Camping Holidays in Costa Brava
The Festa Major de Gracia festival is Barcelona's biggest, most colourful and most popular neighbourhood festival. The residents of Gracia decorate their streets in keeping with their chosen theme, with the aim of winning the coveted 'best decorated street' prize. The residents take the competition very seriously! As a result, the standard is very high. The best time to visit is in the evenings as the illuminations on most streets are switched on at around 8.30om.
Held in honour of Mare de Deu de la Merce, the Patron Saint of Barcelona, La Merced Festival is the main festival of the city. The main events take place on September 24 but festivities last over five days, with up to 500 different activities. Some of the most famous events are the Castellers (human towers) in the Gothic Quarter and the Correfoc (procession of fire breathing dragons) on the Via Laietana as well as the unmissable Parade of Giants.
All over Catalonia streets and squares are filled with stalls of books and flowers and people in fine spirits. Friends and loved ones exchange gifts (traditionally books) to celebrate the Patron Saint of Catalonia. Books and flower stalls are set up along the streets of Barcelona, with many well know artists signing copies of their books.
Girona brims with flowers with displays lining the streets and buildings in the historic city centre and the medieval Jewish quarter. Whole streets become art installations, accompanied by music, lights and the intoxicating scent of thousands of blooms. Some of the best displays are at the Cathedral steps and Arab baths.