One of the reasons that Meghan came this particular week was because it was La Merce weekend. La Merce has been celebrated in Barcelona (it is a local holiday) since 1871 to celebrate the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy.
And while I’m sure there are some religious undertones here, this long weekend is filled with many other traditions that I absolutely love including gegantes (giants), castellers (human towers) and of course, the correfoc (fire run). This is probably my favorite weekend in Barcelona and while we missed it last year to go to Oktoberfest in Munich, we’ve been here for 3 other years – and honestly if you have to choose between Oktoberfest and La Merce, do La Merce. Seriously. Continue reading