Castells A Fascinating Spanish Tradition

This article is a fascinating introduction to a quirky Spanish tradition: castells. Called castells by the villages that construct them, these are vertical towers of villagers.

That’s right- vertical. As you can imagine, this tradition takes a lot of work, and villages are often competitive when constructing their castells. Castellers have a motto: strength, balance, courage and common sense.

These things are understandably crucial for an activity that involves a vertical tower of people! The crowning element of a castell is that a small child clambers atop the tower once it’s complete. Every year the Concurs de Castells is held in Tarragona, and villages compete for the best castell. Check out this amazing Spanish tradition!

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Photo by: Josep Santacreu