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Fiestas and events in Salou

 

Mare de Déu d´Agost (15th of August)

This ‘fiesta’ or festival to honour the ‘Mother of God’ on the 15th of August, today forms part of a whole week of festivities, known as the ‘Nits Dauradas’ or Golden Nights. For this reason, every year squares and whole streets are cordoned off to make way for concerts, shows and parties for people of all ages. In general, the organisers aren’t too stingy and invite national and international stars from the world of pop and rock to perform in free concerts on enormous stages in notable places along the seafront.
The exact dates vary every year. Normally the festivities of the ‘Nits Dauradas’ begin on the 09.08. and end on the 15.08., the day of the ‘Santa Virgen’ (Holy Virgin) with impressive fireworks which can be seen all the way from Cambrils (see: Cambrils travel guide).
All along the beaches of Salou, Vilafortuny and Cambrils people meet at the seashore to see this noisy, multicoloured show.

Tip: Take folding chairs or towels to sit on. The fireworks go on for a long time!

Rey Jaume I (first week of September)

At the beginning of September, the inhabitants of Salou commemorate the king Rey Jaume I, who left Salou at that time of year with his fleet to conquer the Balearic Isles.
There are several activities such as a regatta, small theatre plays in the port, a mediaeval market with different arts and crafts and a fancy-dress parade in costumes of that era. In the latter, actors play the roles of soldiers, noblemen and also the king himself, leaving from the old tower or Torre Vella de Salou (see: Torre Vella Salou) and heading to the port.

Fiesta Major (30th of October)

For a whole week, the streets of Salou are filled with numerous activities. However, the 30th of October is the most important day, as this is when the separation of the town of Salou from the neighbouring town of Vila-seca is celebrated, an event that took place in 1989.
In the days preceding the festival, the annual prize for child and youth creativity is presented.
Other events are the always long-awaited giant paella, fireworks, parades, sporting activities, concerts and the ball marking the end of the ‘fiesta mayor’.

Squid fishing competition (last week in November)
For the last 35 years, the squid fishing contest has been held in Salou in the last week of November. Anyone who wants to can take part, you just have to put your name down beforehand. Both professional fishermen and amateurs compete to see who gets the best catch. Prizes are given to several categories: the biggest squid, the smallest squid or the highest number of squid.
The rules are easy: A firecracker marks the start and another, an hour later, orders the participants to come back.
After the last day of the competition is over, the prizes are presented in the Salou sailing club, accompanied by a squid lunch.
Price: €30, tickets and bookings are available at Salou sailing club - Club Náutico Salou.