If you have an affinity for Spanish culture, own a pair of top-flight running shoes and enjoy drinking champagne, an exotic adventure awaits you at the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. When you charter a private jet to this exciting event, not only will you enjoy the luxury of Europe, you’ll watch with baited breath as men dressed in red run to a bullring that is 825 meters away with a group of bulls following close behind.
The Festival Opens With a Splash
It's called the “running of the bulls” in America, but it's known as the San Fermin Festival in Spain, a centuries-old tradition that began in 1591. It's staged every year July 6-14 and draws nearly one-million people who pack the streets of Pamplona and crowd balconies to witness a thrilling spectacle unlike any other in the world.
Starting on July 6 at 12 p.m. sharp, crowds gather in the town square for a rocket launch and an announcement: “Pamploneses, Pamplonesas; viva San Fermin! Gora San Fermin,” which means, “People of Pamplona; long live San Fermin!” Revelers respond with cheers of “Viva” and uncork hundreds of champagne bottles, thereby beginning the "champagne soak." Some of it dries as they dance and sing in the streets – sometimes until nearly 8 a.m., when the first "running day" of the San Fermin Festival begins.
Call It “Controlled Mayhem”
Fittingly, each bull run day leads off with a prayer to St. Fermin, the patron saint of the festival and the Navarre region of Spain. Runners assemble with eager anticipation along a fenced-off route of Encierro, awaiting the release of six oxen and six trained fighting bulls. The run begins when the corral is opened, and the animals are unleashed to the sound of another rocket launch.
For 800 heart-palpitating meters, or about one-half mile, several thousand runners jostle each other in the crowded streets, trying to outpace the animals that can reach speeds of 15 mph. The day's run ends when all 12 animals reach the bullfighting ring at the end of the route.
Despite the potential for falls and mishaps, there is less danger than novices might think. The oxen are trained to lead the fighting bulls to the bullring while the bulls instinctively follow each other. The excitement centers on the runners and the raucous crowds who cheer them on from the street and viewing areas overhead, sipping champagne or sangria.
Charter a Private Jet to Pamplona
You can claim the best viewing areas by booking a hotel room with a balcony that offers a premium view of the huge papier-mâché parades that precede the daily bull runs. There are many Pamplona VIP travel packages available that include guided walking tours, gourmet dinners of paella and fish, nightly bull fights and great seats to the closing ceremony and fireworks display.
Flights are in high demand for the San Fermin Festival. Don't miss out on the opportunity to charter a private jet, and mingle with the Pamplonesas for what they proudly refer to as “the world's largest fiesta.” Contact Cirrus Aviation at 702-472-9714 to book your flight today.