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I have two days off … We celebrate the Solsona Festival!

We continue a week longer with the informative blogs to do in Solsona for two days.

This week, we will focus on one of the traditional fiestas of Solsona, the Festa Major.

This holiday will begin on September 7th and will last until September 11th.

Every day that lasts the party is important and there are special events that do not do another day, so we will change the plans we had for this ticket and instead of 2 days, we will take a short tour of the 5 days that the Fiesta Major lasts

A bit of history ...

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The Solsona’s Festa Major is one of the oldest and most traditional times of all the celebrations that are currently held all over the country. This rich and secular festive heritage is in the distance of time, at least since the 14th century.

The origins of the Festa Major de Solsona date back to 1653. Catalonia had suffered the defeat of the Reapers’ War (1640-1652) and, shortly afterwards, the bad harvests that led to the drought. To this, the Plague was added that extended by the country. It was because of the devastating context that, due to an ancestral custom of the solonins -documented since 1657-, the vote was taken to the Virgin of the Cloister.

In 1652, when the doctors no longer had any other remedy to reduce the plague, the town hall consistently asked the Virgin of the Cloister solemnly. According to the chronicles, as of that moment “nothing” was moved, nobody else died, so that the consuls demanded that it be voted on that the day of the Nativity would be organized a procession with the solemnity of the day of Our Lady of August. On the 1st of September the following year, the Virgin Mary of the Patron Saint of Solsona was proclaimed. Here was the feast of Our Lady of the Cloister.

Continue reading and find ideas for the Festa Major de Solsona …

Start of the Festa Major.

We start the morning with the signal that tells us that the Festival has begun, the bell tower of the Cathedral, which will take place at 11.30. Next, at 12, we will go up to the town hall square, where the mayor of Solsona, will give, personally, the beginning of the festival followed by the thug of the trabucaire. Returning to the Plaza Mayor, we will hear the thunderstorms of the Sullivan trabucaires.

It’s time you go out to the street the seal of identity of the town, THE GIANTS! We enjoy the passacarrer, watching the dances of the giants that will go to the sound of the patinfanjàs band of Solsona, that will begin in the place of the city council by the old town.

once the passacarrers are over, it’s time to go to lunch (and of the respective nap, this can never be missed!) and in the afternoon we continue with the party!

From 5 pm and having rested after all the morning following the giants, in the Plaza de San Pedro, we will find the VII contest of musicians in the street.

To continue an afternoon of art and music, we can enjoy three inaugurations that will be held during the afternoon:

  • At 6, in the exhibition hall of the Cellar of Ca l’Aguilar, INAUGURATION of the exhibition “Amalgama and the symbiosis of two worlds”, by Danika Montse Fuentes, from California, and Leonardo Cisternes Mosciatti, from Chile
  • At 7, in the exhibition hall of the former Caixa Penedès (Cal Manel), INAUGURATION of the exhibition “Rostros Mediterrània y Siguiendo las Pases de N’Assem”
  • At 2/4 of 8, in the Sala Gris, INAUGURATION of the exhibition “From painting to photography, from photography to painting”, by Josep Dalmau and Jaume Roure

The evening arrives and with it, the bell tower of the Cathedral announcing the Cant de la Salve, which we can enjoy at 20.45 in the cloister’s chapel, after the descent of the municipal corporation accompanied by the pubilla and the maidens Honor of 2016, the dance of poles and the Patinfanjàs orchestra.

After enjoying the Cant de la Salve, the streets of the old town are lit with teieres and, following them, we will make our way to the patio of the Arrels II school, with the entourage that will also leave the Cathedral, to see the castle of fireworks.

The events of the day are over, but now the acts we like most are coming to the youngsters! The night party! But, eh !, which is not only aimed at young people, also families will be able to enjoy the Habanera concert that will take place at 23:00 in the Plaza de San Juan.

And for the young …

At 1 in the morning, in the Multipurpose Room, CONCERT OF VERSIONS with Band’d’festa, Caipirinhas Rumberus and DJ Sendo.

Sleep and rest well, why this has only begun!

Tomorrow better and better, if it’s possible!

We start the morning with the mass sung at the Cathedral at 9 am to stop breakfast and then we will follow the Sullivan trawlers around the walls of the village, waking up even more, with their features!

At 11.00 we can attend the mass concelebrated by the bishop of Solsona in the Cathedral, not without witnessing, before that, the descent of the municipal corporation accompanied by the town hall, the maidens of honor of 2016, the Patinfanjàs Orchestra, the feudis and the giants of the Festa Major.

Once the mass is over, we will go up to the Plaza Mayor, where we can enjoy the ballets of all the giants, where each one is different and has its charm, you can not see them (the younger ones in the house will love it! !!)

The lunch time is already approaching (ep !, do not neglect the nap!) And because until mid-afternoon there are no more events of the Festa Major (also need to rest the poor giants …) we can make a A little bit of tourism in the streets of the old town, if we have not done it or take a walk to Castellvell and Mare de la Font (you can see it in the previous post: Tinc dos dies lliures… Coneixem Solsona!)

At 6:30 p.m., we will be able to attend the homage of the Virgen del Claustro to the Cathedral and see the ball of the eagle in the Plaza Mayor.

Next, in the same place where we are, the Cobla Juvenil Ciutat de Solsona will dance sardanas.

It is once again dark and for lovers of firecrackers and fireworks the moment has arrived, at 22.00 in the portal of the Castle will start the correfoc accompanied by the Batucada with the following route:

Portal del Castillo
Crossing of San Isidro
Calle de Llobera
St. Peter’s Square
Carrer del Castell
Portal del Camp

For young people, in the Plaza del Camp you can enjoy the concert + youth with the Quinta del Barrio and Dj Malé

Families, this time, can go to the Multipurpose room where at 23.00 you will find the Dance of Festa Major with the Juniors orchestra.

From 9:00 in the morning, we can enjoy the same acts as on Friday, that is, the sung Mass, the circumvallation of the old walls with the trabucaires, the descent of authorities towards the Cathedral, the concelebrated mass and the ballets in the Plaza Mayor.

If you have seen it the previous day, you can take the opportunity to visit the Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona, which is located next to the Cathedral, in the Plaza del Obispo. (you can check prices and timetables here: Museu de Solsona,Guests at the Hotel La Freixera can enjoy a 2×1 entrance to the museum!)

From 3:00 pm until evening, the Besamans will take place at the Cathedral in the Cloister’s Mother’s Cathedral. And just after entering to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary, you can stroll through Solsona and find, until 8:00 pm, the painters who make up the XXXVI fast painting contest on Solsona and its surroundings.

If you have already seen and enjoyed all the artists doing paintings by the beautiful Solsona, at 5:30 p.m., you can reach the Multipurpose Room where, the Maravella Orchestra, will play in concert. (attention! Ticket sales will take place an hour before in the box office of the same room.)

For families and the smallest of the house, you can go to the plaza del camp where you will find a family show hosted by the pop music band Pop Xics.

It’s been another day (how fast!) And we get back to the time when youth go out and families rest enjoying either a concert with Marc Anglarill in the Plaza Mayor or the dance from the Festa Major to the Multipurpose Room.

For young people !:

At 1 in the morning, in the Plaza del Campo, CONCIERTO JOVE with Zoo and Xeic!

Throughout the day, sports enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the 23rd Basketball Tournament 3×3 at Plaça del Camp.

But, we start from the beginning, at 10 in the morning we can attend the mass for the deceased. But if the one you love is the bicycle, you can not miss the XXXVIII cyclist climb at La Torregassa, or the starting point will be in front of the Setelsis school (there will be breakfast for everyone!)

The younger children of the house will love to attend the storytellers in the library square after 11:00, where they will be able to enjoy the children’s show Festa Kids! They can not miss it!

For lovers of dancing and the most daring, at 12.00 on the Paseo Pare Claret, there will be a Swing show with live music, do you dare?

We have had a mogudet morning, but that does not end here, it’s a good day, you take strength and you do not need to say what you have to do after eating, because we are waiting for an even more busy afternoon!

At 5:00 pm we will leave the Paseo Pare Claret in the direction of Castellvell with the giant star (I have already told you to do the nap …) and fast because at 17.30 we will extend the star at the tower of the Castellvell and we will attend the talk -debat “October 1, the time of truth”, reading the Manifest of the Correllengua and the song of the Reapers (as a reward for the road made, there will be coca and chocolate for all!)

Rest as much as you can, but as the saying goes: “hurriedly but without pause”, since at 19.30 we can enjoy sardanas again in the Plaza Mayor.

At 21.00 we have an appointment in the Plaza Mayor, where the institutional event of the National Day of Catalonia will be held in Solsona. We can all be part of candle burning in favor of the referendum, and we will enjoy the song of the Reapers.

As every night, for families, at 23:00, in the Multipurpose Room, Festival’s Dance with the Montgrins Orchestra

And for the young:

At 23:00, in Plaça de Sant Pere, concert with the Fugitive group

Today is the day for the smallest of the house, since from 11:00 to 14:00 at the Paseo Pare Claret, at the height of the Culture and Youth Center, you can enjoy inflatable castles! Who was little to be able to enjoy those again!

Information provided by:                                                Solsona Festa Major

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Arrencant motors per la Festa Major

D’aqui una setmana s’inicia la Festa Major de Solsona, coneguem el actes previs a aquesta festivitat.

A només una setmana de l’esperada Festa Major de Solsona, escalfem motors amb els actes previs de la ja esmentada.

Aquests actes és celebraran des d’avui, 1 de Setembre, fins al 6 de Setembre per donar pas a l’inici de la festivitat el dia 7 de Setembre i que durarà fins al 11 de Setembre, Diada de Catalunya.

En aquest post us volem fer arribar el programa d’aquests actes previs perquè, sigueu o no de Solsona, no us perdeu res!

Programa d'actes previs

A les 10 a la plaça de Sant Joan, concert Metamorfosi de les músiques de la Festa Major de Solsona, a càrrec de la Cobla Juvenil Ciutat de Solsona amb la participació extraordinària d’Eduard Gener, LXX Solsonins i Orquestra Patinfanjàs.
Col·laboració: Agrupació de Geganters de Solsona, Arxiu Comarcal del Solsonès, Ajuntament de Solsona i Amics Linyolencs

De 10 a 1, al Castellvell (punt d’inici), VISITA gratuïta al poblat ibèric del Castellvell i, posteriorment, a Sant Miquel de Sorba
Organització: Centre d’Estudis Lacetans

A les 5, a la plaça de Sant Joan, XXXIV TROBADA D’ACORDIONISTES
Organització: Joan Ribera i Ramon Riu
Col·laboració: Ajuntament de Solsona, Consell Comarcal del Solsonès, Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona i Regió7
* En cas de pluja, l’acte es traslladarà a la Sala Polivalent.

A 2/4 de 12, a la plaça de Sant Joan, CONCERT SOLIDARI a càrrec de Judit Neddermann
Organització: SOM (Solsonès Obert al Món)
Patrocini: Ajuntament de Solsona
* En cas de pluja, l’acte es traslladarà al pati gòtic del Consell Comarcal.

A les 8, sortint de la plaça del Camp, XX CAMINADA POPULAR al Vinyet de Solsona. Enguany passa pel turó de Sant Bartomeu en reconeixement a l’excalcalde solsoní Ramon LLumà (Solsona, 1935-2016)
Organització: Ajuntament de Solsona
Col·laboració: Centre Excursionista del Solsonès

A les 10, al camp de tir del Solsonès, TIRADA AL PLAT GENERAL, en la modalitat de 25 plats de color vermell
Organització: Club de Tir del Solsonès

A les 10, a la plaça de la Catedral, sortida de la CURSA SOLIDÀRIA entre Solsona i el Pi de Sant Just Doctortoni.cat Running Festival

A 2/4 d’11, al portal del Castell, MOSTRA DE CULTURA POPULAR, amb plantada de gegants, cercavila pel nucli antic i ballets davant l’Ajuntament
Organització: Gegants del Tros
Col·laboració: Ajuntament de Solsona

A les 5, a 2/4 de 7 i a les 8, a la sala Francesca de Llobera del Consell Comarcal, ESPECTACLE DE MÀGIA de prop per a adults a càrrec del solsoní PERE RAFART, il·lusionista. Entrades gratuïtes amb reserva prèvia. Cal recollir les invitacions a l’OAC de l’Ajuntament (se’n lliuraran un màxim de dues per persona).

A les 7, al Museu Diocesà i Comarcal de Solsona, INAUGURACIÓ de l’exposició “En plein air. Tomàs Boix. La pintura com a passió (1886-1951)”
Organització: Museu Diocesà i Comarcal de Solsona

A 2/4 de 10, a la plaça del Consell Comarcal, ASSAIG GENERAL dels ballets de la Festa Major
Organització: Agrupació de Geganters de Solsona

Informació cedida per:                                              Solsona Turisme

Guided tours to Solsona

If you visit a town that was unknown to you, the best and the first thing everyone is doing is tourism.

For this reason, we leave below the guided tours of Solsona and the region, the necessary information, where they can reserve and buy tickets and their schedules.

Guided tours in Solsona

Solsona, a giant city.

Visit to the giants of the Festa Major and the Carnival of Solsona, all prepared by the Casserras Workshops. In this visit you will learn how to create a giant, from the first drawings on paper, to the final figure. Finally, you can take the last steps to create a small figure of a giant and take it home!

  • Hours: at 6 pm, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from July 17 to August 30, except July 29

Nocturnal visits.

Discover one of the most important historical episodes of Solsona by the hand of different actors that you will find during the visit of the old town. Ready to travel to the Carlist times?

  • Hours: every Thursday and Friday from July 27 to September 1, at 9 pm (except July 28)

Theatricalized visit

During this visit, you will enjoy a theatrical recreation of the operation of the Llobera hospital and the Pou de Gel de Solsona hospital. Ideal for family audiences.

  • Hours: at 7 pm, every Saturday from July 22 until September 2, except July 29

Tasta Solsona.

During the visit, you will discover the historical center of Solsona and its best kept secrets: the oldest shops in the city, paying special attention to craft and local agri-food products. The visit ends with a tasting of products from the territory.

  • Schedule: at 6 pm. Next sessions: August 26

Solsona Monumental.

Experience the history with a route through the most important points of the medieval old town: Carrer Major and streets, Sant Joan, Sant Isidre, with the fountains and stately homes, and the cathedral with the cloisters. Includes the visit to the Ice Well and the Fourth of the Giants.

  • Times: AUGUST: every Wednesday, Friday (in Spanish), Saturdays, Sundays and August 14 and 15 at 11:00 a.m. August 11 and 14 at 6:30 p.m. REST OF THE YEAR: every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays at 11:00 a.m. Except September 8, 9 and 11, December 25 and 26.

Fourth of the giants

Ideal for families! Do you want to know where the giants of the Festa Major of Solsona live? Come and discover the space where they are stored along with the rest of the improperies.

  • Hours: every Saturday at 5 pm, except February 25, May 13, June 17, 18 and 24, July 8 and July 22 to September 11, 2017

Guided tours in the Solsonès.

San Esteban d’Olius monumental complex.

The visit consists of a historical interpretation of the place, visiting the field of Iberian silos, the church of Sant Esteve d’Olius and its crypt dedicated to Santa Maria. Also included is the visit to the modernist cemetery designed by Bernadí Martorell.

  • Hours: to be specified with the group

Sanctuary of the Miracle.

Discover the best kept secrets of the Miracle Shrine by the hand of its neighbors. The visit includes places such as the Baroque altar and the sacristy, the cloister of the monastery or the bassadoria. Guided tour of the Baroque space optional.

  • Hours: every Saturday, Sundays and holidays at 11:00 a.m.

Sant Pere de Graudescales.

Visit to the hermitage and its surroundings.

  • Hours: to be specified with the group

Sant Pere de Matamargó.

Visit to the Baroque church.

  • Hours: to be specified with the group

Salí of Cambrils.

Welcome to the new, amazing and relaxing experience to load batteries without leaving Catalonia. In Salí you will find one of the few mountain salinas of all of Catalonia. After the renovation, it has 5,200m2 of terraces, 4 mills, wood pipes with salt stalactites and much more! During the visit you will discover a popular center where you learn from a culture that extracts the best of nature. And if you want more, detoxify and remineralize your skin and body thanks to the salt water pool from an underground source with more than 200 million years, and with the same concentration of salt That the Dead Sea of Jordan. Spoil yourself with the energy of the Pyrenees!

  • Hours: Opening: weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. From 24/06 to 17/09 every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guided tours at 11 am and 4 pm

The houses of Matamargó.

Discover the self-sufficient life of a farmhouse in the last century in Les Cases de Matamargó, a farmhouse of the s. XIV turned into House-Museum. It consists of 14 exhibition halls, with a total of 700 square meters, where you can see how social and family life was in a rural context, as well as the various tasks of the field, the machinery used according to each time and its evolution .

  • Hours: 11:30 p.m., first Sunday of each month.

For more information and reservations, contact:

  • reserves@solsonaexperience.com

Or, by visiting the webpage:

Guided tour – Solsona Giant City

This summer, Solsona returns offers the possibility to take a guided tour that allows you to discover all the Giants of the city of Solsona, both the Festa Major and the Carnival.

This unique experience allows children and their families to get acquainted with the giants and their process of elaboration, in a quiet environment and beyond the respective parties.

In addition, it is offered the possibility of painting a small figure of stone cardboard to take a gigantic souvenir at home.


Horaris, Informació i Reserves


Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (Except July 29) – 6:00 pm

  • Duration of the tour – 1.30h
  • This guided tour will take place until August 30th
  • Point of departure – Tourist Office

Information and reservations:

Visit the website www.solsonaexperience.com to check the offer of guided tours, to know more and to book visits.