Giants in Spain

Giants also known as Gigantes or Gegants are most popular in the north of Spain. The smaller ones are called cabezudos. They offer a colorful backdrop to any scene. In this video they can be seen ascending above Alcorisa to El Calvario in the county of Teruel.

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Above Alcorisa

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Pamplona Iruña Navarra

Pamplona known to the locals as Iruña is much more than just the San Fermín bull run. It is a modern European city, with a population of 200’000. It is quipped for film & video. It also has many interesting features like a huge roman aqueduct. The historical center of Pamplona is on the right bank of the Arga, a tributary of the Ebro. The city has developed on both sides of the river. The imediate surrounding countryside is flat agricultural land, but the mountains and rural Navarra is under an hour away.

Human Towers

A castell is a human tower built traditionally in fiestas at many locations within Catalonia. At these fiestas, several “colles castelleres” or teams often succeed in building and sustain a tower’s structure for a certain length of time.

This video shows a perfect example click to play

Competition in the Bull Ring video

 

 

The tradition of building human towers originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, in the southern part of Catalonia towards the end of the 18th century. Later it developed a following in other regions of Catalonia even Majorca and, after prohibition under Franco, currently has become very popular in parts of Spain. However, the best and most skilled castellers are still found near Tarragona.

La Patum

La Patum de Berga, or shortened to “La Patum”, is a highly popular and traditional festival that is celebrated every year in the Catalan city of Berga during the festival of Corpus Christi.


The dances or balls include.

  • Els Turcs i Cavallets (Turks and Little Knights)
  • Les Maces
  • Les Guites (Folkloric “mules”)
  • L’Àliga (The Eagle)
  • Els Nans Vells (The Old Dwarfs)
  • Els Gegants (The Giants)
  • Els Nans Nous (The New Dwarfs)
  • Els Plens

The most spectacular, and dangerous of these is the fire dance.

Els Plens

One of Catalonia’s liveliest festivals. The event gets its name from the folks who used to chant patum (the sound of a drum). Streets spill over with merrymakers as fireworks crackle and dwarfs, devils and dragons dance.

Asadura Matancera

Asadura Matancera, literally means Liver Festival. The best one that I have been to is in Güéjar Sierra, Granada. It is usually held in the first days of February. The food is at the invitation of the town hall, but you pay a small amount for the beer and wine (How terrible is that?)

La fiesta de la Asadura Matancera, con degustación de la asadura cocinada al estilo güejareño y mosto de Güéjar Sierra, Granada España. La cual se celebra los primeros días del mes de febrero.

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