Merce Festival
Festes de la Merce • Barcelona

From: Barcelona Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Magic FountainNational PalaceSagrada Familia

Merce Festival
The Festes de la Merce is one of the most anticipated events of the year featuring a wide range of events that are held throughout the city to celebrate the Patron Saint of Barcelona known as Mare de Deu de la Merce.

The event features hundreds of separate events throughout the city which all attract enormous crowds. Some of the most vibrant events include the Castellers who perform castell's or human towers that are often topped with a small child. Castellers usually wear white trousers, a coloured shirt and a sash around their waist and they build these impressive towers by standing upon each others shoulders interlinking with one another to form a base and subsequent levels until there is only one member at he top.

There are also colourful parades which feature beautifully decorated gigantes or giants which impress with their shear size as much as for their costumes which are often of Kings and Queen's.

The correfoc or fire run involves a group of participants dressed up as devils and fire breathing dragons who let off very loud fireworks and bangers and run around with sparklers often spraying sparks into the crowd along their chosen route so be prepared to stand well back when you see them coming through.

There are also plenty of live music performances from a variety of music genres as well as a light show which often features the National Palace creatively lit up in a sea of colour alongside the Magic Fountain which is another landmark that puts on its own unique spectacle alongside music and an impressive fireworks display that quite simply lights up the night sky and can be best enjoyed along the Avinguda de Maria Cristina which links the Arenas de Barcelona with the Magic Fountain and the National Palace.

Date Of Merce Festival
This popular event takes place annually around the 24th of September often over the course of a few days.

Venues throughout the city that are often used include the Placa Reial, Parc de la Ciutadella, Placa Catalunya, Placa Sant Jaume, Sagrada Familia, Castell de Montjuic, Avinguda de Maria Cristina, the National Palace and the Magic Fountain.

Travel Guide
One of the best ways to get around during this event is via public transport which usually runs extra services during the event to cater for the event. There are also plenty of taxis available and if you do decide to hire a car to get around be prepared for a travel and car parking challenge during this event.