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Colors of Pamplona - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Euskadi - Pais Vasco Travelers planning a visit to Pamplona in the middle of July will have a chance to witness a holiday of ultimate beauty being the San Fermines festival. Each year the festival starts on July, 6 and lasts for 9 days. For this period the city of Pamplona turns into a huge bullfight arena. The city is filled with buzzing and vivacious atmosphere. This bright ethnic fest was described in the novel “Fiesta” by Ernest Hemingway. The writer first visited the event in 1923.
Then the young writer worked for a popular Canadian weekly newspaper and visited the city of Pamplona on business. It can be said without prejudice that it was his novel which rocketed the festival to fame. About 90% of foreign guests visiting the festival proved that fact. A hundred years ago the festival featured unique rules. Many traditions have been preserved till nowadays and have been embodied in the modern format of the fest.
Thus, the main event of the festival is still bright bullfights. During the holiday everybody should be polite towards each other. Any violation of the traditions and rules as well as public order offence will stir resentment. This was the practice a hundred years ago and it has been preserved till nowadays. A remarkable fact is that even wanted criminals could take part in the events of the festival. During the festival they were immune, however any order and peace disturbance during the festival equaled to serious crime. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The festival starts exactly at high noon on July, 6. On this day all the city residents gather on the square at the city hall building. A fired from the balcony signal rocket marks the opening of the festival. Each day in the morning hours the bulls are run through the central streets of the city. And in the evening guests of the festival may witness the brightest bullfighting shows. There is a traditional costume which a participant of the festival should wear visiting the significant events of the ethnic holiday.
The costume consists of white clothing added with bright red accessories. Every clothing boutique and street concession stands offer a vast choice of bright white shirts and trousers as well as bright red belts and kerchiefs within the holiday. The festival presents the brightest performances of the best matadors of the country that is why a visit to the bullfighting show will turn to an exciting adventure for every tourist. Among other events held within the festival tourists will see different concerts, dance shows, competitions, master classes and contests. At nightfall the city is illuminated with bright pyrotechnic shows. Astonishing concerts are held in the open air. The festival ends at midnight on July, 14 when the local folks gather again on the square at the city hall building and sing loath to depart.
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Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Pamplona
♥   Catedral de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora, Pamplona, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral de El Buen Pastor, San Sebastián, 62 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Bayonne, 76.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Pamplona
♥   Castle 'Castle of Garaño' Navarre, 15 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Cerco de Artajona' Navarre, 27 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Palace of the Kings of Navarre of Olite' Navarre, 37.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Xabier' Navarre, 42.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fort of San Marcos' Gipuzkoa, 57.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Charles V' Gipuzkoa, 62 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tower Zumeltzegi' Gipuzkoa, 62.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

National traditions of Spain

Spaniards are very friendly and sociable, they like to talk and start a dialogue practically at every opportunity. Spain can definitely be called a country of happy people. It’s uncommon to meet someone with a tired, sour face. Even waiters in restaurants enjoy their work. You can often meet a waiter dancing or singing while taking order. Travelers quickly dive into the general atmosphere of fun and relaxation. In Spain, the institution of the family is venerated. It is customary to live together with parents. The family actively participates in the life of relatives. Elderly people are not sent to rest homes; on the contrary, they are treated with the special honor and attention, taken care of and helped in everything. … Open
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Pamplona

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Pamplona. Learn the best periods to visit Pamplona to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Pamplona.
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