Published: February 22nd 2011February 22nd 2011
Spring is on its way, which mostly comes together with "Carnestoltes
" the carnival festive in Catalonia! So grab your feather boa and a pair of golden pumps, because it’s Carnival time!
However it takes place a bit later this year, we will be celebrating carnival in the beginning of March instead of February.
During carnival many events take place and you can enjoy colorful customs, parades and lots of parties. It all starts with ‘’Greasy Thursday
” on the 3rd of March when the Spanish eat a lot of heavy food, such as Tortilla’s (Spanish omelets). The markets of Barcelona celebrate this day with many food events and competitions all over Barcelona, awarding originality, beauty and of course the taste.
Naturally carnival is not only celebrated in Barcelona and you can celebrate it even bigger in Sitges
! This is a picturesque, gay friendly, holiday resort, only 40 km from Barcelona and it’s known for its big parties. Sitges is especially famous for celebrating carnival in a wonderfully and extravagant style and it brings out the wild side of locals and visitors alike.
On Sunday the 6th and Tuesday the 8th of March, the biggest parades are going through the city. The Sunday Parade is known as “Rua de la Disbauxa
” (Rampage Rua) and the Tuesday Parade, called “Rua de l’extermination
” (Rua of Extermination). These will both start from Cap de Vila in Sitges, so don’t miss them out!
During the Sitges Carnival there are also different events every night with La Noche Rosa (Pink night), Noche de las Mantillas - where people wear traditional Spanish dresses, Noche de las touristas and finally the Noche de las Viudas or the Widows night, which is anything but lonely.