Hotel Royal Tarraco

Address: Sant Auguri 5, Tarragona, Costa Dorada, Catalonia, 43002, Spain and Canary Islands | 4 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Tarragona

XXV Concurs de Castells - day 2

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Oct 04, 2014

181 photos

... of each castell, reinforcing the community spirit and the inclusiveness that is so much a feature of castells.

With 18 teams to introduce, all of whom needed to find their allotted areas and get themselves ready, with faixas to put on and the orientation and location of the key castellers to work out, the entrance took quite a while and the excitement and noise built up quickly. It looked like we were in for an excellent day.

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Baixa de la Cucafera

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 20, 2013

78 photos

... the band accompanying the monster struck up the familiar opening chords. The descent, despite her girth was stately and elegant. La Cucafera's jaws were tied up, of course but she was able to dance and rear and when she got to the bottom the princess jumped off, untied her bindings and then addressed the crowd to presumably relate the story they all knew so well - she didn't have amplification and was facing away from us but it's a fair bet.

Then with ...

The Baixada de l'Aliga

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 21, 2012

56 photos

... and some adults.

Our backpack was filled with goodies which we did whilst stepping back out onto the balcony to watch the Arrencada dels Gegants, with numerous bands, giants, nans and others passing beneath us in a carnival atmosphere. The Hotel Placa de la Font is a favourite of ours, not least for the superb views that you can get of some of the events of Santa Tecla.

With a short while to wait before the return of the parade and the ...

An early night? Don't even think about it.

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 21, 2011

35 photos

... can, because it's only about 9 o'clock and there is much more to do. It seemed absurdly early but even last year when we walked towards the cathedral at 10 p.m. we couldn't get on to the square, so as we'd made our preparations earlier and had backpacks full of food and drink, that was where we went. We weren't the first, and on Carrer Major there were already crowds waiting for a Pilar Caminant (a mobile castellers tower) that was coming down the cathedral steps as we arrived, ...

More Santa Tecla

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 19, 2011

23 photos

... programme highlight was the Cercavilla de la Santa Tecla Petita, a parade ending up at the ayuntament consisting of the beasts of the Seguici Popular and many folklore based groups including the Ball de Diables Petits, the Cucaferata, the Ball de Gitanetes, the Colla Petita de Xiquets de Tarragona and one of our favourites, the Ball de Patatuf Petitet.

The culmination of the parade at the town hall is well attended with many a proud parent and grandparent present and ...