Santa Tecla – Tarragona

Just when you think it’s all over and you can start to wind down for the Autumn, along comes another fiesta! This time, it is the Santa Tecla in Tarragona, which  year runs for 10 or 11 days from mid September until 24th!

The Santa Tecla has all you could ever wish for in a fiesta! It has firecrackers and correfocs, dragons and devils, live music, dancing exhibitions,  fantastic mythical beasts, colourful processions, giants and big-heads, human castles and  walking pillars; performed to a  background of the rhythmic sound of drums or the distinctive Catalan “gralla” and all sustained by a variety of gastronomic events or tapas in the snack tavern.

Unless you are a die-hard fiesta addict with a constitution of an ox it will be almost impossible to attend every single event.   Do try though, to get there on the 15th (first Sunday of the fiesta) which is the  “Day of the Human Towers” and is the most popular day to watch a performance of the Castellers – though there are others throughout the week.

Friday 20th to Monday 23rd are the days to go to see the best of the parades and correfoc. Plan  a siesta into your day because some activities go on way into the night!
I can’t explain the Santa Tecla any better than the lively day by day accounts of last year’s Santa Tecla on the Tarragona Blog for a hint of the atmosphere and fun you will enjoy.

Here is the shortened version of the  programme for the 2013 Santa Tecla in Castellano, French and English, and below a few photos from previous years to whet your appetite! (click here for the full version of the programme in Catalan)

One of the many processions

One of the many processions

There's a dragon on the loose!

There’s a dragon on the loose!

Tarragona decorated for the Santa Tecla

Tarragona decorated for the Santa Tecla

Below is the Vibria. A strange creature who is a composite of woman, eagle, snake and bat!

The Vibria

The Vibria

Sin and virtue

Sin and virtue

There are some heart-stopping moments as the towers grow!

Castellers - a Human Tower

Castellers – a Human Tower

Check out the official Santa Tecla website, for this years Programme and more information about this entertaining festival.

 

 

 

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