• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
From EUR 95.00

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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 the countryside 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
Duration:
6 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Your centrally located Barcelona hotel at approximately 12am midnight

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Pricing information

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 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for children aged 12 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
  • Please note:Tour departing time may change.Starting time may be later than 6pm. Starting time depends on the Fire Running location. Please call 24h in advance to know the exact departing time.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Timsuerichmond, Australia, September 2016

Loved this trip, it was well worth taking the time out to visit. The experience was fantastic and our guide was wonderful. She was informative, friendly and very caring. I highly recommend this.

Reviewed by: twills, Australia, September 2016

Absolutely amazing. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR. You will have one of the best nights in your life. We were actually part of the parade with fireproof smock and glasses provided. The streets were barricaded off with crowds behind them watching the parade us included for a couple of hours through the streets with fireworks spinning and colour everywhere along with continuous cracking and dancing. our guide knew the people and was with us all the time. Fantastic experience