Updated October 2023
Sant Narcís Fair in Girona is the Festival of the city, one of the latest in Catalonia. The villagers know it well, as Sant Narcís Fair in Girona marks the arrival of the cold, it is time to take out the jacket and thick socks from the closet and keep your hands warm with some roasted chestnuts or a tasty sweet potato cooked on fire.
These celebrations honour Sant Narcís (October 29th), patron of the city, represented surrounded by flies. The legend explains that when the French troops arrived in Girona, they found a walled city ready to defend its territory. First neighborhoods to be occupied were the ones outside the city walls, such as Sant Feliu where there were the remains of Sant Narcís. The French, upon entering the city, desecrated its body and thousands of flies bursted out of the wooden tomb and went straight to attack the French troops, which fled. This is the miracle of Sant Narcís flies, and that's the reason why the fly has become an iconography to represent Girona. They say that “per Sant Narcís cada mosca val per sis” (for St. Narcís each fly is worth six).
Sant Narcís Fair always comes along with All Saints Festivity and lasts 10 days (comprising two weekends -from October 27th to November 5th 2023-), in which the city is filled with music, attractions, cultural events, etc. We detail the main activities that year after year are repeated:
Attractions in the Devesa Park
Concerts in La Copa and other parts of the city
As peculiar acts we can highlight the Cathedral Sprint, a race against time climbing the stairs of the Cathedral (no less than 90 nummulitic steps) and the canoas fall by the river Onyar.
In addition, there are also several exhibitions at the Casa de Cultura, the Centre Cultural La Mercè, Casa Maso, History Museum, etc… and also the theatrical visits about the legends of Girona.
These are just some of the recurring activities organized for Sant Narcís Fair.
Enjoy Sant Narcís Fairs!