Big festivals and major events on the Costa Daurada: Spring
What's on in spring on the Costa Daurada
By Xavier Amat|
March 22 – April 2 Tarragona Family Week Free admission to museums and monuments, and plenty of special rates and discounts at restaurants, hotels, campsites ... An initiative designed especially for families, as many of the packages offered are for two adults and two kids. This is a great opportunity to explore the riches of Tarragona without spending a fortune.
April 3 Stations of the Cross to Calvary in Selva del Camp This emblematic event celebrating Easter Week has been classified as an Event of National Cultural Interest and it is celebrated on the morning of Good Friday. Visually stunning, the most emotive moment is that of the meeting between Soledat and Christ during the return of the procession, and the singular dance of death that has been recovered from medieval folklore.
April 15-17 Sabor Salou This gastronomic fair held in Passeig de Jaume I has the aim of promoting the town’s restaurants and local produce.
April 17-26 Medieval Weekend of the Legend of Saint George in Montblanc For more than two decades, The Medieval Association of the Legend of Saint George of Montblanc has organized this week dedicated to celebrating, through a large variety of acts related to life in Medieval Catalonia, the legend of the patron saint of the country. The event has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the highlights of the town's year and features the full participation of the local residents. The setting of the walls and streets of Montblanc, and the fact that folklorist Joan Amades locates the legendary battle between Saint George and the dragon here, give this week its special character.
May Gastrotour Salou For the whole month, the town’s restaurants, bars and pastry shops offer tastings that represent what’s on offer at their establishments, accompanied by a drink, for the price of €2.50.
First weekend in May Wine Fair in Falset A fair devoted to the wines of the region’s two wine-producing areas, DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant. Participating wineries provide tastings of their wines in exchange for tickets that can be purchased at the entrance to the fair. During the weekend there are a number of parallel activities including talks, wine-tasting courses, competitions for using wine in cooking, open days at various wineries, wine pairings, an exhibition of olive oil and more. More information is available from Falset Town Hall: 977 830 057.
May 4-17 Tarraco Viva Tarragona reverts to being ancient Tarraco for a few days every year, taking a trip to the Roman civilization that has historical divulgation as its main objective. There are recreations of gladiatorial combats, but also lectures, theatrical performances and samples of Roman cuisine. The festival has gone from strength to strength every year in terms of the number of activities and visitors. This year's edition will focus especially on the figure of the Emperor Augustus on the 2,000th anniversary of his death.
May 7-10 Trapezi Catalan Circus Fair in Reus Every year, the circus comes to the capital of Baix Camp for these four days. 2014 sees the 18th edition, with some thirty shows, some of which will be performed for the first time here, by companies from all around the world.
May 8-10 Calafell Family Weekend An initiative of the Calafell Local Tourist Board, who wanted to dedicate a whole weekend in the year to families with children with all kinds of activities aimed at them including performances, workshops, games, lectures and exhibitions of products and services, while presenting all that the town can offer its visitors. Companies, individuals and institutions involved in the world of the family unveil their products and services here and visitors can get firsthand information about them.
May and June Sea Festival, various towns Every year, when summer is about to arrive, the towns that make up the Costa Daurada Nautical Station stage the Sea Festival, with open doors days at their marinas and the chance to participate in a number of activities (including kayaking, windsurfing, paddle surfing, diving...) at a very reasonable price. It takes place in a different town every weekend including Cambrils, Miami Platja, Salou and Vandellòs, l'Hospitalet de l'Infant and l'Ametlla de Mar (the last town being part of the Terres de l'Ebre region).
May 23-24 Sea Festival in Calafell Created thirteen years ago with the aim of strengthening the maritime legacy of Calafell, the festival reproduces the former commercial life of the town through activities such as crafts exhibitions, an exhibition of traditional boats with shipwrights at work on them, children's workshops and trips in the traditional sailing boats called llaguts.
May 25 – June 25 Tuna Days in Hospitalet de l'Infant About a dozen restaurants and bars, located mostly in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant, but with participants in l'Almadrava, Masboquera, and Pratdip, take advantage of this festival to put tuna-based dishes on their menus. Also popular are the "tuna-tapas" which, as you can imagine, are tuna-based tapas priced at €2.5 with drinks included.
Last Saturday in May Family Run PortAventura The PortAventura Foundation organises this charity run with the proceeds going to the Tarragona Down’s Syndrome Association.
Last Sunday in May Challenge Salou-Costa Daurada The participants in this challenge can choose between the half-distance triathlon (1,900m swim, 90km cycle and 21km run) and the Aqua Challenge (1,000m swim, 10km run). For the spectators it’s quite a show!
June 21-24 Turismar Fair in Coma-ruga This Multisector Trade Fair has been held on the seafront and beach at Coma-ruga every year since 1987 and traditionally marks the end of spring and the beginning of the summer season. The stands are located in Plaça dels Germans Trillas, with a notable presence of the local cava industry, while the beach is the place for parallel activities such as sporting and cultural exhibitions and the Feast of Saint John bonfire party.