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The Correfocs, a great event with lot´s of fireworks

The Correfocs a fun but crazy intense tradition.

Correfocs Fiestas de Gracia Barcelona

If you like to see and do different things, this is another good one too. The Correfocs takes place several times a year on different locations through Catalunya. One of the most popular and fun ones is the one of the barrio Gracia that takes place every year during the Fiestas de Gracia around the 14th of august until the 20th. During this week the entire neighborhood is decorated and the party goes on the entire week with bands playing on the local squares, DJ´s, lots of fireworks, traditional dance, music, drinks and, many many locals. One of the things they also celebrate is the Correfoc. It is  It is a tradition Catalans do nearly whenever they have something to celebrate for.

Streets suddenly explode in a shower of fire sparks, drum beats, and the of screaming people.

Correfocs Fiestas de Gracia in Barcelona
Correfocs Fiestas de Gracia in Barcelona

The correfoc, meaning ‘fire-run,’ is an open-air performance during which some people dress as devils with pitchforks and set off fireworks in the crowd. It sounds a bit scary and maybe it is in the beginning but if you are well prepared with safety glasses, a hood and a scarf it is actually really good fun to watch or to participate.

Correfocs Fiestas de Gracia Barcelona
Correfocs Fiestas de Gracia Barcelona

If this sounds too intense for you there is always a lighter version too in the daytime when the kids are playing the little Devils setting off firecrackers in the streets. It´s a nice setting to go to when you have kids yourself as the evening session can be intense. To see the program of the fiestas de Gracia you can click here. 

Correfocs Fiestas de Gracia Barcelona

Another great one to see is the one of the Fiestas de la Merce in the city center, it´s the celebration of the city’s patron saint La Mercè on September 24th it is always accompanied by an impressive correfoc. Also here is a softer version with kids during the day time. 

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