L’Ou Com Balla – Dancing Eggs !

If you like quirky and unusual traditions then you’ll love “L’Ou Com Balla” aka “The Dancing Egg” which takes place every year as part of Barcelona’s Corpus Christi celebrations.

An egg dances in the fountain of Barcelona Cathedral's Cloisters
An egg dances in the fountain of Barcelona Cathedral’s Cloisters

Basically the idea is that an egg is placed in a fountain and dances suspended by a jet of water. There are a total of 12 eggs dancing in the patios of 12 public buildings, some of which aren’t usually open to the general public. The event is centred in the area around the Cathedral and most of the eggs are within walking distance of each other. There are just 3 which you’ll need to use public transport to get to.

Dancing Egg Number 1 - Real Acadèmia de Bones Lletres
Dancing Egg Number 1 – Real Acadèmia de Bones Lletres

“The Dancing Egg” dates back to 1637 and is unique to Barcelona. The egg is said to represent either the body of Christ or the circle of life. It takes place during the 4 days of Corpus Christi but the timetables of the individual locations vary slightly, as do the exact dates of Corpus Christi. You can find out this year’s dates here.

Dancing Eggs Number 2 - Palau del Lloctinent
Dancing Egg Number 2 – Palau del Lloctinent
Dancing Egg Number 3 - Museu Frederic Marès
Dancing Egg Number 3 – Museu Frederic Marès
Dancing Eggs Number 4 - Casa de l'Ardiaca
Dancing Egg Number 4 – Casa de l’Ardiaca
Dancing Egg Number 5 - The Cloisters of Barcelona Cathedral
Dancing Egg Number 5 – The Cloisters of Barcelona Cathedral
Dancing Egg Number 6 - Ateneu Barcelonès
Dancing Egg Number 6 – Ateneu Barcelonès
Dancing Egg Number 7 - Església de Santa Ana
Dancing Egg Number 7 – Església de Santa Ana
Dancing Egg Number 8 - Baílica de la Puríssima Concepció
Dancing Egg Number 8 – Baílica de la Puríssima Concepció
Dancing Egg Number 9 - Col-legi Escolàpies Llúria
Dancing Egg Number 9 – Col-legi Escolàpies Llúria

The Route:

Reial Académia de Bones Lletres
Palau del Lloctinent
Museu Frederic Marès
Casa de L’Ardiaca
The Cloisters of Barcelona Cathedral
Ateneu Barcelonès
Església de Santa Anna
Basílica de La Puríssima Concepció
Co.legi Escolàpies Lluria
The Pedralbes Monastery
Taller Escola Sant Camil
Parròquia de Sant Jeroni de Montbau

Map of “The Route of the Dancing Eggs”

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