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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, from the 29th August to the 2nd September, which commemorates the town's patron Sant Fèlix.
The casteller groups that have more participated in the San Félix Day, August 30, have been els Xiquets de Valls (currently, the Colla Vella and the Colla Joves), the Castellers de Vilafranca and the Minyons de Terrassa. Even so, also has participated els Nens del Vendrell, Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona, els Xicots de Vilafranca, among others. 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.
Prepare to set sail. Well, to at least imagine yourself setting sail on one of the magnificent vessels on display at this year's Barcelona Boat Show, which celebrates its 61st edition this year. This edition sees the city's Port Vell fill up with the latest yachts, speedboats and catamarans for potential buyers to peruse, and the interested to ogle.
The fair will concentrate, at the Moll de la Fusta, the Innovation Dock, a space for start-ups where the new proposals in the field of digitization and environmentally friendly boating will be displayed environment, and electric, hybrid and hydrogen boats can be admired.
All the principal makers of sporting and leisure boats are represented, with hundreds of gleaming crafts on show, alongside numerous stands where you can try the latest technological advances in the sector along with the newest must-have accessories and equipment.
Watch video 2021's edition.
The Gastronomy Festival is celebrating this year a new edition. A major festival on the Plaça de Catalunya to discover and enjoy local tapas and dishes with sustainability and food reuse as main axes.
Feel the asphalt beneath your feet and relish the sense of achievement of crossing the finishing line and maybe even beating your personal best by taking part in one of Barcelona's most prestigious sporting challenges.
With 99 editions under its belt, the Jean Bouin (named after the eponymous French long-distance runner who took part in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics and beat various world records; he was killed in the First World War) has earned the honour of becoming the oldest running race in Barcelona.
The event, which is deeply rooted in the city's sporting culture, attracts all kinds of top-level runners every year, with over 11,000 people taking part in the two Open events (5km and 10km) and 2,000 entrants in the youth categories. The Jean Bouin is organised by Mundo Deportivo, Spain's oldest sports newspaper and one that belongs to the Grupo Godó, Catalonia's leading communications group.
Event finished (19-21/5)The 17th edition of the Barcelona's Modernist Fair will take place on May 19th, 20th and 21st. This year, it is dedicated to the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, on the 100 anniversary of his death. A virtual leap into the Barcelona of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to stroll and enjoy a unique architectural and cultural heritage in the world.
Discover the daily life of the neighbors and businesses of a city that grew thanks to an artistic movement that shaped the landscape and personality of Barcelona and turned it into the world capital of Modernism.
Where: Bruc street, between Diagonal avenue and Consell de Cent street.
Dates 2024 not yet confirmedThe festival of the Gràcia district is one of the most celebrated festivals during August in Barcelona. It is a popular festival that lasts for several days, with a wide range of activities, such as concerts, workshops and shows. The highlight of the festival is the traditional competition when streets are decorated and compete to achieve first place.
Besides the decorated streets, at the squares you have the option to hear live music, dance and taste typical gastronomy of the city.
Dates 2023 not yet confirmedBarcelona Dibuixa is a day-long event during which both well-known and emerging artists, illustrators, architects and designers hold fun workshops, at no charge, for everyone wishing to experience the world of drawing, in a free and spontaneous way.
This year, the festival is part of the events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Picasso's death and the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona.
The streets of Barcelona welcome Christmas with light and colour. From November, the Christmas spirit will light up until January. The motifs of the lighting are different and varied: you will find traditional lights and also highly innovative compositions which invite you to experience and enjoy what the city is planning for these festivities.
This year's eagerly awaited Christmas lights ceremony will take place on the central Passeig de Gràcia, celebrating the bicentennial of this iconic modernist artery of the city.
Discover Benvinguts a Pagès, an exciting proposition that allows you to explore the richness of Catalan agriculture throughout the year. This initiative offers the opportunity to visit local agri-food and fisheries operations, even with the possibility of participating in experiential workshops. Whether you're a food enthusiast, a family in search of unique experiences, or just a curious young, Benvinguts a Pagès has something for you. Plus, don't miss La Festa, which takes place from September 30th to October 1st, where you can dive even deeper into authentic Catalan culinary culture.
This sporting event combining swimming, cycling and running is undoubtedly on the rise and becoming a trend among those who are looking for a more varied exercise that provides more than just one single sport. It is no surprise that the Barcelona Triathlon attracts thousands of people to its waterfront every year.
With four distances and modalities available, participants can choose between supersprint, sprint, elite short, aquathlon and olympic, taking part as individuals, in couples (both should finish the race together) or as a relay team for olympic and sprint (with two of more members sharing the effort).
This year, in addition, the Barcelona Triathlon adapts the circuit for the youngest with the Junior Challenge, for boys and girls between 12 and 17 years old.Watch a video
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