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Porta Ferrada Festival in Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Written by Miguel

This article belongs to a multi-part series about music festivals outside Barcelona. There are a lot of beautiful places to see and plenty of great live music to enjoy, so make sure to check out the other entries.

This summer, from July 15 to August 20, Sant Feliu de Guíxols hosts the Porta Ferrada Festival, an unwavering local tradition since its first edition in 1958. The oldest of Spain’s countless summer festivals, it will once again feature a wide range of artistic disciplines and offer diversified cultural activities.

Location and Ambiance

Sant Feliu de Guíxols is a Catalan village by the sea and a great destination for a relaxing break. Take the opportunity to go see a theatre play, attend a workshop, try the local seafood or simply breathe-in the fresh Mediterranean air while you walk around the historical streets, squares and avenues.

Here are some of the top tourist attractions you should make some time to check out:

The Monastery by the sea – This Benedictine Monastery is perhaps the most important heritage site in Guíxols, as it still preserves 10th century Roman features. The building includes plenty of places to visit, such as a church or the town’s History Museum.

Vía Ferrata – This climbing route in a rocky massif is nothing to worry about, as it is equipped with steel cables, chains and everything else necessary to make it an easy task for those who aren’t used to climbing. This adventure in the mountains can thus be enjoyed safely and is suitable for the entire family.


Photo by Browserd (Pedro Rebelo) via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Photo by Browserd (Pedro Rebelo) via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA

The Porta Ferrada Festival will take place for over a month in different venues and has a line-up that values cultural value and artistic diversity over name recognition or mainstream popularity. You’ll be able to see a variety of genres, from traditional Portuguese Fado to modern indie rock. Artists on the poster include Mariza, Manel, Pat Matheny & Ron Carter, 2 Cellos, Barbara Hendricks and Manolo García. Make sure to check the full program, which includes pricing information (it varies depending on the show).

How to Get There

Getting to Porta Ferrada Festival 2016 won’t be much trouble. Saint Feliu de Guíxols is located up the coast from Barcelona and getting there should take you around 1 hour by car or 2 by train. Check your options and choose what’s best for you.

There you go, that’s all you need to know. Please use the comment box below to tell us what concerts you’re more interest in seeing. Have fun and keep enjoying Spain!

About the author


Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Barcelona with him.

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