WHERE: Tarragona, Spain.
WHEN: 11 – 24 September 2023
For the inhabitants, Santa Tecla of Tarragona is the party par excellence. An event expected throughout the year, whose roots date back to the 14th century! It was, in fact, the distant 1321 when the relic of the arm of the Patron Saint returned from Armenia.
Every year, the 23 September, celebrations occur throughout Catalonia, in honor of the Saint. Party that lasts well beyond the single day.
Just in Tarragona the party reaches its maximum expression, thanks to a strong tradition that binds the Saint to the city.
In 2002, Santa Tecla of Tarragona has been declared a manifestation of Tourist Interest by the Government; in the 2010, Patrimonial Feast of National Interest, by the Generalitat.
Today, for over a week, inhabitants and visitors invade the streets of the city, for “Les Festas”. Ten days, between traditional parades, dances and dances, exhibitions, lots of gastronomy, bonfires and fireworks.
The central event is the Popular parade, with dances and dances to the sound of traditional and popular music. An appointment not to be missed is the correfoc, with which the party ends, with devils and dragons holding burning torches. Another key moment is the exhibition of the castellers, or human castles.
This is also the right occasion to attend the Diables de Tarragona, and the fantastic ritual of the Dance of the Devils. And of course, be able to visit the beautiful city along the Costa Daurada.
Tarragona is easily accessible by train, and car, from nearby Barcelona, which is less than 100 km.
The city is also served by Reus international airport, at about 10 km. The airport is well connected to various European destinations.
For the center of Tarragona, one moves only on foot.
La Crida i la Nit inaugural marks the official start of the Feast of Santa Tecla of Tarragona, with its fireworks show. Saturday afternoon, performances, shows and even children’s shows at the Plaza de la Fuente.
14/09. Diada Castellera. We dance and dance in front of the most important “castelleres” schools of Catalonia and two most important groups in the city.
22/09. La Víspera, it is the day of the Vigil, between dances and representations, including the mysteries of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Throughout the night, during the Vervena, performances, dances and dinners until dawn, with the departure of the dulzaineros and drummers.
23/09. Diada de Santa Tecla, or the Day of the Holy Tecla. Not to be missed, the spectacular procession of the Popular Procession, in the afternoon, with the relics of Santa Tecla, up to the doors of the Cathedral. At night, a magnificent fireworks display awaits you at Punta del Milagro.
24/09. Goods. The Castellers take to the stage at noon, climbing and descending the steps of the Duomo stairway. The night, the expected spectacle of Correfoc, closes the party.
It occupies a special part during the Feast of Saint Tecla of Tarragona. Throughout the period, a Plaça Verdaguer, awaits you Teclatapa, a large space dedicated to those who want make a quick meal.
A Plaça de la Font, a gigantic gypsy arm, created by the Gremi des Pastissers.
The 21 and 23 days, on the other hand, at noon in Plaça de les Cols, music and gastronomy for an excellent atmosphere.
Spinach with snails, they are the traditional dish to be savored. Mamadeta, the typical drink, refreshing and with a sour taste.
Pigal is one of the best solutions for value for money, to stay in Tarragona. With free high-speed WiFi in all areas, the Pigal is located in central Tarragona, just 100 meters from the Palau Firal i de Congressos de Tarragona and 5 minutes walk from Tarragona train station.
Bright and heated, rooms include a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is served in the dining area.
In 10 minutes walk you can reach the old town, the bus station and the beach of Tarragona.
Private parking is available, and the PortAventura theme park, 15 minutes away by car, is available. Info and reservations from here.
*All information contained herein is for informational purposes only. For official times and dates it is always preferable to consult the official website of the organization.
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