5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
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. You can take it all in from the side lines or get involved and dance your socks off as the night skies light up!

Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy this traditional festival with personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Evening tour from Barcelona to a typical Catalonian correfoc festival
  • Travel to a village in the heart of Catalonia where you’ll watch the traditional fire-running show
  • Spend time at leisure in the village and soak up the festival atmosphere
  • See dancers dressed as devils, performing to live folk music amid a spectacular firework display
  • Watch the correfoc show with your guide, or get involved and dance with the locals
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a wonderful way to experience a traditional Catalan festival that only locals usually know about. You'll learn about Catalan culture and some Catalan words so you can mingle with villagers at the festival and even join in the dance! Very memorable!

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What You Can Expect

Experience Catalonia: Correfoc (Fire Running) Festival Tour from Barcelona

Experience Catalonia: Correfoc (Fire Running) Festival Tour from Barcelona

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, you’ll 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.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Tis was a fantastic tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Barbara and Alex were incredible. We went to Girona and were lucky to see human towers as well as the fire running. They were able to get us to be part of the human towers. We met the devils before the fire running and they were very happy to share what was going to happen and tell us where to be for the best experience. You will be in the fire running, so be prepared to have sparklers falling all over you. I recommend long sleeves and pants, though you will get hot. This tour takes place all over Catalonia so before you book you may want to consider how far you will be from Barcelona. The time says about 6 hours, our tour was 8 because of where we went and also because it was delayed for a soccer game. All in all one of the best experiences I have had.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Absolutely amazing - will definitely do it again and our guide, Barbara was fab!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

this was brilliant and a must for anyone going to Barcelona during this festival. guides were good if i had one criticism despite telling the tour operator I would only be contactable by phone they emailed me while I was away with a new time to meet. Fortunate for me the guys waited. This tour finished our break with a bang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was an excellent tour and would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to experience a traditional correfoc. Our guides Barbara and Alex were lovely and made sure our group was well looked after and making sure we had the best vantage point to view the fireworks or get up close and dance with the devils for the more adventurous. Loved it!

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