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Castellers or Castel the art of building human towers

During my time Costa Brava Spain when I wasn’t sampling delicious Tapas or feasting on snails, I was out experiencing what it was out exploring the Catalonia region and all the many activities that make Catalonia truly unique.


Building human tower at festival

One of the most interesting activities I encountered was Castell, The art of building human towers.This tradition which dates back as early as 1700’s in Catalonia.

During many festivals in Catalonia, it is common to have teams of acrobats or colles castellers building these phenomenal human structures.

While I was in Girona I was lucky enough to get the chance to visit the training centre of Marrecs De Sel, a local castel group  where I got to witness their training in action. I made this video above to give you a glimpse into what kind of training it takes to build these human structures.


Each human tower structure is thought out and planned with people assigned to parts of the tower where their strengths lay. Generally the stronger bigger people are at the bottom of the structure and the small children climb all the way to the top.


I even got to try being part of a mini human tower myself, it was hard enough to maintain concentration with a wall support and just one small child on my back, It really is impressive how everyone can work together to support each other to create these towers.


But it’s not just about building the tower up, To be successful a casteller must be fully built and deconstructed without falling apart. The current record for highest castell is 10 floors with 3 people on each level.

Thanks for sharing this on Pinterest 🙂 Human_Towers_Pinterest_Featured_blue

2017-08-29T01:42:32+00:00 5 Comments


  1. James June 11, 2015 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Yikes. I’ve always been morbidly fascinated by these human towers, but have seen too many fail videos to even want to see one in person. Unless you’re trying to breach a castle wall, or something… why?
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  2. Maureen Baeck July 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    LOVED this post! We really enjoyed watching this at the TBEX party but I like the way you give further insight in to the planning!

  3. Mar Aragonñes August 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I’m the girl who is talking to you on the third picture, I don’t know if you remember me. I hope everything is OK, I found your blog on internet and I was really happy to see it!! I just wanted to say that on the 26 July we did a tower of 8 floors 5 people on each floor, which leads us (Marrecs de Salt) to the first colla (team) of towers of 8 floors!!! That means the next step are towers of 9 floors!!!

    • Brendon August 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Hey Mar, of course I remember you 🙂

      Wow that’s awesome glad to hear, That’s really impressive. Sounds like everything is going great for you. Wish all of you all the best in going for 9 floor tower. I know you can do it 🙂

  4. Pilar August 16, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I love Catalonia
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