The “Fires i Festes” of Girona are the week-long (24th oct-1 nov) city festival which are also referred to as Sant Narcis, Girona’s patron saint. Legend has it that a massive swarm of flies came out of the tomb of Sant Narcis and drove away the invading French army and so the fly is duly celebrated as Girona’s emblem.
Every year there are a multitude of events held mainly around the Devesa Park with a fun fair with all the latest scary attractions; what started off as an agricultural fair has now expanded its ambit to most products for home and garden and the “Barraques” an area devoted to serving food and drink to raise money for a variety of local groups. This last area seems to be where most of Girona’s youth experiments with excess alcohol consumption and loud music.
There are street parades, free concerts until late, guided visits to the main cultural venues, activities for children and dancing the traditional “sardanes” for all ages.
Plenty of choice to be had at the food stalls full of tempting snacks, cheeses, breads, chocolates, wines, beers and other local products to consume there or take home. The bars and restaurants are full and everyone is incredibly tired of partying by the end of the second weekend where the firework display on the evening of sunday 1st nov announces a festive end until next year.