A few centuries ago, the Holy Virgin Mary liberated Barcelona from voracious locusts. Ever since then, Barcelonians have been eternally grateful to her, and to express their unreserved and joyful gratitude, every September they celebrate La Mercè — a fiesta that turns the Catalan capital into one big bustling medieval fair. You don’t have to be pious or religious to fall under the spell of this vivacious holiday. You will simply want to join the Barcelonians in several days of fun as they set off fireworks, dance the sardana as frantically as they please, and release papier-mâché giants into the streets, who in their playful curiosity can easily look into the window of an apartment on the second floor.
When: September 22–25