Attracting around two million people ever year, Fiesta de la Mercè is one of Barcelona’s biggest and oldest city-wide festivals. Held in honour of the city’s co-patron saint, the Virgin of Grace, who is believed to have saved the city from a plague of locusts in 1687, the fiesta is a huge celebration involving around 600 public events in the city’s streets, parks and museums. Wonder at the amazing human towers, advanced firework displays and music from local and international artists. Of particular note are the street processions which feature correfoc fire-runs, giant figures made of papier maché and traditional dances.
The Fiesta de la Mercè typically takes place over the period of four days leading up the main festivities on 24th September. If you’re thinking of an Autumn holiday in Barcelona, it would be a great idea to plan it around la Mercè. If you’re flying in for the event, the nearest airport is Barcelona International Airport. From there, you can take the metro straight into the city or you can take the Aerobus for €5.90 one way. The metro and bus services are open 24 hours during the festival and so it couldn’t be easier to party until the early hours.
The Fiesta de la Mercè is a wonderful celebration of Catalan traditions and folklore fused with modern elements. Make sure you catch at least one major street procession during the event - watching the giant papier-maché figures, known as gegants, making their way through the crowds is quite spectacular. Equally impressive are the correfocs - participants dressed as demons running through the streets launching fireworks from their pitchforks. Alongside these traditional practices is a packed programme of art exhibitions and installations, bands and soloists from across the globe, theatre events and technological displays. Check out the 2017 programme for a list of all of the featured events.
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While you’re in Barcelona, make sure you leave time to check out the many sights in this amazing city: take a stroll around Eixample to see some of Gaudís best work; take a tour around the fascinating architectural feat that is the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia; and check out the Camp Nou where Leo Messi has made so much history.
To find out more information about Barcelona’s major festival, please look at the official website, where you’ll be able to access the official 2017 programme of events, find out more about the correfoc fire run and other aspects of this fiesta mayor and watch videos of last year’s event.
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