Castles (human towers)

SUBJECT…Physical Education

TEACHER: Laura de Batlle

LEVEL: 1st  ESO.

NAME OF ACTIVITY: Castles (human towers)

STATE OF THE ACTIVITY: Finished (June 2012)



Castles, or human towers, are one of Europe’s most genuine and unique Cultural show. 

Under the motto "Strength, balance, courage and good sense”, castles are an excellent calling card for Catalonia to the World.

Watching or, even better, taking part in a tower is an exciting experience that really highlights the individual and collective struggle for improvement.

But why are castles made? What makes these groups of uniformed people climb around each other like this? Why do they get so much pleasure from the goals they achieve?

Taller castells

Castles are unique in the world. The plasticity and emotion are combined with a marked spectacularity. While rising the castles at the rhythm of the traditional Catalan music, there is always the doubt of whether they will fulfil their aim successfully or they will fall before building the castle.

Castles are raised in a festive atmosphere. It is part of the most appreciated festivals in Catalan villages and towns.

The members of castles or teams that raise towers are amateurs. Although these buildings are raised for amateur people, they spend lots of days with rigorous trainings to make their dreams come true.

Regarding height, towers can be 6, 7, 8, 9 or even 10 levels high.

The pineapple is the bottom of the castle but there is also a trunk. It is a structure made by people that climb up to top of each other.

The top of the castle is formed by children.

Castles can be raised by 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 people for level.

Nowadays teams are a faithful reflection of Catalan society. The proportion of man, woman and ages is now well balanced.

Adults and children share trainings and performances and each other has an important roll.

People from different ways of life and different places come together for a commune objective: raise human towers, the most complicate and beautiful the better.

Showmanship, passion, integration, teamwork and spirit of improvement.

Nowadays there are more than 7.000 people who practice castles in more than 60 teams, and every year they raise 16.000 castles approximately.

The 17th April of 2008, reflecting the feeling of Catalan society, the Catalonia Parliament considered that castles were one of the most brilliant expressions of our society and gave support to the candidature to be Cultural Heritage and Intangible Heritage of UNESCO, and the 16th November of 2010 this dream came true.

Since they are an expression of our society and one of the most wonderful ones, we have wanted our students to learn how to raise castles.