The first place to go when you arrive in Pamplona is Plaza del Castillo, the main square in Old Town and the real heart not just of the city, but of the festival itself. Although the Plaza is the center of the chaos and revelry of San Fermín, all of the roads leading out of the square become equally impassable due to the size of the crowds celebrating in the streets.
A large stage occupies part of the Plaza during the nine days of the festival, and is used for concerts throughout the week. At night, the bars that line the square are packed inside and out with revelers dancing to Spanish pop music. Be aware that drinks in this part of town are quite expensive, so you may want to purchase your beverages a bit off the beaten path. Either way, remember that your search for a party during San Fermín begins at Plaza del Castillo.
While the Plaza may be the focal point of Old Town during the festival, partying breaks out just about everywhere, so be sure to see what the rest of Old Town has to offer. Many of the bars and clubs stay open for the entire week, especially on Jarauta street, where Pamplona’s peñas (social organizations) organize parties throughout the week. Other “party streets” include Calle San Nicolas and Navarrería, where fountain jumping and other assorted rowdiness take place. And if you check out the area near the bullring just a bit outside of Old Town, you’ll find outdoor clubs that, while still crowded, provide a little more space to dance. Don’t limit your experience to just one part of Old Town – wander around and explore what’s happening on other streets as well.
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