Many villages hold a Medieval Market but not all of them have circus acts and bird shows like the one at Creixell had.
The historical town of Creixell is off the N-340 between Tarragona and Barcelona in the Catalan region of Spain. Easily accessible by car, it is approximately a one hour walk or 20 minute bike ride from the nearest train station of Torredembarra.
Locals here like to hold events, on this occasion they took a step back in time as a medieval market claimed the streets for a weekend with stalls and activities for all the family.
Stalls lined the streets selling crafted and organic items including soaps, the herbal alcohol drink of ratifa created by monks, teas, lamps and more.
To set the scene for the weekend the stall holders were dressed in medieval robes and shoes.
Food was available to eat straight away or to take home. The aromas of wild boar, various sausages, crepes, pizzas, meats, cheeses, freshly baked bread and warm coated nuts filled the streets with a Moroccan style tent also open for tea with cakes.
Entertainment was provided throughout the weekend. A bird of prey show was staged on the Rambla de les Moreres, introducing several species of feathery friends. They were mainly very well behaved but just one of them decided to make the show their own by refusing to go back when called. Playing for time until the temptation of food was too great, she eventually returned to the hand that fed her.
Audience participation was required for some tricks, with the chance to feed the birds.
In the evening, with bright costumes and glittery make-up, acrobats performed a circus show. They were seen swinging and twisting from hoops and ropes and performing floor displays with colourful ribbons or hula hoops.
Throughout the weekend the forge had activities for children to participate in and the traditional ‘gegante’ characters were often seen roaming the streets.
Venturing down a narrow side street there was a small street zoo including piglets, goats, geese and rabbits. Pony and donkey rides were also available for a short walk around the cobbled streets.
Even when there isn’t an organised event in Creixell there is plenty to see, do and eat at any time, including the market, a church, tapas bars, nearby beaches or various mountain walks.