3 Oct, 2022 @ 18:15
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Tarragona’s Human Towers Competition returns in Spain after two-year Covid break

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Second day of the 28th human towers competition, in Tarragona, Spain on October 2, 2022.

More than 10,000 people turned out on Sunday to watch the Tarragona Human Towers Competition, which is the largest of its kind in Spain. 

The ‘castells’, as the towers are known in Catalan, returned this year after a two-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Men, women and children participate in the competition, which can prove nail-biting for spectators as the last participants scale the human towers to the top. 

The 28th Human Towers Contest In Tarragona,second Day.in Tarragona,spain In 2 October 2022
The second day of the 28th human towers competition, in Tarragona, Spain.

The castells were added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010, according to news agency Reuters. The tradition began as far back as the 18th century in the town of Valls, which is in Tarragona province. 

On Sunday, it was the team from Vilafranca who won the competition, taking a €16,000 prize. The team’s human tower reached 13 metres high.

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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