You get a sense of chill when entering the portal of the monastery of Poblet, a sense of secrecy and silence which permeates every step of your way. Poblet lies a mere 30 minutes drive from Tarragona, beyond the industrial landscape and deep in to the foot hills of the mountains of Prades, surrounded by peace and the past.
It’s not just the main parades that make the Tarragona Carnival what it is; the whole city takes part and those who don’t almost look out of place confined in to their black and grey world when all else goes technicolor. I wanted to capture some of this collective emotion, this great ability of doing things together which is symbiotic to living here and be part of it.
The last day of the Tarragona Carneval is a mixture of the irreverent, profane and right down apocalyptic with the first Correfoc of the year. But first comes the wake of Carnestoltes, the allegoric king of the Carnival, his unapealing body in full view of those who have come to gaze and pay their last homages.
The glam feast which is the Tarragona Carnival got underway last weekend with a gigantic mile long exhotic catwalk. The event, which stretches over two days, is an uplifting spell of colour, glitz and gloss; thousands taking part in what is, undoubtedly, Tarragona´s most glamorous moment of the year.
La Baixada del Pajaritu is a Tarragona Carnival irreverent classic. Organised by Tarragona self appointed event organisers the Pipel Entertainment, it involves over twenty andróminas (ramshackle contraptions on wheels) hurling down a hill under the stern eye of a group of Chartreuse swilling judges brought in by a stretch limousine.
Last night the spectacular presentation of the main groups involved in the Tarragona Carnival parade took place under the gaze of a packed audience. It was a competition for the best, the brashest, the most glamorous, dramatic costume with each of the groups creating something new and utterly original.
Tarragona´s Carnival has been recently voted one of the ten best Carnivals in the World by the Huffigton post . So much preparation goes in to it with endless rehearsal, secrecy surrounding the costumes, inner rivalry worth a Tarantino movie and gigantic passion from all those involved.
The Parc Natural de la Serra de Monsant is an outstanding rock formation, the result of a process of a erosion caused by a river flowing past and to the sea in prehistoric times. A heaven for climbers and hikers it is reached from Tarragona in less than an hour drive to La Morena del Monsant from which the exhilarating ascent begins.