History of the “Fira de Santa Llucia” in Barcelona city

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According to some reliable sources the earliest date the “Fira” was mentioned is 1786 without any doubts. The first who mentioned it was a Catalan writer Rafael Amat, saying in one of his diaries: “”13 December, Saint Lucy virgin and martyr. There were festivities in the Cathedral, in the chapel and the altar where the image of the Virgin was venerated; and outside, with the fair opposite, many stands with Nativity scenes, clay and cardboard figurines, images of saints, shepherds, animals… so there were a great many people (…) and in the Cathedral, people were attending mass and praying to the Virgin to preserve their eyesight and clarity.”

Nowadays everything is almost as 227 years ago, starting on 13 of December Plaça Nova (Avenida de Catedral) fills up with messy atmosphere and artisans selling the pesebre (known as well as chrèche ) and Nativity scenes, and like in those days children strolling around the fair with their parents.

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On the well-equipped wooden stands you can find everything or almost everything for you home decoration. Starting with different figures cork objects pine branches and more. The Fira of Santa Lucia is the oldest one tradition of Barcelona city.

Usually The Fira of St.Lucia begins in late November or early December, as this year on 13 od December. More than 280 stands selling Nativities and figures, greenery and crafts, in other words all the beauties to decorate your sweet home for Christmas Eve.

One month left, so be sure you already have a ticket and a cozy room in our hotel booked. You’re more than welcome! We wish you to have a nice Christmas staying with us.

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“La Castanyada”: a catalan tradition

Have you ever heard about Catalan tradition which consists in eating chestnuts? This tradition is celebrated in Galicia. As well you could find a similar celebrating in Asturias and Portugal, but it’s known as Magüestu.

 

Here in Catalonia it is a typical meal commonly with panellets and sweet potato on All Saint’s Day. Nowadays walking around the city you’ll see people selling roasted chestnuts wrapped in newspaper. Surely you couldn’t pass by because the smell of chestnats and sweet potato is soo good that no way to resist.

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People and some legends say that this taste tradition came from the All Saint’s night. To be exactly a night earlier there were a tradition when bell ringers should ring bells in commemoration of the dead and their friends and family should help them. After the ritual all the people were eating a special food for sustenance. And yes, you’re right, the food were chestnut, sweet potatoes and sometimes preserved fruit.

Our Hotel is welcoming you to celebrate La Castanyada with us from 19/10 up to 10/11.

Museums of Barcelona for free? Our choice

Have you heard about a great opportunity as visiting museums of Barcelona for free? Two museums you have to put in you “must visit” list. Museums are opened on Sundays and absolutely free of charge. It is an awesome plan to finish the weekend with a cultural program, isn’t it?

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MNAC –Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, this museum represents a national art situated on the top of Monjüic, close to Plaza España. This building was built specially for an Internation Exhibition in 1929. You can find all kind of art (sculpture, canvas, photos, drawings, etc). As well MNAC expose one part of Thyssen-Bornemisza collection. Free entrance: Every Saturday from 3 p.m & on first Sunday of every month. Coinciding with an Internation Day of Museums, on 11 & 24 of September and 18 of May the MNAC has an “Open Day”.

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Museu Picasso – Do you admire the art of Pablo Picasso as we do? So welcome to this center which will let you to understand specific but so genius art of famous Spanish artist. About 3.800 pieces of a present collection are waiting you in the heart of Born (Montcada str. 15-23). The museum was created upon an initiative of Picasso in common with his friend a secretary Jaume Sabartès in 1963. There you will find a collection dedicated to self-portraits of the artist. Free entrance: Every Sunday from 3 to 20 p.m. The first Sunday of every month is opened all day.

La Mercè 2013: tips to enjoy the festival!

This month, we’ll celebrate La Mercè, one of the most popular festivals in Barcelona. People from everywhere come to the Gaudí’s city for one of the finest exponents of the traditions of Barcelona.

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La Mercè is the perfect mix of popular traditions and new trends and everybody is invited to participate: breathe life into gegants (giants), thrill us with the perfomance of correfocs (fire-runs), dance the traditional Catalan folk dance sardanes and beat out a rhythm with drums.

From 20 to 24 September Barcelona is a big party. Let’s celebrate with us La Mercè and don’t forget book your room in Barcelona(during these days there are a lot of people travelling to de city). At the Boutique Hotel Duquesa de Cardona we are very happy to welcome you.

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And now, some recomendations and tips about La Mercè.

How to get there? 
It is best to get to the festival venues via public transport. Don’t contemplate getting there in your own vehicle; you’ll save time, energy and the frustration of parking if you go by metro, bus or any other public means of transport. And, what’s more, you’ll play your part in making La Mercè more sustainable!

To provide more convenient and easier access to the festival, the city’s transport network will be reinforced for the festival duration: an uninterrupted metro service will run on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Monday 23rd. The usual schedule will apply on Sunday 22nd and Tuesday 24th.

If you are thinking about going to the Fòrum venue, transport is guaranteed: take the L4 metro line, bus numbers 7, 36, 41, 43 or 141, or take the Trambesòs tram and the night bus service.

To ascend to Montjuïc castle
On 21st, 22nd and 24th, the service of bus number 150, connecting Plaça d’Espanya and Montjuïc castle, will be reinforced and will run from 10.30 am to 10 pm.

La Mercè Piromusical on Tuesday 24th
The Piromusical music and fireworks show will draw the crowds to Avinguda de Maria Cristina. To ensure people can get there with ease, lines 1 and 3 of the metro service will be reinforced.

To confirm schedules or to resolve queries
Please note that there are two websites where you will find a great deal of information on how to get to each of the festival venues: www.tmb.cat and www.bcn.cat/merce.

Where can I get information?
If you have any questions, if you require further details or if you want a leaflet or full festival programme, please note that:

At the Tiquet Rambles stand in Palau de la Virreina 
(La Rambla, 99, Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8.30 pm) you will be given all the information you need to enjoy the festival to the full, and any queries you may have will be answered.

By telephone
You can resolve your queries by phoning 010, 24 hours a day (call price: €0.47 to connect the call, and €0.06 per minute, charged per second, VAT included).

Accessible Mercè
The major festival venues have spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility. Detailed information on each of the reserved spaces and accessible public transport is available at www.bcn.cat/merce. You can also call 93 316 10 00 or, if you suffer from a hearing impairment, you can write a short text message to 93 317 14 16.

Please note that the organisers reserve the right to cancel or modify any show for technical or weather reasons.