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Festa de la Caçotada (Cambra de Comerç de Valls)
Campanar de l'Església de Sant Joan Baptista de Valls (Jaume Meneses / Flickr - CC BY-SA 2.0)
Reial Monestir de Santes Creus (Pepo Segura / Departament de Cultura)

Calçots and heritage in Valls

Visit the tallest bell tower in Catalonia
The last Sunday in January is when Valls celebrates the great Calçotada Festival, marking the beginning of the calçot season. (Calçots are a kind of spring onion, and a calçotada is an informal gathering, usually in the open air around a fire, organised to cook and eat them, along with other dishes). Tradition has it that a good calçotada, a calçotada overseen by angels, as it were, “must have the Miramar mountain range as a backdrop, have a Valls country house as a stage, and the city of Valls with its tall bell tower as the stalls". Would you like to take part in the calçot season in the place where calçotada was invented?

If so, as well as having a delicious meal, why not also visit the rich cultural offerings of Valls and its surrounding area?


Throughout the calçot season there are guided tours through the town's streets and squares, as well as to the most outstanding historical locations of this, the capital of the Alt Camp district, with an emphasis, of course, on the history of calçots, their cultivation, cuisine and related anecdotes.

If you would like to join in, or if you would like more information, just ring 977 61 25 30 or send an email to

Near Valls, just 20 minutes away by car, is the Monastery of Santa Maria de Santes Creus. Why not visit it after your calçotada? There are visits on Saturdays and Sundays in January at 10.30 a.m. and 3.45 p.m. in Catalan and at 12 noon in Spanish, and on Saturdays and Sundays in February and March at 10.30 a.m. and 3.45 p.m. in Catalan and at 12 noon and 1.15 p.m. in Spanish.

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