Overview of the summer holidays and festivals in Catalonia
Spain is a country of fiestas, many of which are known and loved around the world. While Catalonia, along with the Canary Islands, is the most popular destination for Russian tourists. And as the season peak travel occurs in summer, we decided to present to our readers all the most interesting and colorful events that are celebrated in the summer months the Catalans.
When: June 12.
Where: Barraca de Salvador, the Ebro Delta Ebro Delta/Tarragona).
The popular festival, which is the most traditional method, by hand, planted rice. Festival participants dressed in folk costumes. Everyone is welcome to participate and learn how to plant rice. By the way, a real paella made with only the Spanish rice!
When: June 12.
Where: Rambla Prim, 64/70, Barcelona.
When: June 16-18.
Day program – Museum of contemporary art of Barcelona and the Centre for contemporary culture on the square of the angels, 1. Night program – “Fira Gran Via” (Avenue Botany, 62), El Auditori de Barcelona (Lepante neighborhood street, 150), Greek theatre (Passeig de Santa Madrona, 36), as well as the concert hall of the Museum CosmoCaixa (St Isaac Newton, 26). One of the largest in Europe and the world-famous festival of advanced music “Sonar”. Held since 1994, as participants act as the famous and young musicians, DJs, electronic, experimental and instrumental music. It is noteworthy that in 2011, along with the regulars of the event, were presented two Russian electronic project.
When: 17 and 18 June.
Where: Pobla de Segur (La Pobla de Segur/Lleida)
One of the most colorful and happy holidays. Rural youth with lit logs coming down the mountain at night and have fun. At the foot of the descent, they were met with residents Pobla de Segur with flowers and sweets: traditional pie and Coca wine. Then there is the ceremonial offering of flowers to the local patroness, the virgin Mary Libereyskoy (Virgen de Ribera), and after honoring the Holy all go to the square, where a giant bonfire fueled, around which dance local dances. This tradition originated in the 50-ies, when Pobla de Segur was a tourist and economic center of the Pyrenees. The name itself comes from the Latin Fax – torch. The fire, according to an old Spanish legend, clears space and human souls from the negative light and gives strength and luck.
When: June 23-26.
Where: Barcelona, the garden of the Museum Frederic Mares (from 10.00 to 22.00) (Plaza de Sant lu, 5/Barcelona).
This event is one of the most popular and widespread among the inhabitants of Barcelona. During the feast of corpus Christi residents with children and tourists come to see the dancing egg on the jets of the fountain. This tradition is rooted in the distant past of the 17th century, because its history has not survived to our days. According to one theory, the dance of the egg symbolizes the end of spring and celebrates the sacrament of fertilization and survival. while the other symbolizes the Holy communion.
When: June 26.
Where: city’ametlla de Mar Ametlla de Mar/Tarragona), Tossa de Mar (Tossa de Mar/Girona).
Residents Acmella de Mar are divided into five groups, and during the night put a colorful mosaic of natural flowers, grass, coffee grounds, etc. Long 1 km through the streets of the town. It’s kind of a handmade gift to the local patron Saint San Pedro, the patron of all fishermen, in order to enlist his support and good luck in taking these sort of risks as a fishing business. Each year in a designated feast day of the icon of the Saint is carried through the streets’ametlla de Mar. In solemn procession seek to share not only the fishermen and their families, but all the inhabitants of the town. Thus honoring the patron Saint.
When: June 26.
Where: city of Sitges.
It is a celebration of the Holy communion of the body of Christ. Was established by Thomas Aquinas as much in 1264 Sitges has long been a day of celebration of Corpus Christi in the city squares exhibitions of flowers. At them to admire masterpieces by local gardeners, attracts thousands of people from all over Catalonia. The streets of the Central part of the city is laid out mosaic of flowers. The jury, which includes the best florists Sitges, determine the winner. “The number one florist” gets a prize of three thousand euros or a two-week trip to any country of Europe.
When: 1-9 July.
Where: city of Tarragona, Platja del Miracle (Tarragona).
The competition involved about ten pyrotechnic companies from different countries. The winner, in addition to the award, is entitled to ignite the “fire castle” during the celebration of St. Thecla – 23 September. Salutes spend on the coast, and you can see them in many parts of the city.
When: 1 -31 July.
Where: city of Igualada (Igualada).
Memorable experience: bright balloons from around the world fill the sky over the Catalan town of Igualada. Those wishing to admire the events going about 25 thousand people!
When: July 2.
Where: city of Tossa de Mar, Carrer dels Socors (Tossa de Mar/Girona).
Everybody dance! Local traditional dance that is performed in memory of the popular legend of the middle Ages: the Devil stole the local child and wanted to hide with him, but the Saviour of the mother of God pursued him through the streets and rescued the baby. Because Sardanas similar to running at a gallop.
When: 8-10 July.
Where: Fira de Barcelona.
In addition to the main event – the parade of 10,000 motorcycles with flags and complete a stunning outfit on the streets of Barcelona, hosts a number of concerts and shows, as well as an exhibition of vintage H-D times Franco.
When: 14 – 17 July.
Where: Benicàssim, Valencia.
Mandatory place of annual meetings for lovers of good music. Among the last guests of the festival were marked by Portishead, Arcade Fire, The Stokes, Primal Scream, Julieta Venegas and others.
When: 22-27 July.
Where: city of Blanes, Roca de la Palomera.
Involved with a dozen professional pyrotechnic teams from around the world. An unforgettable sight!
When: July 21-24.
Where: city of Tortosa (Tortosa/Tarragona).
The provincial town is transformed into a city of the 16th century. More than 500 actors, 3 thousands of citizens dressed in costumes of the era. The streets and squares filled with numerous shops and taverns. Tortosa is immersed in the music and the fun and bright colors create a festive special atmosphere.
When: 23-24 July.
Where: Berga (Berga/Barcelona).
In this festival the locals from their balconies pour water riders, riding through the streets on horseback. Then celebrated typical for the region of the Alt Bergueda wedding, which ends with dancing in the square of Sant Joan. Everyone can consider yourself invited!
When: July 24.
Where: Lloret de Mar (Lloret de Mar/Girona).
The Fiesta starts with the traditional religious procession from the parish Church to the beach of Santa Cristina. It should be noted that this procession repeatedly rehearsed. But still, the most colorful is the subsequent withdrawal of the fishing boats in the sea.
When: 13-20 August.
Where: San Sebastian (San Sebastian/Donoosti).
Despite the fact that the event occurs outside of Catalonia, in the neighbouring Basque country, not to mention it wouldn’t be fair. This is one of the most important pyrotechnic events in Europe. Held as part of the Big Week (Semana Grande – week main local fiestas). In addition to the festival every day there are concerts, fairs, regattas and parties on the street.
When: August 25.
Where: city of buñol, Valencia.
Tomatina – known Fiesta tomato fights, for which to date attracts dozens of trucks full of ripe tomatoes. Passes with fireworks, music, dancing and free refreshments. The culmination of the festival – tomato fight, held by tradition in the town square. It is attended by up to 30 thousand people, among which can be found in addition to the indigenous inhabitants of people from different parts of Spain and many countries of Europe.