WHERE: Montblanc, Spain
WHEN: from 21 April to 01 May 2023
During Middle Ages, outside the walls of Montblanc, Sant Jordi killed a dangerous dragon, saving the princess and the city.
Where the dragon’s blood was spilled, red roses grow today.
One of the most exciting events of the Catalan spring originates from this ancient legend: the Setmana Medieval. In 1987, the first representation of that event took place at the Plaza Mayor. Since then, the party has expanded, obtaining a following of not indifferent fans. And also numerous awards.
Despite its success, Montblanc Medieval Week has managed to retain its popular character, remaining rooted in its roots and tradition.
The event takes place every year during the two weekends during which the anniversary of the Patron Saint, the 23 April falls. The Setmana Santa program is really rich. Among the unmissable events, the representation of the legend of Saint Jordi, and the splendid Medieval Market.
We are sure you will not be disappointed by this fantastic review. Seeing is believing.
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The best way to reach Montblanc is from Barcelona. The latter is well connected to the main European and extra-European destinations, with direct flights. El Prat e Girona they are the two international airports that serve the city.
Montblanc can be reached by train from Barcelona Sants. The R.EXPRESS train connects the two cities in about two hours. Alternatively, you can stop at Lleida and, from here, continue towards Montblanc; the travel time is, however, about two hours.
Another solution to get there is the car. You might consider renting one directly at the airport.
Here are the main events scheduled for the 36 edition of the Setmana Medieval
DRACUM NOCTE. The forces of evil arrive with witches and other characters invoking the dragon. Show with 100 actors. Friday 21/04, in Plaça de Sant Francesc, at 22:00.
THE LEGEND OF SAINT JORDI. The fantastic representation of the legend of Sant Jordi and the dragon. A fantastic show of light and music at Passeig Joan Martí i Alanis (El Foradot). Saturday 23/04 at 21:00 and at 23:00. The ticket costs €20 for adults and €5 for children aged 5 to 12.
MEDIEVAL MARKET. Along the streets and historical squares of the city, there will be over 130 stalls with interesting local craft products. Only on Saturday and Sunday. The 22, 23, 29 and 30 April, from the 10:00 to the 20:00.
DELIVERY OF THE ROSE. San Jordi will deliver the Rose to the princess, between dances and shows, on the 23/04. Appointment at 18:00 at Passeig Joan Martí i Alanis (El Foradot).
Other interesting events are the wine tastings (Vins i Cave), on Sundays in Plaza de St. Mary, from 10:00. The Royal Dinner, in full medieval style, on Friday 28, at the Church of San Francesc, at 21:00. On Saturday 29 April, there will be the suggestive Medieval Night Tournament, at Fossar de la Muralla in Santa Tecla. Two shows, at 9pm and 11pm, with skill and dexterity tests. This is one of the few paid shows (adults 15€, reduced 5€).
To be able to find one accommodation in the city, during Montblanc Medieval Week, you have to book well in advance.
The offer, in this period, is rather limited. Close to the event, it is practically unlikely to find available rooms.
Better, therefore, opt for alternative solutions. A few kilometers from here, Mas de Caret Agroturisme it represents more than an alternative. The guest house offers rooms with a balcony overlooking the surrounding countryside and a private bathroom with a shower. Excellent value for money. Book your room at the best price, from this link.
Alberg Jaume is the best economic solution, in Espluga de Francolí, about 6 km from Montblanc, in an area particularly renowned for trekking. The property offers double rooms with shared bathrooms, less than €30 per night.
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