Without doubt, the biggest annual feast in Barcelona taking place is La Mercè in Barcelona. La Merce is one of the two Patron saints of the city and comes from the Roman Catholic feast of ¨Our lady of Mercy¨. If you are thinking about visiting the wonderful city of Barcelona, ??keep in mind that September is an ideal month. This year there is no long weekend for La Merce (the day of the Virgen de la Merce is the 24th of September, which falls on Saturday) but however, 19 until 25 September is an ideal time to enjoy Barcelona.

Although the official calendar of Barcelona Festival La Merce 2011 is not yet published, it will forward some of the activities that usually take place in this important celebration. Also, if you fancy coming to town to celebrate the feast of the patron saint of Barcelona, ??you may be interested in accommodation for the Fiesta of La Mercè.

One of the main features of the Fiestas de la Mercè in Barcelona is that they make all kinds of entertainment and most of them are for free. Among these activities we can find a variety of concerts in various locations throughout the city, a wine fair in Catalonia, stunning fireworks displayed and other traditional activities such as:

  • Correfoc: One of the most seen traditions of the Feast of Mercy is the colorful Correfoc. A procession of “demons” in disguise, which runs around Via Laietana with firecrackers and other fireworks. The demons are accompanied by dragons “spit” Sparking from the fireworks. The Correfoc has two versions: the Fire Run for children, at dusk, and Correfoc for adults, a little more dangerous, as the dragons and devils chasing people with fireworks. If you plan to participate in this activity, we suggest using a long sleeve shirt, hat and sunglasses, to protect you from sparks.
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    Correfocs. Foto de elrichal en Flickr

  • The Giants: These costumed figures are made from papier maché and are known as ¨Gegants i capgrossos¨ (catalan for Giants and big-heads). These figures are used in parades during several feasts throughout the year and also in this festival.
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    Gigante, Foto de flydime en flickr

  • Castell Competition: The Castells (Castles) is a Catalan tradition for over 200 years, which is to form a human pyramid several layers high. At the top of the pyramid, a child is placed to form the tip. Spectacular human towers can be seen especially on Plaza Jaume I, situated in the old Gotico neighbourhood. These human towers were declared to be amongst the masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO last year November. Very nice and absolutely a must see!
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    Castell en Barcelona. Foto de 60mls en flickr

  • Sardana: The Sardana is a typical Catalan circle type of dance. People are dancing in the streets and everyone is joining in. Very cheerful and atmospheric.

  • Show Piromusical: The closure of the Mercè festival and a spectacular show is held in Montjuïc, with stunning fireworks explosions which are coordinated to the rhythm of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. It is something really charming and impressive .

The whole city is in turmoil with parades, fireworks and parties. Every Barcelona lover should experience this festival and get to Barcelona. Book an apartment for La Merce 2011 in Barcelona and don´t miss a thing.

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