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Experience Catalonia: Correfoc (Fire Running) Festival Tour from Barcelona

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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5728BCNFIRE

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See a different side of Catalonia on an evening trip from Barcelona to a traditional ‘correfoc’ (fire-running) festival in a local village! Watch villagers dressed as devils ward off evil spirits by dancing to music and turning the village into a fiery cauldron of light and fireworks. You can take it all in from the side lines or get involved and dance your socks off as the night skies light up!

Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy this traditional festival with personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus
Meet your guide in central Barcelona and head off by luxury minibus to a village in Catalonia or on the coast. During the journey, which lasts no more than 1.5 hours, learn about the history of correfocs and their place in Catalonian tradition. Each festival is unique to the village it takes place in, so no correfoc is ever the same.

The time-honored Catalan tradition started in the 12th century, under the name el ball de diables (the dance of devils). Deriving from medieval street theater, the dance represented the fight of good over evil, and soon whole towns took part – with village centers decked out to represent hell and villagers dressed as the devil.

Arriving in the village, you’ll be greeted by colorful street decorations and partying locals. Most of the festivals have a religious meaning behind them and your guide will talk through some tales of the Christian and pagan influences on the shows. Typically locals wear red and black costumes with masks and horns, and carry effigies of dragons that are designed to ward off evil spirits. Take time to explore the village at leisure, soaking up the atmosphere before the outdoor show starts.

Typically, a correfoc lasts a couple of hours, and the show consists of a dazzling fireworks display in tune to live drum beats and folk music with gralla (Catalonian flute) tunes. The local devils wave sparklers and firecrackers around, dancing and running around in the middle of a shower of sparks. Stand back and watch the crazy festivities with your guide, or get involved and run with the devils between the crowds.

At the pre-arranged time, head back to your minibus for the relaxing journey back to Barcelona.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Barcelona, near the Glories Shopping Center
Departure Time:
6pm
Return Details:
Your centrally located Barcelona hotel at approximately 12am midnight

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Experience Catalonia: Correfoc (Fire Running) Festival Tour from Barcelona

Experience Catalonia: Correfoc (Fire Running) Festival Tour from Barcelona

Inclusions:
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Small-group tour
  • Souvenir picture
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Fire protection clothes
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 36 hours days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 24 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for children aged 14 and under
  • Long trousers and closed shoes must be worn, as these will not be provided.
  • A cape will be given to people participating in the correfoc
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Paul, August 2014

Felt privileged to be apart of

Reviewed by: Barbara R, August 2014

Thank you for such a great evening. This experience was the highlight of my trip in Barcelona. The guide punctually arrived at the meeting point in Barcelona and explained us what we were going to see during the following hours. Alex was using adjectives like marvelous, fantastic, amazing... So, I thought he was exaggerating.
After a 45 minute drive, we arrived in the village where the local festival was on. We stroll around the narrow streets and beautifully decorated plaza, where villagers were chatting and enjoying the local festival. The atmosphere was just charming. Alex shared with us the history of the village, the tradition and the funny legends behind it. 
At 9pm the fire running began. Devils, drums, sparkles and laughs were all around. The narrow streets became full of colors. I could not stop taking pictures. The group finally decided to join the villagers, so we all dressed the protection clothes Alex was carrying for us and joined the group of devils. We were really living the festival.
This experience was just terrific. So, Alex was not at all exaggerating. I completely recommend this tour to anyone going to Barcelona.

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