Fil Loxera Festival is a fiery and fun-filled festival that began with a story. Each year, the locals of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia (a municipality in the comarca of the Alt Penedès in Catalonia, Spain) gather to recall the days when phylloxera plague destroyed their local vineyards in the 19th century and how they finally successfully rid themselves of this crisis once and for all.
“The best stories are those that demand triumph over adversity.”
The locals have been celebrating this festival for 36 years and have witnessed incredible performances from over 100 well-known musicians who are masters in playing orchestra and percussion.
The festival kicks off on September 7 at night, with the traditional fireworks. A gigantic phylloxera marionette appears and march through the streets of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. Later on, a small children’s phylloxera passes through the streets. Then on the very next day, the big phylloxera returns and dances down the street to the raucous sounds of firecrackers and drums.
The members present at the festival dress up in red color costumes and garments, (a color that is not befitting for vines also which symbolize the sickness of the grapevines)
To meet the safety measures, participants are strictly advised to wear cotton clothes, tie handkerchiefs around their necks, and wear a cap, as fire is involved in the activities.
To celebrate the triumph over the plague, the party wraps up with a glass of sparkling cava (Spanish traditional wine made with native grapes) along with the thrum of the music beat to which participants and audience dance in the main square.
The Fil Loxera Festival takes place in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Spain.
If you planning to attend Fil Loxera festival, we would recommend you to stay in Barcelona, as it is the closest city from Sant Sadurní d’Anoia.
An overnight bus departs every night from Barcelona to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, which takes one and a half hour to reach the destination. The buses are well equipped with modern technology and comfortable seats.
You also have the option to take a direct train from Barcelona to Sant Sadruni d’Anoia. The train departs every 30 minutes from Barcelona and it hardly takes 45 minutes to reach Sant Sadruni d’Anoia. The trains are up to the standard and possibly the quickest way to reach your destination.
If you own a car and you wouldn’t mind driving, then it’s possibly the easiest way to reach Sant Sandruni d’Anoia. It takes approximately 30 minutes by car.
The accommodation options vary based on your own preference and budget – but there are several to choose from. It is recommended that you stay near the main city centre as it is more convenient to access public transport, convenience stores and restaurants available nearby.
If you are willing to stay near the city center, Gothic Quarter, El Born and Eixample are the best options available for you.
If you wish to stay in a luxury hotel equipped with all the facilities, Hotel Mercer is a good to go option. Located in the middle of the Gothic Quarter, the hotel is unique in its own way – with high ceilings, beautiful interior, and orange trees.
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Spanish architect from Catalonia Antoni Gaudia built a masterpiece church named Sagrada Familia – undoubtedly, the topmost tourist attraction in Barcelona because of its exquisite interior. The church was consecrated in 2010 and expected to be completed in 2026.
Visit La Boqueria, one of the famous produce markets of Barcelona. You can find all the local fruits, organic vegetables, and meat stalls. You can also find the delicious chorizo along with mouth-watering seafood varieties. The fresh fruit juice available in the market is also a must try.
Museu de Cultures del Mon, a museum in Barcelona, is home to treasures from all over the world. The museum houses masks to paintings to statues from The Americas, Asia, and Africa. The collections are majestic and antique.
The city is famous for its seafood, try their authentic seafood Suquet de peix. It is a delicious boiling soup made with potato and seafood stew.
Fil Loxera Festival takes place on September 7th and 8th, 2019.
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