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European Balloon FestivalMain events 2017, Family activities
07/06/2017 - 07/09/2017

Get a new view of Catalonia as the sky above the town of Igualada fills with hot air balloons during the four days of this annual event. It's the largest of its kind in Spain and one of the biggest balloon gatherings in Europe; thousands of spectators come to see the more than 50 balloons that arrive from around the world. However, they're not just there to be admired; there's also a competitive part, one of which includes balloons taking off from various points across Igualada, and another that sees them start at a given place just outside town with the aim of landing on a specific point. Flights happen around 7.30am and 8pm, when the weather is best suited to balloons. In between there are many family activities such as bike courses, soccer, sumo and juggling workshop, as well as a display of 'wind igloos', which are old balloons used as temporary structures for concerts, swimming pools and social events. On Saturday evening, the Night Glow event sees the balloons filled with light and a firework display.

"A true spectacle where aerostatic balloons from all over the world fill the skies above Igualada. In the evening you can enjoy Night Glow when the balloons are lit up and a festival of music and fireworks puts the cherry on the cake."

If you want to actively participate in the festival by going up in a balloon, book a place at: Globus Kon-Tiki

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