Trabucaires in the Plaza Sant Jaume

Trabucaires in the Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

Historically, the trabucaires were guerrillas armed with a trabuc (blunderbuss) who fought against the French in the Peninsula War (1808-1814), or the Guerra de la Independencia as it is known in Spain.

Today, you'll find them in their traditional costumes letting off their blunderbusses in celebration in the Festa Major of many a Catalan town — a tradition which has been dated way back beyond the Peninsula War to 1571, when the trabucaires of Solsona celebrated the Spanish victory at Lepanto in such a fashion (according

We can't tell you what the ones in the Plaza Sant Jaume last Saturday were celebrating: we did ask when they'd finished, but by then were so deafened by the noise that we couldn't understand the reply!

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  1. Think they were there as part of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the Guerra del Francès as they call it here, 1808 to 2008… Least that's what it says here on

    I just came across it, honest! I don't normally do such geeky things ,-)! Un beso, K.

  2. Qué chulo

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