Tripadvisor Winner 2016

27 May 2016

Tripadvisor recognizes the guides with a certificate of excellence

TripAdvisor has given recognition to the work behind the guides with a 2016 certificate of excellence and places them in first position for guides on Pamplona exteriors. This certificate is awarded when positive opinion feedbacks are given by clients on this platform. Up to now we have accumulated 107 positive opinions and all of them have placed the service as Excellent or Very Good. This service is developed by Destino Navarra and its staff who have been collaborating with for the past eight years. This collaboration lead to the first-ever creation of an online platform for the renting of balconies to watch the Running of the Bulls and for tourist packages for Sanfermin fiestas and which has been working successfully now for some years.

The work of Mikel Ollo and his staff has been highly praised by many of his clients and this award only serves to confirm the appreciation of these visitors who use the Tripadvisor platform. This is perhaps the most objective gatherer of opinions in this field, alongside the Google reviews. These positive reviews not only has repercussions on the service offered in Sanfermin, but also on the visits to Pamplona at other times of the year and also the organized trips to place like Ujué or las Bardenas which are offered by Destino Navarra.

Currently, the balcony bookings for Sanfermin 2016 in order to watch the Running of the Bulls which are made through are greater than ever this year and there are some days, such as the 13th of July where no free places remain. For the sixth of July, opening of the fiestas, only four places remain that allow a good view of the opening event in front of City Hall.

Mikel Ollo, CEO of Destino Navarra, expressed his thanks this morning for the positive opinions received about his tourist service:

Camiseta de Kukuxumusu para Sanfermin 2016 homenaje a "Curioso", el toro rebelde que no quiso correr el encierro

26 May 2016

T-shirt homage to “Curioso”, the rebel bull that rebelled against its destiny

There is not long to go now before the start of Sanfermin and we have decided to warm up for the great event with this new T-shirt which serves as a taste of what is to come within a short month or so. At the same time, we wish to pay homage to the bull “Curioso”, the rebel bull that rebelled against its destiny and refused to take part in the Running of the Bulls.


This T-shirt is our own singular homage to “Curioso”, the rebel bull that did not wish to take part in the Running of the Bulls and, at the same time, we dedicate the drawing to all those rebels in life who keep their curiosity open and who refuse to follow the flock like sheep and who will always be ready to fight against an injustice. Muuu! Muuu!

In two weeks time, the complete new Sanfermin 2016 T-shirt collection will be available and on the market, with lots more drawings and lots more stories.

Manuel Corera. Feria del Toro 2016.

29 April 2016

Pío Guerendiáin, author of the Sanfermin Feria del Toro de 2016 Poster

The entity responsible for organizing the Sanfermin Bullfighting Week – the Casa de Misericordia de Pamplona – commissioned Pio Guerendiáin to create the official poster for this year’s Feria del Toro de 2016. The poster is based on a photographic image taken from the corner of Estafeta where Guerendiáin used to own a small store. The typography has been made by architect, Fernando Redón, one of the creators of the first official Feria del Toro poster which had an image of the Running of the Bulls on the streets.

Guerendiáin is a well-known photographer from Navarra with a wide portfolio and one who has received international recognition in different fields. He is especially remembered for his photographic work in the Sanfermin Running of the Bulls where he used to take photos from behind a flap which was cut out on the wooden protection sheets that covered the windows of his store. The image that he has used for the poster comes from a larger photo taken on the 12th of July, 2012.

Pio Guerendiáin. 12 de julio de 2012. La Curva

Pio Guerendiáin. 12 de julio de 2012. La Curva

In the image of the poster we can appreciate the grain-type coming from the ISO sensitivity 3200 of the snapshot and the maneuver of the artist with the diaphragm (5.6) so as to maintain the greater part of the photo focused (depth of scope) without losing the speed that was necessary to capture the bulls under the awkward lighting conditions.

After the presentation to the press, Pío Guerendiáin complied with the tradition of sticking up the poster to announce the Bullfight Week in the Bar Miami in Pamplona, located in San Fermín Street. Here too, Pío met Paloma, the new owner of this establishment, as well as Manuel Sagüés, the bullfighting critic from the Diario de Noticias newspaper.

Paloma, del Bar Miami, y Pío Guerendiáin.

Paloma, del Bar Miami, y Pío Guerendiáin.

To see some of the photographic work of Pío Guerendiáin taken from behind his “wooden flap” you can find it in this article from and also appreciate some of the best images of the bullrunning taken at this corner.

Pio Guerendiain / Fernando Redón. Faria del Toro de Sanfermin 2016

Pio Guerendiain / Fernando Redón. Faria del Toro de Sanfermin 2016

Álvaro Barrientos. Sanfermin 2015. Gold Medal Culture XII China International Press Photo Contest.

25 April 2016

Alvaro Barrientos gets a gold medal at the China Press Photo for a snapshot of the young heifers in San Fermin

This young heifer which leaped into the bullring on the morning of the 8th of July would never have imagined that it would feature as one of the most awarded photos of 2015. And now Álvaro Barrientos has been awarded the gold medal at the XII China International Press Photo Contest (CHIPP) for this shot of the young heifer leaping out of the pen and into the arena. This award has been given by one of the most prestigious photo competitions in the world organized by photo-journalists from China for photographers from all over the world. The jury felt that this photo from Álvaro Barrientos possesses all the technical and artistic qualities to be given the gold medal within the category of Culture, Science and Technology.

The snapshot was taken from the right side of the fencing within the Bullring, just beside the gate of the pens. In the image we can see another photographer, Joseba Etxaburu, who is crouched down beside some of the runners in the arena. This photographer who is taking the photo at that very same moment was also awarded for his snapshot by the Reuters Agency, who considered it as one of the photos of the year, as was reported by at the time.

© REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu. 8 julio 2015.

© REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu. 8 julio 2015.

In this other image taken by the great Carlos Mediavilla Arandigoyen, we can appreciate how both Álvaro Barientos (holding a camera on the right) as well as Joseba Etxaburu (on the opposite side with a red flak jacket) and we don’t know what might have happened if our man Carlos had also entered in these two competitions…

@ Carlos Mediavilla Arandigoyen.

@ Carlos Mediavilla Arandigoyen.

This is the first time, as far as we know, that the very same incident from a Sanfermin event receives two important recognitions from two different awards. This photography competition is not unknown to us as one of our colleagues, Jordi Cohen, was awarded second prize in 2010, within the category of Sports. China is a country which is now demanding a lot of information about the Sanfermin fiestas, and this is also shown by the recognition given to Pedro Armestre for his famous image of Estafeta Street from the HPA in 2015. Another expert photographer of the Sanfermines, Daniel Ochoa de Olza, was given the gold medal in the category of collections (series) about his work in the Greek crisis of last year.

Furthermore, our tourist service for renting hotels and balconies in Sanfermin run by Mikel Ollo, informs us that Chinese travelers has doubled their bookings over the past five years and they are expressing a high interest and curiosity to learn more about our traditions and culture.

Fotografía de Pedro Armestre en la publicación anual de  Humanity Photo Awards.

Fotografía de Pedro Armestre en la publicación anual de Humanity Photo Awards.