The warmth of the celebrations
Winter in Calella is like a tale. It all starts with the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle: preparing decoration, buying gifts, writing letters to the Three Wise Men and the Christmas events organized with the company. The switching on of official street lighting accompanies this start, putting colour on the darkest nights of the year. A darkness that makes the reflection of the moon in the Mediterranean a common sight: On the beach or from the lighthouse, we can admire the sea at night, wonderfully painted in mercury and silver colours.
Christmas ends with a very special night. On the afternoon of January 5th, the parade of the three wise men passes through the city. It rains candies and on the early morning of the 6th, children find their gifts. The New Year (that the brave at heart welcome with a swim in the sea on January 1) brings good intentions and during the first weeks there is a growing number of runners along the Manuel Puigvert boulevard. Some exercise that the body will be thankful for after all those holiday meals.
In January comes the calm. The midday sun is the perfect companion of vermouth [link], which we always take on a terrace, because the winter in the Mediterranean is enjoyed outdoors. Hikers take advantage of the drop in temperatures to put on their boots and walk in the mountains, where fresh sea winds are filtered by the trees and are an energy bath. And so, between excursions and vermouths, Calellenses never lose their tan, a colour that the soft sun of this time of year paints across our nose and cheeks.
This is our winter story, a scene we are used to watch, with the Carnival of Alt Maresme. The young and old dress up to celebrate with dances, colours and cries that spring is almost here.
Oktoberfest will take place for two weeks.See more
There is an expression that we like a lot in Calella: To do things the right way. These are words that make us think about the authenticity of handicrafts, traditional recipes and inherited trades. A phrase that most elderly people in Calella (and not so elderly) transmit to young people by example.See more