No Catalan festival would be complete without a procession of dancing giants. The papier mâché giants date back to the 14th century when they first appeared in Corpus Christi celebrations. Over the years they have been joined by “Capgrossos” (big heads), dragons and other animals. All of which can be seen dancing and whirling their way along the streets of Barcelona during the city’s local festivals.
When they aren’t taking part in processions, about 50 of the giants are exhibited in the “Casa dels Entremesos”. The building is the headquarters of the “Coordinador de Geganters de Barcelona” (Barcelona’s “gianters” co-ordinator) which promotes Catalan traditions. As well as giants there is also a collection of puppets which are used in puppet shows that take place at midday on the second Saturday of each month.
The giants can also be seen taking part in festivals including: Corpus Christi, La Merce, Santa Eulalia and many other smaller festivals. You can pick up a calendar of events when you visit the “Casa dels Entremesos” or check their website.
Pl. de les Beates 2, Barcelona
How to get there:
The nearest metro station is Urquinaona on the Red (L1) and Yellow lines (L4). The Casa dels Entremesos is approximately half way between the Cathedral and Santa Caterina market.
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 13:00 and 16:00 – 19:00
Sunday 11:00 – 14:00
No set fee (small donation requested)
Puppet Show €3
Information in English?
Yes – labels and information boards in English
Other attractions nearby:
The Palau de La Musica
Barcelona Motorbike Museum
Santa Caterina Market
MUHBA Plaça del Rei
Hi. I would like to visit the giant head museo.
On one of my first trips to Barcelona I went into a shop and purchased a large papier mache moon. I am headed back in September and would like to again stop in to a shop.
I know about La Mercé fiesta going on, but perhaps you may know of a shop producing and selling the heads?
If you’re thinking of buying a capgròs, you should visit El Rei de la Mágia on Carrer de la Princesa who purchased the remaining stock and moulds from El Ingenio after the owner retired in 2016.
If you’re looking for a particular design, it’s probably a good idea to contact them by email before you visit.
By the way, if you’re visiting Barcelona when La Mercè is taking place there’s a good chance that some of the giants aren’t at the museum because they are taking part in processions or are temporarily on display at the Town Hall.