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.

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