Tortosa Renaissance Festival – “Festa del Renaixement Tortosa”
This festival is titled The Splendour of a 16th Century City, and it artfully recreates the atmosphere of that historical period.
During the four-day festival, Tortosa takes a giant leap back in time, commemorating the culture and activities of yesteryear.
About the festival
The whole city becomes a stage. Image 3000 citizens are wandering the streets in period costumes.
Add in over 500 actors constantly performing in the streets, and the old town transform itself back to the splendour of the 16th Century.
Tortosa Renaissance Festival is unique in its focus on this specific point in time.
The first festival took place in 1996.
A descriptive notebook dating back to 1544 brought about the idea of holding a festival to revitalise the pride of the past.
Lots of entertainment and renaissance cuisine
It wouldn’t be the festival it is today without the incredible participation of the local population.
It’s a festival where you will see the sights of days gone by, and the aromas of the ancient recipes will instantly transport you back in time.
Along with the renaissance cuisine, attorneys will take their oaths, jousting, music, international shows, comedy, and drama.
You can also enjoy many street entertainments and nighttime festivities in the taverns.
If you want to feel, see and smell the history, then Tortosa Renaissance Festival is a must-see!
Stay in the old castle with stunning views over Tortosa.
Parador de Tortosa was originally built by the Moorish King Abderramán III.
Over the centuries, it has been updated in a Gothic style.
More about Tortosa
The lovely Renaissance city of Tortosa lies in Catalonia on the banks of the Ebro river, 12 metres above sea level, nestled amidst towering mountains.
It has an impressive historical and artistic heritage and is home to many events, festivals, and incredible food.
The Castle of Sant Joan or Suda is one of the main attractions, and it has a commanding view from its perch 59 metres above the city.
Tortosa was one of the main cities of the Kingdom of Aragon.
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How to get there
You’ll find Tortosa 180 kilometres south of Barcelona midway to Valencia.
From Barcelona, there are buses and trains available.