Jul
1
to Aug 31

Music festivals on the Costa Brava

We are privileged to host a wide variety of wonderful musical events, some of which have become permanent fixtures in the country's cultural calendar.

In the summer the Costa Brava becomes a real festival of music festivals. We are privileged to host a wide variety of wonderful musical events, some of which have become permanent fixtures in the country's cultural calendar and coincide in offering a programme of concerts featuring top national and international performers in very special venues.

The Cap Roig Gardens Festival, in Calella de Palafrugell, is one such event. Top artists from the world of dance, jazz, classical music, world music and other genres perform in an auditorium installed in the magical setting of a botanical garden next to the sea.

The Castell de Peralada International Music Festival will delight you with its wide-ranging programme of operas, zarzuelas (Spanish light operas), ballets, symphony concerts, recitals and chamber music in the stunning gardens of Peralada castle and the church of El Carme.

The Porta Ferrada Festival, which has been held in Sant Feliu de Guíxols since 1958, is the oldest summer festival in Catalonia. It consists of high quality music, dance and theatre performances in venues such as the Romanesque church of the monastery, the Municipal Theatre - Auditorium, the Casa Traschler and the courtyards and gardens of some important buildings.

The Torroella de Montgrí International Music Festival is a welcome addition to the summer cultural calendar, filling the fantastic old quarter and other parts of the town with the best classical music, world music and other surprising offerings.

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Oct
27
to Nov 5

Sant Narcís Fair and Festival, Girona

  • The whole city becomes a hive of non-stop activity from the moment the festival's opening speech is pronounced.

Do you feel like partying? Well make sure you pay a visit to the Sant Narcís Fair and Festival, the main festival of the city of Girona. With autumn in full swing, the temperature in the city seems to rise a notch or two with the joy emanating from the citizens of Girona and the many visitors who don't want to miss out on all the fun. The whole city becomes a hive of non-stop activity from the moment the festival's opening speech is pronounced.

If you want to experience the more traditional side of Sant Narcís, the parade of gegants (giant papier mâché figures whose carriers are completely hidden inside) and capgrossos (large papier mâché heads worn on the carriers’ heads) is highly recommended, as is the correfoc (fire run), the sardanadancing or the diada castellera (day of human towers). But you really have to visit the nerve centre of the festival, in the park of La Devesa. The park's avenues of plane trees are taken over by fairground attractions and the historical Trade Fair, a showcase for the latest industrial, farming and consumer products.

If you're looking for some nightlife, La Copa is the place for you, with free concerts every night and plenty of entertainment for night owls in the barraques zone. You can also go dancing in other venues such as the Envelat, where typical festival groups perform.

You'll find plenty of other recommendations in the programme as well: children's shows, film and theatre events, exhibitions, sports competitions, roast chestnut feasts and little arts and crafts stalls in the old quarter. But the best thing about the Sant Narcís Fair and Festival is that you can come and enjoy it all your way.

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Dec
1
to Dec 26

Christmas markets and fairs

If you're looking for decorations to liven up your Christmas celebrations, come and visit the Christmas fairs and markets. You can find all you need at the Christmas markets held in many towns on the feast days of various saints: Saint Nicholas (6th December), Saint Lucia (13th December), Saint Thomas (formerly, 21st December), Saint Stephen (26th December). There are plenty of options to choose the day that suits you best.

If you enjoy displaying a decorative nativity scene at home, there are lots of stalls selling all the figurines. Typically, the baby Jesus and his parents Mary and Joseph (flanked by an ox and a mule) are surrounded by shepherds with their flocks, the ThreeKings and other figures. In Catalonia the classic caganer also forms part of the scene. Traditionally a shepherd, this defecating figurine is tucked away discretely in a corner. It is said that he represents ordinary people and the ironic character of the Catalans. The variety of caganers on sale is astounding; you can find not only shepherds but politicians, artists and sporting icons, along with other well-known personalities.

You'll also find the tió (the Christmas trunk that "defecates" sweets for children when beaten with a stick), along with all sorts of typical Christmas decorations, such as candles, Christmas wreaths of holly and mistletoe, strips of lights and other items from imported traditions, such as Christmas trees.

And if sweets are your thing, you'll find delicious temptations in the form of the typical torró (nougat), neules (tube-shaped light biscuits) and marzipan figures, which come into their own when accompanied by the wines and liqueurs produced in this part of the world.

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Dec
1
to Jan 6

Living nativity scenes

This is a solemn and moving event that normally begins after dark. The various scenes are enacted in some of the most prominent areas of each town, such as mediaeval old quarters, while others take place in outlying areas, in the heart of nature.

As the Christmas festivities draw near, many homes display nativity scenes. The scene of Christ's birth is recreated using tinfoil for streams, moss for greenery and all the traditional figurines, with the new-born baby Jesus in the centre, accompanied by Mary, Joseph, the Three Kings and others.

In many towns in the Girona area, nativity scenes can also be found outside. In living nativity scenes actors perform scenes from the Christmas story in various locations of the town in question. All the costumes and accessories are planned down to the last detail to immerse us in these historical and biblical scenes faithful to the local customs of the time.

This is a solemn and moving event that normally begins after dark. The various scenes are enacted in some of the most prominent areas of each town, such as mediaeval old quarters, while others take place in outlying areas, in the heart of nature.

If you're keen to follow this fascinating Christmas route, there's a long list of towns on the Costa Brava and in the Girona Pyrenees where the tradition is kept alive from generation to generation: Amer, Castell d’AroBàscaraFontcobertaBrunyolaJoanetesSanta PauPalsAvinyonet de PuigventósBescanóFlaçàLlersPeraladaPuigcerdàRiudauraSanta Cristina d’AroCelràTossa de MarVilavenut and Navata.

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Jan
5
4:00 PM16:00

Parade of the Three Kings

The Three Kings and the royal pages parade through the main streets of cities of towns on their floats, leaving a thick trail of sweets behind them.

On the evening of 5th January all eyes are on Their Majesties the Kings of the East, Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar, who visit each town with their retinue bearing gifts for all the family. This is the popular Parade of the Three Kings, one of our most deep-rooted customs.

As darkness falls, children start to fill the streets armed with lamps to light the way for the Three Kings of the East. They blow whistles to welcome them and sing a popular ditty that goes, "Long live the three Eastern Kings; for one and all they do bring things!"

This parade of Christian origin represents the Three Kings' journey to Bethlehem, guided by a bright star, bearing the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the new-born baby Jesus. The Three Kings and the royal pages parade through the main streets of cities of towns on their floats, leaving a thick trail of sweets behind them.

On the days leading up to the big event, the children write their letters to the Three Kings with a list of the gifts they desire. During the night of 5th January, the Kings, mounted on their camels and with the help of their pages (and a generous helping of magic, of course) deliver gifts to every home. Before going to bed, children leave some food and drink out for the Kings and their camels to keep up their energy. The next day they wake up to discover their eagerly awaited gifts... as long as they've been good throughout the year. Sometimes, the Kings leave coal (made out of sugar nowadays) to warn children that they need to improve their behaviour.

The festive lunch on 6th January is always rounded off with the typical tortell de Reis(Kings' ring cake), filled with marzipan and topped with candied fruit. It also contains two hidden surprises: if you find the king figurine in your portion you get to wear the crown, but if you're unfortunate enough to find the dried bean you have to pay for the cake!

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

Saint John's Eve (Sant Joan)

Just wander around streets of any town and let the music and firecrackers guide you to one of the open-air parties, where you'll find a warm welcome.

Saint John’s Eve (from sunset on 23rd to sunrise on 24th June) is such a magical night that it's also known as the Night of Fire or the Night of Witches. It's the time when we say goodbye to spring and hello to summer.

On the Costa Brava and in the Girona Pyrenees, as in the rest of Catalonia, the Saint John’s Eve party (revetlla), forms part of our festive heritage. In every town people gather around bonfires with their family and friends, following ancient (probably pagan) rituals. In many other countries the shortest night of the year is also celebrated with fire taking centre stage. This purifying element is accompanied by music and dancing until the early hours, fireworks aplenty and (in the case of Catalonia) the traditional Saint John’s coca, a sweet bread with custard and candied fruit.

There's nothing quite like enjoying a slice around a bonfire. But you can make the night even more of an experience if you join in the celebrations of the arrival of the famous Flama del Canigó (Canigó Flame), that takes place in Girona. This is a tradition of great symbolic importance for Catalans, inspired by Jacint Verdaguer's epic poem. Since 1955, the Flama de Canigó has united Catalonia through fire. Saint John’s Eve bonfires across Catalonia are lit by torches kindled in the large fire lit at the summit of the Canigó mountain (at an altitude of 2,784 metres) and carried down the mountain in relay. The torch bearers take the flame to every county in Catalonia as a symbol of the survival and vitality of Catalan culture.

Wherever you spend Saint John’s Eve, you'll have a great time. Just wander around streets of any town and let the music and firecrackers guide you to one of the open-air parties, where you'll find a warm welcome.

 

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Jun
8
to Jun 10

Fair: Girocamping

The benchmark of the camping sector and holiday parks.

In this 2018 edition, the fair will be integrated into the Sea Otter Europe Costa Brava-Girona Bike Show, the international reference fair of cycling, with the aim of publicizing one an offer that stands out for its sustainability and totally linked to cycling and family tourism. 

Venue: Fontajau Pavilion
Address: Avinguda del President Josep Tarradellas i Joan, 22-24
Price: Free entrance

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May
12
to May 20

Girona, Temps de Flors (Flower Festival)

For a few days, the colours and aromas of flowers fill the squares and streets of the city of Girona.

Have you ever seen a city bedecked with flowers? GironaTemps de Flors is an exhibition held in May, with spring in full swing. For a few days, the colours and aromas of flowers fill the squares and streets of the city of Girona.

Following the exhibition route is a thrilling experience, a real gift for the senses. Girona becomes a huge canvas for artistic expression, where the beauty of the floral compositions is in perfect harmony with the city's wonderful architectural and historical heritage.

Since it was first held in 1954, the exhibition has moved around some of the city's best-known landmarks. In 1993, GironaTemps de Florsbecame an official route that enables visitors to enter courtyards and gardens of dwellings and buildings of great cultural interest that are not open to the general public during the rest of the year.

Apart from the artistic displays, the festival also includes many other activities with something for everyone: flower, photography and film competitions, among others; the A Cappella music festival; special gastronomic offerings in many of the city's restaurants, where flowers are included among the ingredients; participation in the putting together of flower displays; and many other activities worth experiencing.

That's why Girona, Temps de Florshas grown famous beyond Catalan borders and has contributed to raising the profile of our city as a tourist destination.

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Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day)

The streets and squares are filled with people strolling among the flower and book stalls.

On 23rd April Catalans celebrate the day of their patron saint, Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan), a mysterious brave knight who saved a princess from being devoured by a ferocious dragon. The day has evolved into the popular day of the rose and the book.

It is customary for men to give red roses to their beloved. The legend of Saint George has it that from the blood of the dragon a rose tree grew and that the knight picked a rose to give to the princess. There is documentary evidence of this tradition dating back to the 15th century, although at that time it was celebrated exclusively by the aristocracy. It has grown in popularity over the centuries to the point where today it can be stated that the diada is the real day of lovers in Catalonia.

This tradition has been happily joined by the celebration of the Day of the Book, much more recent but also very firmly established in Catalonia. In this case, women traditionally give a book to their beloved. In 1995, this ritual was consolidated when UNESCO declared 23rd April to be "World Book and Copyright Day".

Even though it normally falls on a working and school day, the Diada de Sant Jordi is declared a National Feast Day in Catalonia. The streets and squares are filled with people strolling among the flower and book stalls. Moreover, many balconies are bedecked with senyeres (Catalan flags), a reflection of the specific Catalan nature of this very special day.

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Apr
22
to Jun 7

Traditional Easter cakes and pastries

A good way to sample the various cakes and pastries of the counties of Girona is at the fairs and markets held there during the Easter period.

Depending how you look at it, Easter or Holy Week could be rechristened Sweet WeekBunyols (fritters), tortells (ring cakes) and mones (Easter cakes) are the main gastronomic traditions of this time of year, which years ago was seen as a time for eating in moderation. In fact, it is thought that the origin of the typical bunyols of Lentis related to worshippers' need to sweeten the days on which they were prohibited from eating meat by the Church. In the absence of meat, cakes and pastries were a welcome treat.

So when Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) comes round, it's time to head to the cake and pastry shops to stock up on bunyols, and to make some at home as well. Recipes are handed down from generation to generation for bunyols de vent (literally, "wind" fritters, the hollow variety), bunyols de crema, (cream-filled fritters), brunyols de l'Empordà or other varieties made popular by certain pastry chefs. Whatever the variety, they are always sweet and soft-textured, perfect for snacking on at any time of day.

On Palm Sunday it's the turn of the tortell de Rams, a ring-shaped cake stuffed with marzipan and topped with candied fruit, made especially for this day and traditionally given by godparents to their godchildren.

The mona de Pasqua (Easter cake), typical of some specific areas, has also become extremely popular. Although it was originally a simple ring-shaped cake or Catalan flatbread with hard-boiled egg, it has since become a highly elaborate cake with popular children's characters and scenes moulded out of chocolate. There are usually some Easter eggs placed on top as well, which play a more prominent role in other cultures. The mona is also typically given by godparents to their godchildren at Easter.

A good way to sample the various cakes and pastries of the counties of Girona is at the fairs and markets held there during the Easter period. In Bàscara, for example, the market of tortells takes place, while in Sant Feliu de GuíxolsDarniusBoadella d'EmpordàFigueres and Garriguella you'll find bunyols to suit all tastes at various artisan fairs and markets.

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Feb
22
to Feb 26

Elefant d'Or International Circus Festival

Girona is strongly committed to attracting top artists from all over the world to leave us spellbound with memories that will last a lifetime.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the greatest circus show. The Elefant d'Or International Circus Festival is one of the best events in the world for experiencing up close all the magic of trapeze artists performing pirouettes at great heights; riders performing unbelievable acrobatics on horseback; jugglers with amazing reflexes; tightrope workers defying the laws of physics; prestigious ballet dancers; guaranteed laughs with clowns and many other breathtaking attractions.

The Elefant d'Or International Circus Festival has established itself as one of the leading cultural events in our country, following in the footsteps of other great circus festivals, such as those of WuQiao, Budapest, Monte Carlo or Paris.

Girona is strongly committed to attracting top artists from all over the world to leave us spellbound with memories that will last a lifetime. Throughout the festival, in addition to performing for the general public, the participating artists compete to win the Gold Show (the name of the festival’s grand final) before an international judging panel composed of well-known figures from the circus world.

Building on the success of the previous festivals in Figueres, the infrastructures are in place to handle a large-scale festival of this nature, to which visitors flock in large numbers. So make sure you note down the dates and don't miss the next one! For a few days in February the capital of Gironès becomes a huge circus that's sure to amaze you.

 

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Feb
10
to Feb 14

Carnival on the Costa Brava

The parades, with floats and elaborate costumes that have taken months to prepare, are a wonderful spectacle.

Carnival is synonymous with festivity, fun and letting your hair down. In Girona we celebrate it by taking to the streets in fancy dress costumes, moving to the rhythm of the music. In many towns on the Costa Brava, and further inland, the Rei Carnestoltes (Carnival King) gets the festivities under way with a speech in which he urges everyone to have fun for a few days. You're invited as well, of course. The parades, with floats and elaborate costumes that have taken months to prepare, are a wonderful spectacle.

Apart from the festivities and fancy dress costumes, this celebration is also closely associated with gastronomic culture. According to tradition, Carnival begins on the last Thursday before Lent, Dijous Gras (literally, “Fat Thursday”), a day on which omelette and botifarra (Catalan sausage) or egg botifarra is eaten. Traditionally, neighbours would organise feasts in the street before the fasting of Lent began. These collective feasts are still organised in some towns today as part of the festivities. In Vidreres and Capmany, for example, they celebrate by eating the Ranxo together, a kind of meat stew with all sorts of ingredients. In Agullana, the feast of the Xuia takes place, involving a parade around the town to collect the ingredients to prepare the traditional botifarra and bacon omelettes (xuies), which the townsfolk then eat as an afternoon snack. Another great community experience is sharing a table at the Rice Feast of Albons and the Soup of Verges, rather like the traditional meals offered by feudal lords to the poor.

The days of wild Carnival celebrations are brought to an end with the burial of the sardine, bringing to an end the excesses of the preceding days. In many towns they say farewell to the Rei Carnestoltes (Carnival King) in a rather peculiar way, by burning the figure on a bonfire. As he burns, his final will and testament (a satirical criticism of society) is read out as the last hurrah of a festival that will fortunately be back again next year.

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Dec
1
to Dec 3

Wedding Trade Fair (Tot Nuvis)

24 edition of Tot Nuvis, a meeting point for companies and businesses offering their products and couples who want the best services for their wedding day.

Venue: Fira de Girona
Address: Pg. de la Devesa, 34-36
Phone: 972 419 100
Opening hours: From 11 to 20:30h

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Sep
8
to Sep 10

Land of Troubadours Festival

Land of Troubadours Festival

From 08/09/17 to 10/09/17 - Castelló d’Empúries

As if by magic, Castelló d'Empúries once again becomes the capital of the county of Empúries. Knights show off their skills as they fight for their honour in the mediaeval tournament.

On the second weekend of September, Castelló d'Empúriesgoes on a thrilling journey back in time to the Middle Ages. The Land of Troubadours Festival transforms the town into a great cultural and festive venue as it relives its mediaeval splendour.

As if by magic, Castelló d'Empúriesonce again becomes the capital of the county of Empúries. Knights show off their skills as they fight for their honour in the mediaeval tournament. The Palace of the Counts and the convent of Sant Domènec host a mediaeval supperat which hundreds of diners dressed in period costume enjoy wonderful shows. The streets are alive with music and performances for everyone, featuring troubadours, travelling entertainers, jugglers and jesters. In the mediaeval marketheld in the historical centre, residents and visitors mill around the stalls of artisans and traders, where purchases are even made with reproductions of ancient coins.

The main activities are complemented by workshopstalksexhibitionsguided tours and other options for enjoying a town whose mediaeval past as county capital is still very much in evidence today in its narrow streets, old walls, historical buildings and many other hidden corners. There could be no better setting for the Land of Troubadours Festival, an exceptional cultural event that has been held every year since 1991 and that forms part of our historical and collective memory.

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Jul
22
to Jul 26

International Fireworks Competition

Rockets and firecrackers are launched from sa Palomera, a large rock that separates the two beaches of the town of Blanes.

Imagine that you're sitting on a beach in Blanes on a warm summer night when the sky suddenly lights up with fantastic compositions of light and colour. The International Fireworks Competition is one of the most exciting and original events on the Costa Brava.

If you don't want to miss out on it, make a date in your diary for next July. For a few nights, fireworks are the focal point of interest in Blanes for residents and visitors who want to enjoy the world's best displays as they compete for the Town of Blanes Trophy.

Rockets and firecrackers are launched from sa Palomera, a large rock that separates the two beaches of the town of Blanes. People gather in large numbers along the shoreline, looking for somewhere to sit on the sand to enjoy the show.

Fireworks are a long-standing tradition in Blanes, with references to displays in the town dating back to 1891. The fireworks competition was first held in 1971 and has become firmly established over the years, attracting prestigious participants from all over the world.

If you can, plan a visit to coincide with the next competition; you'll see the sky of the Costa Brava like you've never seen it before. The magic of gunpowder will take your breath away.

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May
27
to Jun 28

Tapas Route of Olot 2017 - (VI Ruta de les Tapes)

 

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Feb
16
to Feb 20

Figueres International Circus Festival

 

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Dec
26
to Jan 8

Ice-rink with tobogans or skates and stuff!

Pista de gel i tobogan Del 26 de desembre de 2016 al 8 de gener de 2017 Palau de Fires de Girona

Pista de gel HORARI: 10 a 21 h Horaris especials Dia 31 de desembre de 10 a 19 h. Dia 1 de gener de 16 a 21 h. Dia 5 de gener de 10 a 15 h. Dia 6 de gener de 16 a 21 h.

Pista de gel de 800 m2 Tobogan de 27 m de llargada i 2,5 m d'alçada Es podrà triar entre anar amb patins o baixar amb trineu pel tobogan de gel.

PREUS: 8 €/hora PREU TOBOGAN: 3 € (4 baixades)

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Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

Castellers - Human Pyramids

Castellers display - Castells are the traditional human towers that have been built by different teams for two-hundred years. Performing in this event will be the Marrecs de Salt and the invited team, the Castellers de Badalona.

Time: 11:30h Venue: Plaça del Vi

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Oct
29
2:30 PM14:30

Jazz

5è Jazz & Fires. Vermut Jazz. La Jazz Band del Titanic 29/10/2016 12h. SUNSET JAZZ CLUB Adreça: C. Jaume Pons i Martí 12 Acc, BS 17004 - GIRONA Web: sunsetjazz-club.com

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Oct
28
to Nov 1

Trade Fair

The Fira de Mostres trade fair is a meeting point for the business community in the Girona Counties and the rest of Catalonia.

Venue: Devesa Park Timetable: From 10:00 to 20:00h

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Oct
28
to Nov 6

Horror Films at the Cinema

6a Setmana de cinema fantàstic i de terror de Girona 28/10/2016 al 6/11/2016 Web: www.acocollonat.com

Zombie Walk Route Recorregut Zombie walk: Sortida - Pl. del Vi c. Abeuradors c. Mercaders Voltes d'en Rosés (cc Barri Vell) Cort Reial 4 cantons c. Argenteria pont de Sant Agustí Pl. Independència C. Santa Clara Pont de Pedra Pujada Pont de Pedra Final - Pl. del Vi

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