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The Running of the Bulls


Shit scared of bulls at San Fermin, Pamplona

 

Fast Facts

Run for your life (sometimes literally).

Where: The campsite is in Zarautz, an hour from Pamplona, overlooking a beautiful surf beach and we have regular coaches going to and from Pamplona each day - the best of both worlds.

When: July 6th - 14th (Come earlier and celebrate 4th July with us!)

How: Meet us there by plane, train, bus or car. Or Ride with Us with private shuttle from and to Barcelona.

Cost: 60€ a day.

Sleep: Camping accommodation (twin share tent, mattress, sleeping bag).

Eat: Hot breakfasts everyday and BBQ dinner every second night.

Inclusions: Accommodation, some meals, transfers to and from the bull run ever 3 hours throughout the day (these must be booked on arrival at the Transport Tent), massive Stoke campsite party.

Add ons: Unlimited beer and sangria (5€/day), Traditional clothes (white and red) (30€), Surf lessons (15€ for 2 hours), Bus transfers available from and to Barcelona (40€ one way), BBK tickets (one day - 61€ or 3 day - 96€)

  • Bull run balcony - good way to not run but get the best view of the mayhem:

Early bird special ends 31 April: 7th July Balcony - 99€ and 8-14 July Balcony - 85€. 10 places available per balcony!

  • Transfers to Pamplona in helicopter (100 euros)
  • Helicopter joy rides to see the basque region any day all summer (60 euros)
    Heli Tour photo2

 

Keen to Road Trip Spain and Portugal?

Check out this wicked trip.

 

Stoke Passport Holders:

(Don't know what a Stoke Passport is? Check it out! Your universe will change.)

Eligible for 3 nights all-inclusive package including unlimited beer & sangria

 

The biggest party outside of the bull run and unlimited beer, wine and sangria...

Price Details

Basic Trip

starting at 60€/day (5€ a day for beer and sangria)

July 6th – 14th

including: Camping accommodation, breakfast, BBQ every 2nd night, shuttles to bullrun

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Bus it to the bulls (The 24 hours Madness)

75€

what do you get: Buses depart at 6pm from in front of Hard Rock in Plaza Catalunya on 6th, 9th, 11th, 12th July. Returning the next day at 11am from Pamplona, arriving around 5pm in Barca.

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WEEKEND TRIPS (From Barcelona)

for 180€

Saturday 5th – Monday 7th July,  Friday 11th July – Sunday 13th July.

  • 2 nights all-inclusive camping accommodation (tents , mattresses and sleeping bags set up for your arrival).
  • return private coach from Barcelona
  • one barbecue dinner
  • 2 hot breakfasts
  • guides and all shuttles into the festival
  • first or last bull run Sunday
  • buses leave 10am on Friday from Plaza Catalunya in front of Hard Rock Cafe
  • departs camp at 11:00 via Pamplona at 12:00 Sunday, arrives in Barcelona around 5pm

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What Is It?

Be  afraid,  be  very,  kinda,  afraid.

Of having a whale of a time!

Because in addition to the wonderful terror that is the pamplona bull run, this san fermin trip is so much more! It is one of the world's biggest street parties - day and night you can drink and dance and smooch in the streets. And there are cultural events every day, so you can do something nice and really justify going on a massive rip during the night. Truly wonderful.

 

And we haven't even mentioned Stoke Travel's Bull Bite Base Camp. This is where your dreams come to fruity fruition. The 2nd biggest party in the region this time of year (the biggest being the world's 3rd biggest street party, in Pamplona town, of course). Meet hundreds of new besties, and make sure you set yourself up with a hangover for the next morning - because that is when you'll be facing the bulls...

Roll wit' us!

How you gettin' there cow lovers? Why not take one of Stoke Travel's own buses? We roll in from Barcelona, man. One way trips and full weekend packages available, check it out.

Rock 'n' Bulls.

Why not combine the cow festival with a music festival. BBK Bilbao Live truly rocks my friends (apart from Coldplay a year or two ago, soz Coldplay lovers) and is timed to coincide with the opening day of the Running of the Bulls. Talk about convenient! Thanks universe...

Surf and Turf Bitches.

Once the running is done spend a night or sixteen at our San Sebastian Surf Camp. It is literally down the road, check out the detailos here amigos.

 


Location

 

Pamplona.

The land of big, angry, bulls and all night street parties.

PLEASE NOTE:

We camp an hour away from Pamplona in a little town called Zarautz and shuttle you in for the festivities. We have a beautiful campsite on a hill overlooking the bay and a short walk down the cliff to the beach, because a dip in the sea is the best way to soothe those petrified bones of yours...

 

We'll have coaches departing every 3 hours from 5am - 12 am to get into Pamplona and coaches returning from Pamplona every 3 hours from 6:30 am to 10:30pm (roughly). You can and must book these at the campsite on arrival at the Transport Tent (TT).

How To Get Here?

 

 

Come fly to us...

 

You want to fly to either Bilbao, or Biarritz. Check Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling for cheap deals. There's plenty of cheap deals. We love cheap deals.

 

If you fly to Bilbao:

You can get a bus directly from the airport to Zarautz, buses leave from the front of the airport at 7am, 11:30am, 3:30pm and 8:30pm

If you land outside of these times there is an hourly bus to San Sebastian city centre. Once there the local bus to Zarautz leaves from the street outside very same bus station. And the local train that connects San Sebastian to Zarautz is right there too!

Local Bus:

From just outside the main bus station you can get the local bus to Zarautz. Fast buses run on the hour from San Sebastian, take 20 minutes and cost 2 euros. Look out for the Z3, from bus stop 26 on the Avenida. See the maps for directions. 

Local Train:

Alternatively, the Euskotren is a good way to get there. (see maps for directions). Trains run from San Sebastian (Amara) to Zarautz (San Pelaio) from the early morning until about 10pm. The trip costs 2 euros and takes 30 minutes.

 

If you fly into Biarritz:

You must first make your way to San Sebastian and then follow the "by train" details outlined below. To get to San Sebastian from Biarritz International Airport take a French SNCF train to Hendaye, change to the nearby Euskotren station (located just outside the SNCF station) and take a Euskotren to San Sebastian. Each train ride is between 30-40 minutes, with the total train trip costing less than €10. A coach service also exists between Biarritz airport and the Hendaye train station, via Saint-Jean-De-Luz (change buses there). The coach ride is less than one hour and costs about €4.
 

Local Train:

If you arrive in San Sebastian by local train via Hendaye from Biarritz, the Euskotren is the way to go (see maps for directions). Trains run from San Sebastian (Amara) to Zarautz (San Pelaio) from the early morning until about 10pm. The trip costs 2 euros and takes 30 minutes.

Local Bus:

Another option is to get the bus from the street called Avenida. Fast buses run on the hour from San Sebastian, take 20 minutes and cost 2 euros. Look out for the Z3, from bus stop 26 on the Avenida. See the maps for directions. 

 

 

Come on ride the choo choo train

You can catch the Spanish national railway from most cities to San Sebastian. Check www.renfe.com for details. Once in San Sebastian, as the national (or big) train station is in the middle of town, you want to catch the local bus to Zarautz.

From just outside the main bus station, you want to get the bus from the street called Avenida. Fast buses run on the hour from San Sebastian, take 20 minutes and cost 2 euros. Look out for the Z3, from bus stop 26 on the Avenida. See the maps for directions.

If you arrive by local train via Hendaye from Biarritz, the Euskotren is the way to go (see maps for directions). Trains run from San Sebastian (Amara) to Zarautz (San Pelaio) from the early morning until about 10pm. The trip costs 2 euros and takes 30 minutes.

 

Buses are for legends.

You can arrive to San Sebastian by bus from all over Europe and within Spain. Eurolines deal with international bookings (www.eurolines.com) and Vibasa within Spain (www.vibasa.es).

From just outside the main bus station you can get the local bus to Zarautz. You want to get the bus from the street called Avenida. Fast buses run on the hour from San Sebastian, take 20 minutes and cost 2 euros. Look out for the Z3, from bus stop 26 on the Avenida. See the maps for directions.

 

 

Better yet take our private shuttle with us!

Option 1: Barcelona to Campsite (via Pamplona) - 40€

Leaves at 6pm every day from 6 July - 13 July, arriving at campsite around midnight. 

Where: in front of Hard Rock Cafe in Plaza Catalunya. 

Option 2: Pamplona to Barcelona - 40€

Leaves at 11am every day from Pamplona from 7 July - 14 July, arriving in Barcelona around 6pm. 

Where: at the same place the bus drops you off in the morning. 

***Please note: For this option, you need to take the 5am bus to Run with the Bulls and leave your suitcases in the storage area under the bus. We'll tag your bags according to your final destination*** 

 

 

 

 

Come with us on our Private Stoke Bus!

 

We have one way transport available (limited numbers) for 40€ one way. These are available as follows: 

Barcelona to Bulls camp: 6th, 9th, 11th, 12th - leaving Barcelona at 5pm (arriving around midnight)

Bulls camp to Barcelona: 7th, 10th, 12th, 13th - leaving camp at 10am and Pamplona at 11am (arriving in Barca around 5pm)

-Return buses depart camp at 10am via Pamplona at 11am. You will need to drop your luggage on the 24hour trip bus before you head into the bull run at 5am, or you can sleep in and climb on the 24hour bus at 10am.

We have  24 hour trips on these dates: 

6-7th, 9th-10th, 11th-12th, 12th-13th - leaving Barcelona at 6pm and leaving Pamplona at 11am to arrive in Barcelona by about 5pm.

We also have two weekend trips:

-Buses depart Barcelona at 10am and arrive at Bulls camp about 5pm, on return they depart camp at 11am via Pamplona at 12pm. You will need to drop your luggage on the weekend trip bus before you head into the bull run at 5am, or you can sleep in and climb on the weekend trip bus at 11am.

5-7 July (Sat-Mon so that you get the opening ceremony and the first bull run)

11-13 July (Fri-Sun) including 2 bull runs.

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ

 

Enter all of your questions in the comments box below and we'll answer them here...

 

Where do the buses from Barcelona leave from and at what time? 

The buses leave from Plaza Catalunya in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. The Bus to Bulls overnight trip will leave in the afternoon at 6pm from Barcelona and return leaving Pamps at 11am and getting to Barcelona roughly 5pm the next day. Meet your guide at Plaza Catalunya at 5:30pm. The Weekend Trip will leave at 10am. Meet your guide there at 09:30am. 

 

Are the shuttles to and from the Bulls included in the price?  How frequently do they run?

Yes, all-inclusive includes it all. The only extra costs will be for lunches and dinner every second night. We run shuttles every day from the morning at the crack of dawn to get to the first bull-run until the late eve, except the 6th, which is the opening day where there is no run, so we head in around 9:30am returning at 8pm. There are also shuttles going in in the late arvo/eve for the epic parties in Pamplona's streets. 

 

Do you provide transport from Zarautz?

Yes, we fetch you from Zarautz station, so make your way there and call us when you know what time you'll be arriving. We do pickups every hour on the hour from 9am - 5pm and on request after that until 9pm. Call 0034625304703 when you arrive there. After 9pm, its a quick cab for you just up the hill - ask for Gran Camping Zarautz.

 

What is the breakfast like? 

Breakfast is usually the good ol' Aussie toad-in-a-hole .... translation: egg cooked in a hole in a piece of toast. Yum! Sometimes we mix it up and have another sort of eggy mix, but whatever it is, it will be warm and will go down well after a big night.

 

Do we have the option of flying into Barcelona and taking one of your
buses to the campsite? 

Yes, you absolutely do. You can fly into Barcelona in time for the Weekend trip. You can also do the Bus to Bulls day trip from Barcelona or just go one way on this bus and stay a few days and then do one way back. Have it your way.

 

It is said on the website that it is a twin tent. Can it fit two people?

Yes, the twin tents are two-man tents. We have two-man and three-man tents, so if you are a group of 3, you can all tent together. You get allocated your tent on arrival so you can make tent requests then. We also have an option to have a private tent for a small additional fee - just in case you don't want to share.... or if you want leave space for the hottie you're going to meet at our campsite..... just saying... 

 

And what amenities are offered at the camp site?

The campsite is awesome! It is right by the beach, there is a cafe/restaurant, a little shop, hot showers, laundry area, parking, drinkable water, plus we have our own party/dance floor area. 

 

Are there lockers where we can put our passports or other important items?

The campsite has lockers, and we also have a giant container which gets locked every night and we can put small valuables in there during the festival and when we're away from the campsite. 

 

2 of us are vegans, do you cater for this?

We cater for vegetarians, so we can always just remove the animal-product bits of that and stuff you to the brim with fruits and veggies and starches.....whatever we do, we'll make a plan for you. 

 

What is the name of the camp site we are staying at?

The campsite's name is Gran Camping Zarautz. It's an awesome campsite right near the beach but away from the overpopulated tourist beaches. 

 

What is the night life like in Zarautz? 

The nightlife in Zarautz is a lot of fun. We also run complimentary buses into the centre of San Sebastian frequently for our twice weekly beach BBQ's that we put on in a nightclub there. The nightlife at our campsite, with about 1000 partiers, is also a lot of fun. Open bars can have that effect! 

 

How much would a Taxi be from the camp site to San Sebastian?

Taxi's between San Sebastian city centre and the campsite on Zarautz beach cost around 20 euros. There is also very simple public transport for 2 euros.

 

I want to stay in a hotel instead.

For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Hotel Reservation in Pamplona for more information.

 

Itinerary

Itinerary:

 

July 4

  • Stoke 4th of July massive party - a barbecue and boozy bash at San Sebastian's surf beach.
    Independence day for Americans and booze dependence day for everyone else.

July 5

  • 8AM - 10AM - Hot breakfast 
  • Many guests arrive  today
  • Free time to do optional activities - Stoke Suggestion: Go jump off a cliff -  10 metre jump rock a short walk from camp.
  • 6PM - Free pick-up available from San Sebastian outside Kursaal Opera House - please prebook
  • 8PM - Complimentary campsite barbecue dinner and campsite party

July 6

  • 8AM - Hot breakfast
  • 09:00AM - Coaches depart from the campsite and head for the centre of Pamplona for the opening ceremony
  • 6 PM - Free pick up from San Sebastian for any arrivals today - prebook.
  • 8 PM - Buses leave Pamplona to return to the campsite. If you want to part all night in the streets, you can take our coaches returning to the campsite the following morning at 11:30AM

July 7 -14

  • 4:30 AM - Hot breakfast (vegetarian available)
  • 5 AM - Buses depart for Pamplona to get there in time for the bull run
  • 12:00 PM - Buses return from Pamplona to the campsite
  • Free time - Stoke Suggestion: wine tasting at the winery next door
  • 6PM - Free pick up from San Sebastian (prebook)
  • 8PM- Free barbecue dinner from July 5 and every second night until the 15th
  • 11:30 AM - Optional late bus into Pamplona for those wanting an all-night party prior to the bull run the following morning

 Stoke Suggestions for Optional activities (not included):

  • Beers on the hill over looking the best view in the universe..
  • Wine tasting at the winery next door
  • Cider house and house- sized steaks in the campsite bar
  • 10 metre jump rock
  • Nude surfing
  • Night surfing
  • Body surfing 
  • Web surfing
  • Stoke's famous slip 'n slide down the grassy hill
  • Hit up our very own skate ramp (new in 2014!)
  • Failing at chatting up locals
  • Failing at trying out the local lingo
  • Suntan and chill on the beach
  • Surfboards and wetsuits available for hire, as well as lessons from one of our instructors - we have many different sizes of boards available for all levels.
  • Head into beautiful San Sebastian and amble through the town
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beach rugby
  • Walking tours in San Sebastian
  • Explore Zarautz
  • Swimming
  • Fishing 
 

Pamplona Running of the Bulls - Schedule

Pamplona's San Fermin Festival events are as follows:

  • July 6 
    This day is different from the rest of the festival. 
    • 12noon - The opening ceremony which is also know as t he Chupinazo. 
    • 11pm - Fireworks, partying. These are the constants of the festival
  • July 7-14 
    Every day has the same schedule:
    • 8am -The running of the bulls happens. 
    • 6.30pm - Bullfights happen in the city's arena with the bulls that were running that morning. 
    • 11pm - The party continues!

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