The Best Guide to Christmas Lights in Barcelona

The Christmas lights in Barcelona are here! The evenings are now brightly lit by a plethora of shining lights that adorn the streets of the city.

Barcelona is a city with wide avenues, tree-lined boulevards, winding streets and charming squares – 100 km of which are brimming with festive cheer. We’ve put together this guide to the Christmas Lights in Barcelona so you can revel in the start of the festive season and do some last-minute Christmas shopping under the bright lights of the city.

The City Council claim this year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona are bigger and better than ever before. Let’s see if it’s true!

Christmas lights in Barcelona
Christms lights in Barcelona – Pic by Mònica Moreno

When can I see the Christmas lights in Barcelona?

The Christmas lights in Barcelona were switched on last Wednesday 24th with an event in Plaça Catalunya. Despite the heavy rainfall that day, the act finally took place at 8pm with live performances.

These shining decorations will adorn the city until 6 January. The lights will be turned on between 5:30pm and 11pm from Thursday to Sunday. What’s more, on Friday and Saturday the lights will stay on until midnight, and on New Year’s Eve and the eve before the day of the Three Kings (6 January) they will stay on until 2am.

Where can I see the Christmas lights in Barcelona?

With over 100 kilometres of Barcelona’s street adorned in shining Christmas lights, you really can’t miss these beautiful displays of festive cheer. But, just in case, we’ve made this complete guide to the Christmas lights in Barcelona to make sure you don’t miss a single one!

Plaça Catalunya:

Draped in what could be rays of sunlight, this year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona’s central Plaça Catalunya are an explosion of celebration and aim to boost local commerce in the surrounding areas.

This new design by the studio Estudi Antoni Arola – which uses sustainable LED tubing – will flicker on and off, mimicking the beating heart of the city. Don’t miss the hypnotising lights that will also adorn the square’s beautiful fountains. What better place to take a stroll before doing some Christmas shopping!

Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes

This year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona on Gran Vía hang above pedestrians and passing traffic in the form of large cylindrical lamps of varying sizes.

Feel at home on one of the city’s main avenues with these comforting and familiar lights that replace the typical “chin-chin” and “muac muac” Christmas lights in Barcelona.

Plaça Urquinaona

The Christmas lights in Barcelona that adorn Plaça Urquinaona are a soothing shade of blue. Hundreds of small circles of light hang above one of the main squares in the centre of the city’s shopping area.

Via Laietana

The Christmas Lights in Barcelona will also light up Via Laietana in a festive display of sparkling baubles and adornments.

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia, with the neighbourhoods of Dreta de l’Eixample on its right and Esquerra de L’Eixample on its left, is one of the city’s most famous shopping streets.

This is an unmissable stop on your tour of Christmas lights in Barcelona. This sprawling avenue, just like last year, is turned into a fairytale with twinkling lights that look like stars and delicate butterflies.

And after you’ve marvelled at the lights, why not discover some of the streets luxury brands from Gucci, Guess, Chanel and Massimo Dutti, and high street favourites including Mango, Zara and H&M. Or do a bit of sightseeing at the popular Gaudí houses of La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

Carrer Aragó

This year’s Christmas lights in Barcelona on Carrer Aragó sparkle in the form of large-scale LED stars or snowflakes. This minimalistic design replaces the street’s famous ceiling of lights.

Also, for the first time the city’s name will be on full display. Don’t miss the large red letters spelling out “Barcelona” on Gran Vía (Bailén/Muntaner) and Carrer Aragó (Bailén/Aribau). Perfect for snapping an instagrammable festive photo!

Hospital Sant Pau de Barcelona

After being welcomed by city’s including Madrid, Berlin and London, this winter wonderland makes its way to Barcelona. From 22 November to 9 January, visit this fairytale-like Christmas Garden named “Els Llums de Sant Pau” (The Lights of Sant Pau) for a truly festive experience.

The garden is open from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. We recommend buying your ticket in advance here.

Finally, another place you can also catch the Christmas lights in Barcelona is Ronda Sant Pere. For the first time this avenue will be decked out between Passeig de Sant Joan and Urquinaona. There will also be shining Christmas lights on Avinguda del Paral·lel and Travessera de Gràcia.

And why not discover the Christmas lights in Barcelona from the comfort of the city’s Christmas Bus tour? Discover the most magical time of the year on a 90-minute nocturnal tour brimming with light, joy and festive cheer. Find out more here.

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The oldest Barcelona Christmas Market, Fira de Santa LLúcia

A visit to a Barcelona Christmas Market is the best way to sample the city’s Christmas Spirit.  The oldest one in the city is the Fira de Santa Llúcia – situated in front of the Barcelona Cathedral at Avinguda de la Catedral.  It’s right in the centre of city and full of seasonal hustle and bustle, while brimming with traditional Catalan Christmas trinkets and decorations for house and garden.

Barcelona Christmas Market
This Barcelona Christmas Market was created to celebrate the feast day of Santa LLúcia on December 13, but has now grown into a major part of the city’s Yuletide celebrations.  This year, it runs from November 26, through to December 23.

What to find in this Barcelona Christmas Market

There are over 250 stalls which are arranged in 4 distinct sections; Nativity Scenes & Figurines, Greenery and Plants (which includes fresh mistletoe for romantic visitors), Crafts & Fabrics and Traditional Musical Instruments.

It still is a very traditional Christmas market, but over time the Fira de Santa Llúcia has grown and grown.  Today, it supplies additional products like toys and games for the children as well as decorations, hand crafted gifts and artisan products.  Expect to see the traditional specialty on display, turrón, a baked cake of nougat made of honey, egg white and sugar with toasted almonds, or nuts with a rice paper coating. Buy two, so at least one gets to make its way home with you!

Among the many religious and more modern gift ideas, a few of the more traditional decorations items are on display and for sale.  However, no Barcelona Christmas market would be complete without the infamous Caganer figures, a key fixture for the Catalan nativity scene, referred to as ‘El Pesebre’.  This normally depicts a peasant defecating and the Caganer’s exact origins are pretty much unknown.  But there he is, often hidden away in the far corner of a nativity scene, typically nowhere near the manger or main characters.  The Catalan tradition is to have children find the hidden figure.

El Caganer - Barcelona Christmas Market

El Tió de Nadal

This leads to another fascinating tradition… the Tió de Nadal or Christmas log.  The children will recite a famous song about el Tió de Nadal and before beating the Tió all the kids have to leave the room to pray, asking for the Tió to deliver a lot of presents.  This makes the perfect excuse for the relatives to do the trick and put the presents under a blanket behind the Tió while the kids are praying.  The Tió is not for large gifts, as they are brought by the three Kings on January 6th, but they are used more for smaller, communal gifts, treats and dried fruits that are shared by the whole brood… all of which are on offer at this Barcelona Christmas market.

Tió de Nadal - Fira de Santa Llúcia

How to get to Fira de Santa Llúcia

Due to the traffic jams during christmas holidays, we recommend you to get there using public transport. If you take the Metro, you can stop in Jaume I station (L4) and walk 3 minutes until the Cathedral.

Also you can stop in Plaça Catalunya, go down Portal de l’Àngel and have a walk in the main shopping street of the city until you get to the Cathedral (10 minutes walking)

The best way to discover this Barcelona’s Christmas Market is to rent a beautiful apartment in the city centre close by all the Christmas action, then please see our apartments in Barcelona here and book your festive vacation in Barcelona with us.

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Public Transport in Barcelona (How to Get Around Barcelona)

Guessing how to use public transport in Barcelona?

Public transport in any city can be an odyssey, but with this complete guide to getting around Barcelona we’ve got you covered.

Moving around Barcelona is easy and also fun thanks to its public network of commuter trains, buses, metros, trams, and even a cable car.

You’ve booked your apartment with bizFlats, but now you probably have any questions like, how much is public transport in Barcelona? And, what is the bus timetable?

Read on to find the answers these questions and more!

Public transport in Barcelona: Metro

There are a total of eight metro lines throughout the city to take you from one side to the other. The metro is often the transport of choice for locals and tourists alike thanks to its 161 stations dotted around the city and reduced waiting times. It is truly a quick and easy way to get around.

Metro tickets

When getting your ticket, it’s important to know that the city’s public transport system is integrated, meaning its tickets are valid for all modes of public transport (metro, bus, commuter train and tram), for a duration of 1 hour and 15 minutes. What’s more, if you’re staying within the city a Zone 1 ticket will suffice.

Tickets can be bought from the ticket offices or machines located in the stations themselves. Don’t forget to insert your ticket into the ticket turnstile to access the platforms. In every station you’ll find a map and list of stops for the line you’re travelling on.

Public transport in Barcelona - Metro Map Barcelona
Public Transport in Barcelona – Metro Map

Types of public transport ticket

Choose your tickets depending on how long you’re staying in the city and how many trips you need to make. As mentioned, these tickets are valid for the city’s tram, bus and metro services:

  • Single trip: €2.40
  • T-Casual: €11.35 (10 trips)
  • T-Usual: from €40 (unlimited, 30 days)
  • T-Familiar: €10 (8 trips, interchangeable)

There is also the exclusive Hola Barcelona ticket starting at €14.67, and valid for 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours, which gives unlimited travel throughout the city and includes the airport train and Montjuic cable car.

Metro timetable

The Barcelona metro runs from 5 am to midnight on Monday to Thursday, Sundays and bank holidays (you can check a list of local holidays for 2021 here). On Fridays and the eve before bank holidays it runs from 5 am to 2 am.

Public transport in Barcelona: Buses

With more than 1,000 buses, getting around Barcelona couldn’t be easier. What’s more, these hybrid vehicles are better for the environment and are one of the cleanest bus services in Europe. We recommend checking the official bus map here so you can plan your trip.

The buses in Barcelona have a number and either the letter V (vertical), H (horizontal) and D (diagonal) depending on the direction they travel in the city or N (night) for the nocturnal buses, which run every half hour after 10.40 pm.

To know which bus you should take from one place to another you can use this website: Vull Anar

Bus tickets

The tickets for the bus are the same as those mentioned above for the metro and can be bought at metro stations, ticket machines at bus stops and stations, and online and on the TMB app. Don’t forget to validate your ticket once on board.

Bus timetable

The timetable depends on the particular bus line you wish to take. The majority start between 5 am and 8 am and run until 10–11 pm.

Barcelona Tourist Bus

The Barcelona City Tour is the city’s official hop-on hop-off service for tourists. Tickets start at €27 for adults and €14.40 for children and can be bought online here.

These red double-decker buses run from 9 am to 7 pm and offer a West route (including La Rambla, Montjuic and Camp Nou) and an East route (including the Sagrada Família, Tibidabo and Park Güell).

Airport Public transport in Barcelona

There are several ways to get to and from the airport in Barcelona.

– The metro line (L) runs to both T1 and T2 and a one-way ticket is €5.15.

– The aerobus service, which starts and ends at Plaça Cataluña (and has several stops in the city) also goes to T1 and T2. A one-way ticket costs €5.90 and a round trip is €10.20.

– The train service (R2 Nord) runs from Passeig de Gràcia and Sants Estació and takes around 20–25 minutes. You can check the timetable here and a single ticket costs €4.60.

Aerobus - barcelona bus to airport

Electric motorbikes: getting around Barcelona

Barcelona also has many electric motorbikes that can be rented by the minute. Beat the traffic and get from A to Z easily and quickly with this sustainable form of transport. Check out the following apps that operate in Barcelona to compare availability and prices.

Ecooltra - scooter rental barcelona
  • Ecooltra
  • Yego
  • Muving
  • Acciona
  • Reby

For more information about the costs of public transport you can check out our article on the cost of living in Barcelona here and getting a taxi in Barcelona here. We hope this article makes getting around Barcelona a lot easier!

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9 things about Antoni Gaudí that you didn’t know

Antoni Gaudí is a name that is synonymous with Barcelona. Yet who was this curious man who dedicated his life’s work to architecture in Barcelona and its surrounding areas?

You’ve more than likely heard of this great architect and are familiar with some of his great masterpieces. From the Sagrada Família and Park Güell to Casa Battló and the Pedrera, these iconic monuments in Barcelona are a must-see on any visit the city.

Although he started as part of the Catalan modernisme movement, he quickly strayed away and developed his own unique style that has become renowned all over the world.

In this article we’ve put together 10 interesting facts about the man that was Antoni Gaudí. Enjoy!

Antoni Gaudí
9 things about Antoni Gaudí

1. Antoni Gaudí had a difficult childhood

Antoni Gaudí was born in 1852 in the coastal town of Reus where he lived for the first 16 years of his life in a small house with his parents Francesc Gaudí and Antònia Cornet. A sickly child, he suffered from rheumatism from a young age, which prevented him from playing with his friends and living the life of a normal boy. However, it was most likely because of this sad fact that meant the young artist spent a lot of time with his family in nature, which would later prominently feature in his work and become his greatest muse.

2. Antoni Gaudí’s first drawings were published in a school magazine

Around about the age of 15, his first drawings were published in the magazine El Arlequín (The Harlequin), which was edited by his schoolmates Eduard Toda and Josep Ribera (who also went on to become renowned figures). The magazine published mainly humour and poetry alongside Gaudí’s modest illustrations.

3. Antoni Gaudí was not the best student in the class

In 1868, Antoni Gaudí moved to Barcelona to study architecture, which was his greatest passion. However, it is said that he spent hours poring over images of oriental buildings, attending poetry readings and philosophy classes, going to the theatre, taking part in intellectual debates and exploring the surrounding areas of Catalonia.

Antoni Gaudí

4. Antoni Gaudí was a misunderstood revolutionary

Gaudí was terribly misunderstood, even by other artists. George Orwell called the Sagrada Familia one of the most ghastly buildings in the world. Casa Milà, which doesn’t contain a single straight line, was also heavily criticised in the press and was subject to great satire and ridicule. It was even nicknamed “the Wasp’s Nest” and “La Pedrera” (the Stone Quarry), which is the name it is known by today.

5. Antoni Gaudí never married

It is said that Antoni Gaudí only ever proposed marriage to one woman, who turned him down. Pepeta Moreu was Gaudí’s unrequited love. She married several times in her life, however, it was said that she admired Gaudí but didn’t particularly like him. Her refusal led Gaudí to retreat from society and focus on his work, religion and mysticism.

6. Gaudí avoided the use of straight lines in his architecture

As mentioned, in Gaudí’s pieces of architecture it is not uncommon for there not to be a single straight line. The reasons behind this are that he took great inspiration from nature and organically formed structures, which unlike man-made buildings, are curved, leaning, coiled and arched.

7. No one recognised Antoni Gaudí when he died

In the later stages of his life, the great architect dedicated every waking hour to his great masterpiece the Sagrada Família. His humble and rather unkempt appearance meant that, one day when he was unfortunately run over by a passing tram on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, nobody recognised the great artist and he was mistaken for a homeless vagrant.

8. 7 of Gaudí’s pieces have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Despite being a greatly unacknowledged artist of his time, today a total of seven of the artist’s works feature on the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. The outstanding universal value of the following works has been recognised: Park Güell and the Güell Palace; Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera); the recently opened Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and the Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; and the Colonia Güell crypt.

9.The Sagrada Família was meant to be finished in 2026

The construction of the Sagrada Família was scheduled to be completed in 2026 to mark 100 years since Antoni Gaudí’s death. However, due to recent events of the pandemic, the date of 2026 has been deemed impossible. Although an alternative date has not been given, the citizens of Barcelona have been assured that work on the Sagrada Família will not cease.

We hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about Antoni Gaudí!

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Moco Museum: The New Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona

Moco Museum is the name of the new kid on the block. Barcelona’s newest museum is here and open to all, welcoming citizens of the city and tourists alike with artists including Basquiat, Banksy, Warhol and Dalí. Let’s delve into this new cultural space in the city.

zWith its headquarters in Amsterdam, the museum’s success in the Netherlands was the catalyst for the opening of a second location in the heart of Barcelona. Moco takes its name from the modern, “Mo”, and contemporary, “Co”, art it houses.

With a focus on established and emerging artists from around the globe, and with its pulse on the latest art trends, this new museum in the cultural hub that is Barcelona reaffirms Moco’s commitment to modern art.

Are you ready to learn more about Moco Museum?

Located at 25, Carrer de Montcada, Moco spans 800 metres squared of exhibition space over its ground floor and first floor. Nestled alongside the Picasso Museum, this museum takes up residence in a recently renovated palace and former home of the noble Cervelló family, who lived in the building until the 17th century. After which, it was aristocrats and royalty that called this medieval palace home.

The motto of its Dutch founders, Lionel & Kim Logchies, is ‘In Art We Trust’. The drive behind Moco is a passion for modern and contemporary art, and bringing it to the people. Moco is here to open our minds, empower us as citizens, make us question the norm and, above all, experience innovative art.

In 2016, the two founded a museum of the same name in the Dutch capital in Villa Alsberg – a historical building reserved for the elite. Since opening the building to the public, Moco Amsterdam has seen more than 2 million visitors from over 120 countries.

What can I see there?

The first thing visitors will see as they step into the world of Moco Museum Barcelona is a mosaic made from Rubik’s Cubes. Upon closer examination, it’s possible to see that these colourful squares form the shapes of three Bond girls, in a piece by Paris-born street artist Invader.

Moco’s permanent collection of 41 incredible pieces includes 20% of pieces taken directly from the Logchies private collection, with other pieces on loan from their prestigious network of collectors and artists from around the world.

Among wooden beams, high ceilings and Gothic arches are the Moco Masters Modern: expect to find colourful, shocking and ground-breaking pieces by Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, KAWS, Keith Haring, and more.

Here, don’t miss Damien Hirst’s famous The Immaculate Heart – Sacred, a daring piece which once belonged to George Michael.

Next, head to the second floor to find the Moco Masters Contemporary, formed by creators who are here to challenge the norm. This unmissable stop includes pieces by up-and-coming artists Harland Miller, David LaChapelle, Julian Opie, Hayden Kays, Takashi Murakami, among others.

Moco Museum Barcelona
Moco Museum

Anything else?

Yes! Don’t miss the digital immersive art exhibitions by the Japanese collective that is teamLab, alongside Studio Irma and Les Fantômes. Dive in to this treat for the senses and let yourself be hypnotised by kaleidoscopic shapes and a myriad of colours.

On the top of everyone’s list is Banksy’s Laugh Now exhibition, accredited by Pest Control (the only official body to certify the famous street artist’s work). Including famous pieces such as Girl with Balloon, Barcode, Love is in the Air (Flower Thrower), Kids on Guns, and Rude Copper.

When it comes to the Moco temporary collections, the couple has many an idea up their sleeves. The first of which, currently open to the public, is Esplendor de la Noche (Night Splendour) by Guillermo Lorca.

Across two rooms, the unsettling work of this contemporary Chilean artist will be on display in his first monograph exhibition in Europe. Delve into this surreal, fairytale-like world in which the artist employs a mix of the beautiful and brutal in his large oil paintings.

Additionally, Moco will welcome Europe’s first NFT (non-fungible tokens) exhibition. These crypto-assets are the latest revolution on the digital art scene. They are unique and, although others can view them, only the buyer retains ownership of these non-replaceable pieces.

When can I visit?

Moco opened its doors Saturday 16th October. We recommend reserving tickets online for this much-awaited space, open Monday–Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday-Sunday 9am to 8pm. 

Admission to this privately owned, inclusive gallery for the general public is €16.50 for adults and €11.50 for students and is free for children under the age of 13.

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What are Castells and why they are so famous in Catalonia and around the world?

Castells, or human towers, are one of the symbols of Catalonia. In this article we’re going to tell you a little bit more about their history and how they have become so popular today, not only in the region, but also around the world.

Chances are if you’ve spent some time in Barcelona or Catalonia, you may have come across these simply breath-taking towers built by castellers with their bodies, by climbing up each other’s backs and standing on the shoulders of the person below.

Castells - Concurs de Castells a Tarragona
Castells Contest in Tarragona

The history of castells

Despite the origin of castells – meaning castle in Catalan – being slightly unclear, it is thought that they come from similar, smaller structures erected at the end of traditional dances – specifically the Valencian dance from the 15th century.

However it wasn’t until much later, in 1801, that the first castell was documented in la Candela, Valls (Tarragona). It was here that they were first built with the aim of constructing original and increasingly taller human towers, and not as part of a dance. From this moment on, these mind-bending structures became an essential part of local celebrations and festivals.

It wasn’t until the late 20th century that this tradition truly began to be recognised in all its glory. Unlike other Catalan customs, like the traditional dance the sardana and the Catalan flag and national anthem, castells were not prohibited during Franco’s reign.

It was in the 90s that it became more commonplace to find castells and colles (community groups of castellers who practice castells) throughout the whole region of Catalonia and over a decade ago, in 2020, they were recognised as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

So, what makes castells so special?

Over the years castells have become ever more complex, reaching heights of up to 10 people. Anyone can take part – men, women and children over the age of 5 of varying strengths, heights and sizes – but it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Extensive training sessions are required.

In fact, nowadays a total of 13,000 people in Catalonia call themselves castellers and there are over 100 colles castelleres.

To explain exactly how these towers are built, we’ll need to brush up on our castells vocabulary!

The base of the tower is called the pinya. Arguably the most important part of the tower, it holds its entire weight and will absorb the impact of any falls. Next comes the tronc, or the trunk, which is the main body of the tower, formed by two to five levels. The heavier castellers are at the bottom and the lighter, more agile nearer the top.

On top of the tronc sits the pom de dalt – literally the upper part. It is formed mainly by children, wearing safety helmets. And finally, on the very top goes the enxaneta: a young child who climbs the entire structure to the summit and raises his or her hand for the tower to be considered complete.

However for the castell to be considered valid, it must be taken down slowly without anyone falling. The leader of the group – known as the cap de colla – who has perspective over the entire structure from the ground, guides the castellers through the entire construction and deconstruction.

Castellers de Viafranca - Castells
Castellers de Vilafranca – Castells

What else do I need to know about castells?

To accompany this wonderful sight and, more importantly, to mark the rhythm and coordination of the entire structure, live music is played as the castell is built. This particular music is called the toc de castells and is played by gralles – a Catalan type of flute– and timbals, a percussion instrument.

You’ll also realise that the casteller uniform is very important. Each group wears a shirt of a specific colour with an embroidered crest of the city or village to which they belong.

Where can I see castells?

Now you know all about them, we bet you can’t wait to see one in action. The good news is that at almost any local festivity or celebration, you’re sure to catch one of these towers being built.

Castells are normally constructed in main squares in front of the town hall. Some of the best can be seen during Barcelona’s festa major, Sant Jordi or the upcoming day of La Mercè.

Despite castells being recently approved by the local government, with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, this year’s day of La Mercè will see a condensed format of this tradition on Passeig de Gràcia on 24 September at noon, in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

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Your Complete Guide to La Mercè 2021

La Mercè is synonymous with the end of summer. As the nights start drawing in and the heat of the estival sun lessens, the citizens of Barcelona and its surrounding areas eagerly await the city’s festa major.

As you may or may not know, La Mercè is the co-patron saint of Barcelona, sharing this title with Santa Eulàlia.  Since the year 1871, the official day of celebration has been held on 24 September, meaning this year marks 150 years of the festival of all festivals.

To celebrate this special occasion, the French artist Malika Favre, who has illustrated for the likes of the New Yorker, was invited to design a poster that captured the essence of Barcelona and the powerful Lady of Mercy behind these celebrations. In only four colours, this year’s poster reminds us that our city is indeed a beautiful, powerful and defending female.

This year’s festivities, events, and activities will place from Thursday 23 September to Sunday 26 September 2021. La Festes de La Mercè are special for many reasons, one of which being their focus on music and tradition.

Read on to find out more about this year’s line-up jam packed with over 500 events! Discover live concerts, the customary castellers (human towers) and correfocs (fire runs), and of course, the ever-famous closing ceremony that combines light, fire and sound.

Are you ready for La Mercè 2021?

La Mercè 2021 concerts

Covid-10 Restrictions at La Mercè 2021

One of the main differences due to the Covid-19 pandemic is that this year prior bookings are necessary to access many of the activities. However, all these events are still completely free!

Remember, you’ll need to head to the La Mercè official website to get your tickets in advance of the celebrations. Bookings open on 14 September for all BAM concerts and on 15 September for all Música Mercè events. There are two tickets available per person.

There are 23 spaces equipped with distanced seating for this year’s festival and at the largest there will be a maximum capacity limit of 3,000 people. Traditional activities will allow for three tickets per person.

The city’s mayor has asked all citizens to be responsible when attending this year’s daytime festival held from 10:00 to 12:30 am and to remember that masks are compulsory.

Live music at La Mercè 2021

Over four days, Barcelona will welcome an eclectic mix of international and national artists, singer-songwriters and bands to perform at 12 different venues throughout the city: from the Moll de la Fusta, Plaça Joan Coromines, the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm, and the Teatre Grec.

Some highlights of the BAM – Barcelona Acció Musical – events include Viva Belgrado, Rusowsky, Rata Negra, Ed Maverick, Samantha Hudson, Wind Atlas, and many more! We recommend you check out the full list here and be sure to book in advance!

What’s more the Música a la Mercè programme brings a combination of concerts, theatre and performances to the city, including Joana Serrat & The Great Canyoners, Oques Grasses, Núria Graham, and Nueva Vulcano.

Activities at La Mercè 2021

This year on the streets of Barcelona you can expect to find art and performance, giant heads (or capgroços), traditional sardana dances, fire runs, and human towers. The main stages will be the Ciutadella Park, Plaça San Jaume, and Vía Laietana including daytime events designed for the younger members of the family.

What’s more, this year’s guest city is Havana. The Cuban capital will be represented in a range of artistic activities and performances at the Parc de l’Estació del Nord among other venues.

Keep a close eye on the official Mercè website for a full list of events and timetables released shortly.

La Mercè 20219 - La Mercè activities

Closing ceremony La Mercè 2021

The grand firework show that is the Piromusical will bring the festival to a close with an eclectic explosion of light and sound from four locations around the city.

We’re still waiting for the official confirmation of the time and date of year’s finale to La Mercè, but we do know that this much-awaited performance – set to commemorate 150 years of La Mercè – will be broadcast live on TV to avoid large crowds forming.

Can’t wait to see you there!

La Mercè
La Mercè 2021

The Best Beer in the World is Catalan!

The best beer in the world is Catalan. Yes, you heard us right! Cap d’Ona has just won first place in the World Beer Challenge with its wood-aged imperial stout winning the judges over and being awarded a fantastic 100/100.

It’s summer and the sun is shining brightly over the city of Barcelona. This means that your city break, lunch with friends or business trip lunch is not complete without a cold beer. And to help us choose the best one to cool us down and refresh our palates is this prestigious yearly competition that selects and ranks the very best lagers and ales from around the world.

So let us tell you more about the now world-renowned Cap d’Ona!

Best Beer in the world - Cap d'ona

The Brewery of the Best Beer in the World

This beer is brewed in Argelès-sur-Mer, a small town in the region known as Catalunya Nord. This Catalan-speaking region in the south of France, was ceded to the French by Spain in the mid 17th century with the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

When you get your hands on this celebrated beer, notice the famous red and yellow stripes of the Catalan flag on its bottle and its slogan “La cervesa dels països Catalans ” – Beer from Catalan Country.

The Cap d’Ona brewery, named the best in France, first began producing beers in 1998. A total of 21 of its beers – ranging from blonde and amber ales to beers brewed with traditional Catalan flavours – received awards at this year’s World Beer Challenge.

Where to buy the best beer in the world

You’ll be delighted to know that the brewery of the best beer in the world is open to the public for tours and is just over two hours’ drive from Barcelona. Don’t miss the chance to delve into the various phases of production and to try a range of these wonderful tipples.

However, if you don’t have time for a day trip across the border to France, we’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the city to find where you can get the best beer in the world in Barcelona! Although the wood-aged stout is difficult to find, Cap d’Ona beers are sold in several places throughout the city.

Restaurant Can Ramon, Diputació 218, serves roast chicken and a range of other traditional Catalan dishes alongside Cap d’Ona beers. Drop in to this low-key local restaurant to try a glass of this traditional Catalan tipple whilst rubbing shoulders with locals.

The All Vegan restaurant and shop, a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s famous Boqueria market, also stocks Cap d’Ona beers. Located on Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 24, here you’ll find a range of plant-based dishes and sweet treats at affordable prices.

However, if you’d like to try these fantastic beers without leaving your apartment, why not order online? On the website, you can find two of Cap d’Ona’s celebrated beers. Despite not stocking the best beer in the world, find 75cl bottles of the brewery’s famous blonde ale and amber ale priced at €6.95 each. What’s more, the site also offers international delivery, so you can get it delivered straight to your doorstep to await your return home.

Another place where you can find these Catalan beers is in Palafrugell, a small municipality in the province of Girona and only 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the city of Barcelona. Drop in to Vins i Licors Grau where Cap d’Ona beers are currently in stock, then head to the beautiful coastal town of Calella to soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze.

What’s more, the shop also has an online store – – that sells a variety of Cap d’Ona beers, including the best beer in the world! The premium imperial stout is available for €15. The site also has boasts a range of gift packs with combinations of pale ales, stouts, blondes and ambers. The perfect souvenir to take home after your stay in Barcelona!

We’re sure that as the word spreads, these world-renowned beers will become more available throughout the city. Let us know if you find anywhere else in Barcelona selling the best beer in the world! Cheers!

Cap d'Ona - Best Beer in the world