Big festivals and major events on the Costa Daurada: Summer
What's on in summer on the Costa Daurada
Tue Apr 1 2014
14th to 30th June
Fiesta of Sant Pere in Reus
The Fiesta of Reus has become a very popular event and has been declared of national interest by the government of the Generalitat. It takes place around the Feast of Saint Peter and statues of the patron saint of the town are paraded through the crowd thronged streets accompanied by representatives of local folklore (including figures of giants and dragons). There are also displays of human tower building, concerts and dances.
2nd half of July and 1st half of August
33rd Pau Casals International Music Festival in Vendrell
This International Festival was first held in 1981 with the aim of paying tribute to Pau Casals. Catalonia's most famous cellist is the central figure in the festival, which sees performances by singers, pianists and chamber groups. It has become a key summer event, especially for classical music fans.
Around 25th July
Fiesta and summer activities in La Pineda
Up to a hundred activities aimed at families are scheduled throughout the summer in La Pineda, and the high point of the calendar is the Fiesta of Sant Jaume, with all the traditional events you'd expect to find at a fiesta, as well as live music, dancing and cultural events. And when this fiesta finishes, the main summer fiesta of the town begins around 3rd of August.
Fiesta of Sant Jaume in Miami Platja
Sant Jaume is the main summer fiesta in Miami Platja and there are activities for everyone including the famous "vaquilles" and a firework display on Platja Cristall beach.
25th to 28th July
Fiesta in Vendrell
Held in honour of Saint Anne, the town's patron saint, the 26th of July is the most important day of the four days of the fiesta, with early morning revelry, various parades and human tower building competitions. But there are also a large number of activities on the 25th, like the ever-popular running fire parade and a dance. The last day of the fiesta, the 28th, is the Day of the Dog and sees the Dance of the Malcasats (of the unhappily married), which sees the lighting of a kilometre-long row of bangers.
1st and 2nd August
Havaneres in Calafell
The singing of habaneras (Cuban music brought back to Catalonia by local sailors) in Calafell is one of the most famous in the country, featuring the best groups singing a repertoire of habaneras and tavern songs. The Local Tourist Board supplies more than 2,000 chairs for the two days of the event, at which you can drink the famous rom cremat or burnt rum, laid on by the Bot Salvavides fisherman of Calafell.
© Jordi Targa
2nd and 3rd August
Multisector Fair in Mont-roig del Camp
This is the most important event in the town's calendar, when Maria Martori park is taken over all kinds of enterprises, as well as cultural and leisure activities. A fireworks display marks the end of the fair.
8th to 15th August
Golden Nights in Salou
These Nits Daurades take place in the middle of August, when thousands of tourists are in town, but also when many locals are on holiday and can make a night of it. There is a wide variety of entertainment on offer, from traditional folklore to concerts.
Fiesta of Sant Roc in Hospitalet de l'Infant
Some sixty activities take place in the streets and beaches of L'Hospitalet de l'Infant during this mid-August fiesta, including the popular fideuà noodle paella feast, the iconic Night of Fire, live music concerts, and a pilgrimage to the hermitage of Sant Roc.
6th and 7th September
Medieval Market in Hospitalet de l'Infant
Set up around the hospital that gave rise to the town, a hundred stalls recreate the atmosphere of a medieval market. Here you can find all kinds of products, animals, and exhibitions of ancient crafts, while local restaurants offer special medieval menus.
7th to 11th September
Fiesta in Borges del Camp
The origins of this fiesta can be traced back to pilgrimages celebrated here upon the discovery of the image of the Mother of God of the Riera (date unknown). In 2010, the Catalan government declared the Fiesta of Borges del Camp an event of national interest, and recognized the dance of the devils as an element of traditional fiesta interest. The devils have come out to party here since the 1880s, and some say since even before that time.
13th and 14th September
Fiesta marking the beginning of the potato harvest in Prades
When it's time to begin harvesting potatoes, a quality product in Prades, where it has an IGP protected geographical indication distinction, this fiesta begins with a breakfast in which potatoes play a major role. Throughout the morning, stands are set up here selling locally grown potatoes and at midday there is a display of potato omelettes and other dishes featuring potatoes.
© Joan Capdevila
14th to 24th September
Fiesta of Santa Tecla in Tarragona
These fiestas are held in honour of the patron saint of the city and consist of more than 500 events that fill streets and squares of the city during the second half of September. Obviously you shouldn't miss the traditional festivities, but there are new events every year and we can only recommend you take a look at this year's schedule and choose for yourselves.