'Colles castelleres' (human tower groups)

© Rafael López-Monné

In Tarragona, the castells, or human castles, are a deep-rooted tradition and have been included among the traditions on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The castells competition is held in October in every year ending in an even number. This competition brings together the colles or groups in the Tarraco Arena Plaça (TAP) in the largest, most competitive and exciting human castle event around.

The city has four colles castelleres (human castle groups), which also raise four daring human castles for Sant Jordi, Sant Magí and Santa Tecla: