Let yourself be seduced by the festivities held in Pallars Sobirà

If you want to know Pallars Sobirà from inside, you must experience its festivities and traditions. You will be fascinated by the magic of our ancestral traditions, amused by the atmosphere of our local festivals and amazed by all the things you will find on our fairs.

Although the Falles, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most magic celebrations in the region, don’t miss our Carnival –which fills all the streets with excesses–, the very enthusiastic local festivals of the villages, and the other events that turn Pallars Sobirà into a very lively region.

Popular gathering | Brotherhood day

popular gathering is a meeting that usually takes place in a sanctuary which is a bit isolated from the towns and that is attended by the people from the nearby villages. More of the half of the twenty gatherings that are organised every year in Pallars Sobirà take place in May, when springtime really starts. Apart from the mass, those meetings usually include outdoor lunch.

Some popular gatherings are held at Pentecost, on the seventh Monday after Easter Monday, the last day of Easter. Other popular gatherings of that type are also organized in summer, when the weather is great.

  • Sant Beat (Cerbi): 15th
  • Buiro (Ainet de Besan): 1st
  • Soler (Sort): 1st
  • Santa Maria d’Àneu (La Guingueta d’Àneu): 1st
  • Santa Maria d’Arboló (Arcalís): 1st Sunday
  • Sant Jaume (Arestui): 1st Sunday
  • Sant Miquel (Roní): 2nd Sunday
  • Biuse (Llavorsí): 2nd Sunday
  • Mare de Déu del Pont (Lladrós): 3r Sunday
  • Sant Maurici (Espot): 3r or last Sunday
  • Mare de Déu de la Muntanya (Caregue): 3r or last Sunday
  • Pentecost
  • Sant Beado (Cerbi): Sunday before Pentecost
  • Esplà (Gerri de la Sal): Pentecost Sunday
  • Mare de Déu de les Ares (pels de Sorpe): Pentecost Sunday
  • Santa Magdalena (Santa Magdalena Sanctuary): Pentecost Sunday
  • Aplec de Sant Joan de l’Erm (Sant Joan de l’Erm): 24th
  • Aplec de Sant Joan d’Aurós (Unarre): 24th
  • Aplec de Sant Pere de Burgal (Escaló): 29th
  • Montgarri (Montgarri): 2nd
  • Mare de Déu de les Ares (pels d’Esterri d’Àneu, València d’Àneu i Son): 2nd Sunday
  • Mare de Déu de les Neus d’Àrreu (Borén): 5th
  • Aplec de Santa Eulàlia de Serra (Lladorre): 1st Samedi
  • Mare de Déu de la Muntanya (Caregue): 15th
  • Sant Roc (Farrera): 15th
  • Virós (Araós): 1st Saturday
  • Mare de Déu de la Roca (Escart): 1st Saturday after September 8th
  • Sant Roc (Farrera): 20th
  • Sant Maurici (ermita de Sant Maurici): 22th

Falles | The fire festival

Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site, Falles are ancestral festivities that are held to celebrate the arrival of summertime. A 15-meter high trunk is placed in the centre of a bonfire on the main square of the village. At nightfall, the young people walk down the mountain carrying a burning trunk on their shoulder until the square.

The route from the top of the mountain until the main trunk turns into a burning snake that slowly flows downhill. When the fallaires arrive to the square, they throw their falles into the bonfire and the party starts with music, coca bread, wine and traditional dances around the bonfire.

June

  • Falles de Sant Joan d’Isil (23rd)
  • Falles de Sant Joan d’Alins (23 rd)
  • Falles de Sort

July

  • Falles de Sant Pere de València d’Àneu
  • Falles d’Alós d’Isil

Fairs | An opportunity to discover the region

In former times, fairs used to be celebrated once livestock had gone back down to the villages after spending the summer in the mountains. Apart from being an opportunity to buy and sell animals, they also used to be a good moment to buy everything you needed to go through the winter. Some of the fairs that used to take place in autumn have never been interrupted while some of them have been recovered in several villages.

Nowadays, instead of animals, you will find stalls of clothes, crafts, cars, household goods as well as playful, gastronomic and cultural activities, among others. Apart from that, during the last few years, some new thematic fairs, exhibitions and markets have appeared at different moments of the year in several villages of the region.

Exhibition, sale and tasting of homemade cheese from all over Catalonia. The fair also hosts a popular dinner, whose main products are cheese and local wines and beers.
Sort, Easter

The main focus of this family fair is environment. It offers activities for kids, popular hot chocolate, workshops and stalls with food and crafts.
Sort, Early spring

This fair is devoted to Rialp’s traditional trades and crafts. It offers a series of stalls with handmade products, workshops and activities for all.
A Rialp, Early June

Market with local handmade and food products made in the villages of Alt Pirineu Natural Park as well as different playful activities, handicrafts, contests and popular lunch.
Arrós de Cardós, June

Market of local food products and handicrafts that offers different activities and workshops for all, as well as demonstrations of sheep shearing with scissors and other shepherd tasks.
Sort, 24 de June

This fair is focused on local handicrafts. Apart from selling handmade products, it also offers workshops, demonstrations and playful activities.
Esterri d’Àneu, 25th June

This fair is devoted to iron and traditional handmade forging of Ferrera Valley. It also offers the possibility to take part in workshops and activities.
Alins, July

his fair gathers homemade cheese factories from all over the world that come to exhibit their products. Apart from sale and tasting, the fair also offers the possibility to take part in activities and workshops such as goat milking.
Escaló, August

The fair focused on art and handicrafts made in Àneu valleys.
Esterri d’Àneu, August

his fair intends to symbolically dramatize the witchcraft of Pallars and to revive our grandparents’ stories, the local tales and legends, the collection of songs and proverbs, the prayers and arts to pass on illnesses and to cure of grace, and to conjure up the storms as well as the repression suffered by witches in Catalonia, where it was particularly hard. The fair also hosts stalls of local products, games for kids, inflatable castles and the dance of the witches, at night.
Ribera de Cardós, August

Dedicated to Xisqueta sheep, a breed from Pallars, the fair offers a series of activities, workshops and stalls with local products. A sheepdog trial is held the day after the fair.
Llavorsí, August

Fair dedicated to livestock farming, especially to the Brown Cow of the Pyrenees and the Catalan Pyrenean horse. The fair also hosts a Catalan Pyrenean horses Contest, an auction and other activities.
Esterri d’Àneu, 14th and 15th October

This ancient traditional fair of handicrafts and local food has been recently recovered.
Tírvia, October

Multi-sector fair that gathers local producers, vendors, artists … as well as a series of activities, workshops and demonstrations.
Sort, Early November

Crafts and local products. A day with conferences, a municipal craft fair and workshops, among others.
Gerri de la Sal, August