Catalonia’s Human Castles
Among Catalonia's strangest spectacles are castells, or human ‘castles’. This sport originated in the 18th century in Valls, 20km north of Tarragona, but has since spread to other parts of the region. Teams of castellers clamber onto each other’s shoulders, then a daredevil child scrambes up the side of this human tower to perch at the top before the whole structure gracefully disassembles itself; towers up to nine levels high are built. For the most spectacular castells, swing by Tarragona’s Festival de Santa Tecla.