La Mercè

La Mercè is the annual festival of the city of Barcelona, an official holiday since 1871. The tradition of building human towers, called ‘castells’ originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, towards the end of the 18th century.   La Cavalcada de Gegants de la Mercè – the ‘Parade of Giants’ is one of the … Read more

Platja de Sant Sebastià

Best Beaches In and Around Barcelona

Above: View of Platja de Sant Sebastià from the terrace of Blue Spot. Above: Sant Sebastià beach on a quiet November morning. Barceloneta beach, above, features the installation L’Estel Ferit (The Wounded Shooting Star) By Rebecca Horn, commissioned for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Tossa de Mar is a little over an hour drive north of … Read more