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Address: Augusta 151, Tarragona, Costa Dorada, Catalonia, 43007, Spain and Canary Islands | 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

... with new colles springing up and many colles achieving bigger and better castells than they had done before and every group here had earned their place and an opportunity to show off in front of what would be a knowledgeable and supportive crowd. there were smiles all around and people from different teams greeting each other with handshakes, hugs and kisses.

Most colles arrive with the canalla at the front. These are the small boys and girls who form the ...

Baixa de la Cucafera

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 20, 2013

78 photos

... quite a lot of time on those steps over the last four or five years - without trying too hard I've got to 20+ hours) and before long there was a little girl sitting on her back, representing the princess from the legend, and she started to move.

Amparito Roca is the anthem of the festival but as far as we knew the first official Amparito wasn't due until the following night and we thought we might miss it this year so we were as delighted as the local ...

The Baixada de l'Aliga

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 21, 2012

56 photos

... t go there again.

We had about 6 hours to go before the Baixada de l'Aliga and plenty to do in between but we would need provisions if we were to last the course until 4 a.m. or later so we walked back to the hotels for our vodka and nicely chilled food from the hotel's fridge. We arrived on Placa de la Font just in time to catch the end of the Toc de Prego which finishes with a building shaking barrage of explosive fireworks that frightens the pigeons, ...

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

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 21, 2011

35 photos

... begin to dance, whirling and circling in couples, all around the top part of the square. Stand close enough and you will be caressed by their twirling skirts or momentarily terrified as one towers above you and looks ready to collapse - though they never do. As Amparito reaches its climax the clapping and singing becomes more enthusiastic until it is all over, with cheers and applause and smiles on everyones faces.

Follow that, then. The thing is, on this ...

More Santa Tecla

A travel blog entry by penguinchris on Sep 19, 2011

23 photos

... Petit. We reckoned we'd walked far enough, so standing in a queue didn't have much appeal but with and hour to go before the performance the idea of sitting outside a cafe drinking Vichy Catalan (other drinks are available) did.

Serrallonga, real name Joan Sala i Ferrer, was a seventeenth century Catalan bandit who has become almost legendary as the centuries have progressed and we watched groups of youngters in costume re-enact episodes from his life.

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