Once again, Carnival will take place in February, and the streets will be full of joy and fun. In Catalonia this festival is met with great intensity. This old tradition has been celebrated for many generations and people long for it as it is one of the first holidays after Christmas.
If you like costumes and parties, you can’t miss this party. We are sure you will have a great time. The following are the best Carnival plans in Catalonia. We know it will be an unforgettable experience.
What to do in Carnival in Catalonia
The whole city is disguised to celebrate Carnival. There are Seven Ambassadors, each one representing one colour and one of the seven deadly sins. Local parties are held in the different neighborhoods, with an unceasing festive and cheerful atmosphere, and the local assemblies still have some autonomy to decide every year’s theme.
No matter the size of the fiesta, you will never get bored in the Catalan capital, as Barcelona is very well-known for its high-quality festivals.
This town of less than 15,000 inhabitants suddenly increases its population to 60,000 during a festival called “Terra Endins Carnival”. Every year the “Rei Carnestoltes” stages a coup d’etat, breaks into the Senate and deposes the mayor.
The festival begins with some traditions as peculiar as “Senyoretes i Homenots” (a cross-dressing ritual).
Capmany y Vidreres
These are two small towns in Girona, where the ‘Ranxo’ is cooked in the main town square and distributed among the population. ‘Ranxo’ is a typical dish prepared thanks to the ingredients provided by the neighbours, such as potatoes, rice, beans, pork, beef and sausages.
If you are fond of trying local cuisine and enjoying a village life, this is a must.
What can we say about Sitges? This town has definitely the wildest Carnival party in Catalonia. There are two main parades and the people that participate in them have been rivals for over a hundred years, with such competitiveness similar to a derby match in football.
Sitges Carnival has worldwide coverage and it attracts over 250,000 people during its busiest days. These are mainly for adults only, although the little ones also have their own parades.
Vilanova i la Geltrú
With the Carnival in its DNA, the people from Vilanova I la Geltrú consider this festival an act of resistance. During the postwar period, Carnival was banned throughout Spain, but the locals continued to celebrate it, even hiding it, so they kept it alive until the late 70’s, when the ban was lifted and the holiday was reborn in style.
Nowadays it attracts many visitors due to its great mystical performances and its amazing gastronomy and traditional dishes. The town’s website warns us that this is not a festival for lonely people.
As you can see, there is no way you can get bored in Catalonia during Carnival. The above has only been a short compilation of interesting places to visit at this time of the year, although you will also find other fabulous intense and joyful parties in other places throughout the region, whether in small and remote or in big and near towns. Help us make this list longer by visiting more locations and joining as many parties as you can.
Have a crazy and fun Carnival!