Berga is the capital of the comarca (county) of Bergueda, Catalonia. As center for commerce and politics of Bergueda, the history and culture of Berga is closely related to medieval Christianity. The name of Berga comes from the Iberian tribe Bergistani, which lived the area before the Roman conquest. The city of Berga has structures that go back to Middle Ages. The more popular ones are the villas that housed holiday apartments, hotels, restaurants, bars, and hostels in Berga.
Berga is famous for the Patum de Berga or La Patum, which is a traditional festival that lasts for days and is held during the Feast of Corpus Christi every year between the end of May and the end of June. The highlights of these celebrations are the parades and procession, including the formal ceremonial Patum, the children’s Patum, and the full Patum. In celebration, the people of Berga dress as mystical and mythical symbolic figures with symbolic, religious, and allegorical representations. People take part in the parades, processions, street dances, and balls accompanied by loud music with rhythmic drums or live bands, fireworks, pyrotechnics, acrobatics, and other spectacles.
The modern celebration of La Patum evolved from the morality plays, popular theaters, and Corpus Christi procession of the medieval ages. Through time, nine giant figures of similar mythical, mystical, and symbolic figures were incorporated. The giants take part in the parades and process in groups.
During La Patum, the city of Berga is packed with devotees, participants, and tourists and most of the hostels in Berga are packed and booked. If traveling to Berga during this time, it is better to plan and book in advance at least one month before arrival. Berga hostels are mostly cheap and vacant during the off-season of La Patum and the natural beauty of Berga comes out as a tranquil and calm city. The people of Berga live a quiet and simple life. In the outskirts, Berga has a stretch of forest with one scenic waterfall. The forest is famous for its camping and hiking site.
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