All the Barcelonians know that the end of summer does not mean it's the end of fun and excitement. Evidently, it implies that the holidays are over and it is necessary to return to the normal routine as the days become shorter and the temperatures begin to drop. But this time of the year is also synonymous with the Fiesta Mayor of Barcelona or, as it is popularly known, the La Mercé Festival. This year, it will be from September 21st to 24th.
The Patron Saint of Barcelona Day
September 24th is the day of Mare de Deu de la Mercè, Saint Eulàlia, who is the virgin patron saint of Barcelona. In fact, this festival is held in her honour. There is a cathedral dedicated to this saint in the middle of Gótico Quarter, which is specially decorated to celebrate such an event. This has been the case since 1871.
What Activities Take Place During the La Mercé Festival?
Although the La Mercé Festival is only for 3 days, the calendar of activities is very wide and varied. In fact, everyone can adapt it to their own tastes and needs and enjoy the celebration in a unique way.
Firstly, it must be said that live music concerts are aplenty both in Gótico Quarter and its surroundings. Specifically, these will take place in such symbolic venues as the Plaza Real, the Parc del Fòrum, the Plaza de Catalunya, the Old Damm Factory, and the Plaza de los Ángeles, among others.
In addition, there is room for tradition through the classic exhibition of castelleras, devils, hawks and, of course, 'correfocs'. To this we must add that there will be several parades from giants and big-heads.
For its part, Barcelona's City Council will also organise various visual light spectacles during the La Mercé Festival. Special mention deserves to be made about the 'video mapping' of its façade and the fireworks that are launched every night from the Barceloneta Beach. These go hand in hand with the famous Piromusical celebrated at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc on the last day.
Lisbon, the city invited to host the 2018 La Mercé Festival
Every year, the Barcelona City Council invites a welcoming city to participate in the various events that take place during the La Mercé Festival. This year, it will be the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon.
It should be noted that Engel & Völkers, the leading real estate company in the luxury sector, has opened an MMC ('Metropolitan Market Centre') in Lisbon. This is undoubtedly an excellent way for the company to expand in Portugal.
In short, the 2018 La Mercé Festival promises to delight both Barcelona and anyone who comes from abroad and wants to get to know the Ciudad Condal during this wonderful time of the year. These are the dates that are dedicated to tradition and, above all, leisure and fun.