The district of Gracia is often compared with Montmartre of Paris because of its bohemian and arty atmosphere. It is very popular among the young people due to its night life, ambience and establishments. Gracia was founded in XVII century as an independent village near Barcelona, but in 1897 it was annexed into Barcelona.
Still nowadays it retains the village appearance with small cozy squares, narrow streets, people with strong Catalonian identity and traditions. Although it became as well one of the most trendy and expensive areas to live, attracting the people with its excellent examples of Catalan modernist architecture, traditional shops, small markets, plenty of hip locals, nice restaurants, from Irish and Latin clubs to old and modern bars.
From the Tourist Attractions located in this district is necessary to emphasize some of Gaudí 's important works like Casa Vincens, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage. Another of Gaudi’s works in Gracia is the Parc Guell, a municipal garden complex, originally inspired by the English ‘garden city’ movement, also declared the World Heritage site by UNESCO. For the fans of the modern art, will be interesting to visit Galeria Sala Dalmau, which exhibits many works by Spanish and foreign contemporary artists.
Sol square is the centre of Gracia's night life with its good restaurants covering a wide price range, and lots of coffee shops, terraces and cafes. It is worthy to walk along the squares Rius I Taulet, Rovira I Trias, Virreina, by day or by night and experience the typical Mediterranean lifestyle.
There are some good theatres and cinemas here, where you can enjoy the films in original language.
If you are in Barcelona in August you mustn’t miss the 8-day ‘Festa Major’, the district party of Gràcia. One of the largest and most traditional festivals in Barcelona, this is nothing less than a week-long street party! There are processions, parades, parties and lots of food and drink.
The streets are decorated, with prizes for the best decoration, and over 600 events take place every year.
In general, the neighborhood of Gracia is well worth visiting while you are in Barcelona. It is real Catalonia. Its traditional food market offers local cheeses, fish, and fresh fruit and vegetables and the prices are good while the quality is as great as you would expect.
You can get Gracia using the wide net of municipal buses or underground (Line 3, Fontana stop) and FGC (Ferrocarils de Cataluña, Grácia stop).
Some apartments in this area