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Vaquillas Teruel

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La Vaquilla del Ángel: Teruel's Timeless Tradition

"La Vaquilla del Ángel" stands as the most deeply-rooted and traditional celebration in the city of Teruel. Nestled within the broader "Fiestas de Ángel," this event is commemorated annually on the weekend closest to July 10th, spanning from Friday to the early hours between Monday and Tuesday.


A signature feature of this festivity is its open-air setting, as the heart of the celebration unfolds right on the streets. Various clubs and cultural associations from the historic city center play a pivotal role in orchestrating an array of activities, ensuring an exhilarating experience for both young and old attendees. Among the scheduled events, one of the most anticipated is the ‘Puesta del pañuelico’ (or "Placing of the Little Scarf") on the Torico statue, held on Saturday afternoon, symbolizing the commencement of the festivities. Subsequently, on Sunday, locals partake in the customary evening snack, followed by a vibrant costume parade at the bullring. The grandeur peaks in the early hours between Monday and Tuesday with the traditional fireworks marking the end of the celebrations and the removal of the scarf from the Torico.


The inception of "La Vaquilla del Ángel" traces back to the medieval era, specifically rooted in the first bull-related celebrations introduced to the city in the 14th century. Over the centuries, the event has undergone significant evolution, shaping it into the current-day spectacle—a pure embodiment of unbridled joy.

Video Vaquillas 2018

When will Teruel Celebrate Vaquillas in 2024?

The most awaited celebration in Teruel has been scheduled! Mark your calendars for July 5th to 8th, 2024. And that's not all; the festivities begin even earlier, from June 27th to July 5th, where you can indulge in a traditional pre-festival week full of varied activities: ranging from concerts, exhibitions, theater, sports events, and so much more. The highlight of these celebrations is undoubtedly the grand "Pañuelico Setting" event, scheduled for 4:30 PM on Saturday, July 6th, 2024, at the Plaza del Torico.


In addition to this, traditional events such as the ringing of the small bell, the bullring box lottery, the Sunday afternoon snack, the release of young bulls, and the roped bull on Monday will also be featured.


Unlike other Spanish celebrations, the Peñas that form the essence of the Teruel festivities welcome visitors with open arms, free of charge. So, you can expect numerous spots around the city buzzing with live music, performances, DJs, and more. If you're planning to visit Teruel during this time, we recommend checking the Events section to keep up with the day-to-day happenings of the Angel Festivities, ensuring you don't miss out on any excitement.

The Peñas

You can become a member for 1 year of a peña of your choise. Each one charges a different fee but it includes a lot of benefits, not available for regular visitors. Check the list below:

PEÑA LOS MARINOS

Founded: 1951

Location: Paseo del Óvalo

Members: 620

Fee: 120€

Website: www.losmarinosteruel.es

Social Media: Facebook

PEÑA LA BOTERA

Founded: 1992

Location: Plaza San Miguel

Members: 250

Fee: 90€ - 120€

Website: www.labotera.es

PEÑA EL AJO

Founded: 1969

Location: Ronda Ambeles

Members: 850

Fee: 130€

Website: www.el-ajo.es

PEÑA EL TRAGO

Founded: 1948

Location: Plaza de la Marquesa

Members: 496

Fee: 120€

Website: www.eltrago.es

Poster: Cartel El Trago 2018

PEÑA LOS SORDOS

Founded: 1952

Location: Plaza del Tremedal

Members: 270

Fee: 135€ (Children: 60€)

Social Media: Facebook

PEÑA EL DISFRUTE

Founded: 1992

Location: Ronda Dámaso Torán

Members: 570

Fee: 110€

Social Media: Facebook

PEÑA EL DISLOQUE

Founded: 1958

Location: Calle Joaquín Arnau

Members: 435

Fee: 125€

Social Media: Facebook

PEÑA LOS QUE FALTABAN

Founded: 1967

Location: Calle Padre Tomás Lozano

Members: 430

Fee: 105€ - 120€

Social Media: Facebook

PEÑA ULTRAMARINOS

Founded: 2002

Location: Ronda Dámaso Torán

Members: 383

Fee: 110€ - 125€

Website: www.ultramarinosteruel.com

PEÑA LA ENCERRONA

Founded: 2016

Location: Plza. La Bombardera

Members: 300

Fee: 100€ - 115€

Social Media: Facebook

PEÑA LOS CHACHOS

Founded: 1959

Location: Ronda Dámaso Torán (Mercado)

Members: 512

Fee: 120€

Website: www.loschachos.es

PEÑA NOS HAN SOLTAO

Founded: 1994

Location: Ronda Dámaso Torán (Bajo los Arcos)

Members: 690

Fee: 100€ - 110€

Website: www.nosansoltao.com

PEÑA EL CHASCO

Founded: 1973

Location: Plza. Goya

Members: 580

Fee: 110€ - 125€

Website: www.elchasco.com

Poster: Cartel El Chasco 2018

PEÑA EL DESPISTE

Founded: 1989

Location: Plaza Francés de Aranda (plaza del Obispado)

Members: 460 adults + 160 children

Fee: 120€

Social Media: Facebook

Poster: Cartel El Despiste 2018

PEÑA EL PUCHERO

Founded: 1983

Location: Plaza de Cristo Rey (las Monjas)

Members: 364

Fee: Adults 155€, under 35 years 100€, under 14 years 80€

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

PEÑA EL CAMPANICO

Founded: 1992

Location: Paseo del Óvalo (next to La Escalinata)

Members: 280

Fee: 120€

Website: www.elcampanico.es

Social Media: Facebook

PEÑA LA UNIÓN

Founded: 1974

Location: Ronda Dámaso Torán (Archivo Provincial)

Members: 430

Fee: 125€

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

PEÑA EL DESPADRE

Founded: 1976

Location: Plaza del Seminario

Members: 386 adults + 150 children

Fee: 140€

PEÑA LOS BOHEMIOS

Founded: 1958

Location: La Glorieta

Members: 340

Fee: 135€

PEÑA EL AGÜELO

Founded: 1977

Location: Plaza de San Juan (Casino Turolense)

Members: 1400

Fee: 0€

PEÑA EL RESCATE

Founded: 2019

Location: Plaza Domingo Gascón

Members: 400 adults and 90 children

Fee: 130-150€

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram


Disclaimer: fee might be different as they change from year to year

Vaquillas Festival Attire

When visiting Teruel for the Vaquillas Festival, donning the traditional festival attire is key to blending in with the locals.


The festival ensemble includes a white shirt and pants, paired with a red scarf and sash. Additionally, it's accessorized with the classic black jacket (known as 'gorrinera' or blouse) which provides warmth during the cooler festival nights.


Shops in the city offer all the required items leading up to the Vaquillas event.


If you prefer to come prepared, dig out a white shirt from your wardrobe (and perhaps an extra for backup), white trousers, and some old sneakers that you wouldn’t mind parting with, as they might not make it past the festivities.

Video Vaquillas 2023 - Charanga a Todo Ritmo

The "Puesta del Pañuelico" at Teruel's Vaquillas Festival

In the heart of Spain's Aragon region, the city of Teruel becomes a vibrant center of tradition and festivity every July. Among the numerous celebrations that define the spirit of the Spanish summer, the Vaquillas Festival in Teruel stands out, notably because of a unique event known as the "Puesta del Pañuelico."


A Time-Honored Tradition

The "Puesta del Pañuelico" or the "Setting of the Scarf" is one of the festival's most anticipated and symbolic events. It involves placing a red scarf around the neck of the "Torico" - a small stone bull statue located in the city's main square. The act serves as the official commencement of the Vaquillas festivities.


A Symbol of Unity

For the people of Teruel, the red scarf is not merely a decorative item. It's a powerful symbol of unity, camaraderie, and shared heritage. As the scarf is set around the Torico, locals and tourists alike don their own red scarves, visually uniting everyone in a sea of vibrant crimson.


The Heartbeat of the Festival

The ceremony, usually held on a Saturday afternoon, is a profound moment where past meets present. As the scarf settles on the Torico, a collective cheer erupts, signifying the start of a weekend filled with music, dance, and of course, the famed bull runs.


Local associations, known as 'peñas', play a vital role in keeping the spirit of the Vaquillas alive. During the "Puesta del Pañuelico," members of these groups can be seen in their traditional black casacas, white shirts, and trousers, intensifying the sense of tradition.


More than Just an Event

While the "Puesta del Pañuelico" is indeed a spectacle to witness, it's essential to understand its deeper meaning. To the people of Teruel, this act is a bridge between generations. It's a reminder of the city's rich history, its resilience, and its commitment to celebrating life.


In Conclusion

The Vaquillas Festival offers a rich tapestry of experiences, and the "Puesta del Pañuelico" is undoubtedly its crown jewel. It's a testament to the enduring spirit of Teruel's people and a beckoning invitation to the world to join in their jubilation. If you ever find yourself in Spain in July, Teruel and its traditions are a must-see. The magic of the "Puesta del Pañuelico" is bound to leave a lasting imprint on your heart.

Video Puesto del Pañuelico

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