Big festivals and major events on the Costa Daurada: Summer
What's on in summer on the Costa Daurada
By Xavier Amat|
June 14-30 Fiesta of Sant Pere in Reus The Festa Major 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.
June 24-26 Turismar Fair in Coma-ruga This fair is devoted to food and also includes the Baix Penedès Wine Fair, as well as a host of entertaining activities such as sports exhibitions, dances, live music, and plenty of activities designed for kids.
July and August Dramatised tours of Cambrils For two days per week during July and August, the Cambrils Tourist Board is organising dramatised tours of the town’s port and historical centre. You'll also find street entertainment on offer every day in the port. Another activity, which is available year round, is visiting the town with friends or family calling in at its five photocalls (Parc del Pescador, Pi Rodó, Plaça de l’Església de Sant Pere, Plaça de la Vila and the Agrobotiga). When you’ve stopped in at all five, go to the Tourist Board, show them your photos and you’ll get a free gift. If you choose to post the photos on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #smilecambrils, you’ll take part in a raffle with the chance of winning two tickets to PortAventura World.
2nd half of July and 1st half of August 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 July 25 Festa Major 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 Festa Major of Sant Jaume, with all the traditional events you'd expect to find at a Festa Major, as well as live music, dancing and cultural events. And when this party finishes, the town's main summer one begins around August 3.
July 25 Fiesta of Sant Jaume in Miami Platja Sant Jaume is the main summer party in Miami Platja, and there are activities for everyone including the famous 'vaquilles' and a firework display on Platja Cristall beach.
July 25-28 Festa Major in Vendrell This festival is held in honour of Saint Anne, the town's patron saint, and July 26 is the most important day of the four days of the Festa Major, 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 ('correfoc') and a dance. The last day of the festival, July 28, is the Day of the Dog and features the Dance of the Malcasats (the unhappily married), which sees the lighting of a kilometre-long row of firecrackers.
July 31 – August 1 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 Catalonia, 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' (burnt rum), laid on by the Bot Salvavides fisherman of Calafell.
August 1-2 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.
August 8-15 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's a wide variety of entertainment on offer, from traditional folklore to concerts.
Mid-August Festa Major of Sant Roc in Hospitalet de l'Infant Some 60 activities take place in the streets and beaches of L'Hospitalet de l'Infant during this mid-August festival, including the popular 'fideuà' noodle-paella feast, the iconic Night of Fire, live music concerts, and a pilgrimage to the hermitage of Sant Roc.
First Saturday in September Old-Fashioned Harvest Festival in Poboleda This celebration of the old-fashioned way of harvesting grapes also includes a street breakfast after visiting the vines. Then the grapes are treaded and the town’s wines are tasted, followed by entertainment and cultural activities. For further information, contact Poboleda Town Hall on 97 782 7097.
September 5-6 Medieval Market in Hospitalet de l'Infant Set up around the hospital that gave rise to the town, a hundred stalls re-create 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.
First two weeks of September King James I Festival + Sent Soví Salou Back in 1229, King James I of Aragon set sail from the military port of Salou Corria on the conquest of Mallorca. That feat is deeply rooted in the history of Salou and is commemorated the first weekend of September by a celebration with a markedly medieval character, featuring a medieval market and historical re-creations. Around this time of the year, Sent Soví also offers a tapas route with the participation of many of the town’s bars and restaurants.
September 7-11 Festa Major in Borges del Camp The origins of this festival 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 Festa Major of Borges del Camp an event of national interest, and recognised the dance of the devils as an element of traditional festival interest. The devils have come out to party here since the 1880s, and some say since even before that time.
September 12-13 Festival 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 festival 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 mid-day there's a display of potato omelettes and other dishes featuring potatoes.
September 14-24 Festival Santa Tecla in Tarragona These celebrations are held in honour of the patron saint of the city and consist of more than 500 events that fill the streets and squares 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.