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Before the end of the summer, the different districts and neighbourhoods of the city will celebrate their patron saint festivities. During September, these celebrations are the preview of the city's great festivity, la Mercè. This is the case of the Horta, Poble Nou and the Gràcia area (including La Salut, Vallcarca and Penitents districts). During October, Les Corts and Sarrià. In November Sant Andreu de Palomar.
All these neighbourhoods dress their streets for the celebration and for a few days they are brimming with activities, music, concerts, popular dinners and games for the young ones. This tradition is much loved by the people of Barcelona, as it allows for more interaction between neighbours and direct participation, all thanks to their pride for belonging to the same neighbourhood.
A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That's the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every Sunday, there's a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants' Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and new additions, including a fantastic flower festival and Midsummer Eve party tailored to all the family. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.
Seeing them rehearse and, most of all, joining in, is a thrilling experience! The human towers – castells – are one of the most authentic and unique cultural manifestations in Europe and consist of the building of human towers up to nine and ten tiers high.
Castells have been awarded World Heritage status by Unesco and are part of Catalan cultural identity while conveying values of social cohesion, solidarity and personal betterment.
Do you want to find out about these everyday people who are able to do extraordinary things? Do you want to find out first hand what it means to be a casteller?. You'll be able to see a rehearsal and find out about the world of castellers accompanied by a member of the team. If you wish, you will also be able to join the pinya (base tier) of a tower.
Barcelona is once again celebrating its grand festival, in honor of its patron saint. A program full of different activities is planned for all the public, with music, dance, circus and street arts. And not forgetting the giants, dragons, fire beasts, human towers and sardana groups.
La Mercè is also a festival of street arts with the MAC festival, Mercè Street Arts. This is a festival which has become a showcase of new creations, and the meeting place for many artists, both from the city and overseas. For the second year running,Passeig de Lluís Companys is the festival venue in the heart of the city, together with the Parc de la Ciutadella (by day, shows for all the family; by night, more audiovisual events, where art and technology merge with light displays, music and projects). Other venues include the Parc de la Trinitat and the Montjuïc Castle (where circus will be performed with shows combining music, dance and acrobatics).
Lisbon is the guest city and is joining in the festivities, accompanied by performers (The Night of Fados) wishing to fill the city with performances and music, and a wide variety of rhythms and styles.
Similarly to other years, Avinguda de la Catedral, the Moll de la Fusta, Bogatell beach, Avinguda de Maria Cristina and the Plaça Major de Nou Barris are the venues where the Mercè Festival will be filled with today's popular rhythms and mega concerts. The musical scene of Lisbon and from many other places in the world, will perform at BAM, with today's most innovative and emerging sounds playing at Plaça dels Àngels, Plaça de Joan Coromines and Rambla del Raval. This year we will receive the visit of groups such as Love of Lesbian, Els Catarres, Dr. Calypso, Mercury Rev, Maika Makovsky or Green Valley, without forgetting the classical music that will offer us the OBC and Vozes.
Like every year, fire will be one of the main elements of the festival, such as the Correfocs (fire runs) with a rain of fire among devils, dragons and other beasts of fire, making the streets of the center of Barcelona full of sparks. La Mercè will end, as always, with the traditional fireworks and music display. an explosion of light and sound, which has become one of the most expected and acclaimed events for the people of Barcelona and its visitors.
Celebrate the traditional Catalan fiestas with wine and cava at the Mirador de Colom Enotourism and Wine Information Center. Come to the monument and do a wine or cava tasting accompanied by a variety of sweet specialities such as 'panellets' (a typical almond and pine nut cookie eaten around All Saints Day), Christmas 'turróns' and the traditional 'tortell', a ring-shaped pastry decorated with candied fruit and eaten on Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day.
Come and enjoy the sweetest of experiences at the Mirador de Colom!
This curious tradition is one hundred percent from Barcelona and it takes place on the day of Corpus. As its name suggests, it consists of making an egg "dance" upon the source of the fountains found in cloisters, courtyards or gardens. To ensure that the egg doesn't fall, the "trick" is to put the whole shell of an empty egg. The fountains are decorated with flowers and fruits. The Day of the Corpus Christi is a Catholic holiday that is dedicated to the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist.
In Barcelona there are several places in which to enjoy the tradition of "L'Ou com balla". Some venues include the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Frederic Marès Museum (Sant Iu plaza, 5), the Parish of Santa Anna, (29, Santa Anna Street), the Casa de l'Ardiaca (1, Santa Llúcia Street), Rubió i Lluch Gardens (56, Hospital Street), the Ateneu Barcelonès (6, Canuda Street), el Museu Marítim (avinguda de les Drassanes, s/n) the Parish of the Puríssima Concepció (299, Aragó Street) or the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres (3, Bisbe Caçador Street).
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patron saint of seafarers and, in Catalonia, many coastal towns celebrate various traditional festivities around the date of her saint’s day. Barcelona joins in too, with the celebrations being concentrated in the quintessential fisherman’s neighborhood of La Barceloneta. The saint’s day is marked with a procession through the streets of an image of Virgin ending up at the quayside, where offerings are made. The fiesta concludes with a performance by the Choir of Barceloneta, a particularly emblematic part of this district.
There are two official languages in Catalonia: Catalan and Spanish, and there are more and more people in the region who understand and speak English. You’re sure to get by.
One of the symbols of Barcelona, a meeting place for locals and visitors alike where people also flock to celebrate the victories of the Catalan team, Futbol Club Barcelona, Barça. The Canaletes Fountain has become one of Barcelona's most visited landmarks.
The Fossar de les Moreres is a place of great symbolic significance where the weight of history takes centre stage. Here, right in the centre of the Born neighbourhood, was the site of the graveyard for the fallen during the 1714 Siege of Barcelona. A monument stands on the site as a reminder. The place sometimes goes unnoticed by visitors. For the Catalans, the fossar is more than a memory. It is a homage.
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