Experience Catalonia: Correfoc Fire Running Festival Experience from Barcelona
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.
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan or a 4-wheel car
- Souvenir picture with the fire running and devils
- Hotel pickup (if option is selected)
- Fire protection coat
- Local taxes included
- Personalized guided tour of a Traditional Festival.
- Experience local culture first hand and discover traditions hardly known by visitors.
- Explanation of the fire running tradition by a local expert
- Unique experience
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
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.
very fun trip to unusual local festival. Guide gave good orientation and made trip very memorable and fun.
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.
This tour was amazing!
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.
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.