For every summer for several years now, Sala Montjuïc has offered an open-air cinema season in the gardens around Montjuïc Castle. Screenings are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 p.m., with a total of 15-18 films shown in 35 mm on a giant screen.
Generally, the season includes some of the greatest films in the history of cinema, which are always shown in the original language with Spanish subtitles. Before the start of the film, you can enjoy live music from performers of different genres, including jazz, blues, flamenco and samba, as well as a selection of short films. People usually bring food and drink so that they can enjoy a picnic during the screenings.
If you need to book accommodation, look no further than Melon District Poble Sec, which is just 20 minutes on foot from Montjuïc.
24 September is the day of Barcelona’s Festa Major, or big annual festival, commemorating the feast day of La Mercè (Our Lady of Mercy), the patron saint of Barcelona.
Barcelona’s streets and neighbourhoods come alive during the festival which, given its huge significance to locals, isn’t only celebrated on the 24th, but rather comprises four days jam-packed with activities.
Some of the most popular activities include the Correfoc (a "fire run" in which people are pursued through the streets by firework-spraying demons, dragons and all manner of other mythological creatures), the Catalan Wine and Cava Fair (in which a number of Catalan wine producers show off their products and offer free tasting sessions) and the Piromusical (a music, fireworks and light show held in Montjuïc) which provides a fittingly spectacular finale to the celebrations.
In short, with artistic and fun activities galore, you’re bound to have a blast at this festival, which offers everything from dance to circus, concerts, shows and street art for all tastes and ages. When it comes to parties, it’s hard to top Barcelona’s La Mercè, which also marks the end of summer and looks forward to autumn.