The famous Spanish festival of San Fermin

Today is the last day of the famous Spanish festival of San Fermin - a nine-day festival held since 1591. Tens of thousands of foreign visitors come to Pamplona each year for traditional runnings of the bulls and evening bullfight. Although Pamplona became world famous thanks to the local traditions associated with the runs and bullfights every year opposition from animal rights is becoming stronger. Therefore, parliament nearby Spanish province of Catalonia will soon hold elections - whether to hold bullfights in general. New restriction in Pamplona - no vuvuzelas! Sales noisy horns were banned, as the city is already too loud in this bright holiday. Collected here are photos of the San Fermin festival 2010.

Spanish matador Oliva Soto looks at the bull during a bullfight at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 9. (RAFA RIVAS / AFP / Getty Images)

The statue of Saint Fermin is carried in a procession in Pamplona July 7. (AP Photo / Ivan Aguinaga)

Participants of the festival hold traditional red scarves during the 'Chupinazo "- the official opening of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. (AP Photo / Alvaro Barrientos)

The participants of the San Fermin festival gathered in the square during the Chupinazo. (AP Photo / Victor R. Caivano)


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