Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy this traditional festival with personalized attention from your guide.
- Family friendly
- Led by a local guide
- Small-group tour by minibus
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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Experience Catalonia: Correfoc (Fire Running) Festival Tour from Barcelona
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Small-group tour
- Souvenir picture
- Hotel drop-off
- Fire protection clothes
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup
- 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.
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.
Reviewed by: Tateanna J, July 2016
This by far was one of the best things I did while in Barcelona. My guides were amazing. I was late getting to the meeting location and they didn't mind waiting for me. It was like being in the center of a fireworks display. I enjoyed every minute of it and would do it again and again.
Reviewed by: judith S, October 2015
very fun trip to unusual local festival. Guide gave good orientation and made trip very memorable and fun.