« Close your eyes and follow the music, it’s the Festival of Castell de Peralada »
Are you a classical music lover? Do you want to spend your holidays in a beautiful city listening to great music? Then it sounds like the Festival of Castel de Peralada is made just for you! Founded in 1987 by Carmen Mateu, a lover of romantic music, the festival is one of Spain´s major summertime arts events. It’s a representation of the work of excellent artists in music and dance. Year after year the festival is sponsored by over 50 companies, all beyond enthusiastic to be involved. And this year is an especially big year for the festival, as it will be celebrating its 30th anniversary! So make sure you don´t miss out on this special occasion!
Offering a spectacular venue for the festival will be the Gothic and Renaissance sites of the Castell de Peralada, built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Within the ancient walls you will encounter 4 music venues each providing a unique and historical environment in which to appreciate music differently. These 4 venues are the Castle Gardens Auditorium, an open-air auditorium, the Carmen Church, a 14th century church in which recitals, chamber concerts and small format operas will be held, the Carmen Cloister, a typical Spanish patio hosting premières and commissioned contemporary pocket operas, and the Cotton Chill Out, a cabaret-style, open-air bar. The atmosphere of the venue is designed to help you relax and enjoy the fantastic music in a positively dreamy state.
The talented performers present at the festival will include international artist, such as the amazing Seal (on July 23, 2016), Diana Krall (on July 30, 2016) and Bryan Hymel (on August 5). The rest of the programme for the 30th Festival of Castell de la Peralada will be announced later in April. For more information about the programme please, take a look at the official website of the festival.
How to get there:
- Car: The town of Peralada is 8km from Figures and 146km from Barcelona. So from Barcelona take the AP7 towards France. Take the Figueres turn-off and head for Llançà-Portbou. You are on the Vilamalla dual carriageway. Take the third exit for Peralada and follow the road signs. Estimated time from Barcelona: 1 hour, 30 minutes / 40 minutes from Gerona / 15 minutes from Figueres
- Trains: With AVE high-speed from Barcelona; The Figueres-Vilafant AVE station is about 15 minutes from Peralada. There is a regular bus and taxi service from here to Figueres. Estimated time from Barcelona: 55 minutes
- Bus: The bus will leave Barcelona (Rda. St. Pere, 21) at 6 pm and will return from Peralada when the concert finishes. Price: € 35 be careful, as places are limited!
Address: Carrer Nou de Sant Joan, s/n, 17492 Peralada, Girona
Price: between 35€ and 200€
Schedules: from 6p.m