This week, Barcelona’s biggest annual festival, “La Mercé”, is taking place from friday the 22nd of September, until Monday the 25th of September, 2017. La Mercé origins is religious, and the festival basically celebrates Barcelona’s patron saint, the Virgin of La Mercé – meaning; the Virgin of mercy. The festival is an important cultural celebration to the Catalan people, and it is presenting Catalan traditions and folklore throughout the week – besides this, there will also be many concerts and parades to observe.
One of the cultural events of the “La Mercé” festival is what you in Catalan call “Castell”, which means castle, another term used to describe this sport is “Human tower”. This is a traditional sport of Catalonia, and it is possible to observe the “Human tower” in action during the festival.
One of the most popular parades of the festival is the “Correfoc”, also called the “Fire-run”, where you will see devils take over the streets and light fireworks. This should not be missed, but watched carefully, due to the fireworks running all over the street during this parade. A good advide; do not wear your best outfit.
Another popular parade of the “La Mercé” festival, is the “Ball of the giants”, which is a really impressive parade of giant figures passing through the streets to music, the parade is overwhelming and fun to watch!
Through the festival, a lot of museums opens up for free, and why not take advantage of this opportunity? Most of the museums has one day of the festival, where they open the doors free for everyone, and some even opens Monday, even though it is a bank holiday.
If you visit the official homepage of “La Mercé”, you can get an overview of the full program of the festival.
And to everyone who is participating in “La Mercé”, happy festival!
The summer of 2017 is official over, and we have entered the first month of the fall, september. Most people are back from their holidays, and the busy vibe of the summer in Barcelona is slowly fading out.
There is no doubt that Barcelona is a beautiful place to visit during the summer, but how is it to visit this popular disination during the fall? Here at the office, we personally love Barcelona in the fall, and we have gathered 5 reasons why you should visit Barcelona this time a year.
1. There is tourists all year around in Barcelona, do to the popularity of the city. But Barcelona is especially busy throughout the summer, and has lots of tourists visiting, but as the high season comes to an end in september, you will see less tourist, which makes you free to explore the city while it’s not overcrowded.
2. In the fall Barcelona offers loads of free concerts, all from Jazz, pop to reggae! With all these different genre of music, it should be possible for everyone to find some music after their liking. One of the biggest festivals in Barcelona, is the “La Mercè” street festival on the 22-25 of september, 2017. The festival offers many free events and activities, such as concerts and parades.
3. Throughtout the summer in Barcelona, the humidity can get really high, which most of all invites you to cool of on the beach. But when entering the fall, the humidity disappears and the temperature drops to around 15-21 degrees, which makes the weather perfect for sightseeing.
4. Beachdays isnt over yet! The temperature is getting lower, but during september there are still some beachdays left, so it is still possible to combine a city/beach holiday in Barcelona during september.
5. Through the summer period, a lot of Barcelonas polular restaurants are closed, because of vacation and such like. Many of these restaurants usually open up again in the beginning of september – so if you love travelling for food, this is important to be aware of.
So if you have thought about visiting Barcelona during the fall, don’t hesitate! It is a beautiful and vibrant city that needs to be explored.
Roses, books and romanticism, that’s what Barcelona is all about on the 23rd of April.
Last Sunday we celebrated Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia. This man was the hero in the legend of Sant Jordi where he saved the king’s daughter by killing a dragon. Out of the spilt blood of the dragon grew a bush of red roses and flowers. Since the 8th century, Sant Jordi is venerated in this whole region and the legend still remains extremely important in Catalonia. Many attractions, such as Casa Batlló, are decorated with roses and all streets are filled with red roses. Traditionally, the boys would give a rose to the girls, while the girls would give a book to the boys in return. Nowadays however, everybody gets roses and books. Walking down the Ramblas while checking the numerous books in Spanish and Catalan is a must during the day of Sant Jordi.
The Spanish town or, Pueblo Español, located on the Montjuich hill, was first built for the World Exhibition in 1929. Used as an open-air museum with specific architecture from the different Spanish
regions with contemporary art and handicraft shops became an enjoyable place for everybody, both the locals and the people visiting. This little town really is alive due to many events that are organised during the whole year. Weddings, concerts, festivals and workshops are only a few examples of the endless list. This unique combination of characterised houses and a great atmosphere makes it a place to absolutely visit during your stay in Barcelona. This unique location is also ideal for our cooking workshops. Right next to the main square we’ve got a beautiful place where you will be accompanied by well-experienced chefs, a pleasant atmosphere and delicious ingredients to create a tasteful paella or tapas dish. A truly must do if you want to experience the real Catalan culinary art!
In the beginning of La Rambla you can find this tiny, non-remarkable fountain which is named ‘la Fuente de Canaletas’. At first sight, most people just walk by without knowing the value of this place. But how can we blame you if nobody tells it? After this little explanation you’ll definitely need to have a look next time you pass by. As you all probably know, football is highly important in Barcelona, and so is the celebration after. But what has this fountain to do with the football history of Barcelona? Well this Canaletas Fountain is used as the meeting place for the celebration of victories of FC Barcelona. Every time when Barcelona wins, the Ramblas is entirely filled with people celebrating the victory all night long with beers, flags and a lot of noise. It truly is an incredible spectacle that you can’t miss! But keep this in mind: you won’t be home before next morning!