Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial (Royal Square), honoring King Ferdinand VII, is situated in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, next to La Rambla. It was completed in 1848 and was formerly the site of a convent. Confiscated in 1835, the convent was one of several destroyed along La Rambla as a result of laws that forced the Church … Read more

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