Experience Catalonia: Correfoc Fire Running Festival Experience from Barcelona

6 hr

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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...
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.

The experienced native guide shows the outfits and special clothes “devils” wear, how they light their sparklers and firecrackers, and explains secrets and details behind this centenary and unique tradition; which is strongly connected to the history of the town. You can take it all in from the side lines or get involved the same way a local does and surrounded by locals.

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.
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Important Details

Included
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or a 4-wheel car
  • Local taxes included
  • Personalized guided tour of a Traditional Festival.
  • Experience local culture first hand and discover traditions hardly known by visitors.
  • Hotel pickup (if option is selected)
  • Unique experience
  • Fire protection coat
  • Explanation of the fire running tradition by a local expert
  • Souvenir picture with the fire running and devils
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Central Barcelona, near the Glories Shopping Center
Traveler pickup is offered


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Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona


Any place in Barcelona

Return Details
Your centrally located Barcelona hotel at approximately 12am midnight
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is available in English, Catalan and Spanish
  • Not recommended for children aged 12 and under
  • Long trousers and closed shoes must be worn, as these will not be provided.
  • A cape will be given to people participating in the correfoc
  • Please note: Tour departing time may change; Starting time may be later than 6pm; Starting time depends on the Fire Running location; Please call 24 hours in advance to know the exact departing time
  • There will be time off the bus at your leisure, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear
  • The location of the festivity and “Correfocs” is always close to Barcelona (less than a two-hour drive)
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 23 reviews

Reviewed: September 27, 2016

Timsuerichmond   |   Australia

Loved this trip, it was well worth taking the time out to visit. The experience was fantastic and our guide was wonderful. She was informative, friendly and very caring. I highly recommend this.


Reviewed: September 4, 2016

twills   |   Australia

Absolutely amazing. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR. You will have one of the best nights in your life. We were actually part of the parade with fireproof smock and glasses provided. The streets were barricaded off with crowds behind them watching the parade us included for a couple of hours through the streets with fireworks spinning and colour everywhere along with continuous cracking and dancing. our guide knew the people and was with us all the time. Fantastic experience


Reviewed: July 29, 2016

Tateanna J

This by far was one of the best things I did while in Barcelona. My guides were amazing. I was late getting to the meeting location and they didn't mind waiting for me. It was like being in the center of a fireworks display. I enjoyed every minute of it and would do it again and again.


Reviewed: October 1, 2015

judith S

very fun trip to unusual local festival. Guide gave good orientation and made trip very memorable and fun.


Reviewed: September 13, 2015

Aaron   |   United States of America

Barbara was wonderful as our guide in this very unique experience. It was like a 4th of July firework show up close. It was a great experience to immerse in a true Catalonia tradition.