Experience Catalonia: Correfoc Fire Running Festival Experience From Barcelona

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    6:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Central Barcelona, near the Glories Shopping Center
    Traveler pickup is offered

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  • Return Details :
    Your centrally located Barcelona hotel at approximately 12am midnight
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

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. It is a unique, real, and unforgettable experience! Dance with the devils between thecrowds or just watch the spectacle of fire. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour, ensuring youll enjoy this traditional festival with personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus

Know More about this tour

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, youll 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.

The experienced native guide shows theoutfits and special clothes devils wear, how they light theirsparklers and firecrackers, and explains secrets and details behind this centenary andunique tradition; which is strongly connected to the history of the town. You can take it allin from the side lines or get involved the same way a local does and surrounded by locals.

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.

Inclusions

Transport by air-conditioned minivan or a 4-wheel car

Souvenir picture with the fire running and devils

Hotel pickup (if option is selected)

Fire protection coat

Local taxes included

Personalized guided tour of a Traditional Festival.

Experience local culture first hand and discover traditions hardly known by visitors.

Explanation of the fire running tradition by a local expert

Unique experience

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

This tour is available in English, Catalan and Spanish

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 24 hours in advance to know the exact departing time

There will be time off the bus at your leisure, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear

The location of the festivity and Correfocs is always close to Barcelona (less than a two-hour drive)

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 27-Sep-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.

  • 04-Sep-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

  • 29-Jul-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.

  • 01-Oct-2015

    very fun trip to unusual local festival. Guide gave good orientation and made trip very memorable and fun.

  • 13-Sep-2015

    Barbara was wonderful as our guide in this very unique experience. It was like a 4th of July firework show up close. It was a great experience to immerse in a true Catalonia tradition.

  • 08-Jun-2015

    This was a fabulous tour. Pictures do not do justice to the celebration. The experience was made even better by our wonderful local guide Alex Puiol. This is certainly a one-of-a-kind experience.

  • 11-Jan-2015

    This tour was amazing!

  • 03-Jan-2015

    This was our favorite tour in Spain (Madrid, Sevilla, Malaga, and Barcelona). It took about 1-1/4 hours to get to the Banyoles village. Our tour guides, Barbara and Alex of LivingIt, were outstanding! We were treated like royalty at this annual festival where this year, the children were running down the street. We wore the protective caps provided by LivingIt and we were so delighted to run with the children. After the event, we visited with the devils, experienced local food, and took a group picture with all the locals. This was a highly memorable experience. The next day we bought a Catalonian flag in honor of their cause and these wonderful people. The tour is expensive and long, but worth every minute of it.

  • 02-Dec-2014

    We really enjoyed this tour and would rank it as one of the best we have ever taken. We participated in the Fire Running festival of a small town. We were welcomed by the local people as honored guests. The festival was fun, the local people were great and we all had a wonderful time. the Tour Guide was interesting and informative and made sure we were right in the middle of everything. All in all a wonderful experience in getting to know and interact with the local people.

  • 15-Nov-2014

    This was the best tour I have ever been on. It was great from start to finish. The tour guides included us in the whole show. We met the fire running team members and had the time of our lives. Can't recommend this tour highly enough.

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