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20 Jun 2012 0 comments Lídia Penelo

Proposals for the weekend

The town of La Paeria de Cervera, in the region of Lleida, organizes lots of unique activities to celebrate one of the most special holidays of our calendar: The Verbena de San Juan. After 7 pm, if you come here you will find something going on. And probably, with fire in it, like the arrival of the Flame of Canigó or the torching of the Plaza Mayor’s pyre. If fire is not among your favorite things to watch, you can always enjoy a performance of the Trabucaires, an homage to the local eighteenth century bandits.

The flame of Canigó 

The solstice of summer kicks off a season full of festivals. One of the first will take place this weekend in the town of Palamós, (County of Baix Empordà), to honor its patron, St. John. Dancing, good food and fireworks are some of the ingredients that spice this carnival.

Until July 1, the town of Vilabova i la Geltrú holds the Semana del Mar (Sea Week), coinciding with the festivities of St. Peter, patron saint of fishermen. There will be more than fifty events related to the sea: Exhibitions, concerts and communal meals with fresh fish caught in local waters are just a few examples. Oh, we encourage you to participate in the nineteenth century Remojada Popular and the old-fashioned fish auction. You won’t forget it.

 Crawfish of Alt Empordà

For the first time, the towns of Llançà, Colera and Portbou have organized what they call the crawfish festivities. The idea is to raise awareness of the outstanding local cuisine by focusing on one of the local wonders: the crayfish. It is an initiative of the Cofradía de Pescadores de Llançà and involves 15 restaurants offering menus featuring the crawfish as the star.

Sheep shorn with scissors

However, if you rather go away from the sea, you can head over to the town of Sort. There, you will find the traditional Esquilada de Ovejas con Tijera (sheep shorn with scissors). It is a festival aimed at introducing to newer generations this ancient craft, customary of these mountain regions. You can also do some shopping of handcrafted art and attend other demonstrations of old trades.

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