So it´s time to get back to school after long summer vacations. They say that a person may suffer from post vacation blues (this is how they call it BLUES) after returning home or to a normal routine from a long vacation. But not everybody has vacations in summer and puts them off for September, which for me is the best time to take a break. Everyone is back home, everything related with vacations like flights or accommodation are cheaper, tourist attractions are less crowded and you have more chances to find locals and share their lifestyle.
September is here and Barcelona is getting back to a routine again, you can see that walking on the streets, companies are open again, queues of parents are formed at school entrances, waiters are rushing to serve coffee early in the morning and also something I said before less people with maps, photo cameras and backpacks. But party is not over, in September we celebrate La Mercè, annual festival of the city of Barcelona held from 21 to September 24.
The celebration of La Mercè has religious origins, honouring the Virgin, patron saint of the archdiocese of Barcelona, and co-patroness—along with Saint Eulàlia—of the city.
In Catalan, the word Mercè has meanings related to service, help, a sense of compassion, and loving mercy. In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, there is a basilica dedicated to the Virgin, where a wooden image of her is venerated.
Each year there is a guest city and this year it is Lisbon, so it turns out to be a total Mediterranean party with its famous food and know how to enjoy life.
There are over 600 activities and shows go on during the week with more than 2000 artists and professionals taking part. The best part of it is that all of it is free of charge and there is no excuse to miss it, if yours is urban tourism it´s your chance to enjoy the city.
Join us, stay with us and enjoy the city with us.