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Castells de Sant Fèlix de VilafrancaMain events 2017, Popular festivals

Of all the memorable Catalan traditions, which include 'fire runs' and dancing 'giants', it's arguably the human towers that have the most impact on those watching them. To enjoy a true festival of these "castells", head to Vilafranca de Penedès for its annual festa major at the end of August, which commemorates the town's patron Sant Fèlix. Some of Catalonia's leading "casteller" groups, including the local Castellers de Vilafranca, take part, showing off their amazing skills. Each human tower is an exemplary example of team work, from the crowd forming the supporting "pinya" at the bottom via the columns formed as each level rises and culminating with the youngest members of the crew scampering right to the very top to crown the construction, which is officially completed once the smallest of all (l'enxaneta) raises his or her hand. Last year's event made history with the execution of four towers of 10 levels each, two of which were, to the particular joy of those watching, by the town's castellers.

"One of the Catalan traditions that had the greatest visual impact on me. Working in teams, groups of castellers build human towers until the structure is solid enough for a small child to climb right to the top. If you really want to enjoy castellers, a visit to Vilafranca del Penedès on this day is a great choice."

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