Every July, Pamplona hosts the world famous San Fermin festival, otherwise known as the running of the bulls.
At 8am in the morning, a rocket is shot signalling the start of the run and six bulls are let loose to gallop down the closed off streets of the city. In front of them, locals and tourists alike run ahead, trying to get as close to the bulls as possible without getting hurt. Participants carry nothing to defend themselves so injury is a real possibility and although rare, there have been several deaths over recent years.
The party starts at 11pm the night before with the debauchery continuing through the night until the rocket sounds the next morning. The whole experience is chaotic, crazy, uncomfortable at times and definitely unique. There is of course much controversy around the festival, with animal rights campaigners pushing for the tradition to be banned. However, it is difficult not to be captivated by the sense of camaraderie and machismo on show, or to resist embracing the celebrations which go on through the night. Whatever your stance, it is an event which has put Pamplona on the map and continues to attract thrill-seekers and party-goers from around the world.