Fiestas de Sants 2018
Fiestas de Sants 2018
Along with Fiestas de Gràcia, Barcelona will welcome the 2nd largest festivities of the city, Fiestas de Sants, from August 18 to 26! For an amazing stay in Barcelona, take a look at beautiful apartments by Two Sisters Apartments in the neighborhood of Sant Antoni.
Sants was an old municipality of Barcelona that in the 19th century undertook an important transformation: it became a workers' nucleus because of the textile factories, during that time it also united with Barcelona. One of the main characteristics of Fiestas de Sants are the street decorations, all made by the neighbours themselves! You will submerdge in the popular culture with giants, castellers (human towers) and devils. As in every Festa Major, there are sardana dances, stret food, different concerts, children's workshops, fairs and etc. Fiestas de Sants are celebrated in honor of St. Bartolomé, the Saint Patron of the Sants neighborhood, with its official day on August 24 every year. The first edition of Fiestas de Sants was held in the middle of the 19th century!
Fiestas de Sants begin with a parade (pasacalle) where the cultural organizations of Sants take a walk through the neighborhood till the park of Espanya Industrial. Fiestas de Sants are also known for the beauutiful decoration of squares and streets, an activity that has been done for more than 100 years. Associations of neighbors prepare the decorations throughout the year, with themes and materials that never stop to amaze! To preserve this tradition, there are prizes awarded each year for he best decorated streets, distributed by category, in a ceremony celebrated the day after the Festivities, in the park of Espanya Industrial.
With 4 "colles" of fire, Fiestas de Sants cannot miss a great pyrotechnic show, which usually takes place in the end of the festivities. In the afternoon the youngest devils (diables) come to the streets, carrying out a correfoc show (running fire) for kids through the main streets of the old neighborhood. At night, the adults dressed like devils, together with the fire bestiary of the neighborhood, celebrate a great correfoc that says goodbye to Fiestas de Sants till the next year.
Apart from all the cultural activities, Fiestas de Sants are full of pop, rock and jazz concerts, street parties, bars and etc. If you´ve decided to visit Barcelona you can always stay in Two Sisters Apartments and enjoy the city and its offers!