Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Travel Talk; Festival Not for the Faint Hearted and That's No Bull

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Travel Talk; Festival Not for the Faint Hearted and That's No Bull

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Byline: ANDREW MOLONEY

AS you read this the annual San Fermin Festival (better known as The Running Of The Bulls) will be drawing to its annual conclusion in Pamplona Spain.

The Running of The Bulls is a week-long festival held to celebrate the martyrdom of one of the local patron saints, Saint Fermin, who as folklore would have it was killed by being dragged through the streets of Pamplona by bulls in the 4th century. He would be happy to know that his sacrifice was not in vain as what the festival in his honour does for the local economy each year is enormous.

Locals have been running with the bulls since the 18th century to celebrate his memory, but in the decades since Ernest Hemmingway wrote his classic novel The Sun Also Rises, which has the Pamplona Festival as its central backdrop, it has become increasingly popular with tourists from all over the world.

San Fermin has long been a favourite of tour operators like Contiki and Top Deck who run special departures every year and offer accommodation outside of town in camp grounds. …

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