Lively Gracia

Gràcia is well-known for its charm, sunny squares, cafes, restaurants and terraces, small streets with little traffic and boutique shops. You can still see that Gràcia used to …

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Gràcia is well-known for its charm, sunny squares, cafes, restaurants and terraces, small streets with little traffic and boutique shops. You can still see that Gràcia used to be an independent town until the end of the 19th century. The inhabitants of this district are very proud of their roots and mostly say they are from Gràcia, instead of Barcelona.

Gràcia is a very diverse district with a high ethnic population, and despite of its trendy nature, it is also a very traditional district with a large elderly population. Its diversity makes it one of the city’s most interesting areas and a great place for some people watching. Here are some of our favorite spots in Gràcia:

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The Gràcia district hosts one of the biggest events of the year in BarcelonaFesta Major de Gràcia. This big festival is held in August and turns the neighborhood into a wonderful fairy tale world. Local streets compete for the award for best decorated street, giving rise to some friendly rivalry and a riot of creativity. Besides the street decorations there are also live music concerts, human towers, parades and fireworks. The Festa Major de Gràcia is definitely worth a visit.

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The most lively places in Gràcia are the squares. These plaças are full of restaurants and cafes and are perfect for dinner, a drink or just to hang out and people watch for a while. Virreina Square is located near the wonderful Sant Joan church. There are three terraces located on this square and they are almost always full of people. In the centre of the square, you often see children playing with the ancient waterpump. The Diamant Square is less crowded then the Virreina Square, there was only one terrace, from the Diamant restaurant. This restaurant is definitely recommendable and great value for your money. Plaça Del Sol is the most popular area of the neighborhood and definitely our favorite square. There is a very pleasant atmosphere and you can even visit nightclubs on this square.

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There is also a hidden masterpiece of Gaudí in the district Gràcia, namely Casa Vincens, a house from 1888. The building is one of his first important creations and currently, it is a family residence and it is actually for sale! Unfortunately, the building is closed to visitors, but the sight is already worth a visit!

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If you want to see a spectacular elegant building, go to Casa Fuster. It’s a luxury five-star hotel, where an overnight stay costs from about €250.  It is one of the most splendid examples of Modernisme and it is thought to be one of the most expensive buildings ever made in Barcelona.

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In case you have a passion for cooking with fresh ingredients, a visit to a market like Mercat de la Llibertat is a must. This is a big inside market with all kinds of fresh food like a bread, fish, meat, vegetables and fruit. There is a busy, but cozy atmosphere in Mercat de la Llibertat, while the locals of Gràcia are doing their daily groceries.

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And of course, not to forget, one of the most famous sights of Barcelona is located in Gràcia: Park Guell. Who doesn’t know this extensive garden complex with beautiful architectural elements by Gaudí? The park is a perfect place to stroll around and you have a wonderful view over the city of Barcelona from the top of the hill. We will share a secret with you; we know a special route to Park Guell where you don’t have to walk up hill. It is a route where you can go up with escalators. Once you are up, you just have to ask the locals where Park Guell is, because the route is so un-known, there are no signs towards the park. To find out this secret route, click here.

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Gràcia is a lively area and the perfect place to experience a different and real Mediterranean lifestyle while still in Barcelona. There is a great atmosphere and when you arrive in this lovely district, you may well feel like you’ve entered a different world.

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