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Tarragona's Calçotadas

Av. d'Estanislau Figueres, 36, 43002 Tarragona, Spain
+34 977 23 24 55
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Take Part in a Catalan Barbecue Tarragona  Spain

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Tue - Sun 1pm - 4pm
Fri, Sat 8pm - 11pm

Take Part in a Catalan Barbecue

For more than a century, the arrival of spring in Spain signals the calçotada—a festival celebrating the harvest of a scallion native to the Tarragona province. Cooks grill the calçots over a fire until the outer layer is charred, wrap them in newspaper to steam, and serve the hot onions on terra cotta tiles. Hungry festivalgoers don long bibs and dip the onions in a romesco sauce, eating as many as 20 per person. They pair them with red wine or sparkling white cava. Calçotadas take place throughout Tarragona from January until April. Spring never tasted so sweet.