BARCELONA CITY BREAK
- 3 nights beach hostel accommodation in Barcelona
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Barcelona Boat Party
- Free guest list club entry every night to either Opium, Pacha, Shoko or Catwalk
- Barcelona to Haro Stoke bus
- 3 nights camping accommodation at our Haro campsite (pre-erected, twin share tent w/ mattress and sleeping bag)
- Breakfast and dinner daily at our Haro campsite
- Cheese & wine day
- Post-fight pool party
- Red wine for throwing at the wine fight
- Awesome campsite parties
- Haro to Zarautz bus
ZARAUTZ BEACH CAMP
- Camping accommodation at our Zarautz Beach Camp
- Breakfast and dinner daily at Zarautz campsite
- Transfer from Zarautz beach camp to Pamplona on morning of July 6 for the Opening Ceremony
BILBAO BBK LIVE
- Transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao BBK Live on the 12th and from Bilbao BBK Live to Zarautz Beach camp on the 15th
- Bilbao BBK Live ticket
- Tent, sleeping bag and mattress for self set up at Bilbao BBK Live (100€ deposit – returned once you return the camping gear back to our Bulls camp)
RUNNING OF THE BULLS
- 3 nights camping accommodation at our Bulls camp in Pamplona (pre-erected, twin share tent w/ mattress and sleeping bag)
- Breakfast and dinner at Bulls camp
- Stoke guides to lead you through the mayhem
- Unlimited beer and sangria at San Vino, Zarautz, and Bulls campsite (10€/day)
Saturday 24th June: Barcelona
Check in to your central Barcelona hostel and meet the Stokies. Explore the city, hit the beach, bask in the nakedness, eat the tapas and drink all the sangria. Make sure to arrive early enough to jump on one of Stoke’s flagship boat parties. Rage on the Mediterranean while we cruise along Barcelona’s coastline. The unlimited drinks on board will properly prepare your night exploring Barcelona’s nightlife – we’ll provide free entry to the Mediterranean city’s famous beach clubs.
Sunday 25th June: Barcelona
Recovery mode with a hearty hostel breakfast, before discovering Barcelona on foot with a walking tour. See the sights and learn the secrets of this ancient city. Eat. Drink. Love life.
Monday 26th June: Barcelona
Why stop now? Spend the day seeing the sights not included on your walking tour. Visit some of our favourite bars. Sit on terraces in the sun drinking world-class Spanish wines. Head up to the Bunkers with your Stokie best friends to watch the sunset with uninterrupted 360˚ views of the greater Barcelona area, from the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees. Come and party again, we’ve got the hook-ups so you’d be crazy not to.
Tuesday 27th June: San Vino
Check out and jump on the bus — we’re going to wine country. Haro, our destination, is located in La Rioja, which is Spain, and maybe the world’s, number one red-wine making region. Arrive at the campsite and find your tents ready to rock and the BBQ preparation underway. Our San Vino parties are legendary and when our open bar closes you might want to head into town to get loose with the locals.
Wednesday 28th June: San Vino
At Stoke we have a tendency to drink whatever’s in front of us — and that’s a sound tactic every other day of the year — but today we’re going classy. The best winemakers in the region have supplied local vino for us to taste, and we’re going to pretend we know what we’re talking about while we drink as much as we can (and never spit out even one drop). And what would world-class wine be without cheese? Still world-class wine, but cheese is delicious so we’re going to make mice of ourselves and indulge. In the night we’ll go into the town square where bands and djs play all night, and the locals party with them. Can you last the distance? Tomorrow is a very big day, after all.
Thursday 29th June: San Vino
After an early hot breakfast, we head up to the vineyard on the hill where the wine fight takes place. This party is very straight forward, we throw wine on each other and the locals all morning, until we’re stained purple and we’re a little drunk again (it seems to get in through the skin). After the wine fight the locals BBQ local meats and snails (snails!) and eat cheese and drink more wine, before heading into town, where the locals throw themselves in front of young bulls just for fun. You’ll probably be asleep by now (that’s a challenge).
Friday 30th June: Zarautz
Through your purple-stained eyelids awake to a hot breakfast before jumping on the bus to Zarautz, on the other side of the mountains and by the sea, where the view will make your eyes weep and the beer is always cold (we have wine, too, if you still want wine, you purple little legends). Afternoon surf? 100% And our professional and professionally fun surf guides will make sure you get the lessons you need for your level, as well as guide you into the best waves. Boards and lessons are included in the price, and once you’ve filled your face with salt water and your hair with sand we’ll retreat back to the campsite for a kickass camp party.
Saturday 1st July: Zarautz
Rise with the sun coming over the Basque Pyrenees and check the surf. The morning wind still hasn’t come up, and the air is warm. Breakfast is consumed with talk of the day’s conditions and your guides are working out the best spot for you. Hit the beach with your lunch packed and settle in for a day of surfing, sunning and beach gaming, a day where your eyes will be assaulted by the naked and semi-naked sun worshippers in a positive and negative way. That night you can see the locals with clothes on when we head down into town to drink the local drinks and dance the local dances.
Sunday 2nd July: Zarautz
Surf’s up, again… So let’s hit the sand and shred. Or perhaps you want to go into San Sebastian and take selfies from all the vantage points and eat all the delicious tapas. Back at camp, after today’s session(s), we’ll retreat to the hillside where we can watch the sun dip her fiery toes into the Bay of Biscay. Millions of beers and sangrias optional and included (if you want to part with the €10 a day surcharge aka the best deal in the universe).
3rd – 5th July: Zarautz to Running of the Bulls
Surf, shred, sangria, San Sebastian, sunbake, swim, sloth, cider, cerveza, repeat.
Thursday 6th July: Running of the Bulls
Here we go. If you’re a mad-dog surf-frother extraordinaire you may want to sneak in a sunrise session before breakfast, because once we’re done chowing down we’ll be on the buses to Pamplona for the (in)famous San Fermin opening ceremony (don’t worry, no bulls yet – just sangria-soaked revelry). Once the Chupinazo is done.
Sunday 9th July: Pamplona
Leave BBK and sleep on the bus on your way to Pamplona. You won’t make this day’s bull run – don’t worry – but you will check into the Stoke Camp, get your unlimited beer and sangria wristband, have some unlimited beer and sangria, join the day’s runners in Stoke Travel’s own central Pamplona bar, check out the city’s sights, and join us for dinner, drinks and dancing at the Stoke Camp at the end of the day. Tomorrow’s a big one for you.
11th July: Pamplona
Up early and into town for the bull run. Whether you’re taking place or not, whether you’re morally opposed to it or not, you’ve got to check it out while you’re here. Our campsite buses will take you into town (for €5 return), and our guides will bring you to the bull run, if you’re in it for a thrill, or to the bullfight arena if you just want to see juvenile bulls take down drunks (nobody gets hurt except for the drunks and their ego). There are no bullfights until the evening, so don’t worry – you won’t see death unless you really want to. That night party at camp, again, or in town, or in your own pants.
12th – 14th July: BBK Live
Say goodbye to Pamplona and be ready to pile onto buses and burn down to Bilbao – Basque Country’s main city – where you’re going to cut loose at one of Europe’s best music festivals: Bilbao BBK Live. Your Stoke guide will help you set up camp and provide you with all your camping gear, and then it’s time to get down to the serious business of rocking out. Three wild nights of music and few inhibitions awaits, it’s music festival time.
15th July: Finale
That’s it, you and BBK are done… or are you? Want to return to the beach? Our buses will return you to the Zarautz surf camp. Want to get the hell out of there and never see our stinking faces again? Of course you don’t, by now you’re a Stokie through and through.
The home of Gaudi, Dali, the 1992 Olympics, FCB and the French Bulldog.
It’s a tourist Mecca. Thousands upon millions upon billions of sun-seeking, fun-loving revellers flock here every year and there’s a bloody good reason for it. It’s because Barcelona is awesome. It has a bit of everything, but still retains a small city vibe. The nightlife is nothing less than hectic and intense, the day life is a myriad of colours, sites, sounds, smells, street performers and sangria.
It’s a place you’ve just gotta see. And we’re pretty much experts… if we do say so ourselves… so we’ll show you Barcelona from the Stoke point of view.
Haro, La Rioja
La Rioja is the número uno wine making district of Spain, it has over 500 wineries and is only a short distance from Bilbao. If you’ve been lucky enough to find a bottle of La Rioja in your hands you’ll know what we’re talking about! La Batalla del Vino takes place on a hillside vineyard just outside the village of Haro, a walk up the hill from our campsite.
We stay 20 minutes outside of San Sebastian at a beautiful clifftop campsite overlooking the surf beach of Zarautz.
As far as surf goes, well we’re only a hop skip and a jump away from the finest surf beaches in Europe. And if National Geographic says we’re located in one of the World’s Top 20 Surf Towns, well who are we to dispute it!
Pais Vasco, Pays Basque, the Basque Country. The elbow of the French and Spanish Atlantic coastline is an area filled with culture and natural beauty. Home to Europe’s oldest language, it’s most sturdy people, and some of the most incredible vistas your eyes have ever had the pleasure of taking in.
. Our Bulls Camp is located within the grounds of Camping El Molino and is exclusively for the “cool kids” joining Stoke Travel’s Running of the Bulls Trip. Our Exclusive area is complete with kitchen, chill out area, hammocks, DJ booth and stage and Stoke’s infamous entertainment and Crew. Within the campsite grounds there’s also a swimming pool, wifi, laundry and other facilities.
COME FLY TO US…
Wherever you are in the world you can fly to Barcelona. Ryanair and Easyjet are budget favourites that fly to Barcelona regularly. Once you’re at the airport just hop on the Aerobus and it frops you off in the centre of Barcelona in just 30 minutes! One thing to remember is that Girona Airport which is sometimes the cheapest option is an hour by bus from downtown Barcelona.
CHOO CHOO TRAIN
BUSES ARE FOR LEGENDS
What should I bring?
Sunglasses and sunscreen as it gets pretty hot, a pillow and torch for your tent, goggles, condoms, a waterproof camera, swimmers to have a dip in the pool afterwards, old shoes that can be thrown out after the madness, and shampoo if you don’t want your hair stained red for the next month. Oh and don’t forget a towel.
What is the breakfast like?
Breakfast is bacony and eggy and delicious. Sometimes there’a pancake or two thrown in for good measure. Our chefs are pretty fricking good at food.
It 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 tents, so if you are in a group of three, one of you will be tented with a new friend of the same sex. Tents are allocated on arrival, so just let us know your preferences when you arrive. 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 to leave space for the hottie you’re going to meet at our campsite… You never know…
If we are camping does that mean we’ll be attacked by wild animals?
We serve unlimited alcohol at our camps. You, my friend, will be the wild animal.
Are these questions really the most frequently asked?
No, but if you have any specific questions you must email firstname.lastname@example.org – the guys in the office know absolutely everything about anything.
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