In a catholic country such as Catalonia, every village has one or more patron saints. On saints days each village celebrates its local festival, or party, which can go on for several days. Parades of giant modelled figures and gigantic heads, accompanied in particular by memorable mythological figures, spewing thunder and fireworks, form part of the programme. This is aside from the usual concerts and array of performances, such as the ‘Sardana’, Catalonia’s national dance; and the ‘castellers’, those acrobatic human towers.
It will assuredly be an interesting and unforgettable experience to come and get caught up with the villagers in one of these local festivals. Perhaps you might even take part in them and have a front (or second) row view of these very special and popular fireworks processions.
The best occasions for a lively visit to these festivals are the following:
-23rd. April, Saint George’s day. Day of books and roses, across all Catalonia.
-29th. May-2nd. June, ‘La Patum’ festival in Berga, designated UNESCO World heritage event.
-22nd., devils get-together in Sant Quintí de Mediona, a meeting of various fire groups, from Catalonia’s local festivals.
23rd. June, in every town and village across Catalonia, Summer Solstice bonfire, fireworks and street fire-parades festival.
-From June to September, the ‘Fiestas Majors’ or festival parties, in honour of each local patron saint, in almost every village across Catalonia. In Barcelona on 24th. September.
Do please ask me about these dates, the distances and trip duration, as well as organising an excursion to attend one of these popular festivals.
Half or full-day return outing, by car, bus or minibus, with pick-up and drop-off from/ to your accommodation in Barcelona. A tour on foot for the Barcelona festival.