It's the local festivity in Girona! From today until November 4th, the day of Sant Narcís, the patron saint of the city, is celebrated. The local holiday revolves around some Fairs with a traditional commercial origin. During 10 days the streets of Girona are packed with many visitors and ... flies!
With the cold arriving, flies are especially present and on the other hand, it is the busiest time for traders. Both events have a lot to do with Sant Narcís and with the fairs that are celebrated these days.
In fact, we can consider the story of the patron of Girona to be more of a legend. According to the story, after a misunderstanding between King Peter the Great and Philip III of France, the French besieged the city of Girona. In an attempt to demoralize the population, the French desecrated the saint’s body. This action had devastating consequences for the invading army; from the saint's broken arm came out millions of flies that attacked the troops in such a way that they had to flee. Girona was saved!
Activities you can’t miss
Fireworks - Fireworks and light shows are year after year one of the main activities of the Fires de Sant Narcís. The event you must not miss are the Diables and their Correfoc. This year will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 11pm.
Concerts - Every year, the park of La Copa is be filled with the popular “barraques”, as well as a concerts every night starting at 11pm (except on Monday and Tuesday). This year we can see Els Catarres on Friday October 26th, Els Amics de les Arts on Sunday 28th or Miss Kittin on Thursday November 1st.
Culture - Culture also has a very important role in the Fairs. Several museums and places in the city will hold open days: the Museum of the History of Girona, the Museum of the History of the Jews, the Generalitat de Girona building, the Art Museum of Girona and the City Hall.
The most traditional Sant Narcís
The Fires de Sant Narcís, also include a fair that recalls the origins of the festival. Whoever wants to visit it will have to go to the Devesa, where you can find attractions (spinning wheels, roller coasters, bumper cars ...), and the historic Exhibition Fair where, just like in the old days, they showcase the main novelties of the agricultural, industrial and commercial world.
For more information about activities and schedules you can consult the program.