Saint Roch Festival Tarragona

Saint Roch Festival Tarragona-Festa de Sant Roc

Festival Date: 16/08/2014

As opposed to many of the other festivals in Tarragona, this is not a celebration of a person but a street. It isn’t just any old street however this is one of the most famous in the old quarter, Parta Alta, and one of the most traditional in the whole of the city.

The start of the parade is signalled by a cannon blast, and then the merriment commences. The giants and many other popular figures from local culture then proceed to dance through the streets and bring the neighbourhood to life.

Sights you won’t want to miss include Cós del Bou giants, which are known as the Gegants Vells (the old giants). These were given to the city in 1825 and are their oldest giants. They were gifts to the residents of the Cós del Bou neighbourhood from which they get their name.

Tarragona is full of wonderful culture and history. Did you know that its Roman city of Tarraco, as well as the Catalan tradition of the Human Castles are some of the UNESCO sites of Catalonia, or of special heritage interest? Find out more by following this link UNESCO Heritage in Catalonia

Want to discover more about the fabulous city of Tarragona, just click on this link to read the Tarragona Travel Guide.

A New York Times critic, Florence Fabricant, said this about Tarragona: “We left Tarragona feeling as though we had been let in on a wonderful secret that told not only of the reach of ancient Rome, but of other historic periods, layered within and around the city. And that the secret was meant to be shared.”

If you would like to see the article that she wrote about Tarragona in the New York Times, click on Tarragona in the New York Times

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Tarragona 43003
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