La Mercè is a festival held in September in honour of the virgin Mary (La Mercè) who is believed to be the city’s patroness. This festival hails all the way back to 1902 and marks the transition from the summer season into autumn. If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona during this period, it’s wise to have your accommodation booked well in advance. Choose from the impressive selection of La Mercè hotels at easytobook.com and you can save money thanks to generous discounts on Barcelona hotels. Knowing where you will stay will help you to plan which street parades and other entertainment you wish to enjoy. The celebrations typically include concerts, music and dancing, fireworks and spectacular costumes.
A central aspect of La Mercè, and one of the most typical Catalan symbols, is the human towers - ‘castellers’ – which are formed on the city’s squares, and which have been recently designated as ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. There are splendid celebrations throughout the day and night; one spectacular example being Carrefoc, which is a parade of dragons, eagles and devils at midnight. La Mercè is an excellent place to view and be involved in Catalan culture and the charming Catalan celebratory spirit. To make sure you’re in the best place to take part in La Mercè, choose your La Mercè hotel from easytobook.com and save yourself time and money as you book.