Barcelona’s September fiesta honours the city’s patroness, La Mercè (Virgin of Mercy).
La Mercè Festival, dating back to 1902, bids farewell to summer and ushers in autumn with concerts, open-air dancing, fireworks, human towers, parades and spectacular costumes.
Events take place day and night. Particularly spectacular is the Carrefoc, a midnight train of dragons, eagles and devils accompanied by fireworks. During the day, crowds pour into the streets of the Old Quarter to witness the red-and-blue costumed teams of castellers, who try to build the tallest human tower possible.
Throughout the week catch street theatre, circus acts and the Sardana, Catalonia’s idiosyncratic traditional dance. Be sure not to miss out on this splendid array of Catalan culture.