BARCELONA FESTIVAL: LA MERCE CONTINUES
As you know, Barcelona is preparing for the biggest party of the year – La Merce! People talk about it, tweet, share and instagram. It’s all around the place!
After the useful posts of Jack and Marie about the first and second day of La Merce its my turn to give you some tips on what to do and where to go on Sunday the 23rd of September – the last day of the La Merce festival in Barcelona! You can find the full schedule if you click here!
9:30 AM – THE BARCELONA AQUARIUM ACTIVITIES
The Barcelona Aquarium
There’s a fun activity for all the early birds on Sunday which might be also quite suitable for those of you with little kids! The organizers invite you to “solve” mysteries around and in the aquarium!
All you have to do is pick up a special question and answer sheet at the information desk!
10:00 AM “Mercy 2012″: INTERNATIONAL FUTSAL TOURNAMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES
Pg Vall d’Hebron, 171 – right next to metro stop Mundet (L3)
If you are fan of futsal and want to see an amazing show – go and cheer for the teams participating at “Mercy 2012″. As explained above, the Catalan municipality is organizing a tournament for people with mental illnesses where various teams will compete for the title! The tournament will be held close to the Psychology Faculty of the University of Barcelona.
11:00 PUBLIC OPENING OF THE ALBENIZ MANTION
Avenida Estadi 65-69 (next to the Olympic stadium)
The Palace Albéniz is a palace built at the beginning of the last century, located in the city of Barcelona, Spain. It’s currently the official residence of the King of Spain on his visits to the city. Usually, the place is not opened to the public, but at the end of the day – THIS IS LA MERCEE! If you want to explore the gorgeous gardens and feel like a royalty – don’t hesitate to visit the mantion.
12:00 TIME FOR CASTELLS!
Anyone who has been in Catalunya must know what a castell is – the traditional for the region; the human tower! Originating from the south of Catalunya this custom can be truly called one of the symbols of Catalunya! Obviously, La Merce will offer you amazing performances of various groups. The meeting point is Cuitat Vella exactly at noon! Curious about the art of building a human tower? That is YOUR event!
17:00 LA TALABADA – A DRUM SHOW
This is the one event I know I would never miss! As a drummer wanna-be, I am so excited about this year’s show of La Talabada! Trust me, you don’t have to be a musician to enjoy the amazing coordination and composition of these guys! If you went to the Gracia festival you must have seen the groups of people banging the drums around the streets, followed by a huge crowd dancing and having fun!
The route of the group is av. Portal de l´Àngel, Arcs, pl. Nova, av. Catedral, Pla de la Seu, Comtes, Santa Clara and finally plaza del Rei!
20:30 THE GATE OF HELL
Via Laietana, 33 (Ciutat Vella)
Do you love fire? And what about mythical creatures? Dragons, demons and other scary characters will come alive and invade La Merce in Barcelona. Where? Just find the GATE OF HELL! When you hear the distant sound of drums piercing the air that is when the gates will open!
A festival without fireworks is like Barcelona without Sagrada Familia! And that is why the organizers along with two pyrotechnic companies have prepared amazing final of the La Merce party! They will be launched nearby Hospital del Mar so it is advicable to find a good spot right on the beach and enjoy the spectacle of light!
Obviously, I covered just a tiny spec of the tons of activities on Sunday for La Merce in Barcelona so I highly recommend checking the official schedule here. Also, don’t forget the useful posts of Jack and Marie about the first and second day of party!
Which events are you guys attending? Let me know by dropping a comment in the section below!