Dressing for the Fiesta

In the world of white and red, blanco y rojo

Dressing for the Fiesta
The official dress for all events during fiesta is the traditional white and red costume; white shirt and pants, red pañuelico (bandana) and red faja (sash).  The "official costume", also worn by Pelota players in Navarra, festival goers in Bayonne and the Basque country in general, can be purchased in Pamplona at any of the clothing stores around the city, including El Corte Inglés, Spain's leading department store.  

Or better still, to insure the proper size and fit, you can bring your own pair of white plants (chinos, jeans) and a short-sleeved white polo style shirt or jersey.

The traditional pañuelico, the red bandana, is donned at noon on the 6th with the firing of the rockets, the chupinazo, during the opening ceremony, not before, and is not taken off and put away until midnight of the 14th, during the Pobre de mí, the closing ceremony.

Peña Seattle de Sanfermines, on of 16 officially recognized foreign Peñas, provides the pañuelico for our clients.  Additional pañuelicos and the fajas, can be purchased from one of the many street vendors you'll find in and around the old quarter.

Men, women and children wear the same red and white costume.  Ladies can wear either all white or a mixture of red and white, red blouse, white skirt or pants (but not shorts) with a red bag and shoes.

Dressing in the traditional San Fermín attire will allow you to integrate smoothly and completely into the spirit of the fiesta.

Contact Iberian Traveler to book an exclusive package for the Fiesta de San Fermín 2012 and the Running of the Bulls (info@iberiantraveler.com).

Hotel laundry service is limited on the 6th and 7th, so be sure to bring enough clothes to see you through the first two days.
Note that clothing stores, as well as most other shops in the city, will be closed from mid morning until late afternoon on the 6th of July for the opening ceremony, all day on the 7th, an official banking holiday in Pamplona, and on Sunday.  
El Corte Inglés will be open from 10:00 to 10:00 daily, Monday thru Saturday.  Other retail stores, except those selling festival-related items, close for lunch, with only a few reopening in the afternoon following lunch.
It is also important that you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes as you will be doing a great deal of walking around the city day and night.  Although the historic quarter of the city isn’t large, the fiesta is spread out over a much wider area, with music venues and special events being held in different parks and plazas around the city, some up to a half-hour walk or further from the Plaza del Castillo, the heart of the old quarter and the center of the fiesta.  

Wearing sandals or "flip-flops" is not recommended.

The city of Pamplona does an amazing job of keeping the streets and plazas clean, but you will inevitably encounter broken glass along your way, especially following the opening ceremony, the early morning hours of the 7th, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings, when the crowds are at their largest.