After the Christmas holidays and well into the month of February, Vila-seca welcomes Carnestoltes, the Carnival King.
Organised by the Vila-seca Carnival Committee, this is one of the most thrilling and fun festivals of the year, during which it would be no surprise to spot pirates, clowns, witches and unicorns on the street. Young and old flock onto the streets disguised as their favourite characters or objects.
The Carnival festivities start on Mandy Thursday. The unifying hub of the celebrations is the spectacular Carnival parade and the awards ceremony for the best poster and the gold, silver and bronze prizes for the best costumes.
On the last day, after the funeral procession, Carnestoltes says goodbye for another year with a popular grilled sardine and hot chocolate feast for all townspeople, which is known as the Burial of the Sardine. No-one seems to be quite sure of the origins of this kooky tradition.