If there is a time to come to Barcelona, it will be with La Mercè. A yearly event from the 22nd till the 25th of September that you simply cannot miss! La Mercè is Barcelona’s largest street party that first took place in 1902. The festival bids goodbye to the summer with a bang and welcomes the cooler months of autumn. Many highlights during this week will be featured somewhere in the city. This festival will show you the history and traditions of Cataluña’s culture. It is a festival for all age groups, young and old. Perfect for families to show the kids history and traditions, as well as creating unforgettable memories. We wish you a lovely stay at our familial aparthotel in Barcelona.
La Mercè refers to Mare de Deu de la Mercè, the Virgin of Mercy. The legend goes that on the night of 24 September 1218, a Virgin appeared simultaneously to King Jaume 1, Saint Pere Nolasc and Saint Ramón de Penyafort. She asked these three men the same question, if they could create an order of monks whom would dedicate themselves to saving Christians imprisoned by Saracens. This happened during the war of religion. After saving Barcelona from several plagues of locusts the Virgin was named patron saint of Barcelona, in 1687.
During the week of La Mercè there will be a huge program of events ranging from street arts, street processions, concerts, traditional dances and fireworks. The city will be in a unique ecstatic state. One of the most popular events during La Mercè is Correfoc, the Fire run. A run where ‘the Devils’ are taking over the streets of Barcelona. Armed with sparkler fireworks, followed by fir
e breathing dragons they create an intense atmosphere where you can feel the excitement. Correfoc distinguishes two types, one type for children and one for adults. Find more information about the highlights here.
There are more traditions that will be displayed during La Mercè. One that is famous throughout the whole world is Castellers. Yes, the Human towers. You probably have seen them once on television but you could see them in real life. Every year the best teams come together at Plaça de Jaume and put a lot at stake to build the highest tower.
To conclude, La Mercè is a must visit festival. The festival of festivals in Barcelona. If you are interested in this event, make sure to keep an eye out for any updates here and book your familial apartment with us!