Festivals of the Priorat region
L'ENCAMISADA - the brave men of Falset
On the weekend nearest to 17th January (St. Anthony) in Falset there is an ancestral festival which has it's origin in
legend. It is said that men from the town ambushed French invaders in the 18th century, taking them by surprise during a
foggy night by wearing white shirts. The festival consists of a parade of decorated carts pulled by animals and people wearing
traditional dresses followed by the blessing of animals and the dance of coques (a type of sweet bread).
There are fireworks at about midday to announce the big day. The parade and more fireworks starts late at night when
it seems the whole town is out. The parade is led by Diablos (devils) who let off fireworks above their heads. The parade
follows and there are plenty of carts and people taking part.
Festival of the TRUITA EN SUC. On the second weekend of March in Ulldemolins a culinary festival is held based around this
emblematic dish of the Priorat, the omelette with sauce. This dish can be prepared in many ways, as can be seen in the competition
held during the day. There are tasting and other activities too.
PRIORAT WINE FAIR. On the weekend nearest to 1st May in Falset there is a fair devoted to the two wine denominations of the
area: DOQ Priorat and DO Monsant. During the week there are conferences, courses on wine tasting and a culinary competition.
Plus a chance to taste the wines from the fair.
FESTIVAL OF THE GRAPE HARVEST. Towards the end of September in Poboleda the celebration of the grape harvest in the traditional
way takes place. Accompanied by visits to vineyards and wine cellars, a breakfast party and all kinds of festive events.
Links of local interest
Gencat - website of the Catalan government. Provides information on tourism, culture, weather, town maps and much more..
Palau Roberts for Catalan culture, walking, cycling and driving routes
Priorat regional website (only available in spainish)
Costa Daurada the golden coast. Information on leisure acitvities in the area. Including golf, hiking, fishing, arts, sailing,
climbing and more..
Trekking and Hiking in Spain. The Casita is on the route Sender del Priorat.