The magic of Christmas: in search of the ‘tió’
Everyone in Catalonia knows the famous Christmas character of our country, and we are not talking about the ‘caganer’, we are referring to the ‘tió’. The ‘tió’ is a magical figure that lives in Catalan homes during the Christmas holidays, and when the festivities are over, the ‘tió’ returns to his home, the forest.
At 11Onze we recommend several proposals to go in search of the precious magical being with children. Are you up for it? Before we give you a piece of advice: whatever forest you choose to go in search of your Christmas ‘tió’, remember that “magic can be found in every corner, you just have to look carefully.”
- Caçations, on the hunt for geolocated ‘tions’. With the help of a map and a description, you can find the ‘tions’ geolocated in different forests of Catalonia: Camprodon, Pedraforca, Montseny, Mura, Ordal, Prades, Rupit, Riudarenes, Corredor, Collserola or Catalunya en Miniatura. On their website, you can choose the place where you want to go, make a reservation and wait to receive the GPS coordinates a few days before the adventure. The fun and the good memories that children will take with them are more than guaranteed.
- Rukimon, in search of the ‘tió’ among donkeys. This time the place is Dosrius, in the Maresme region. Rukimon – Burros del Corredor was founded in 1996 with the aim of guaranteeing the preservation of the closest breeds of donkeys. It is the only reserve in Spain where you can see Catalan donkey breeds and others that are in danger of extinction. So, if you want to go and look for your ‘tió’ in the forest of the ‘tions’ of Rukimon, you can make a reservation on their website, a different way to go and look for the Christmas ‘tió’.
- Mura, the village that exhibits ‘tions’. In this place of Bages, during the month of December, we can see ‘tions’ dressed, decorated and placed by the inhabitants of the same municipality everywhere in the small town, in its well-known Tió Festival. If you go, among many of the activities, you can also choose the best ‘tió’ of the year by voting in the urns that are scattered around the village.
- Association Casa del Tió of Argençola. The Association Casa del Tió i Casa del Bosc d’Argençola was born in 2016 with the aim that the ‘tió’ character is recognised as a fundamental part of the village: “The nerve centre of the ‘tió’ of the Catalan Countries.” Every year they organise a festival with a programme full of activities that includes fetching the ‘tions’. Fun is always guaranteed for both children and adults. Reservations must be made on their website, of course.
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