Author: Stay U-nique
La Mercè Festival in Barcelona is held in honor of Mare Deu de la Mercè and it has been celebrated for more than 100 years. The festival lasts around 5 days and takes place at the end of September. This is one of the most popular and the most interesting festival in Barcelona. However, there are still many things which people do not take into account when they attend it.
Here are 5 things to know which will help you fully enjoy the event:
1.Wear protective clothing
La Mercè which is also called “Mayor Festival” is the largest and most colourful festival in Barcelona. The legend of the Correfoc is a very popular, traditional festivity in Spain where about 40 groups of ‘devils’ and ‘dragons’ take part in the festival of fire.
About 80,000 fireworks and sparklers are used throughout the festival. Therefore, it would be useful to wear hats, glasses and long-sleeved tops. In this way, you can avoid the risk of injury and enjoy the beautiful fireworks.
2. Leave your car
The festival is extremely popular and is attend by around 1.2 million people every year. Moreover, there are hundreds of big and small events taking place in the scope of the festival at the centre. This makes it nearly impossible to get from one part of the city to another using your car. The easiest and most preferred method of travel by the locals is public transportation. The city is well connected by metro which runs all night on Saturday and during the La Mercè public holiday.
3. Barcelona’s biggest party
Celebrated since the 19th century, La Mercè is known as an important and religious celebration. It is considered to be the perfect timing to witness the Catalan traditions and folklore. This is because it includes fire-runs, ancient practices such as the “correfoc”, the ‘ball de gegants’ and ‘la serdana’, which is a traditional dance in which the participants dance in a circle, holding hands.
La Mercè is officially celebrated on 24th of September and is a public holiday in Barcelona. The festival brings together locals and tourists, foreign students and immigrants working and living in the city , offering them around 100 different stages to choose between is making it impossible not to enjoy yourself. Moreover, the entrance to most events is free which makes it even more attractive; appealing to everyone’s budget.
4. BAM Music Festival
BAM Music Festival is taking place from 22nd until 25th of September, welcoming everyone interested in music. BAM means “Musical Action Barcelona” and promotes the best independent artists, including all different types of music from the best folk to the best electronic vibes, from the best rock, pop and indi sounds.
Organized by the city of Barcelona, it has more than 100 free open-air concerts by international artists, which are located in Antiga fàbrica d’Estrella Damm, Place Dels Angles, Placa Joan Coromines, Rambla Del Raval. One of this year’s highlights is the street concert at the Antiga fabrica d’Estrella Damm in Eixample on 23rd September at 7pm.
Here you can find the list of artists for BAM 2017.
A big festival in the center of Barcelona draws huge crowds, as how you may expect. During this time of the year, it would be extremely difficult to find a place to stay. So, you better book accommodation well ahead of time especially if you plan to stay near Las Ramblas.