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Terceira Island, Portugal
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Pamplona 200 days a year, only on Terceira Island Terceira  Portugal

Pamplona 200 days a year, only on Terceira Island

While Pamplona gets the world’s attention for a running of the bulls, there are corners of the world where the afición for the contest between human and beast lives on all summer. On Terceira, in the Azores, Portugal, 230+ traditional bullfights are held each year. And, on Terceira as in all of Portugal, the bull is never killed.

The people of Terceira hold "touradas à corda” every weekend– a unique running of the bulls, with the bull on a rope. The bull is let loose with a very long rope around its neck, usually at the main square in a village, or along the seafront. The bull is guided by several experienced, hefty men, keeping a tight grip at the rope. The idea is, that the courageous people will try to get as close to the bull as they dare. After the run, the bull is taken back to the wooden crate and an outdoor festival begins. An amazing and definetly fun tradition!