Each year in July, television viewers all over the world tune in to their news programmes to see a herd of bulls being released in a place in Spain, as young and not-so-young men risk life and limb by running in front of them. This takes place in the city of Pamplona in northeastern Spain, close to Spain's border with France. Pamplona has a long history, dating from a Roman settlement in the area. It has, through the centuries, been under Germanic, Visigoth, Frankish and Arab rule, before finally returning to Spain control in 1512, when a new castle was built and Pamplona became a garrison town and the first Spanish city pilgrims passed through on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Today, the city has a thriving industrial sector based around manufacturing, particularly the automotive industry; Volkswagen has a large site there. Pamplona has an oceanic climate influenced by its proximity to the Mediterranean, and has hot, dry summers. For car hire in Pamplona look at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.