Tarragona fiestas festivals “Capgrossos” (traditional festive characters) © Alberich Fotògrafs-2

Tarragona Main Festival Saint Thecla

Tarragona Main Festival Saint Thecla

There is no other time of the year as lively as during the great festival, Santa Tecla. In 2002 was declared “Festival of tourist interest” by the Spanish government and in 2010 was declared “Patrimonial festival of national interest” by the Catalan government. The origins of this celebration held on the streets go back to the year 1321 when the arm relic of the patron saint arrived to the city from Armenia.

Tarragona Spain

For over one week, the people from Tarragona and the visitors go out on the streets to take over the most emblematic areas of the city where the different traditional, festive and gastronomic events take place.

On Santa Tecla’s day, the 23rd in the afternoon, the Seguici Popular (literally “popular retinue”) walks around the streets of the Part Alta (old town) giving way to the relic of Santa Tecla. Of particular note is the entrance of the arm of Santa Tecla to the cathedral with the dance of all the traditional elements, human towers, ringing of the bells and fireworks.

The 24th is the human tower day of La Mercè (Our Lady of Mercy) with the participation of the city’s colles (human towers groups) who exhibit the singular walking towers.


Sep 15 2019 - Sep 24 2019


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  • beth miles

    August 12, 2019 at 1:09 am


    Can you please send a list of what/where happens each of these day? Also, how long and how much is it to get there from Barcelona?


    • Jackie De Burca

      August 13, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Beth,

      Thanks for stopping by. Check this Tarragona link for more fiesta information. To get there from Barcelona, you can take either a bus or train. So of course the cost will depend on which you choose and what train you catch. The cheapest one way is around €8.00. However it is even cheaper when you can book a return online in advance. http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html

      Some are faster and therefore more expensive. The train station is a bit of a walk or taxi ride from the main areas.

      Would love to hear how you get on!! 🙂

      Have a great trip,



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