- Celebrate the patron saint of animals at Sa Pobla

December 06, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce that festivals and celebrations are an important part of Spanish culture and many people staying at hotels in Barcelona may be keen to get into the party mood by joining in the events.

One that may appeal is Sa Pobla, which is celebrated in Gracia - the Majorcan district of Barcelona.

The event is a tribute to the patron saint of animals San Antoni, although rather unusually, no beasts feature in the festival, What's on When notes.

Instead, revellers take the opportunity to indulge in some musical frivolity and bang a large traditional bass drum called the zambomba.

This is one party that really sees people let their hair down and while bonfires are lit throughout the area of the city, there are processions and people dressed in many costumes, most notably as red devils.

Originating as an agricultural celebration when Gracia was a remote village, first established in 1626, it has now been transformed into a popular spectacle where people are invited to gather round the warming fires and consume some traditional Majorcan foods, such as sobresada.

Sa Pobla takes place on the last weekend of January and it could be the perfect way for people visiting the county to get acquainted with Spanish life.

Gracia became a part of Barcelona in 1897.

To make the most of the Sa Pobla you should consider booking your hoteles en Barcelona to avoid disappointment.