Castells de Sant Fèlix de VilafrancaMain Events 2018, 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.
This year, four of Catalonia's leading casteller groups take part, including the local Castellers de Vilafranca, the Colla Vella dels Xiquets and the Colla Joves Xiquets, both from the nearby town of Valls (another keen casteller place), and the Minyons of Terrassa. 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. Cue thunderous applause.
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