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Tradition says that the first San Silvestre race was held in 1925 in São Paulo. It was inspired on an old French custom which consisted of races celebrated on the night of New Year, and that’s why participants used torches. Currently there are races everywhere that follow this tradition, some in cities (i.e. Barcelona’s 10K race) and other in more unsual locations, like ski resorts.

Some Catalan ski resorts have recovered this tradition very successfully. One of these is the baixada de torxes (torchlight parade) in the resorts of La Molina and Masella, in the municipality of Alp in the comarca (county) of Cerdanya in the Pyrenees. The parade ends up with fireworks and hot wine tastings.  In 2011, these two resorts achieved the Guiness World Record by gathering 5089 participants on their baixada de torxes. Other resorts that follow this tradition are Boï Tahull, Baqueira Beret or Grand Valira among others.

WHEN?: 31st December

How to get there from Barcelona

More information: -list of Catalan ski resorts.

The audio is in Catalan yet the video will give you an idea on what to expect when visiting the event.


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