From 22nd to 25th of September Barcelona gets prepared for the party held during its biggest festivity: the Mercé. 4 days when the whole city proclaims its love for culture, music and entertainment in general in a festive atmosphere like no other, where concerts and activities both outdoors and in museums and public spaces are the main attraction.
You shouldn’t miss anything from it, so we give you some tips to make the most of La Mercé, as if you were an authentic Barcelona citizen.
Check the activities program of La Mercé
The Merce is characterized as a party in the whole city with a wide range of cultural activities. More than 600 events are carried out and more than 2,000 artists involved in this ode to culture.
Therefore, if you want to have a good overview of all of them, you really need to get one of the programs for the Mercé parties. On the official website of the celebrations of the Mercé you will find everything you need!
Group them by areas
Many activities are repeated during these days, so you can make cultural visits in some areas without fear of losing anything in other areas.
Although events are spread throughout the city there are some main focuses in the Mercé:
- Montjuic: Hosts the major concerts of the radio channels sponsoring the event and the essential and unmissable festival of circus in the trenches of the castle: a must-see of la Mercé.
- Parque de la Ciutadella: hosts several street performances and exhibition. These days one of the main parks in Barcelona dresses up showing more dynamic than ever.
- Plaza Catalonia – Plaza Nova (Cathedral) – Plaza Sant Jaume (Town Hall): in the downtown area of the city are the most traditional Mercé spots, where you can enjoy the work of the famous Castellers (human towers reaching heights of about 8 floors) correfocs (parade of dances, fireworks and costumes with the company of the beat of drums) and popular music concerts where the Sardana (traditional dance) is the protagonist.
- Forum: Headquarters of BAM (acronym of Barcelona Musical Action) festival. The best concerts of independent music are held here. This is a place to dance and continue the celebration until the first hours of the morning.
Choose an accommodation according to your desire to live the party
Living in an apartment in Ramblas is a dream, but keep in mind that with the whole city celebrating La Mercé, this may be a bit chaotic if you are not used to stay out until late partying (something highly recommended in the popular festivals of Barcelona, since there are activities until late).
If you want to live in a more relaxed atmosphere but without disconnecting the feeling of party, an apartment in Muntaner with Breakfast included can be an excellent choice as well as a bohemian apartment in the Born right next to Ciutadella Park or apartment in Miró Park , a few meters from Montjuïc.
Make the most of an excellent opportunity for tourism
During the days of La Mercé, museums and major tourist attractions of Barcelona offer discounted prices or even the opportunity to visit the facilities for free.
This is a real “open bar” for cultural visits, where you can get to see wonders like the Sagrada Familia for free. But that is not always a good idea: wined somey patience and get ready to endure queues which can last two hours.
Do not miss the Piromusical of La Mercé
Of the more than 600 activities, you can miss many of them enjoy the ones that really are of your interest. You can even forget about the visit of the Sagrada Familia, but what you cannot miss at all is the Piromusical which closes the festival on Sunday 25th, the day after the Mercé.
A show of music, light and fireworks unmatched in the incomparable setting of the Avenida Maria Cristina at the foot of Montjuïc, the Magic Fountain and the MNAC in the background. That makes the whole show a treat for the senses.