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Gràcia, is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that used to be a separate entity from Barcelona. Eventually, it became part of the city’s municipality.
Gràcia is a neighborhood with a strong personality and one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Barcelona.
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Small town atmosphere
Gràcia’s main square. © lobro/stock.adobe.com
Gràcia is the smallest District in Barcelona with just (2,6 mi²) and the most populated after the Eixample, with a registered 120,000 people.
Nowadays, Gràcia is fully integrated with the city but still holds to its own identity. However, the difference in urban structures is quite noticeable.
Once inside, even though the streets are quite busy, there’s a small town feeling wherever you walk, especially in the squares, where the locals spend a lot of their free time.
There are plenty and all of them a worth a visit: Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça de la Revolució and Plaça del Diamant, among many.
Paseeig de Gràcia. © rh2010/stock.adobe.com
Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most important avenues in Barcelona, was the road that connected the former town with Barcelona.
What to see in Gràcia
There are some Gaudí monuments in the neighborhood that are worth a visit.
Barcelona’s most famous park is located in the upper part of the neighborhood. This is one of Barcelona’s most important landmarks.
Park Güell entrance ticket
This building, also designed by Gaudí, is considered to be one of the first Art Nouveau works in Barcelona. It was also the first major project constructed by the catalan architect.
Skip-the-Line: Gaudi’s Casa Vicens
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Gaudí Experiencia is the first interactive space in Barcelona that gathers everything concerning Gaudi under one same roof. It features a 4D theater, multimedia exhibitions and a fantastic gift shop with Gaudí memorabilia.
It’s located right beside Parc Güell, so it makes perfect sense to visit both attractions on the same day.
Gaudí Experiència Admission Ticket
Also, hanging out in the open terraces is the best way to observe the diverse demographics that populate this district.
- Here you’ll find a mixture of bohemian, trendy and traditional. This is mirrored in the new design boutiques that thrive everywhere.
- The gastronomical offer is quite diverse as well, ranging from take away pizza and sushi restaurants, to high quality catalan and arabic food.
- Verdi is one of the most hectic streets. Here you can start off with drinks and tapas, then attend a movie theater and watch a film in original version (with Spanish subtitles)n have Egyptian food for dinner and enjoy Italian icecream for dessert.
Gràcia Festival. © JackF/stock.adobe.com
The neighborhood is famous in Barcelona thanks to its local holiday. La Feste Major de Gràcia is one of the biggest local festivities.
Held every August, during this week long festival, the residents decorate their streets with very creative motifs. Thousands of visitors come everyday to enjoy the great atmosphere, good music and performances. Local traditions like the Castellers (human towers), also take place.
How to get there
Metro Line 3: Fontana station. Line 4: Joanic station
FGC Railway: Gràcia station
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The best tours in Barcelona
Park Güell Fast Track Entrance and Guided Tour
Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.
Camp Nou & FC Barcelona Museum 3-Hour guided tour
Discover the Camp Nou Stadium and the Barcelona Football Club Museum, one of the most emblematic visits in the city. This 3-hour guided visit will take you through Camp Nou Stadium and the amazing history of the Barça football club.
Montserrat morning tour from Barcelona
Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.
Game of Thrones Girona guided tour
Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.
Day trip to Girona and Figueres with Dalí Museum
Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.
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