The fes­ti­val called “The Human Tow­ers of Tar­rag­o­na” is an annu­al sport­ing event that brings togeth­er the best teams in the coun­try. This com­pe­ti­tion is held every two years in Tar­rag­o­na, a Cata­lan city 90 kilo­me­ters south of Barcelona. About 6,000 spec­ta­tors gath­er in the old are­na of Tar­rag­o­na on the first week­end of Octo­ber to watch a very unusu­al com­pe­ti­tion where teams of hun­dreds of peo­ple try to build the largest human tow­er. Top teams com­pete with each oth­er for first place in var­i­ous cat­e­gories, where the win­ner is the one who com­plet­ed the most dif­fi­cult task.

towers of tarragona

Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Spain

We have already writ­ten about the most inter­est­ing fes­ti­vals in Octo­ber, we will sup­ple­ment this selec­tion with com­pe­ti­tions in Tar­rag­o­na. The con­struc­tion of human tow­ers is an old Cata­lan tra­di­tion dat­ing back over two hun­dred years. Each castell (the Cata­lan name for a cas­tle) is built by a team called col­la, which includes between 75 and 500 men and women. The young and light par­tic­i­pants form the top of the tow­er, while the heav­ier par­tic­i­pants form the base. The whole process is accom­pa­nied by dra­mat­ic music, the par­tic­i­pants build a tow­er from 6 to 10 lev­els high and the prize goes to the most dar­ing and skill­ful teams.
towers of people of tarragona
This event is pop­u­lar not only with locals, but also with many tourists and has been declared part of the Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Her­itage by UNESCO.

Anoth­er most famous Span­ish fes­ti­val is La Tomati­na, the toma­to fight in Bun­y­ol.

See also
Paragliding, or how to feel like a bird