Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Running of the Bulls 2016

Iberian Traveler is once again offering its Special 4-Day/3-Night VIP Packages for the opening days of the Fiesta de San Fermín and the Running of the Bulls in 2016.

Come for the adventure... run with the bulls

Iberian Traveler, through Sanfermín Tours, offers clients the opportunity to join Peña Seattle de Sanfermines on a private balcony overlooking the Town Hall Square for the start of another exciting celebration of one of the world’s most popular festivals.
The Fiesta de San Fermín and the Feria del Toro, the Festival of the Bull, which dates from the 14th century.  Sanfermines, as the festival is known locally, and the encierro, the running of the bulls, was first introduced to the world in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” (Fiesta) and continues to drawn visitors from around the world.
The fiesta begins at noon on the 6th of July with the opening ceremony, the firing of the rockets, “el chupinazo”, and ends at midnight of the 14th with the "pobre de mi,” the candlelight ceremony, which also marks the beginning of the countdown to Sanfermines 2017.

Iberian Traveler's Special Hotel Packages for the opening days of the fiesta includes select hotels in the old quarter and the city center.

Hotels in the Old Quarter
4-star luxury hotel – Offering single & double occupancy rooms, suites available
4-star hotel – Choose a single, double or triple occupancy room, superior rooms available

Hotels in the City Center
4-star hotel – Choose from single, double, triple and quad occupancy rooms.  Junior suites are available.

The VIP Program includes:
5 July - Private transfer from Pamplona's airport or train station to your hotel
5 July - An official pañuelo and tour shirt from Peña Seattle
6 July - Breakfast at the hotel
6 July, 10:00 am - Chupinazo Program - enjoy the opening ceremony from a private balcony in the town hall square
6 July, 1:30 pm - Special Celebration Lunch of traditional Navarran cuisine
7 July, 7:00 am - Balcony reservations for the first encierro
7 July, 8:30 am - Special breakfast following the running of the bulls
7 July, 10:00 am - Join the Procession of San Fermín as it moves through the old city, or join your guide for a tour of the old quarter
8 July, 7:00 am - Balcony reservations for the second encierro
8 July, 8:30 am - Special breakfast following the second running of the bulls.
8 July - Private transfer to Pamplona's airport or train station to continue your adventure in Spain, Portugal or France.
3-night Standard and Basic Hotel Packages for the opening days of the fiesta are also available beginning the 5th of July. 

The crowd in the town hall square for the opening ceremony

Additional Standard and Basic Hotel Packages are available from 8 to 14 July with a 2-night minimum stay.
Iberian Traveler welcomes individuals, friends and families, and those walking the Camino de Santiago, to join us, and Peña Seattle de Sanfermines, in July for the fiesta.
Bullfight tickets are available from 6-14 July - Tendido, Grada and Andanada sombra (shade) seating.

Contact Iberian Traveler at or visit for additional hotel package information.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Cartel for Sanfermines 2015 has been announced!


Domingo 5 de julio 2015 a las 19:30
Novillos de “El Parralejo”, de Zufre (Huelva) para los novilleros: Posada de Maravillas, Varea y Roca Rey.

Lunes 6 de julio 2015
Toros de Capea, de San Pelayo de Guareña (Salamanca), para los caballeros rejoneadores: Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Sergio Galán y Roberto Armendáriz

Martes 7 de julio 2015
Toros de Jandilla, de Mérida (Badajoz), para Juan José Padilla, Pepe Moral y Alberto López Simón.

Miércoles 8 de julio 2015
Toros del Tajo y Toros de la Reina, de Trujillo (Cáceres), para Antonio Ferrera, Morenito de Aranda y Jiménez Fortes.

Jueves 9 de julio 2015
Toros de Victoriano del Río, de Guadalix (Madrid), para Sebastián Castella, Iván Fandiño y Alejandro Talavante. 

Viernes 10 de julio 2015
Toros de Fuente Ymbro, de San José del Valle (Cádiz), para Miguel Abellán, Miguel Ángel Perera e Iván Fandiño. 

Sábado 11 de julio 2015
Toros de José Escolar Gil, de Lanzahíta (Ávila), para Francisco Marco, Luis Antonio Gaspar “Paulita” y Paco Ureña. 

Domingo 12 de julio 2015
Toros de los Herederos del Excmo. Sr. Conde de la Maza, de Morón (Sevilla), para Eugenio de Mora, Antonio Nazaré y Juan del Álamo.

Lunes 13 de julio 2015
Toros de Garcigrande y Domingo Hernández, de Alaraz (Salamanca), para Juan José Padilla, Julián López “El Juli” y Miguel Ángel Perera.

Martes 14 de julio 2015
Toros de Miura, de Lora del Río (Sevilla), para Manuel Escribano, Luis Bolívar y Salvador Cortés

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Review of Sanfermines 2014

The crowd gathering in the town hall square for the opening ceremony, el chupinazo at noon on the 6th.

Running With The Bulls

The Pastores walking the route of the encierro the morning of the 7th.

The Torrestrella bulls, in their 13th appearance, had the first goring on the first day, 7 July in an encierro that lasted only 2 min 25 sec.  There were 5 other injuries.
The bulls from the Dolores Aguirre ranch, in their 15th running of the bulls, ran the route in 2 min. 20 sec.,  the 21st fastest encierro.  Although they have a history of serious injuries and the 5th most gorings, there were none this morning, but there were 3 serious injuries.
Running with the Victoriano del Río bulls on 9 July. Time: 3 min. 23 sec.   This was the 5th appearance of the Victoriano bulls for Sanfermines.  There were 2 goring, including the writer Bill Hillmann, who had just published his latest co-authored work "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona", and 3 serious injuries that morning.
July 10, waiting for the encierro to begin.  The Garcigrande bulls from Salamanca, in their first appearance for Sanfermines, ran the course in fast 2 min. 30 sec., leaving two runners on Santo Domingo gored in their wake, along with 6 serious injuries.  It proved a very dangerous run, with at least 80 minor injuries along the way.
The Garcigrande bulls racing down Mercaderes.
The Miura bulls, in their 34th appearance in Pamplona for Sanfermines, caused major panic on the last run of the festival at the corner of Mercaderes and Estafeta, La Curva, when one bull fell and came away with 3 goings and 4 serious injuries as a result.

The Last Day

Finishing the fiesta with our street lunch on the 14th...
and the Pobre de mi, the closing ceremony at midnight.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bulls Before Breakfast by Peter Milligan

Our friend, Peter Milligan, has a new book coming out shortly, Bulls Before Breakfast, with a forward by John Hemingway.  It's available on Amazon as a pre-sale.  I've already read the original draft and it's quite interesting.

You can visit his blog at: and his Facebook page:

Friday, January 23, 2015

New elevator for the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona

MECA is proposing a new elevator for the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona.

La Casa de Misericordia ha solicitado autorización para instalar un ascensor en la plaza de Toros de Pamplona, unespacio con apacidad pare 19.720 espectadores.

El proyecto precisa de un Plan Especial proque el elevadorse situaría en el exterior del coso, sn suelo público. Sería el tercero, pero el primero con parada en andanada.

Plaza de Toros de Pamplona

Peñas celebrating the fiesta in the Andanada Sol section