tradition?
Tradition or cruelty?
I talked about it in What About Bullfighting and I think that’s it for me.
There’s a history.
There’s a tradition.
And yes, animals get killed.
That’s the reality of this very sensitive topic.
All I would like to do in this article is to help two types of visitors to Pamplona.
Those who are curious about bullfighting and want to have a sticky beak at what all the fuss is about.
And those who want to enjoy the experience to the fullest.
If you fall within one of these two categories, keep reading.
I’m about to make this experience a whole lot easier and much more enjoyable!
Why and where you should get tickets to San Fermin’s bullfighting festival
Most visitors to Pamplona know all about the human sea of red and white during the festivities’ opening, the running of the bulls every morning, and the week-long party that takes place in our cobblestoned streets.
But most people aren’t aware of the key role that bullfighting plays in San Fermin’s festival.
It’s important to remember that this spectacle is meant to be a celebration of the bull’s strength and passion.
That’s how we view it in Pamplona.
The bullfighter’s job is not to kill the animal but to show its courage and plead for his freedom at the end of the ritual.
Admittedly, it’s a controversial art.
But, in Pamplona bullfighting has become intrinsically linked to the spirit of the celebrations.
All those bulls that run in our old town from the July 7 to the 14 end up participating in a bullfighting spectacle.
And let me underline the word spectacle.
Because it truly is.
Within those four walls local bands play traditional music, people bring their own “merienda” (an afternoon snack of sorts) accompanied by a bottle of their favourite alcoholic beverage…
Spectators share their food, chat, sing and dance while watching the show…
Even if you are not a fan of the concept, the electrifying atmosphere created within the circular walls of the bullring is worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime.
In fact, a lot of purist bullfighters refuse to come to Pamplona arguing that “we don’t observe tradition”!
And while that might be true, people of all ages have a ball together in the bullring.
If you are open or curious about this experience, remember that there’s also a “novice” bullfight between younger bulls and bullfighters who are not fully trained on the 5th of July.
The day after, (July 6th) features bullfighters on horses (what in Spanish is known as “rejoneo”).
Pamplona has some of the best Rejoneadores” in the world, Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, being one of them.
So, how do you get tickets to these extremely sought-after events?
You can now purchase your tickets directly from the actual Bullring online.
All you need to do is to visit this link. Unfortunatelu you will have to wait until the end of May in orther to book them, but you will get to pay the official price. At the end of May is when the Bullring sells the unsold tickets. Obviously these tickets are not the best ones in town, at least you will get to see the fight for a reasonable price. Trust me, last year I bought tickets for a friend the same day he wanted to go. So there is no real problem about these tickets. As long as you don´t mind where you want to be seated.
Do you want to enjoy a more exclusive bullfighting experience?
Then, there is only one way to go about it.
VIP passes are seasonal permits only issued to locals.
So, no matter how hard you try or how many strings you try to pull, sadly you won’t be able to get an exclusive experience without the help of a local guide.
At Pamplona Fiesta we can get you some of the best seats in the house.
All our tickets are located in the more comfortable SOMBRA (Shade) area of the bullring where you’ll have a memorable view of the white and red around you and the bullfighting taking place only a few metres from you.
So, if you don’t want to miss the opportunity to watch this unique art and be part of this incomparable festival, talk to us!
And talk to us as soon as possible!
All our seasonal passes get sold out months in advance and we wouldn’t want you to miss on that chance!
Plus with, Pamplona Fiesta you’ll watch it all in style, glass of bubbly in hand, while enjoying some of Pamplona’s best “meriendas” in your VIP stand.
Does that sound like something you’d like to add to your bucket list?
We’ll be delighted to share the electric atmosphere of this unique festival with you!