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The traditional side of La Mercè

‘Correfocs’, ‘castells’, ‘gegants’ and all the traditional ingredients for a spectacular Catalan festival

©Pep Herrero
La Mercè is a festival that's big on tradition where every year sees a bit more of the past of Catalan culture, drawing in old and young alike. If you want to get to know the history, tradition and culture of the local people, whether you love the smell of gunpowder used to make the parade dragons and devils breathe fire, the adrenaline of the 'castells' (human towers) or traditions of the sardana or the gegants, this is your guide.