CAMÍ nº2 / SANT SILVESTRE
Piero Steiner, is one of those great international artists who does his work in the shade. With an overflowing humanity and an exquisite sensibility, she unravels in each of his works, the best and the worst of the human being with a disarming simplicity. He knows how to ground the highest discourses. He knows how to pass through body and emotions the most abstract ideas and the most erudite concepts. When you tell him something, he listens. But he does not remain seated. He needs to move what you say, to put it into action.
The first time we met to discuss a possible artistic project together, we created in less than an hour, some of the most powerful scenes of what would later be our first show, CONSTRUCTIVO.
Since then there have been many complicities and projects in which we have collaborated and our friendship has grown with each one of them.
For me, to make this CAMÍ with him, was obvious. It was just when we met (although we already knew each other for a long time. I admired him for his work with Los Los, since my student days) that I began to feel the need for a change . Nobody like Piero knew my need, and the transformation process I was living in.
He continues fighting in the trenches for a theater without labels while touring with successful shows throughout the world. In spite of that, he follows my steps from a distance.I do the same with him. We deserved this CAMÍ. An encounter. Another one.
The chosen place was not random. It was here where everything started. It was walking through these hills when, without knowing it, I made a decision. The one that has brought me here. So everything, the company and the place, had a powerful load for me, and it was expected that the day would be very emotional.
After a few weeks of rain and bad weather, the day dawned splendidly. The Canigó sported his first snows, which had been covered by the haze for weeks and the temperature seemed to make a break in his descent into winter.
At ten o’clock in the morning we left Pontós towards La Valleta, a few kilometers from Llançà, in a small valley hidden between the mountains that separate La plana from the coast, north of Cap de Creus.
On our way, in the Land Rover I tried to explain Piero what we were going to do, but he stopped me. – We’ll do it Ernesto. Don’t tell me anything. We will do it.
And we did. We did not have much time. On these time of the year days are short. But we took the best of it. We collected, we danced, we laughed, we ate and as usual, with Piero, we created, without almost realizing it, many new show beginnings.
The environment could not be more measured with our mood. After the rains, the water of the torrent descended impetuously, filling the sound space with an incessant vitality and urgency. The calamenta (Satureja calamentis) and the capblanc (Lobularia maritime) painted the meadows in white and purple, and the rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) in bloom gave a flourish look to the surrounding mountains.
The càdecs (Juniperus oxycedrus) showed their most intense green, already prepared to receive their winter fruits while the alocs (Vitex agnus-castus) of the river banks, presented a lamentable and leafless aspect, with their fragrant seeds arranged as rattles.
After hours of collecting, by the hermitage of Sant Silvestre, I explained to Piero what to formulate with the hands meant. Not many words were needed. He just had to smell his. To reinforce the idea, I told him to pick up a few black olives and crush them between his fingers. With his hands anoint in that way, with that freshly pressed vegetable base oil, I asked him to caress the capblanc, the calamenta, the rosemary and the aloc. There was our capture. CAMÍ, began to take shape. The pine (Pinus halepensis and Pinus sylvestris), the càdec, the thyme (Thymus) and the bark of eucalyptus (Eucaliptus globulus) still needed to be added. But that already had an unquestionable personality. The soul of the place.
I noticed in his tiny Italian eyes, that he understood. I knew by his look and silence that he had understood the basic idea of our project. A concept that most of the time costs me many words and passionate explanations to convey. From here on, he was the leader. He would hurry me. He wanted to finish the harvest so he could put everything he had lived through the body. He wanted to talk about that, but he wanted to do it his way.
I just had to place the camera. He was in charge of maintaining an intense dialogue with the plants, with the environment and with himself. The result is in this little audiovisual jewel:
WACH THE VIDEO
This CAMÍ, is not only the capture of a specific place, time and landscape. It also contains the essence of a great friendship between two men.
It distills the looks, the silences and the emotional gestures of two beings who take the time to meet each time they see each other.
There is a lot of potential in these bottles.
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MEL is our first solid perfume and the result of a long collaboration with bees, our winged harvest companions. Made from organic beeswax (from the hives installed in our Bee Brave pilot project in Can Bech de Baix) and sweet almond oil from organic farming. Formulated only with essential oils from honey plants, which serve as food for our environmental heroes. Soft and balsamic, delicately aromatic. Its warm and welcoming background will make you feel good, with yourself and with your surroundings.
MEL is our sincere tribute to these fascinating social beings who have silently taught us for years the art of combining plants and aromas. Not only are they the natural perfumers of our landscape, but thanks to their tireless collecting work, they ensure the biodiversity of our landscapes.
«One of the most inspiring and remarkable olfactory experiences I have ever had.» Lourenço Lucena (Portugal)
«The experience, with Ernesto as a guide, is highly interesting, entertaining and sensitive. Being able to see, smell and know the origin, directly, of multiple plants, from which raw material for aromas is extracted, is simply a privilege» Juan Carlos Moreno (Colombia)
«What an unforgettable day. A powerful reconnection to the very essence of life around us. We started the day as strangers and ended the day as friends.» S.Baber (U.S.A.)
«The capture we collectively made during Ernesto’s workshop in January was an olfactory time machine. It had the power to transport me back to a beautiful winter's day in the Can Fares forest with new friends and new findings. Truly magical.» Wendy (U.S.A.)
«This olfactory voyage with Ernesto was a reconnection to something instinctive, an enlivening reminder to open all the senses back to nature.» Bojana J. (Barcelona)
«Last Saturday I went to one of the Bravanariz walks and I came back inspired by so much good energy and by having been in tune with nature in such an intimate way, such as smell. It is a day of living with a group of wonderful people, learning about plants and perfumes and how they are made in Bravanariz, sharing incredible food and wines, but, above all, giving you a feeling of harmony and serenity that I greatly appreciate. » Marta Sierra (Madrid)
«Fantastic day in the Albera, Ernesto transmits his great knowledge of the landscape, the plant world, and perfumes in a very enthusiastic way. A 100% recommendable experience. Excellent food.» Lurdes B. (Osona)
«The experience lived thanks to Bravanariz has left an indelible mark on my brain and my heart and of course on my nose. Never again without smelling one of their magical perfumes, they create a positive addition!» Claudia (Cadaqués)
«It has been incredible to see how an essential oil is created thanks to an explosion.» Ángela, 7 años (Cadaqués)
«Unforgettable experience and highly recommended. It is a formidable start to introduce you to the olfactory world. The day flies by. Frankly good and attractive staging. A 10 out of 10!» I.L.B. & Y.C.V. (Barcelona)
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Every year, we create a series of olfactory experiences open to the everyone to share our personal creative process: the OLFACTORY CAPTURE.
It can be an Intensive Workshop (more technical) or a playful experience of immersion in the landscape through smell, which we call “Walks”.
In all the experiences, you will have the opportunity to practice the artisan processes of harvesting and distillation of aromatic plants, elaboration of essential oils, tinctures and hydrolates, as well as some of the best kept secrets of traditional perfumery.
You will learn about the plants that give the landscape its aromatic personality and you will discover a new way of relating to nature.
We capture the essence of any natural environment that you choose. The aroma of your region, the perfume of your farm or that of the landscape that you contemplated years ago from the window of your room, in that summer house. But not only that, we can also capture the fragrance of a lived experience, a party, a house full of memories, of a workshop or work space. As long as it is based on natural essential oils, we can design your personalized perfume and capture the fragrance of what matters to you.
Perfume SON BRULL. Creation of an exclusive perfume for a Relais & Châteaux in Pollensa, on the island of Mallorca. Made with the most abundant plants on the estate and capturing the aroma of its deeply Mediterranean landscapes.
INCAVI project. Five olfactory captures for five wineries in five Destinations of Origin (D.O’s) in Catalonia. In this commission from INCAVI, we traveled to five wine regions to capture the aromas of the plants that influence the territory and the wines of five very unique wineries.
Casa Cuervo. After the success of our ESSAI/Olfactori Digression, inspired by the farm of our creator’s father, we were commissioned to create a perfume, this time, with the plants collected on the farm, to capture the essence of this corner of the Extremaduran landscape.
We design tailor-made olfactory experiences adapting to your needs. From capturing the aromatic essence of a private garden, to an aromatic walk in a city. Talks, multi-sensory installations, natural perfumery courses for business groups or team building events. Whether you are a private group or a company, we will put together all our knowledge about plants and their aromas, in addition to enormous creativity, to create an unforgettable and transformative olfactory experience for you.
Tell us what you have in mind and we will make it happen.
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Come and visit our laboratory, the place where we formulate our perfumes. By the hand of the creator and perfumer of BRAVANARIZ, Ernesto Collado, you will do a tasting of 100% natural fragrances, tinctures and hydolates, you will discover, first-hand, the artisanal processes and the secrets that make us special and while you have a glass of good wine from Empordà with us, you will get to know our brand philosophy in depth. At the end, if you are still curious and want to take one of our 100% natural fragrances with you, you will have a special discount on the purchase of any of our products.
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Objetive # 1
The main idea is to combine minimum intervention with maximum mutual benefit. We have to let Nature do her thing. We are just there to assist and
-The first important thing is to recover the optimal state of the Prat de Dall. For this reason, we have to remove the poplar trees and clean away brambles and other bushes. We also need to cover the holes from fallen trees in order to level the ground well, so that it can be mowed.
-Along with this cleaning work, we will place the hives. Not on the prat de dall, but some 500m away (limit of the usual minimum radius of action for honey bees) , on a shrubland of aromatics, so we also give a chance to all the other pollinators to also take advantage of the prat de dall’s biodiversity.
Objetive # 2
-Monitoring and maintenance of both lines of action: the hives (health of the bees, quantity and quality of the honey) and the prat de dall (variety of flora, mowing quality).
Become a donor meadow
Due to its characteristics, the Prat de Dall from Can Bec could become a perfect
donor meadow. Then, in collaboration with Prats Vius, we would collect its seeds in order to help restore other prats de dall in the area and use this location as a project showcase.
Replicate the project
After collecting enough data (2-3 years), we would love to replicate the project in other properties, making the necessary adjustments based on each propert
How to collaborate with the project
If you want to collaborate financing the project ,you can buy some of the garments that we have designed for it. You have a t-shirt and two different models of cap. The entire profit will be used to cover the expenses derived from the actions, monitoring and management of the Bee Brave project. Furthermore, you will help to gove it more visibility. Many thanks for your
Can Bech, The pilot Project
Near Agullana (Alt Empordà), almost near the French border, in the Les Salines Mountains, we found an abandoned Prat de Dall, now covered with poplar trees. The presence of these trees caught our attention, since they usually need humid soils. The first botanical studies made by Joan Font (a biology professor
at Girona University) confirmed our intuitions, and they exceeded our expectations. The richness of its biodiversity is outstanding. We convinced the owner to join the project and started the cleaning work to accommodate our first organic bee hives and recover the prat de dall.
Bee Brave starts from a basic idea. If there are flowers, then there are bees. And if there are more bees, there will be more flowers, and thus more plants. This, for thousands of years, has been one of nature’s most beautiful feedback cycles. However, excessive human ambition is changing this equilibrium and breaking the
cycle. BEE BRAVE wants to restore this cycle, even if only locally, focusing on two parts of the equation: the bees and their habitat here.
Bee Brave recovers semi-natural habitats of great biodiversity and in regression in the Empordà, called Prats de Dall (Mowing Meadows). The action focuses on the adaptation of the Prats de Dall and subsequent follow-up. This is how we ensure the health and good nutrition of the ecological hives that we have installed there. And on the other hand, these bees help with their pollination task, the recovery and maintenance of this semi-natural habitat.
“The idea is simple: give a bit back to the landscape that gives us so much. It is
a gesture of gratitude. While the landscape does not need us to be what it is,
the landscape builds us and shapes us much more than we recognize. We owe a lot to our natural environment. Being aware of that is already a first step. BEE BRAVE is Bravanariz’s humble way of going one step further.”
Ernesto Collado, CEO & Found
10 Best Hotels near Sant Silvestre De Valleta, Llanca 2023
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4. 3/521 Reviews
|0.29km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
When you a stay at Hotel La Goleta in Llanca, you’ll be by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Cap de Creus and Gulf of Lion. This hotel is 12.6 mi (20.3 km) from Cadaques Beach and 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes.Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a seasonal outdoor pool or take in the view from a terrace and a garden. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, a television in a common area, and tour/ticket assistance.You can enjoy a meal at the restaurant serving the guests of Hotel La Goleta, or stop in at the snack bar/deli. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. Continental breakfasts are available daily from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a safe deposit box at the front desk, and an elevator. This hotel has 2 meeting rooms available for events. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.Stay in one of 28 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have bathtubs or showers and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes, and cribs/infant beds can be requested.
Alberg Costa Brava
|0.96km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
When you stay at Alberg Costa Brava in Llanca, you’ll be near the beach, within a 5-minute drive of Cap de Creus and Gulf of Lion. This hostel is 13.5 mi (21.7 km) from Dali Museum and 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Platja de les Tonyines.Take in the views from a terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Additional features at this hostel include tour/ticket assistance and barbecue grills. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 8:30 AM to 11 AM.Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, luggage storage, and laundry facilities.Make yourself at home in one of the 11 guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms with showers are provided. Conveniences include safes, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Beachfront Tamariua Costa Brava
Port de la Selva
|4.36km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
Featuring mountain views, Beachfront Tamariua Costa Brava provides accommodation with a terrace and a kettle, around 150 metres from Platja de les Clisques. The apartment is equipped with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with sea views. Popular points of interest near the apartment include Platja de les Violetes, Platja El Pas and Cap de Creus Nature Reserve. The nearest airport is Girona-Costa Brava Airport, 82 km from Beachfront Tamariua Costa Brava.
Hotel Spa Cap de Creus
4/5Very Good19 Reviews
Port de la Selva
|4.84km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
This hotel lies on the seafront in the charming town of El Port de la Selva, on the Costa Brava. It offers free WiFi and there is a spa with a hot tub for an extra charge. All of the rooms at the Hotel Cap de Creus feature air conditioning, a safe and a hairdryer. Some rooms include bath tub and a kitchenette. Hotel Cap de Creus’s restaurant-pizzeria La Timba has great views over the port and surroundings. It serves salads, pizza and fresh pasta. El Port de la Selva is situated 8 km from Llançà Train Station and 60 km from Girona Airport. The location is ideal for visiting the Dalí Museum in Figueres, the artistic town of Cadaqués and the city of Girona.
4. 1/510 Reviews
Hotel Spa Porto Cristo
4.1/5Very Good10 Reviews
Port de la Selva
|5.02km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
This restored winery is metres from Port de la Selva Beach, just outside the Cap de Creus Natural Park. It has 2 restaurants and a wellness centre with sauna. Rooms at the Hotel Spa Porto Cristo are charming and well-equipped, with twin beds, double beds or king-size beds and slippers. The design includes typical wood and stone. Many rooms have a hydromassage bath or hot tub, and some offer sea views and a terrace. Views of the sea and the port can be enjoyed from the terrace of the Monterey restaurant. The La Timba restaurant serves salads, pizzas and fresh pasta. Free Wi-Fi is available at Porto Cristo’s business centre. Outdoor parking is possible on site.
|6. 4km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
The Hostal Juventus provides a great place for travelers to relax after a busy day. The Hostal Juventus is an ideal choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Port-Bou. There is no shortage of things to see in the area, with the Walter Benjamin Memorial, Plongée Cap Cerbère and Le Sentier Sous-Marin de Cerbère-Banyuls all nearby. In their spare time, guests can explore the hotel’s surroundings.
Hotel Boutique Niu Del Sol
|6.76km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
This charming hotel is located in Palau-Saverdera, just 6 km from Roses. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, and there is a private parking available. Free parking is also featured in the area. Hotel Boutique Niu de Sol has an attractive roof terrace with great views over the Empordà countryside. Staff at reception can provide information about what to see and do in the surrounding area. Pets are allowed on request. Cadaqués and Port de la Selva are 25 minutes drive from the hotel, and the Cap de Creus Nature Reserve is within walking distance. Figueres and Portlligat, home to Salvador Dalí Museums, are around 20 minutes’ drive away.
Hotel Mas Lazuli
|6.79km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
The Hotel Mas Lazuli provides a great place for travelers to relax after a busy day. The Hotel Mas Lazuli is an ideal choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Pau. Seeing the sights from this hotel is easy with Pau’s attractions including Aquatic Park Aquabrava and Monastery Sant Pere de Rodes close by. When guests have some time on their hands they can make use of the onsite facilities. This Pau hotel provides parking on site. There’s never a dull moment at this hotel, our guests indicate that the facilities are excellent.
|7.05km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
Located in Pau, Paó Blau is a 1-minute drive from Cap de Creus and 7 minutes from Aqua Brava. This pension is 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Dali Museum and 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from Roses Citadel.Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a seasonal outdoor pool or take in the view from a terrace and a garden. Additional amenities at this pension include complimentary wireless Internet access, a fireplace in the lobby, and a picnic area.A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and refrigerator in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.Make yourself at home in one of the 4 individually decorated guestrooms. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
|7.57km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
The Mas Vivent provides a great place for travelers to relax after a busy day. The Mas Vivent is an ideal choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Vilamaniscle. There is no shortage of things to see in the area, with the Celler Mas Pòlit, Esglesia de Sant Julia and Centre de Reproduccio de Tortugues de l’Albera all nearby. In their spare time, guests can explore the hotel’s surroundings. This Vilamaniscle hotel offers parking on site. According to our trusted guests, the facilities at this hotel are first-rate.
Hotel Spa Vilamont
4. 4/5Excellent5 Reviews
|8.5km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
Set in a restored 19th-century Catalan farmhouse, this family-run design hotel offers a spa with a heated indoor pool, hot tub, saunas and massage service. Rooms include free Wi-Fi access. Hotel Spa Vilamont combines original stone walls and arched ceilings with elegant modern design. Each air-conditioned room has a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Bathrobes and slippers are included. The Vilamont has stylish café and a dining room. The varied breakfast buffet includes fresh, homemade products. There is also a terrace on the top floor. You can find various bars and restaurants within a 5-minute walk, in the centre of Garriguella. Vilamon Spa Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the beaches of Llançà and Roses, on the Costa Brava. Peralada Golf Course is 5 km away, and the Aiguamolls and Cap de Creus Nature Reserves are both within 8 km. Free parking can be found near the hotel.
Can Coll II
|8.94km from Sant Silvestre De Valleta
Located in Garriguella, Can Coll II is a 4-minute drive from Cap de Creus and 7 minutes from Golf Club Peralada. This bed & breakfast is 4.4 mi (7 km) from Peralada Castle and 5 mi (8 km) from La Vinyeta.Enjoy recreation amenities such as a spa tub or take in the view from a garden. Additional features at this bed & breakfast include complimentary wireless Internet access, a television in a common area, and tour/ticket assistance.A complimentary buffet breakfast is included.Free self parking is available onsite.Make yourself at home in one of the 4 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
FAQ about Hotels near Sant Silvestre De Valleta
What are some popular economy hotels in Llanca?
Alberg Costa Brava
is a popular economy hotel with good ratings.
How much do hotels in Llanca cost?
Based on hotel prices on Trip.com, the average cost per night for hotels in Llanca is USD 134. Hotel rates change often; this price is for reference only.
What are the most popular hotels in Llanca?
Whether you’re traveling for business or going on vacation, there are many popular hotels to choose from in Llanca.
Alberg Costa Brava and La Goleta
are all popular hotels to stay at.
Which hotels in Llanca are suitable for families or travelers with kids?
Many people who travel with families or kids to Llanca choose to stay at
La Goleta and Can Pau Guesthouse
. These hotels are also priced inexpensively.
What hotels in Llanca are suitable for couples?
Whether you’re going on a honeymoon or a vacation with your partner,
Alberg Costa Brava and La Goleta
are some of the top hotels chosen by couples.
How much do hotels in Llanca cost on the weekend?
Based on hotel prices on Trip.com, the average cost per night on the weekend for hotels in Llanca is USD 134. Hotel rates change often; this price is for reference only.
At which popular hotels in Llanca can I try local foods?
Those who like trying local foods might want to consider staying at
. There are lots of famous restaurants serving local dishes near the hotel.
Of all the hotels in Llanca, which hotels have the highest user ratings?
When traveling to Llanca for the first time, many travelers find it difficult to choose a hotel to stay in. According to Trip.com data,
Alberg Costa Brava and La Goleta
are popular hotels with high ratings, making them good choices for your trip.
What popular hotels in Llanca have parking?
If you’re planning on driving to Llanca, why not stay at
? This hotel has a parking lot.
When traveling to Llanca, which hotels have pools?
Summer is a great season to take your kids or family on a trip to Llanca.
is a popular hotel with a pool.
What popular hotels have non-smoking rooms in Llanca?
Many guests care about the quality of the rooms they stay in and want to ensure that their rooms have fresh, clean air.
La Goleta and Alberg Costa Brava
are all popular hotels in Llanca with non-smoking rooms.
In Llanca, what popular hotels have free Wi-Fi?
When staying at a hotel, internet access is important for both vacationers and business travelers.
Alberg Costa Brava and La Goleta
are all popular hotels in Llanca with free Wi-Fi.
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how the Spaniards celebrate the end of the year
What? One of the most popular races among the Spaniards, which is held in many major cities. Madrid’s San Silvestre is the largest race in Spain, with 40,000 participants. Participants dress up in New Year’s costumes and run through the streets with Christmas illumination, and the organizers complement the atmosphere with bright show performances.
Where? In Valencia, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Coruña, Seville and of course Madrid and Barcelona.
When? On the evening of December 31st.
How much? From 5 to 15 km.
How it all began
The tradition was started in 1925 by the Brazilian journalist and sports newspaper founder Casper Liber. In São Paulo, they ran at first eight kilometers, then five, then seven, but for a long time they fixed on the number fifteen.
Initially, in Spain, the action took place at night, the athletes competed with torches in their hands. The French neighbors really liked this idea, and they plagiarized this race. Over time, the night event turned into an evening one – this made it possible to increase the number of participants and avoid disruptions in the celebration of the new year.
What does Saint Sylvester have to do with it?
Now in Southern Europe there is goodness and beauty: the Mediterranean temperament is manifested only in passionate expressions of love and active gestures. And in ancient times, the Spaniards and Italians did nothing but stab kites with spears and cut off the heads of dragons. Particularly brave snake fighters were supposed to have the prefix San and a holiday for honoring.
There was such a Saint Sylvester, a Roman bishop, who, according to one of the legends, caught the Old Testament monster, the sea serpent Leviathan. In the Orthodox tradition, St. Sylvester’s Day is celebrated on January 15 and is called the “Day of Kura and Kurka”: in Rus’, chicken coops were cleaned on this day and kikimors were scared away with amulets like “chicken god”. In the Catholic world, San Sylvester falls on December 31st.
In Holland, tradition dictates that the last one to wake up be called Sylvester until the end of the day and pay the fine to the family piggy bank.
In the Czech Republic, on this day they cook carp with apples, horseradish and lentils.
But in the south of Europe it is customary to have a good run before the feast.
San Silvestre in Madrid
Participation fee: 23 or 26 euros depending on the date of registration. Those wishing to use the wardrobe pay for it separately. The chip is disposable, attached to the number.
This is a 10 km road race with a vertical drop of 55 meters. Until 1997, the distance changed annually and ranged from 6 to 12 kilometers. Over the past decades, the starting shot has invariably been fired at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, and the finish line has been torn at the Campo de Vallecas stadium.
The Madrid Run in 1964 was organized by the owners of the bar “Bella Luz” (Beautiful Light) in the image and likeness of the Brazilian race, and called it the Grand Prize Vallecas (Vallecas is a huge area in the southeast of Madrid, which once was a separate municipality).
That first run had only 57 participants. The second was more numerous and was already called San Silvestre. In the early years, the race was purely male, although outstanding Spanish singers, cabaret dancers and actresses performed at the opening to attract public attention. In 1981, the women’s category of athletes was added.
Until 2004, the Spaniards were always the first winners, but for the last fifteen years the podium has been almost completely occupied by athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
There are now two races on December 31st.
The first one is popular, for everyone over 16 years old. The second is international, for 500 people of the running elite, which includes men who cover ten kilometers in less than 38 minutes, and women who run this distance faster than 45 minutes.
This is the largest race in the country – 40 thousand people, and there would be more, but this is exactly the limit on the number of participants. In Madrid, they start in five stages: at 17:20, participants on hand bikes and wheelchairs; then all the rest, taking into account the timing of the previous races, starting with the fastest, at 17:30, 17:45, 18:00, 18:15.
Visually impaired and blind runners should contact the organizers in advance and warn that they will have a guide or ask for one. Spain is a country where people with disabilities are trying to help reduce restrictions and provide access to activities that interest them.
San Silvestre in Barcelona
Participation fee: 14 euros for those who have their own chip and 16 euros for those who rent it.
The Barcelona Run is held at the same high level as the Madrid Run. There are half as many participants, but Barcelona is also five times smaller than Madrid.
Everyone who wants to run it will be helped to do it here. Young parents are running, pushing special baby carriages in front of them. People with various diseases are running: some in a special chair, some with their own legs, in the company of comrades and volunteers. Teenagers run to join the hobbies of adults. Those who decide not to put off a new life at the beginning of the new year are fleeing.
The race was born on the initiative of the director of the legendary swimming school, which has been training athletes on Mount Montjuic for so long that no one remembers the city without it.
Domingo Lopez symbolically chose the last day of the millennium as the date of the first start – December 31, 1999. 1710 athletes participated in the race, and the competition was called the “Race of the Noses”.
City Hall wanted to rename it to San Silvestre, but in Barcelona they like that everything was not like in Madrid, and, taking advantage of the fact that the race called San Silvestre already exists – in the suburbs of Barcelona, the city of San Cugat, they left the original name.
But why the “run of the noses”? In Barcelona, it was believed that at midnight on December 31 on the Palace Square (pla de Palau), you can meet the Man with Noses – a mythical lord, about whom legends say that he has as many noses as there are days in a year, and you can only see him on the last day of the year. He is covered with a dozen sheets to hide the noses growing all over his body – they did not fit on his face in such numbers.
Logically, on December 31, he should have only one nose, but, apparently, exactly at midnight with the strike of the clock, new 365 pieces grow. He appears on the very square where Shakira bathed in the fountain while filming the video for the song “Loca”, for which she was fined by the city authorities.
This year the race will be decorated with fire support. But even without it, this is a grand show: you hardly expect such a flight of fancy from long-distance runners! In addition to several hundred Santa Clauses, deer, magicians, gnomes and elegant running Christmas trees, among the spectators you can see representatives of the city government, and among the athletes – angels in white sports trunks, nuns, stuffed chickens, magicians, bears and other wonderful characters.
On the eve of the running fair, registered participants receive an official T-shirt (here called “technical”) and a bag with gifts from sponsors.
In most cases, in such a bag there is a package of broth – in this case, not chicken, but spicy Christmas; samples of warming gels, crispbread or muesli and, for unknown reasons, lollipops. Apparently, national pride – they were invented in Spain 60 years ago.
What is the money paid by the runners used for? The organization of the city run is a serious undertaking: an army of volunteers is involved, but many resources cost money: fences, markings, arches at the start and finish, decorative elements, water and sports drinks at the fifth kilometer and at the finish, sometimes fruits, necessarily – doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, police, photographers and journalists.
A number is issued with the T-shirt. The numbers come in different colors, depending on the results that the participant showed in previous races. By the color of the number, you can enter your starting box: Barcelona takes off in four steps, at 17:30, 17:33, 17:38. First of all – athletes in wheelchairs, at 17:27.
In the course of the race, you can focus on “hares” – athletes who run exactly at the right pace according to the number on the sail attached to their backs. The distance is marked every half kilometer.
Two weeks before the race, there is a training session for 600 participants, for which you also need to register in advance. The training is chic: at the Olympic Stadium, with parking, showers, a buffet table and a lottery. Famous athletes and coaches talk about running techniques and ways to improve personal endurance.
The last race of the year can fall on any day of the week. In the evening, a few hours before the New Year, a person in sneakers has a great chance for an hour of awareness in the company of like-minded people.
I like to run alone on December 31 and understand that I am not alone. This is a time to reflect on the past 12 months and admire the place where I live and every day I participate in the race of life.
On the run, interesting revelations come; on the run, we gain humility and strength. If we run in pairs, then on the run there are debates and revelations, but without theatricality: breath control affects. Spain is not about records and ambitions, but about cuts in bread and chocolate with sea salt. About fluff on children’s cheeks, about olive oil over the upper lip.
If we didn’t run, we might not notice the big moon, weeping willows and Cadillacs in the port, but we run, and our trained hearts are always ready for high doses of adrenaline and beauty.
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San Silvestre, the healthiest way to say goodbye to the year | Lifestyle
When we talk about San Silvestre, the first race that comes to mind is the Vallecas race. It is the most famous in Spain and has been held since 1964 with over 40.000 participants and has encouraged more than 200 cities to host their own race on this day. December 31 .
We don’t know of a better way to say goodbye to the year than with some exercise, especially if we’re planning to go a little overboard on New Year’s Eve dinner. Depending on the city you run it in, masificación it can be higher or lower. As the world of running has boomed in recent years, the number of participants in the races has increased so that no one is left without running the last race of the season; so don’t wait until the last moment to get your number.
- 1 Get ready to run San Silvestre
- 2 Tips for beginners
Get ready to run San Silvestre
Depending on the city you choose, the tour can vary from 5 to 10 kilometers , I mean you have to train be able to work without problems; Do not take this race as a joke, even if the atmosphere is festive. If you are a sedentary person or with a low physical level, the best thing you can do is endure the new kilometers (regardless of time). On the other hand, if you are a regular athlete or runner, take it like you would any other test.
Running only a week before will not be enough, it is best to have running as a long-term goal; If you no longer have time to prepare for this year, start with 2018!
When we talk about beginners, we mean newcomers to the race; If you’re still not ready to run, practice before reading these tips.
- wrap . This may seem like a dumb recommendation, but December 31st is usually very cold and may even rain or snow depending on the location. Wear windbreakers and leggings that completely cover your legs. Of course, the clothes that you have used in training and that you know will not be an ordeal during the race. Wear the right clothes so you don’t leave anything in your wardrobe, we all know how it works. ..
- heat . We hope you meant the warm-up, as in every race, but in this one it is almost more important. Usually San Silvestre takes place in the evening, so the temperature will be very low to start running without training the muscles.
- Disfruta . Don’t go mostly with the idea of being the first to finish, especially since it will be difficult with the number of people. Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and dress up if you like! Surely you will see yourself running between Santa Claus, ballerinas in wigs or Spider-Man.
- Avoid traveling by car . On December 31, some streets may be closed or parking may be more difficult to find; your best bet is to use public transport or take a walk to warm up (if you’re less than 30 minutes away).
- Don’t bulk up to eat before running . Eat an hour or two before the race, but light foods that give you energy.