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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.
The stars of alfresco summer evenings in the city will be classical music and jazz. The "Music in the parks" program will once again fill the parks of Barcelona with sound. A total of 50 free concerts in June, July and August in various venues of the city. These include the Ciutadella Park, the Mediterrània Gardens, the "Aigües" Park, the Joan Miró Park, the Plaza del Duc de Medinaceli and the Estació del Nord Park, and many more. And if you arrive early, you can join a visit to discover the secrets of the most unique parks and gardens of Barcelona.
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.
The festival of the Gràcia district is one of the most celebrated festivals during August in Barcelona. It is a popular festival that lasts for several days, with a wide range of activities, such as concerts, workshops and shows. The highlight of the festival is the traditional competition when streets are decorated and compete to achieve first place.
Besides the decorated streets, you have the option to hear live music at plaça del Sol and plaça del Diamant, while Plaça de Joanic will be given over to inclusive festivities and dance. Plaça de Manuel Torrente is devoted to gastronomy, while Plaça de la Revolució is given over to science and the Cercle Catòlic used as a space to disconnect.
La Ribera neighbourhood is a must for anyone taking a walk through Barcelona. Whether you get there from the Via Laietana or the Arc de Triomf, as you explore the maze of narrow streets in this neighbourhood where merchants, artisans and guilds once, you’ll discover the city of design, leisure and fashion.
A stroll through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter brings to light the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines "the heart of Barcelona": a neighbourhood where the splendour of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.
Barcelona wouldn't be Barcelona without the Rambla. A wander up and down this famous boulevard is a ritual well worth observing. Just soak up the atmosphere and admire the buildings, from the Canaletes fountain to the Columbus Monument, which connect the old and modern city with places like Liceu and Boqueria. A walk through the life and history of the city.
The cradle of Catalan culture, amongst many other cultures and civilisations, and a witness to major transformations such as the Industrial Revolution or the Civil War amongst many others, Barcelona has a fascinating history. Find out more about it!
Discover the characteristics, charm and the most interesting and attractive places of Barcelona's districts and neighbourhoods!
Barcelona and its home-grown art nouveau movement, modernisme, go hand in hand. The style emerged in all its glory at the end of the 19th century to reveal itself in hundreds of extremely beautiful buildings which line the way. Let yourself be captivated once again by these masterpieces in a style full of opulence, fantasy, symbolism and colour.
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